Herald-Sun sports writer John McCann chats with former Triangle sports writer Terry Hill about N.C. State sophomore T.J. Warren's decision to opt for the NBA.
NOTE: Fomer NBA player and NBA assistant coach Michael Curry has been hired to coach men's basketball team at Florida Atlantic University.
Lou Pucillo, Sam Esposito, Dennis Byrd, Dick Dickey, Jack McDowall, Chasity Melvin, Danny Peebles, Charmaine Hooper, Steve Rerych and Wendell Murphy named to third class of NCSU Athletic Hall of Fame.
Last year’s series between North Carolina and N.C. State featured an 18-inning marathon in the ACC Tournament and two meetings in the College World Series.
But both programs have struggled this season. So when the teams meet today at a sold-out Durham Bulls Athletic Park (7 p.m., weather permitting) for what could be their only 2014 matchup, the result will be important for a different reason.
After combining to go 109-28 last season, both UNC (21-15) and N.C. State (20-15) are fighting to make the NCAA Tournament field this year. Aside from the bragging rights involved with beating a rival in front of at least 10,000 fans, both teams also need a win to improve their postseason resume.
N.C. State scored two runs in the fifth inning and three more in the sixth in a 6-2 win over Duke at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Jacoby Brissett threw two long touchdown passes to Bryan Underwood in Brissett's first public performance as the Wolfpack’s starter, a 34-0 victory by his Red team Saturday in N.C. State’s spring game.
N.C. State closes offseason drills with Saturday's Kay Yow Spring Game, which will be the public's first look at the offense led by Florida transfer Jacoby Brissett at quarterback.
N.C. State sophomore T.J. Warren of Durham announced Tuesday that he will forego his final two seasons of college basketball eligibility and enter the NBA Draft.
The N.C. State sophomore from Durham announced Tuesday that he will forego his final two seasons of college basketball eligibility and enter the NBA Draft.
“I would like to thank my coaches and teammates at NC State for allowing me to compete for this great university,” Warren said in a statement released by N.C. State. “It’s been a fun ride the last few years. I’ve had some great experiences and now I feel I’m ready to play at the next level. Playing in the NBA has been a lifelong dream of mine and playing at N.C. State has prepared me well to achieve my dream.”
Warren played at Durham’s Riverside High School before playing his last two seasons of high school basketball at Raleigh’s Word of God Academy and Brewster Academy in New Hampshire.
After averaging 12.1 points per game as a freshman in 2012-13, Warren emerged as one of the nation’s most prolific scorers this season.
The 6-8 Warren led the ACC by scoring 24.9 points per game, which was the No.3 scoring average in Division I this season. He made an ACC-best 52.5 percent of his field-goal attempts, making him just the third player in ACC history to lead the conference in scoring and rebounding in the same season.
Looking for its eighth Bryan National Collegiate title, the third-ranked Duke women’s golf team holds a six-stroke lead heading into the final round at the 6,386-yard, par 72 Champions Course at Bryan Park Golf and Enrichment Center. The golfers dealt with light rain during most of the second round.
NO. 12 SEED N.C. STATE BLOWS LATE 8-POINT LEAD, FALLS IN OT TO NO. 5 SAINT LOUIS;
Fifth-seeded Saint Louis worked five extra minutes to stay alive in the NCAA tournament.
Rob Loe scored 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, helping St. Louis wipe out a late double-digit deficit and beat North Carolina State 83-80 in the second round of the Midwest Regional on Thursday night.
Atlantic-10 Conference player of the year Jordair Jett overcame a slow start to score 18, doing most of his damage while the fifth-seeded Billikens (27-6) were erasing a 59-45 deficit over the last five minutes of regulation.
With better free throw shooting, Saint Louis would have won without having to work overtime against a team playing its second game in three nights.
No. 12 seed NC State (22-14) beat Xavier in an opening round game in Dayton, Ohio, and fatigue very well could have been a factor in the Wolfpack missing 17 attempts from the foul line.
T.J. Warren scored 28 points for NC State, but the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year made just six of his 14 free throw attempts. He missed one that could have tied it in the final minute of OT.
No. 5 seed Saint Louis (26-6) faces No. 12 seed N.C. State (22-13) in the second round of the Midwest Regional Thursday, March 20 (7:20 p.m., TNT), and BIllikens' coach Jim Crews stressed Wednesday that the outcome will be determined by how well the teams play — not recent history, which suggests his team should be wary.
Wolfpack gets the job done in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
NCAA BRACKET: ACC lands 6 in bracket ... N.C. State to play Xavier in First Four; Duke No. 3 seed (Midwest); UNC No. 6 seed (South); N.C. Central No. 14 seed (South). ACC gets six teams into field including No. 1 seed Virginia (East), No. 3 Syracuse (South), No. 9 Pittsburgh (South).
N.C. State and ACC Player of the Year T.J. Warren put themselves in contention for a berth in the NCAA Tournament with their run to the ACC Tournament semifinals. But after State’s stay at the Greensboro Coliseum ended with a 75-67 loss to Duke on Saturday, all the seventh-seeded Wolfpack (21-13) can do is wait and see if it was enough.
DUKE ROCKS N.C. STATE IN ACC SEMIS 75-67; WILL FACE VIRGINIA FOR TITLE SUNDAY
Jabari Parker scored 20 points and No. 7 Duke beat North Carolina State 75-67 on Saturday in an Atlantic Coast Conference tournament semifinal.
Rasheed Sulaimon added 16 points for the third-seeded Blue Devils (26-7) while Rodney Hood had 14 points and keyed the defensive effort against ACC player of the year T.J. Warren.
Duke earned its 31st championship game appearance and first since 2011.
The Blue Devils will play No. 6 Virginia on Sunday. Duke’s 69-65 win in January stood as the Cavaliers’ lone conference loss until Maryland beat them last week.
Warren scored 21 points but was just 4 of 13 after halftime while facing a barrage of double teams.
The seventh-seeded Wolfpack (21-13), playing their third game in three days, shot just 36 percent in the second half — after hitting 67 percent in the opening half — and were denied their first title game berth since 2007.
Lennard Freeman had 13 points and Anthony “Cat” Barber finished with 12 for N.C. State, which for much of the day looked capable of pulling off a second straight resume-enhancing upset after knocking off No. 11 Syracuse in the quarterfinals.
The Wolfpack might have gotten it, had it not been for Duke’s 20-7 run in the second half that was fueled by three N.C. State turnovers and a spate of missed shots.
No. 3 seeded Duke and No. 1 seed Virginia, which meet Sunday, March 16, for the ACC Tournament championship at the Greensboro Coliseum (1 p.m., WRAL/ESPN), met once this seasion, with Duke escaping with a 69-65 win. Here's a look back at that game through the eyes and words of Duke beat writer Steve Wiseman of The Herald-Sun. REPRINTED FROM JAN. 13, 2014 ...