Tag:North Carolina
Posted on: February 27, 2011 12:12 am
Edited on: February 27, 2011 12:22 am

Next Saturday is shaping up to be fun

Remember when Duke was undefeated and rolling with Kyrie Irving at the point?

Back then, nobody debated No. 1.

Nobody really even debated who would be our eventual national champion.

But now look.

The Blue Devils just took their third loss -- a 64-60 loss at Virginia Tech late Saturday -- and are no longer a lock (or perhaps even a favorite) to be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. Heck, they're now just a North Carolina win over Maryland on Sunday from being in a first-place tie in the ACC with the Tar Heels, which means we're now just a week away from a Duke-UNC regular-season finale that'll likely determine the outright ACC champion.

That's Duke vs. UNC next Saturday.

In primetime.


Yes, I'll be there.

And yes, I'm looking forward to it.

But I never would've imagined three months ago that Duke would be without the No. 1 ranking, at risk of missing out on a No. 1 seed and in need of a strong final week just to secure a league title. Of course, Duke had Irving back then and UNC had Larry Drew II. Now both point guards are out of the picture, which is why the gap between the two programs closed.

Irving's toe injury made Duke worse.

Drew's decision to quit allowed UNC to get better.

Now the Blue Devils and Tar Heels are basically tied atop the ACC.

It must be a thrilling turn of events for Roy Williams ... and infuriating to Mike Krzyzewski.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 11, 2011 12:39 pm
Edited on: February 11, 2011 1:21 pm

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Posted on: February 7, 2011 1:43 pm

Duke lands another elite recruit

Alex Murphy ended his recruitment Monday when he committed to Mike Krzyzewski's Duke Blue Devils.

"The whole process was fun, but, like everybody says, when you get it off your chest ... it’s just nice to know everything is set in stone," Murphy told Scout.com. "Like I said, it just feels good."

Murphy -- the younger brother of Florida's Erik Murphy -- is a standout in the Class of 2012, though it's possible he could graduate early and enroll at Duke in time for next season. The 6-foot-8 forward from Massachusetts told Scout.com that decision will be made later.

"I’m going to focus on my high school season and finish it out strong and hopefully win a championship," Murphy said. "The 2011 and 2012 thing will be something discussed with my family sometime in the spring and after the season."

Scout.com and Rivals.com both rank Murphy as the No. 11 prospect in the Class of 2012.

He accepted an offer from Duke while rejecting offers from Florida, North Carolina, Kansas and many others.
Posted on: February 4, 2011 11:08 am

Report: Drew leaving UNC

North Carolina point guard Larry Drew II has left the Tar Heels and will transfer out of the program, ESPN.com's Pat Forde reported Friday morning.

Drew has been a target of criticism since succeeding Ty Lawson as UNC's point guard. He led the Tar Heels to the NIT last season and was the most obvious problem for their disappointing start this season. The 6-foot-2 junior lost his starting job to freshman Kendall Marshall last month. North Carolina was 12-5 with Drew as the starter this season. The Tar Heels are 4-0 since turning to Marshall.

Drew is the son of Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew.

North Carolina plays Florida State on Sunday.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: December 3, 2010 3:35 am

Cameron and Allen in consecutive nights is fun

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- You can tell by the timestamps on my last two posts that this road trip I'm currently enjoying has really disrupted my sleeping habits. And by disrupted my sleeping habits, I mean I'm not really sleeping anymore.

That's not fun.

But I'd still put my past two nights up against anybody's.

I was at Michigan State-Duke Wednesday night and UCLA-Kansas Thursday night.

So in a span of 24 hours I sat courtside in what I consider to be the two neatest college basketball arenas in the country (Cameron Indoor Stadium and Allen Fieldhouse) and watched four possible Hall of Fame coaches (Tom Izzo, Mike Krzyzewski, Ben Howland and Bill Self) compete in two high-level games. Duke's Kyrie Irving was the story late Wednesday, a questionable call was the story late Thursday. And now I'm just anxious to see what the story will be early Saturday, because I'm getting ready to fly back to North Carolina for this weekend's showdown between Kentucky and North Carolina.

I'll be inside the Dean Smith Center for tipoff.

I won't mind seeing another freshman dominate and be a star.

What I would mind seeing is another referee ruin a good competition.
Posted on: November 22, 2010 3:41 pm
Edited on: November 22, 2010 7:01 pm

The Poll Attacks

Dave Mackall of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is a nice reporter, a great dude and, most importantly, a longtime friend. But his latest AP ballot is bogus, and I can't play favorites with the Poll Attacks, so here we go!

(Details of AP ballots courtesy of PollSpeak.com.)

Associated Press poll:  Dave has North Carolina 12th and Minnesota 25th this week despite the fact that UNC is 2-2 with zero notable wins while Minnesota is 5-0 with wins over West Virginia and ... wait for it ... UNC. Ranking North Carolina at all is mostly indefensible (more on this below in this UNC-heavy version of the Poll Attacks), but ranking the Tar Heels 13 spots ahead of Minnesota is insanity. Dave also has Illinois at No. 19 but Texas unranked even though UT just beat Illinois and played No. 5 Pittsburgh to the final minute, and he has San Diego State 10 spots below Gonzaga even though the Aztecs are 4-0 with a win ... wait for it ... at Gonzaga.

In other words, this was not a good week for my man Dave.

But, in the spirit of giving credit where credit is due, he at least put Minnesota on his ballot somewhere.

Jason Franchuk from the Provo Daily Herald in Utah didn't even do that much.

He's the one AP voter who omitted Minnesota from his ballot, and I can't begin to imagine how or why. We can argue about whether the Gophers belong in the top 10 (which is where I have them) or closer to 15th (which is where the AP poll has them), but there is no denying they should be ranked. For whatever reason, Jason thinks otherwise. But he has North Carolina -- that 2-2 UNC team with no notable wins and a loss to Minnesota -- ranked 15th.

Coaches poll: You want to call me an idiot for trusting North Carolina and all that talent for the second straight season and ranking the Tar Heels sixth in the preseason Top 25 (and one), fine. I'll still be surprised if Roy Williams doesn't get this turned around and if Harrison Barnes doesn't prove to be great. But as it stands, I'm in no position to argue. So call me names if you desire.

But at least I'm not still ranking the Tar Heels!

I'm not stubborn to the point of being ridiculous.

Can't say the same for the men voting in the coaches poll.

Inexplicably, the coaches -- and the AP voters, as pointed out above -- kept UNC in their poll this week. The Tar Heels are 25th with 99 points. That's 79 more points than the Vanderbilt team that just beat them, 49 points more than the West Virginia team that beat the Vanderbilt team that just beat them, which is beyond stupid but perhaps not even the dumbest thing these coaches did this week.

Here's something dumber: New Mexico getting four points.

I've got no issues with somebody ranking New Mexico in the preseason. But what you can't do is rank New Mexico when the Lobos are coming off a 25-point loss to a Cal team picked to finish in the bottom half of the Pac-10. Similarly, you can't have Murray State on your ballot when the Racers have no quality wins to offset a 16-point loss to an Ole Miss team picked in the bottom half of the SEC, but some genius coach did that, too.
Posted on: November 22, 2010 3:41 pm
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Posted on: November 11, 2010 1:45 pm

Zeller picks Indiana

Class of 2011 standout Cody Zeller committed to Indiana on Thursday.

Zeller chose the Hoosiers over an offer from Butler and another from North Carolina. The 6-foot-10 center from Washington, Ind., is rated 20th nationally by Rivals.com. He's likely to become his family's third McDonald's All-American, joining brothers Luke Zeller (played at Notre Dame) and Tyler Zeller (now plays at North Carolina).

Zeller is IU's second commitment from the Class of 2011.

The other is Austin Etherington, a 6-5 wing from Arcadia, Ind.
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