The aches and pains will be the same on both sides so the short week of preparation isn’t bothering the players from North Carolina as they get ready to face No. 25 Duke on Thursday night.
Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor slumped to the bench with four fouls and just under nine minutes remained for the No. 4 Blue Devils to hold off No. 19 Michigan State. What could have been a big problem turned into no problem thanks to another Duke freshman -- Tyus Jones.
Duke (8-2, 4-2 in ACC) can still attain its goal of a second consecutive ACC Championship Game appearance by winning its last two regular-season games, beginning with rival North Carolina on Thursday night (7:30 p.m., ESPN).
No. 4 Duke gets its first major test of the season against No. 19 Michigan State.
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Another night of balanced scoring meant another easy win for No. 4 Duke. The Blue Devils saw four players reach double figures, led by Justise Winslow’s 18 points, as they routed Fairfield 109-59 Saturday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
No one can say Duke women’s basketball coach Joanne P. McCallie takes the easy route into a season. The No. 7-ranked Blue Devils are once again eschewing an opening night home game with a lesser foe as they open at Alabama Sunday, Nov. 16 (8 p.m., SEC Network) before heading to Norfolk, Virginia to play Old Dominion on Thursday night.
The top-ranked North Carolina field hockey team extended its 2014 season by beating No. 20 Liberty 2-1 in an NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 game Saturday at Francis E. Henry Stadium. The Tar Heels will host No. 9 Duke at Henry Stadium at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16 with a trip to the Final Four on the line.
Clean, often pristine football had No. 19 Duke on top in the ACC Coastal Division.
A pockmarked performance, cluttered with penalties, turnovers and missed field goals, knocked the Blue Devils down a peg on Saturday.
Duke turned the ball over three times and heretofore perfect kicker Ross Martin missed two field goals, including a 40-yard attempt late in the fourth quarter, as Virginia Tech beat the Blue Devils 17-16 in ACC football at Wallace Wade Stadium.
Duke (8-2, 4-2 in ACC) entered the day with six turnovers all season, tying the Blue Devils for the fewest in the country. But three turnovers — two on quarterback Anthony Boone interceptions — plus eight penalties and Martin’s unexpected miscues meant the Blue Devils’ winning streak stopped at four.
“The things we pride ourselves in — taking care of the ball, no lost yardage plays, no sacks — didn’t happen,” said Duke coach David Cutcliffe, who accepted blame for the team not being prepared well enough.
The No. 4 Blue Devils opened their basketball season Friday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium with a 113-44 dismantling of Presbyterian where Duke showed off its depth, athleticism and talent.