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NC State women shaking up ACC

NC State women shaking up ACC

RALEIGH – If you thought ACC men’s basketball was off to a topsy-turvy start, check out what’s happening on the distaff side of the conference.North Carolina State, once a proud national power under the legendary Kay Yow, opened ACC play with back-to-back upsets of No. 2 Notre...

Rick Barnes rebuilding Tennessee with new look

Rick Barnes rebuilding Tennessee with new look

Former Tennessee coaches Bruce Pearl, Cuonzo Martin and Donnie Tyndall set the bar low enough to buy second-year coach Rick Barnes some time in Knoxville.The sparse crowds at 21,678-seat Thompson-Boling Arena are evidence of that. The Volunteers have averaged only 12,306 entering...

Northwestern chasing first NCAA bid

Northwestern chasing first NCAA bid

Northwestern coach Chris Collins likely got the wrong idea about the Big Ten while playing for Mike Krzyzewski and coaching beside him 13 years on the Duke bench. Coach K made beating Big Ten teams look simple.It’s not so easy, Collins was reminded after his Wildcats lost at...

Looking back at the past calendar year

Looking back at the past calendar year

We’re close to the start of conference play and the New Year, so let’s review college basketball’s calendar year rather than last season. No story overlaps last and this season more than the childish behavior of Duke’s Grayson Allen.— Duke’s junior guard tripped Louisville and...

Matt Farrell is the point for strong Irish start

Matt Farrell is the point for strong Irish start

Many college basketball fans tuning into a Notre Dame game or reading box scores are wondering, “Where did Matt Farrell come from?”The answer is from the end of the bench. Notre Dame fans know this from his only four starts last season – all in the NCAA Tournament run to the...

AAC trailing major conferences in NCAA bids

AAC trailing major conferences in NCAA bids

The American Athletic Conference each week pointed to examples of football success to argue for the AAC’s involvement in a Power 6 along with the Big Ten, SEC, ACC, Big 12 and Pac-12.The reasons are debatable, but the conference can make a stronger case of...

North Carolina needs healthy Joel Berry

North Carolina needs healthy Joel Berry

North Carolina knew what it had last year when fourth-year starting point guard Marcus Paige missed the first six contests with a hand injury, or in any game the rest of the way when he needed a breather.The Tar Heels had Joel Berry II. He would have started at most other ACC...

History of renovated Reynolds includes segregation stain

History of renovated Reynolds includes segregation stain

North Carolina State basketball steps back in time to play Tennessee State on Saturday at Reynolds Coliseum. The Wolfpack returns from PNC Arena to the campus shrine remodeled at a cost of $35 million.Renovated Reynolds is a blueprint on how to retain the outside the brick charm...

Notre Dame making run as ACC contender

Notre Dame making run as ACC contender

There’s no reason for Notre Dame to get overly excited about a 54-point win, the largest in the 48-year history of the Purcell Pavilion. It’s still early December and the opponent was North Carolina A&T (1-7).But there is plenty reason for genuine optimism to spawn thinking...

Jerome Robinson key building block at BC

Jerome Robinson key building block at BC

The only Boston College team worse in ACC play a year ago than the football team which failed to win a conference game was the basketball team, which also failed to win an ACC game… but that’s only because of Notre Dame.The Irish are ACC members in basketball but remain...