Ryan Deitrich’s game-winning single in the bottom of the 12th gave Duke a series-clinching 9-8 win over No. 18 North Carolina Saturday at Jack Coombs Field.
The fifth-ranked North Carolina men’s lacrosse team outscored ninth-ranked Johns Hopkins 9-2 over the last 31:30 of the game to beat the Blue Jays 13-9 at Homewood Field here Saturday.
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.
Drew Van Orden struck out 12 UNC batters over his eight innings of work as Duke beat the Tar Heels 3-2 at Jack Coombs Field for its first baseball win over UNC since 2010.
This richly layered squad of Tar Heel standouts — all undergraduates — is a collection of quick learners coming of age as they head to the Sweet 16 at Stanford University’s Maples Pavilion. Sunday’s (March 30) clash against No. 1 seed South Carolina (ESPN2, 7 p.m. EDT) will be a rematch of a game the Tar Heels won 74-66 earlier this season.
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Before boarding a plane for California on Thursday, the North Carolina women’s basketball team received some additional motivation. If the Tar Heels win the Stanford Regional, their Hall of Fame coach will join them in Nashville for the Final Four.
“I told the girls there’s no reason you can’t get to Nashville,” Hatchell said. “And when you get there I’ll sing and dance with you on the table.”
Hatchell has missed the entire season as she received treatment for leukemia, which is now in remission. Her final scheduled chemotherapy session ran from March 13-18, which put her in line to rejoin the team next weekend.
“I’m actually doing fantastic,” said Hatchell, who removed her surgical mask to talk to reporters at Carmichael Arena Thursday. “Great, great reports from my doctors. I’ve come a long way and I’m at the end of this journey, and we’re waiting on my immune system to do one of the most favorite words that I ever say, and that is rebound. I love the word rebound, and my immune system is coming up daily and we’re just waiting on it to rebound to full strength, and it’s close to that.”
UNC (26-9), the No. 4 seed, advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time in three seasons and will face No. 1 South Carolina on Sunday at Stanford (7 p.m., ESPN2). If the Tar Heels win, they will face either No. 2 Stanford or No. 3 Penn State for the Stanford Regional title on Tuesday, with a trip to Nashville on the line.
Duke will host No. 18 North Carolina in a three-game ACC baseball series at Jack Coombs Field beginning Friday, March 28 at 6 p.m. The Blue Devils (14-12, 4-5 ACC) and Tar Heels (15-9, 5-4 ACC) will also meet at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Coombs Field.
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On Sunday in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament with a shot at the Sweet 16 on the line, Kennedy Meeks punched the clock, put on his hard hat and went to work at the AT&T Center.
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DeAndre Kane drove for the game-winning layup with 1.6 seconds left and No. 3 seed Iowa State beat North Carolina 85-83 on Sunday, advancing to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2000.
The Cyclones (28-7) head to Madison Square Garden next week to face No. 7 seed Connecticut in the East Regional semifinals.
The Tar Heels (24-10) are gone in the NCAA tournament’s opening weekend for the first time in consecutive seasons under coach Roy Williams.
North Carolina’s Nate Britt raced the ball up court after Kane’s basket, but time expired before he could reach midcourt and call a timeout. Officials huddled for several minutes reviewing clock replays before ruling the game was over.
Right away Williams — who collapsed his hands on his knees as Britt dribbled toward him and the buzzer sounded — shook Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg’s hand as North Carolina began absorbing a last-second heartbreaker.
Kane finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds. It was just the kind of big game the Cyclones needed without forward Georges Niang, who broke his foot in Friday’s win against North Carolina Central. The 6-foot-7 sophomore sat on the bench wearing a bulky boot while the Cyclones tried their best without their third-leading scorer and tallest starter.
Xylina McDaniel scored the go-ahead basket off an offensive rebound with 56 seconds remaining to help fourth-seeded North Carolina overcome an 18-point second half deficit and defeat UT Martin 60-58 on Sunday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.