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Duke denies furious Michigan rally 73-71

CHARLOTTE -- Michigan guard Darius Morris’ attempt at a tying shot caromed off the back rim with one second remaining Sunday afternoon, allowing No. 1 seed Duke to advance to the NCAA tournament’s West Regional semifinals with a 73-71 win at Time Warner Cable Arena.

The Blue Devils led by as many as 15 points in the second half, but guard Tim Hardaway Jr. scored seven of his 15 points in the final 3:09 to rally the Wolverines. A Hardaway 3-pointer with 1:27 remaining cut the deficit to 70-69, but Duke freshman guard Kyrie Irving made a 6-foot bank shot against a 1-3-1 zone with 31 seconds left.

Morris drove the lane for a layup with 10 seconds remaining, and Michigan immediately fouled Duke guard Nolan Smith. He made the first of two free throws with 8.6 seconds left, and Morris made a mad rush down the court for an attempt at the tying basket.

His final shot caromed off the rim, leaving Duke to celebrate coach Mike Krzyzewski’s 900th career win. Krzyzewski needs three more wins to break Bob Knight’s Division I record.

Heels hold on for 86-83 win over Huskies

updated 5:38 p.m.

CHARLOTTE -- All year long in practice, North Carolina has worked on “must-stop” possessions -- meaning it “must stop” an opponent right then and there in order to win the game.

Sunday at Time Warner Cable Arena, the second-seeded Tar Heels did stop (or at least stymie) No. 7 seed Washington over the last seven minutes, morphing into the solid defensive team that coach Roy Williams has said all season they could be.

As a result of its down-to-the-wire 86-83 victory, UNC (28-7) will play either No. 3 seed Syracuse or No. 11 seed Marquette on Friday in the NCAA Sweet 16, an accomplishment that seemed awful far-fetched a year ago, when the Tar Heels didn’t make the NCAA field at all. The trip to Newark with mark UNC’s record 24th appearance regional semi-finals.

'Official' Duke-Hampton box full of errors

Tags: ACC Now | Duke | Hampton | NCAA

Check for the “official” box score of the Duke-Hampton game, and you’ll see that Duke won 87-47.

Except the Blue Devils actually won 87-45, and the NCAA’s online version of the box score is riddled with errors.

UPDATE, 11:32 A.M. SATURDAY: Overnight, the NCAA corrected the box score.

Green: Irving's smooth return bodes well for Blue Devils

CHARLOTTE -- Well, that was a tidy day’s work for the Duke Blue Devils.

With a comforting lack of drama, the top-seeded Blue Devils manhandled Hampton 87-45 today in their opening NCAA tournament game at Time Warner Cable Arena.

It was noteworthy for its efficient workmanship, the return of Kyrie Irving and the fact it moves coach Mike Krzyzewki within three victories of tying his mentor Bob Knight for the most wins ever by a Division I hoops coach.

Duke, Irving crush Hampton 87-45

updated 8 p.m.

CHARLOTTE – In less a half-minute Friday afternoon, freshman guard Kyrie Irving sent a shudder through teams in the NCAA tournament who suddenly face an even larger obstacle in Duke.

In his first game back from a toe injury that kept him out 3 ½ months, Irving got aggressive in the closing minutes with an 87-45 win over Hampton already wrapped up for No. 1 seed Duke at Time Warner Cable Arena.

Tudor: Coaching traffic busy

Tags: ACC Now | ACC | Coach | NCAA

What's sure to be a turbulent week for ACC coaches is already off to a strange twist, with Kenny Anderson campaigning for a spot on the next staff at Georgia Tech.

Anderson, a star guard for the Yellow Jackets in the early 1990s, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he can be an asset on the sidelines, regardless of who replaces Paul Hewitt as head coach.

Tudor's Take: UNC draws a tough path, Duke rewarded

North Carolina's loss to Duke in the ACC championship game this afternoon turned out to be a big problem in the NCAA pairings.

As the No. 2 seed in the East, the Tar Heels do get to start in Charlotte.

But if the top four seeds advance to the regional semifinals in Newark, N.J. (March 25 and 27), the chalk pairings would be UNC vs. Syracuse (3) and Ohio State (1) against Kentucky (4).

Talk about a tough ticket to find.

By contrast, Duke got rewarded for the most part by winning the ACC.

Brown to miss UNC opener

updated 3:35 p.m.

The NCAA has ruled that North Carolina cornerback Charles Brown must sit out the first game of the 2011 season for an agent-related violation, the school announced today.

Brown accepted benefits in the amount of $86.94 before the 2010 season from an individual identified as a prospective agent. The Tar Heels held him out of competition to start last season, and Brown was officially ruled out for the year on Oct. 20.

He was one of 14 players to miss at least one game in 2010, one of seven Tar Heels who missed the entire season as a result of the NCAA’s investigation of impermissible benefits and academic misconduct in the school’s football program.

UNC used PR firm for football spin control

The public relations staff at UNC-Chapel Hill is a learned bunch. The folks who control the university's message and image have been around the block a few times and understand the glare of national media scrutiny.

Still, the recent NCAA investigation into UNC's football program was a new experience, which is why the university turned in August to Hill & Knowlton, an international communications firm with special knowledge handling crisis situations, for help.

Have a read.

Wanted at UNC: Some football-related outrage

When news first surfaced in late September about now-former assistant football coach John Blake's ties to an NFL agent, Butch Davis told a Raleigh radio host he knew nothing about it.

Reacting to a Yahoo! Sports report on the relationship between Blake, then UNC's top assistant football coach, and agent Gary Wichard, Davis suggested that much of what Blake did was impossible for him to know.

"My first observation is, that, you know, in reference to some of the points in the article, is that people have private lives," Davis said in the radio interview.What Davis did not do in that interview, apparently, was to express an adequate level of anger and frustration with Blake.

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