Danny Manning’s record in his first season at Wake Forest -- 13-16, 5-11 in the ACC -- isn’t that different from his predecessor, but the way the Deacons have played offers reason for optimism going forward.
Syracuse’s visit to Duke last year was perhaps the biggest game of the season to that point. It justified the hype then, but as Syracuse returns, it’s just another Saturday night for Duke in the slog between North Carolina games.
It’s been a generation since NC State could even venture a claim to a better backcourt than North Carolina. Can Trevor Lacey, Ralston Turner and Cat Barber lead the Wolfpack to its first basketball win in Chapel Hill in almost that long?
The timing of North Carolina coach Roy Williams’ unexpected criticism of the Smith Center crowd after Saturday’s 89-60 win over Georgia Tech may have something to do with the Tar Heels’ two final home opponents: NC State and Duke.
If all had gone well for the Carolina Hurricane this season, it would have looked something like Friday's 2-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Staal brothers scoring goals. Cam Ward making saves. A timely power play and a lock-solid penalty-kill.
Coming back from a 10-point deficit to beat St. John’s gave Duke the confidence to do it three more times. Wednesday’s loss should teach North Carolina a similar lesson: The Tar Heels are better than what they have shown so far.
Point guard Tyus Jones’ arrival at Duke shunted Quinn Cook aside, as expected. Less expected was the way Cook, Duke’s only scholarship senior, has flourished beside Jones in the backcourt and as a leader.
When Dean Smith suddenly retired, that left four players he recruited who never got the chance to play for him at North Carolina – which makes the impact he ended up having on them all the more profound.
In nine-plus months as general manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, Ron Francis has yet to make a major deal. What he can get for Andrej Sekera at the trade deadline will say a little about the future of the franchise and more about Francis.
After Wednesday’s disheartening loss at Wake Forest, the forecast for the Wolfpack is grim, but NC State’s NCAA hopes are still very much alive. It’s too much to say NC State will make the tournament, but it unquestionably still could, and maybe even should.
Eric Staal's move to left wing, to play alongside brother Jordan, has been productive in a successful January for the Carolina Hurricanes. But as his contract winds down, does it make financial sense to pay what it will take to keep him if he's not playing center?
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