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Krzyzewski says Hansbrough is 'worthy'

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski talked about UNC forward Tyler Hansbrough, currently on the shelf with a stress reaction, going after the UNC and ACC scoring records. Krzyzewski talked about how the process was for J.J. Redick, the current ACC scoring record-holder, and how it might be for Hansbrough once he returns.

The clip is from Operation Basketball in Atlanta on Oct. 26, before Hansbrough got injured.

 

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Krzyzewski on toll of chasing records

Talking with Tudor

N.C. State and Duke will play a football game, finally, on Saturday and UNC is catching Georgia Tech at the right time. Caulton Tudor and Joe ... more

USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 preseason poll

The USA Today/ ESPN top 25 Division I preseason women's basketball poll was released today, with three ACC teams landing in the top 10: No. 4 North Carolina, No. 5 Maryland, No. 8 Duke.

Connecticut was picked No. 1 and received 30 of 31 first-place votes for the top spot from NCAA Division I coaches who make up the selection board. 

Cutcliffe talks old school State football

DURHAM — Duke coach David Cutcliffe reached deep into the history books/his memory bank to come up with his most recent interaction with N.C. State football. The Alabama alum even pulled Joe Namath out of his pocket.

ACC Now appreciates the effort from the career-long SEC guy. Heck, we don't blame him for having to go back to the 1960s for some connection. The last time Duke and State played, after all, was in 2003. Listen in on Cutcliffe in this audio clip.

 

Audios:
Cutcliffe's memories

Good timing for Heels, Pack

It's rare but UNC and N.C. State could both win an ACC game on the same day on Saturday. The Heels and Pack are certainly catching teams at the right time.

The 19th-ranked Tar Heels get No. 22 Georgia Tech after a bye week, which translates to much-needed extra practice time to prepare for Paul Johnson's offense. Unlike Duke, or Wake Forest, the Heels had no experience against Johnson at Navy so this will be their first exposure to his version of the flexbone option.

Cutcliffe says he's staying at Duke


DURHAM —
Duke football coach David Cutcliffe put to rest any speculation he’d be interested in the Tennessee job.

“To put an end to any speculation, I’m at Duke. I’m staying at Duke. And [Tennessee] is not even part of the thought process,” Cutcliffe said at his weekly news conference on Tuesday.

Cutcliffe comments on Fulmer's ouster

Phillip Fulmer won't be coaching the Tennessee Volunteers in 2009. Expect the name of Duke's David Cutcliffe, a close friend and former longtime assistant under Fulmer, at the very least, to get mentioned as Tennessee AD Mike Hamilton starts looking for a replacement.

Here is the official statement Cutcliffe released on Monday:

Late Hits: Nov. 3

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Miami: The Baby Canes have taken the inspiring words of Kellen Winslow to heart: “We don’t care about nobody but this U.”

Written off after home losses to FSU and UNC, “The U” could have quit. Or they could have folded after trailing Duke at the half or Virginia in the fourth quarter but the Canes have come alive with four straights wins and are suddenly soldiers in the wide-open Coastal Division.

Bowl Predictions, Nov. 2

Duke's loss to Wake put a big damper on the Devils' bowl hopes. They now have to win two of their final four games -- vs. N.C. State, at Clemson, at Virginia Tech and vs. North Carolina -- to get to six wins. It's going to be tough to do better than 1-3 in that stretch.

No changes at the top despite Boston College and Virginia losing at home. I've still got a Maryland vs. Virginia Tech title game, with the Hokies getting the BCS bid. North Carolina's still going to the Peach Bowl. At the bottom, the ACC could end up with 10 or 11 bowl-eligible teams, with four 6-6 teams battling it out for two bowl spots.

UPDATE: ECU's overtime win in Orlando on Sunday moves the Pirates one step closer to the Conference USA title game.

Duke ground game maturing

WINSTON-SALEM — Tony Jackson and Jay Hollingsworth squeezed out a total of 130 yards on the ground on Saturday against a Wake Forest defense that had been holding teams to about 91 per game. It's a good number considering Duke managed just 28 at Vanderbilt last weekend.

But the number was not as impressive as how the sophomore and true freshman got those yards. Mostly Jackson and Hollingsworth were able to pound between the tackles and go up the gut, especially during a 10-play, 70-yard scoring drive late in the third quarter that turned a 19-14
deficit into a 20-19 lead.

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