One of two team captains for No. 4 Duke this season, Amile Jefferson knew he had to do something. The Blue Devils had lost consecutive ACC games for the first time since February 2009. A game at No. 6 Louisville loomed next. "I’ve been trying to figure out how to lead,” Jefferson said. “Those two games I didn’t feel like I did a good job. I was talking to guys after the games but I felt we needed something on the court. I was just trying to bring emotion and energy. That’s what the coaches wanted. They wanted us to bring energy and I just tried to respond to that.”
The No. 4-ranked Blue Devils, after struggling defensively in losses to N.C. State and Miami, rode a stout zone defense and poor Louisville shooting to beat the No. 6-ranked Cardinals 63-52 Saturday in ACC basketball at the KFC Yum! Center.
North Carolina sophomore forward Isaiah Hicks came off the bench against N.C. State on Wednesday and didn’t miss a shot from the field (4 for 4) in the first half. Hicks and UNC point guard Marcus Paige each had eight points as the Tar Heels grabbed a 32-26 halftime lead en route to an 81-79 win.
Duke football loses an assistant coach who has worked at high-profile programs.
During Duke’s last two games, freshman Tyus Jones has made just 3 of 15 shots to score 10 total points. He’s handed out six assists with four turnovers.
N.C. Central, Norfolk State and Hampton are 4-0 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
The Tar Heels must toughen up — that's how Notre Dame got the best of them, UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell said.
Former UNC tight end Eric Ebron made a nice catch in Carmichael Arena.
Austin Rivers has joined the Los Angeles Clippers to play for Doc Rivers in the first father-son, player-coach combination in NBA history.
Notre Dame freshman Brianna Turner was a load.
No. 16 Duke held Virginia Tech scoreless for eight minutes of the first half, scoring 17 points in a row, on the way to a 65-40 women’s basketball win over the Hokies at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The overtime game-winner North Carolina point guard Marcus Paige hit last season against N.C. State here in PNC Arena was one thing.
UNC eked out a win against N.C. State Wednesday night.
Duke was praised for its improved defense from last season through the early part of this year, but in recent games, the Blue Devils have reverted back to their old ways in the worst way possible.
N.C. State big man BeeJay Anya is a big guy with burst, North Carolina coach Roy Williams said.