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 Blue Devils won 10 games in the eight seasons prior to coach David Cutcliffe’s arrival. They’ve won 10 games this season alone and will play in the ACC championship game Saturday (8 p.m., WTVD) against Florida State in Charlotte.
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.
Southern’s road through the playoffs has had a familiar feel to it but that will change Friday night when the Spartans host Wilson Hunt at 7:30 with a berth in the 3-AA state championship game on the line.
Florida State and Ohio State are undefeated but have played inferior competition. Auburn has three wins against current top 25 teams but lost at No. 12 LSU.
East Regional No. 2 seed Southern (12-2) stopped No. 6 seed Orange (12-2) for the second time in four weeks 31-24 Friday night and got a huge break when No. 4 seed Wilson Hunt (11-3) upset No. 1 seed Fayetteville Douglas Byrd (11-3) 20-14 on the road Friday as well. As a result, Southern (12-2) will host the state 3-AA East Regional championship game Friday night at 7:30 p.m. The winner of that game will play for the state title at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Wake Forest University’s BB&T Field in Winston-Salem. ... Also, a look at how loss of Orange quarterback Garrett Cloer to injury handicapped the Panthers.
The 3-A Big Eight Conference powers finished the regular season 1-2 in the conference standings on the heels of Southern’s 55-41 Nov. 8 home win over the previously unbeaten Panthers that clinched Southern’s first title in the new league.
It was billed as the Game of the Year on Nov. 8 and it more than lived up to expectations as Southern High School held serve 55-41 in a game that turned on an Orange onside kick that Southern recovered with 3:08 to play and Orange trailing 48-41. Little did anyone know at the time, that showdown between 8-2 Southern and 10-0 Orange was just an appetizer for Friday’s main course, Game of the Year II — Orange at Southern, 7:30 p.m. This meeting means more than the first one did — and that one handed the prestigious Big Eight 3-A Conference title to Southern by a game over Orange. Friday’s Elite Eight 3-AA state playoff game will determine who moves on to play in the state semifinals and a shot at the 3-AA state championship.
High school basketball results
Whoever said the Age of Miracles is over might want to rethink that pronouncement after the way Southern beat Cardinal Gibbons in a 33-28 shootout featuring stellar quarterbacks, high-octane offenses, and wild and wooly plays worthy of anybody’s highlight reel. Southern advances to the third round of the state 3-AA football playoffs and will host Orange at 7:30 p.m. Friday in an Elite Eight battle of the Big Eight 3-A Conference champion — Southern — and runner-up, Orange. Southern won the first meeting of the two teams.
Alfonzo Houston scored 16 points and N.C. Central limited Old Dominion to six points in overtime for a 76-69 win Tuesday night here..The Eagles (6-1) used a balanced attack, putting four players in double figures. Kamaro Jawara, Jeremy Ingram and Jordan Parks each scored 14 points for NCCU.
The No. 20 Blue Devils, having won more games this season than in any of the school’s 101 seasons of football, face No. 1 Florida State in the ACC championship game in Charlotte on Saturday (8 p.m., WTVD).
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.
Basketball purists emphasize the team game, although it helps to have somebody on a squad who can flat-out get buckets.
Jeremy Ingram is that guy for 5-1 N.C. Central, who take the court this evening at 4-3 Old Dominion (7 p.m., NCCUEaglePride.com).
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.
Every time Durham Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo took someone out of the Triple-A National Championship on Tuesday, he made sure to greet the player with a big hug in the dugout. “You never know if you’re going to see them again or not,” Montoyo said.
The Durham Bulls’ offensive woes finally came back to bite them in the Triple-A National Championship Game. Durham was held to three hits by Omaha starter Chris Dwyer and two relievers, as the Pacific Coast League champion Storm Chasers beat the International League champion Bulls 2-1 on Tuesday night.
The Durham Bulls dominated the International League this season, becoming the first team in 26 years to lead the IL in both batting average and ERA and finishing 87-57, seven games better than anyone else in the league. The Omaha Storm Chasers went 70-74, the 10th best record in the 16-team Pacific Coast League but slid into the playoffs by winning the four-team American North division by one game.
Hard to believe this is the same Rafael Nadal who was home during the U.S. Open a year ago, nursing a bad left knee.Hard to believe this is the guy sent packing in the first round of Wimbledon in June, losing against someone ranked 135th.
John Huh refused to let tough conditions — and one terrible hole — get him down. He was rewarded with a share of the lead at the Wyndham Championship.The PGA Tour's reigning rookie of the year shot an even-par 70 on Saturday and joined Patrick Reed atop the field after a soggy third round. Huh and Reed, the second-round leader who shot a 71, were at 10-under 200. Huh shook off a triple bogey on his second hole, making up for it with three birdies in a four-hole stretch of the back nine.
Stacy Lewis felt such a spiritual connection with St. Andrews that even when she was three behind with three to play, she never lost hope she could win the Women's British Open. No way could she have scripted a finish like this.
They say par is a good score in a major. If that's true next week at the PGA Championship, then Tiger Woods has already done his share of preparation.