Blue Devils will face Texas A&M, Manziel in Chick-fil-A Bowl
North Carolina to face Cincinnati on Dec. 28 in Charlotte
Dominating win over Wilson Hunt leaves Southern one win from state title
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.
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.
Last August, Florida State hired Wilcox as its athletics director, plucking him off the staff at Duke where he was a senior deputy director of athletics. ... Wilcox’s duties at Duke included oversight of the football program and, since 2008, he and Duke coach David Cutcliffe had worked hand-in-hand to change the Blue Devils’ football fortunes.
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.
ACC TITLE GAME AT A GLANCE
No. 20 Duke (10-2, 6-2) vs. No. 1 Florida State (12-0, 8-0) at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Game, 8 p.m. Saturday (WTVD).
Coastal Division champion No. 20 Duke and Atlantic Division champion No. 1 Florida State to duel for the ACC championship with a BCS Championship Game appearance on the line for Florida State and Heisman Trophy-hopeful quarterback Jameis Winston. Duke would win the ACC's automatic berth in the Orange Bowl with the upset.
Duke got its toughest challenge of the season for about 30 minutes in its ACC/Big Ten Challenge game with Purdue. And then the second-ranked Blue Devils' depth took over. Alexis Jones scored to lead Duke in a 99-78 victory over No. 16 Purdue. Blue Devils coach Joanne P. McCallie moved one win away from reaching 500 for her career, improving to 499-183. Duke (9-0) visits No. 17 Oklahoma on Sunday. Chelsea Gray added 16 points for the Blue Devils. Haley Peters, who had sat out four games with a knee injury, and Elizabeth Williams had 14 points each, Tricia Liston scored 13 and Richa Jackson 11.
With the ACC championship game against No. 1 Florida State set for Saturday (8 p.m., WTVD) at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium, Duke coach David Cutcliffe was named national coach of the year by the Walter Camp Foundation for leading the Blue Devils to such heights.
To determine who has an advantage in postseason play, Durham Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo looks no further than 60 feet, six inches from home plate. “Pitching is the name of the game,” Monotyo said. “If our starters are going to keep going six or seven innings, that’s pretty good.”
The battle for the International League championship comes down to two franchises familiar with the prize — the Governor’s Cup. The Pawtucket Red Sox, the 2012 league champions, face the Durham Bulls, who are aiming for their fourth Governor’s Cup win in the past 12 seasons, in a best-of-five series that begins today at Durham Bulls Athletic Park (7:05 p.m., Time Warner Cable 151, Me-TV 50.2).
Durham third baseman Cole Figueroa had a feeling the final out was going to come his way. That was just fine with him.
The International League playoffs are back at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. After the Durham Bulls missed the postseason a year ago in what’s become a rare occurrence, the team won the International League South Division for the sixth time in the past seven seasons this summer.
By now, watching Charlie Montoyo pilot the Durham Bulls into the International League playoffs surprises no one. The Bulls, who face Indianapolis today (7:05 p.m.) at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in game one of a best-of-five league semifinal series, are in the postseason as the IL South Division champions for the sixth time in the last seven seasons.
For the third time in her career, former Duke All-American Brittany Lang was named one of 12 members of the U.S. Solheim Cup Team on Sunday after the Women’s British Open at the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland.
Duke sophomore Celine Boutier played her final five holes at 2-under-par Friday on her way to carding a second straight round of even-par 72 as she made the cut at the Ricoh Women’s British Open at the St. Andrews Old Course in Scotland.
Continuing her busy summer, Duke sophomore Celine Boutier will compete in the Ricoh Women’s British Open beginning today at the St. Andrews Old Course in Scotland.
Chapel Hill’s Gina Kim rallied to make up a four-stroke deficit to overtake first-round leader Reona Hirai of Summerville, S.C., to win the 47th Twin States Junior Girls Golf Championship on Wednesday at Mimosa Hills Golf and Country Club.