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ECU's Ballard a candidate at K-State

East Carolina Chancellor Steve Ballard is a finalist for the top job at Kansas State.

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Tigers top ECU, improve to 14-0

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Sophomore reserve Jerai Grant had a career-high 14 points and No. 20 Clemson improved to 14-0 for the second time in three years with a 79-66 victory over East Carolina on Saturday.

Grant is the latest in his family to excel for the Tigers. His father is Harvey Grant, who played two seasons at Clemson before transferring to Oklahoma, and his uncle is Horace Grant, the former Chicago Bull who stuck around Littlejohn Coliseum and helped the Tigers to a 17-0 start in 1986-87.

Jerai's team moved a step closer to that mark against the Pirates (8-5), who have lost four straight and couldn't keep up with Clemson's depth.

Deacons romp over Pirates

GREENVILLE (AP) — Al-Farouq Aminu had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 6 Wake Forest blew open a close game after halftime to beat East Carolina 95-54 on Monday night.

Chas McFarland had 14 points for the Demon Deacons (11-0), who are off to their best start since winning the first 11 games of 2003-04. Wake Forest led by four points at halftime before roaring out of the break with a big run that silenced the rowdy home crowd dreaming of an upset.

Costner, McCauley lead Pack over Pirates

RALEIGH — All season long, Brandon Costner and Ben McCauley have been fiercely determined to show that this season would be better for them and for N.C. State.

With a brilliant performance to start the game and the second half Tuesday night, Costner, McCauley and N.C. State proved something about themselves and their team.

Costner scored 24 points and grabbed 17 rebounds as the Wolfpack avenged last season’s loss to East Carolina with a 87-76 defeat at the RBC Center. Twelve of McCauley’s 20 points came after halftime as N.C. State overcame a 25-point, six-assist night by Pirates sophomore point guard Brock Young.

Bowl Predictions, Dec. 2

Nov. 30 predictions
Nov. 23 predictions
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Nov. 9 predictions
Nov. 2 predictions
Oct. 26 predictions

A special mid-week edition of the bowl predictions, with new rumor and speculation bringing the ACC picture into focus.

Specifically, the Gator Bowl is making a play for Clemson, which would bump North Carolina to the Meineke Bowl in Charlotte, where the Heels would play Pittsburgh. The ACC title game loser is likely headed to Nashville, whether it's Virginia Tech or Boston College

Bowl Predictions, Nov. 30

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What a crazy weekend in the ACC. Good thing that Tulsa and Rice won, restoring normalcy to Conference USA.

While we await word whether the ACC is going to agree with the Big East's interpretation of NCAA rules that no 6-6 team can go to a conference-tie-in bowl ahead of a 7-5 team — which would be bad news for N.C. State — a few hazy pieces of the bowl picture made themselves clear Saturday.

Talking Points: Bowl Predictions, Nov. 30

From Talking Points:

What a crazy weekend in the ACC. Good thing that Tulsa and Rice won, restoring normalcy to Conference USA.

While we await word whether the ACC is going to agree with the Big East's interpretation of NCAA rules that no 6-6 team can go to a conference-tie-in bowl ahead of a 7-5 team — which would be bad news for N.C. State — a few hazy pieces of the bowl picture made themselves clear Saturday.

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Bowl Predictions, Nov. 23

Nov. 16 predictions
Nov. 9 predictions
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Oct. 26 predictions

With both division titles still up for grabs and N.C. State and Virginia looking to get to six wins and Clemson trying to get bowl-eligible as well, the last week of the ACC season is certainly overloaded with drama -- not to mention potential bowl implications.

In Conference USA, East Carolina already has the East Division title locked up going into Friday's game against UTEP, but there's a three-way tie in the West Division standings heading into the final week between Houston, Rice and Tulsa.

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