A victory at No. 22 Ohio State last week vaulted VIrginia Tech into the national conversation again. Their next test comes Saturday when East Carolina (1-1) brings its potent passing game and history of playing Virginia Tech close to Lane Stadium.
Charlotte vs. N.C. Central
Talk about a guy who’s dangerous anytime — that’s N.C. Central’s Adrian Wilkins. And he’ll have fresh legs against the Charlotte 49ers this weekend.
After a few weeks of troubling news on the injury front, Duke has a good health vibe this week. Linebacker C.J. France, who missed the 34-17 win over Troy with a leg injury last week, practiced this week and will available for the Blue Devils’ game with Kansas on Saturday (3:30 p.m., Fox Sports Carolinas). Also available will be defensive tackles Jamal Bruce and Jamal Wallace, both hurt at Troy on Saturday.
The Americans moved within a victory of repeating as world champions for the first time with a 96-68 victory over Lithuania on Thursday night.
Nine games into the upcoming NBA regular season, the Charlotte Hornets have a 9 p.m. tip with the Phoenix Suns. Hornets rookie P.J. Hairston is due in Durham County District Court that morning, Nov. 14. He was supposed to be in court Friday, Sept. 12, but his case has been delayed again.
Tackling has been a major focus during UNC’s bye week, especially East Carolina (1-1) up next. The Pirates’ spread offense should force the Tar Heels (2-0) to make tackles in space when the teams meet at sold-out Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Sept. 20.
N.C. Central cornerback Mike Jones showed his versatility against Elizabeth City State.
North Carolina junior wide receiver T.J. Thorpe has been praised for his work in the locker room this season. Soon the Jordan High School product expects to make an impact on the field as well.
Junior forward had been recovering from hip injury all summer
Last season, Duke proved to be the better team the later it got in games. Opponents averaged scoring just 4.64 points per game in the fourth quarter, which made Duke among the 25 stingiest fourth-quarter teams. In the second half last season, teams averaged scoring only 12.29 points. “I hope it continues, because it allows you to win football games,” Duke coach David Cutcliffe said.
Fittingly .500 football is what N.C. Central will be playing heading into Saturday’s game against the Charlotte 49ers in O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium (5 p.m., NCCUEaglePride.com).
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