California coach Rich Feller recorded his 600th career victory as the Cal women’s volleyball team defeated North Carolina 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-20) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday.
Last August, Florida State hired Wilcox as its athletics director, plucking him off the staff at Duke where he was a senior deputy director of athletics. ... Wilcox’s duties at Duke included oversight of the football program and, since 2008, he and Duke coach David Cutcliffe had worked hand-in-hand to change the Blue Devils’ football fortunes.
When UNC last played in the Smith Center, poor defense and 26 missed free throws led to an 83-80 loss to Belmont, the team’s first non-conference home defeat since 2005. But the Tar Heels return to face UNC Greensboro tonight (7 p.m., ESPNU) after beating two top 5 opponents for the first time since the 2000-01 season.
ACC TITLE GAME AT A GLANCE
No. 20 Duke (10-2, 6-2) vs. No. 1 Florida State (12-0, 8-0) at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Game, 8 p.m. Saturday (WTVD).
Coastal Division champion No. 20 Duke and Atlantic Division champion No. 1 Florida State to duel for the ACC championship with a BCS Championship Game appearance on the line for Florida State and Heisman Trophy-hopeful quarterback Jameis Winston. Duke would win the ACC's automatic berth in the Orange Bowl with the upset.
Duke got its toughest challenge of the season for about 30 minutes in its ACC/Big Ten Challenge game with Purdue. And then the second-ranked Blue Devils' depth took over. Alexis Jones scored to lead Duke in a 99-78 victory over No. 16 Purdue. Blue Devils coach Joanne P. McCallie moved one win away from reaching 500 for her career, improving to 499-183. Duke (9-0) visits No. 17 Oklahoma on Sunday. Chelsea Gray added 16 points for the Blue Devils. Haley Peters, who had sat out four games with a knee injury, and Elizabeth Williams had 14 points each, Tricia Liston scored 13 and Richa Jackson 11.
With the ACC championship game against No. 1 Florida State set for Saturday (8 p.m., WTVD) at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium, Duke coach David Cutcliffe was named national coach of the year by the Walter Camp Foundation for leading the Blue Devils to such heights.
David Cutcliffe learned under Bear Bryant, helped bring a national title to Tennessee and developed the Manning brothers into Super Bowl MVPs. And his biggest coaching accomplishment might be guiding Duke — yes, Duke — to the ACC championship game. The 20th-ranked Blue Devils (10-2) play No. 1 Florida State (12-0) on Saturday (8 p.m., WTVD) in Charlotte with a BCS berth on the line.
Seemingly the most unpredictable team in the country put together another stunning performance Wednesday night. Playing No. 1 Michigan State at the Breslin Center, the unranked Tar Heels never trailed, outrebounded the tough-minded Spartans by 11 and used a late second-half run to pull away for a 79-65 victory. It was the first win over a No. 1 team for UNC since it beat Duke in March 2006, and it gave the Tar Heels a nation’s best 13 wins in 30 tries against the AP’s top-ranked team. It was the Tar Heels first win as an unranked team against a No. 1 team since beating Oklahoma in 1990. The win came 10 days after UNC (5-2) knocked off defending champion and third-ranked Louisville in Uncasville, Conn., giving the Tar Heels two top 5 wins for the first time in the Roy Williams era.
T.J. Warren scored 22 points to help N.C. State beat Northwestern 69-48 on Wednesday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Ralston Turner added 13 points for the Wolfpack (5-2), who led nearly all night and by as many as 23 points after halftime. N.C. State shot 46 percent to win its third straight overall, while the win against Northwestern(4-5)stopped a five-game losing streak in the annual interconference matchup.
The Blue Devils won 10 games in the eight seasons prior to coach David Cutcliffe’s arrival. They’ve won 10 games this season alone and will play in the ACC championship game Saturday (8 p.m., WTVD) against Florida State in Charlotte.
The No. 18 UNC women’s basketball team beat No. 15 Nebraska 75-62 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge Wednesday night. The win moved North Carolina (7-2) to 5-2 all time in the Challenge.
Quinn Cook had 24 points and nine assists to help No. 10 Duke beat No. 22 Michigan 79-69 on Tuesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Freshman Jabari Parker added 15 points to help the Blue Devils (7-2) regroup from last week's loss to Arizona by grinding out a tough win against the Wolverines. Duke didn't shoot the ball well early but frustrated Michigan's offense, turning away every spurt and keeping the Wolverines (5-3) at arm's length much of the game. Andre Dawkins came in midway through the second half and hit two straight 3-pointers to finally start Duke's clinching run, helping the Blue Devils to improve to 13-2 all-time in the Challenge — by far the best record for a team in either conference — including 6-0 at famously hostile Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Alfonzo Houston scored 16 points and N.C. Central limited Old Dominion to six points in overtime for a 76-69 win Tuesday night here..The Eagles (6-1) used a balanced attack, putting four players in double figures. Kamaro Jawara, Jeremy Ingram and Jordan Parks each scored 14 points for NCCU.
The No. 20 Blue Devils, having won more games this season than in any of the school’s 101 seasons of football, face No. 1 Florida State in the ACC championship game in Charlotte on Saturday (8 p.m., WTVD).
Already this season, North Carolina has followed a shocking loss with an equally shocking win. Now the Tar Heels (4-2) hope to do it again when they play at No. 1 Michigan State tonight (9 p.m., ESPN) in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, just three days after suffering an upset defeat at Alabama-Birmingham.