Tar Heels build 19-point lead, hold on to top Blue Devils for second time this season
Eagles face Savannah State in ESPNU telecast needing a win for league regular-season championship
NCCU bids farewell to seniors in next-to-last home game. Eagles can win regular-season title outright with win on national TV Monday night.
NCCU gets sweet win.
NO. 19 ESCAPES POTENTIAL 'TRAP' GAME, EKES OUT 4-POINT WIN AT VIRGINIA TECH
After exhilarating rivalry wins against Duke and N.C. State sandwiched around a 105-point outburst against Wake Forest, No. 19 North Carolina may have been due for an ugly performance.
The Tar Heels had one on Saturday against Virginia Tech (9-19, 2-14 ACC) but in a sign of how far this team has come, it didn’t stop UNC from extending its winning streak to 11 games.
The Tar Heels (22-7, 12-4 ACC) struggled against the Hokies’ slow-down pace and 2-3 zone but still came away with a 60-56 win at Cassell Coliseum.
“Obviously we’re not super pleased with the way we played,” sophomore point guard Marcus Paige said. “But at this stage of the season, when you’re on the road, you’ll take whatever you can get.”
The win ensures that after a 1-4 start in the league, UNC will be a top-four seed in the ACC Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum and will get a bye into Friday’s quarterfinals.
Despite not playing for an ACC regular-season championship, rivals Duke and UNC seek good vibes entering the postseason as both have endured rocky seasons.
While the Blue team, comprised of first and third-team players, beat the White team, made up of mostly second-teamers, 24-14 at Wallace Wade Stadium, there were plenty of encouraging signs to carry the team into the offseason.
Rion Brown scored 20 points and Miami pulled away to beat N.C. State 85-70 Saturday at PNC Arena.
Having already faced every other ACC opponent — including two games against N.C. State — the Tar Heels will face last-place Virginia Tech Saturday, March 1 at Cassell Coliseum (2:30 p.m., WRAL).
Reigning ACC Coastal Division champion Duke to host free, public spring game at Wallace Wade Stadium at noon, Saturday, March 1.
The Eagles have won 14 games in a row.
ACC Indoor Track Championships ... men's and women's tennis ... basketball ... women's lacrosse.
The Fighting Irish took the 14th-ranked Tar Heels out of their offense with a tough defense, holding them to 39 percent shooting en route to a 100-75 victory on Thursday night.
WITH ITS TWO POINT GUARDS DOWN FOR SEASON, NO. 7 DUKE GOES TALL, RIPS WAKE
Duke doesn’t have any more point guards. What the seventh-ranked Blue Devils do have are three tall seniors — and the formula to beat Wake Forest every time they play.
Duke pulled away for its 40th straight win over the Demon Deacons on Thursday night, beating them 71-56.
And each of the Blue Devils’ three active seniors came up big in their final regular-season game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Haley Peters scored a season-high 22 points, Richa Jackson added 15 and Tricia Liston scored 10 with a critical 3-pointer late.
“I think it says a tremendous amount,” Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said. “They’ve all grown.”
This wasn’t their Cameron farewell, though — they’ll be back in a few weeks for the NCAA tournament subregional that Duke is hosting.
Playing its first full game without injured point guard Alexis Jones, Duke (25-4, 12-3) locked up the No. 2 seed for next week’s Atlantic Coast Conference tournament and avoided its first losing streak since 2007-08.
T.J. Warren’s actions on the court did the majority of his talking and yet they still weren’t enough to lift his Wolfpack to a much-needed victory that appeared so close to its grasp.