The happiness expressed by Kentucky players after their victory over Boise State wasn't just because they played the type of game indicative of their abilities. For once, the 11th-ranked Wildcats had a performance to build from. That's a big issue for Kentucky (8-2), which faces another measuring stick Saturday at No. 18 North Carolina. The game will mark the young Wildcats' first on-campus road test after going 1-2 in neutral-site games.
Duke coach David Cutcliffe was voted the 2013 ACC Coach of the Year and Blue Devils junior Jamison Crowder was named first-team All-ACC at two different positions by the conference’s football head coaches, the league announced on Wednesday. Joining Crowder on the first team was Duke guard Laken Tomlinson and UNC tight end Eric Ebron.
NCAA rules allow bowl teams to practice for a maximum of four hours per day and 20 hours per week. For many teams, that adds up to about 15 extra sessions. North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said the Tar Heels won't get quite that much extra work.
North Carolina to face Cincinnati on Dec. 28 in Charlotte
James Michael McAdoo hit the boards, attacked the rim and looked active on defense. It helped shake the junior free of his recent struggles, not to mention help North Carolina follow its takedown of No. 1 Michigan State with an easy home win. McAdoo had 13 points in his first double-figure scoring performance in nearly three weeks, helping the Tar Heels beat UNC Greensboro 81-50 on Saturday night.
California coach Rich Feller recorded his 600th career victory as the Cal women’s volleyball team defeated North Carolina 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-20) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday.
When UNC last played in the Smith Center, poor defense and 26 missed free throws led to an 83-80 loss to Belmont, the team’s first non-conference home defeat since 2005. But the Tar Heels return to face UNC Greensboro tonight (7 p.m., ESPNU) after beating two top 5 opponents for the first time since the 2000-01 season.
Seemingly the most unpredictable team in the country put together another stunning performance Wednesday night. Playing No. 1 Michigan State at the Breslin Center, the unranked Tar Heels never trailed, outrebounded the tough-minded Spartans by 11 and used a late second-half run to pull away for a 79-65 victory. It was the first win over a No. 1 team for UNC since it beat Duke in March 2006, and it gave the Tar Heels a nation’s best 13 wins in 30 tries against the AP’s top-ranked team. It was the Tar Heels first win as an unranked team against a No. 1 team since beating Oklahoma in 1990. The win came 10 days after UNC (5-2) knocked off defending champion and third-ranked Louisville in Uncasville, Conn., giving the Tar Heels two top 5 wins for the first time in the Roy Williams era.
The No. 18 UNC women’s basketball team beat No. 15 Nebraska 75-62 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge Wednesday night. The win moved North Carolina (7-2) to 5-2 all time in the Challenge.
Already this season, North Carolina has followed a shocking loss with an equally shocking win. Now the Tar Heels (4-2) hope to do it again when they play at No. 1 Michigan State tonight (9 p.m., ESPN) in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, just three days after suffering an upset defeat at Alabama-Birmingham.
Coastal Division-champion Duke placed a school-record 11 players on the 2013 all-ACC football teams, the conference announced Monday.
Junior linebacker Kelby Brown, sophomore safety Jeremy Cash, senior cornerback Ross Cockrell and junior wide receiver Jamison Crowder gave the Blue Devils four first-team selections for the first time since 1994.
Blazers, led by former UNC assistant Jerod Hasse, upset Tar Heels
UNC saw its season end at 20-5 as it lost an NCAA quarterfinal game for the first time in history (26-1-1 in quarterfinal contests). The Bruins, whose only loss was a 1-0 setback to UNC on September 6, improved to 21-1-2 with their first ever victory over the Tar Heels in nine meetings between the two teams.
Stephanie Mavunga had a game-high 24 points and 12 rebounds as No. 11 North Carolina defeated Illinois 87-51 Saturday at the Cancun Challenge at the Hard Rock Resort.
North Carolina has been looking for a player to take control of the center position since the start of last season. Freshman Kennedy Meeks finally took a step in that direction Sunday against Louisville, and looks to continue his progression today against Alabama-Birmingham (6 p.m., Fox Sports 1).