Eagles shoot way to second MEAC win of season
Blue Devils paired with No. 15 Arizona State for Dec. 27 bowl game
Tar Heels, Scarlet Knights take part in inagural Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field
Tar Heels to face Rutgers
Duke sees lead slip away in final minute to suffer third consecutive loss
Ralston Turner poured in 21 points, including seven during a decisive run to start the second half, as N.C. State eased past Wake Forest 78-65 on Saturday night in the ACC opener for both schools.
North Carolina took advantage of its home court and beat Southern California 3-1 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Carmichael Arena on Saturday. The victory propelled UNC into the regional semifinals for only the second time in school history, the last being in 2002. It also extended UNC’s school-record winning streak to 18 matches.
If the trend holds for North Carolina, East Carolina could be in trouble Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Dean E. Smith Center (3 p.m., ESPNU).
UNC likely will surrender its No. 12 spot in the Associated Press poll after losing 60-55 to Iowa in the Dean Dome on Wednesday.
“They wanted it more than we did,” UNC coach Roy Williams said of Iowa.
The Hawkeyes were tougher than the Tar Heels, particularly down the stretch when Iowa scored the last 10 second-chance points.
“I wouldn’t call us soft,” UNC sophomore forward Kennedy Meeks said. “I just feel like we let stuff ease by us too fast. We don’t take advantage of those situations sometimes.”
Last season, UNC played small ball when its bigs didn’t measure up. The Tar Heels had to rely on defense to create offense, UNC point guard Marcus Paige said.
This season, Paige said, defense was supposed to be less of a crutch for UNC, although the Tar Heels both are longer and have the potential to be more disruptive on the perimeter with players like junior forward J.P. Tokoto (6-6, 200) and freshman Theo Pinson (6-6, 195) creating havoc.
With the nation’s top-ranked team coming to Cameron Indoor Stadium Sunday, Dec. 7, Duke is likely to have its top interior player ready once again. After missing No.9 Duke’s losses at Texas A&M and Nebraska over the past week with a sprained ankle, All-American center Elizabeth Williams practiced the last two days and is expected to play against No. 1 South Carolina (1 p.m., ESPN).
Duke, North Carolina and N.C. State among bowl-bound football programs that will learn their ultimate destination beginning at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Eleven ACC teams are bowl-eligible and that doesn't include national wild-card Notre Dame.
N.C. Central opened its Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference season with a 68-63 road win at Maryland-Eastern Shore Friday night as Jordan Parks posted 20 points and 10 rebounds.
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North Carolina reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in five years with a convincing three-set sweep of Hampton on Friday at Carmichael Arena. The Tar Heels will host Southern Cal in a second-round game at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 in Chapel Hill.
When Iowa and UNC met in Wednesday's ACC-Big Ten Challenge, Brice Johnson spent a lot of time on the bench. That was all he could do, because he didn’t play much, just 12 minutes. Foul trouble kept him off the court during an eventual 60-55 loss to the Hawkeyes.
For the second straight year Jimbo Fisher and the Florida State Seminoles have had highly publicized off-field issues involving quarterback Jameis Winston overshadow their preparations for the ACC Championship Game (Saturday, Dec. 6, 8 p.m.).