Top-ranked Connecticut played flawless basketball for a 10-minute stretch of the first half, building a 23-point lead and rolling over the second-ranked Blue Devils 83-61 on Tuesday night. That has happened regularly for Duke against UConn. The defending national champion Huskies (11-0) beat Duke (10-1) for the seventh consecutive time and dealt the Blue Devils another harsh lesson. Even while making four consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight, the Blue Devils have yet to play UConn to a final margin closer than 16 points.
Lucas Patrick’s time in Duke’s starting lineup was due to arrive next season and at another position. Instead, he’ll fill figuratively the biggest shoes on the team in two weeks when Duke plays Texas A&M in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31 (8 p.m., ESPN).
Whether UNC can unleash its explosive playmakers against a sturdy Cincinnati Bearcats defense ranked ninth nationally could be the key to a Belk Bowl victory on Dec. 28 in Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium.
Hampton intercepted one of the football coaching candidates N.C. Central has been targeting, picking off former Winston-Salem State coach Connell Maynor, and that has better positioned South Alabama wide receivers coach Jerry Mack to become NCCU’s next football coach.
Southern plays Wilson Hunt with a berth in the 3-AA state championship game on the line. John McCann and Mark Donovan preview Friday's game in the latest episode of GameDay.
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.
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SOUTHERN RIDES STRONG EMOTIONAL TIES INTO STATE 3-AA TITLE GAME
When East Region 3-AA championship coach Adrian Jones singles out Southern and Durham officials that are close to his program, he calls them family. ... That’s the way of the Spartans — family first. It’s why Southern will play for its first state title in football in a few days, Jones said. ... “We you’ve got a family that’s all together, it’s nothing better,” Jones said. “It’s hard to beat a family.” ... Shelby Crest, a run-first team out of Cleveland County, will have something to say about that at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem on Saturday (7 p.m., Time Warner Cable 520). But Southern hopes it has the answers.
Southern gets its first shot at a state championship in football.
UNC-Greensboro freshman Tyrone Outlaw Jr., who was a gifted scorer at Person High School, is discovering what it means to play defense on the college level.
Dominating win over Wilson Hunt leaves Southern one win from state title
Out of the 345 teams in Division I basketball, North Carolina was the only one that entered the week making fewer than three 3-pointers a game.
Chick-fil-A Bowl president Gary Stokan said the Blue Devils jumped on his bowl’s radar when they beat Virginia Tech 13-10 at Blacksburg, Va., on Oct. 26.
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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.
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.
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The Durham Bulls struggled at the plate in Monday night's loss to the Charlotte Knights.
That wasn't an issue in their regular-season home finale, as the Bulls pounded out nine extra-base hits in a 13-6 victory over the Knights on Tuesday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Almost a week after clinching the International League South Division title, the Durham Bulls continue to rake in the honors for their season of success. J.D. Martin was named the IL's starting pitcher of the year, Charlie Montoyo is the league's top manager and Vince Belnome was named to the postseason All-Star team in an announcement Tuesday.
On a night when the Durham Bulls struggled on the mound early, at the plate and in the field, they still had a chance to pull out a victory Monday night when they stranded two runners in the bottom of the ninth at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Instead, the Charlotte Knights cashed in on a two-out error by Durham shortstop Tim Beckham for a two-run rally and a 4-3 victory in International League action.
NCCU football announces schedule change, moving game from Saturday Oct. 12 to Thursday Oct. 10 to accomodate national TV broadcast. Nov. 2 game will also be televised nationally.
Orange High School rising sophomore pitcher Bryse Wilson has been named to CBS Sports’ MaxPreps 2013 Baseball Underclass All-American Team.
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The Duke University Golf Course, which is closed through Labor Day, is getting its first major facelift since 1993.