January 21, 2009
Gerald Henderson scored 21 points and No. 2 Duke pulled away late to beat North Carolina State, 73-56, last night in Durham, N.C. Nolan Smith hit consecutive three-pointers 30 seconds apart to start the decisive run for the Blue Devils (17-1, 4-0 ACC). They closed the game on a 27-5 run and shot 76 percent in the second half. Kyle Singler had 14 of his 17 points in the second half and Smith finished with 13 to help Duke overcome a horrible start. Brandon Costner and Ben McCauley both scored 15 points for the Wolfpack...
March 26, 2009
Both teams are strong on the perimeter, with suffocating defenses and balanced offenses. Villanova holds opponents to 67.1 points per game; Duke keeps teams to 65.6 points. The key matchup will be Duke sophomore forward Kyle Singler against Villanova senior forward Dante Cunningham. Singler is a do-it-all forward who can hurt opponents on the glass and on the perimeter. He is also an able passer, which allows the Blue Devils to run their offense through him. Cunningham, who went to Potomac...
February 28, 2009
Who: Virginia Tech vs. Duke When: Saturday, 3:30 p.m. Where: Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Va. Records: Hokes 17-10, 7-6 ACC; Blue Devils 23-5, 9-4. TV: WJLA (Channel 7), WMAR (Channel 2). Radio: WWXT (92.7 FM), WWXX (94.3 FM), WTEM (980 AM). ON THE BRINK OF MADNESS: Virginia Tech bolstered its hopes of securing an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament with Wednesday's road win over No. 12 Clemson. Beating No. 7 Duke might be the finishing touch. If the Hokies fall to the Blue Devils, they will need to beat either No. 4 North...
January 1, 2010 |
Bo Ryan made a point to Jon Leuer, sending him to the bench for most of the first half. Then Leuer made his points in the second half. Playing without its leading scorer on the floor, No. 23 Wisconsin still managed to build a big lead on No. 15 Ohio State. The host Badgers maintained the defensive pressure in the second half, pulling away for a 65-43 victory Thursday in the Big Ten opener for both teams. "I was really enjoying my spot on the bench watching them," Leuer said.
March 16, 2008
CHARLOTTE, March 15 -- Trevor Booker scored 18 points, Cliff Hammonds added 17 and Clemson, the perennial pushover in the ACC, stunned No. 7 Duke, 78-74, on Saturday to reach the tournament title game for the first time in 46 years. The third-seeded Tigers (24-8), who had lost 22 straight games to the Blue Devils, pulled away in the second half to spoil a much more familiar North Carolina-Duke rematch in the championship. Instead Clemson, which has never won the ACC title, will get a shot at the top-ranked Tar...
January 18, 2010 |
Michigan looked like the team it expected to be while No. 15 Connecticut struggled -- again. Zack Novak made a tiebreaking three-pointer with 1 1/2 minutes left and Manny Harris followed with a layup to power the host Wolverines to a 68-63 win over the Huskies on Sunday. The Wolverines (10-7) earned the signature win they needed in a season that started with them ranked 15th, coming off their first NCAA tournament appearance since 1998. They'll have to finish the season very strong to earn another bid, but beating Connecticut...