North Carolina held its first spring practice Wednesday, hoping to keep the momentum from last season’s 6-1 finish that including a Belk Bowl win over Cincinnati.
DUKE WATCHES LEAD EVAPORATE DOWN STRETCH IN 10-POINT LOSS
Tyler Cavanaugh scored a career-high 20 points and Wake Forest pulled away to upset No. 4 Duke 82-72 on Wednesday night.
Travis McKie added 19 points in his final scheduled home game for the Demon Deacons (16-14, 6-11 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Coming off a home loss to sub-.500 Boston College, they shot 46 percent from the field and overcame their largest deficit of the game by scoring 17 straight points and holding Duke without a field goal for 5 critical minutes down the stretch.
Codi Miller-McIntyre had 13 points to help Wake Forest claim its first win over Duke since 2009 and its biggest win since an upset of No. 2 Miami last February.
UNC (22-8, 10-6) enters the ACC Tournament Thursday, March 6 with a No. 13 national ranking in the AP poll but only a No. 6 seed in the ACC and will face an incredibly difficult task if they hope to win their first ACC title since 2008.
NCCU took back seat to Norfolk State by one game in MEAC regular-season a year ago, but the teams didn't play. This time around, NCCU has clinched the No. 1 spot and meets No. 3 Norfolk State for the first time in two years Thursday, March 6.
NCCU BASKS IN AFTERGLOW OF MEAC REGULAR-SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP
A whole bunch of folks saw NCCU's overtime win against Savannah State on ESPNU on Monday.
The victory allowed the Eagles to clinch their first Division I league title.
Guards Kayla McBride and Jewell Loyd represent the unbeaten Fighting Irish (29-0) on the first team. Duke had center Elizabeth Williams and guard Tricia Liston. They were joined by North Carolina guard Diamond DeShields, N.C. State’s Markeisha Gatling, Wake Forest’s Dearica Hamby, Georgia Tech’s Tyaunna Marshall, Florida State’s Natasha Howard and Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas.
The Blue Devils haven’t played since beating last-place Virginia Tech 66-48 on Feb. 25 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. They return to action at Wake Forest Wednesday, March 5 (7 p.m., ESPN2).
A short list of the great athletes connected to NCCU will ultimately leave out many deserving name, but hopefully the following names will remind area college sports fans that NCCU stands proudly as a university in athletics along with academics.
None of the top teams will be playing in Wednesday’s opening round which pits No. 13 seed Clemson vs. No. 12 Virginia Tech (1 p.m., Fox Sports Carolinas), No. 15 Boston College vs. No. No. 10 Virginia (3:30 p.m., FSC) and No. 14 Pittsburgh vs. No. 11 Wake Forest (6:30 p.m., FSC). UNC opens play Thursday, Duke has a double-bye and opens on Friday.
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