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Video highlights from N.C. State's win over Boston College

Scott Wood made five 3-pointers and finished with 22 points, leading NC State past Boston College 78-57 in the opening round of the ACC tournament Thursday.

Instant analysis: Good news, a little bad news in Pack win

Scott Wood hot, C.J. Leslie not so hot in easy win for Pack

NCSU named among best video game design schools

N.C. State University was been recognized for having one the best video game design programs in the U.S. and Canada.

N.C. State reports the 2012 honor is its second consecutive appearance on the "Top Schools for Video Game Design Study" list from The Princeton Review.

The undergraduate program at NCSU received an honorable mention and one of only 50 institutions in North America to make the list.

Video highlights from the N.C. State-Clemson game

See video highlights from the Wolfpack's overtime loss to Clemson at Littlejohn Coliseum.

Clemson nips N.C. State 72-69 in overtime

CLEMSON, S.C. -- As N.C. State’s basketball season continued to slip away Saturday with a 72-69 overtime loss to Clemson in Littlejohn Coliseum, Wolfpack coach Mark Gottfried tried to stay philosophical – and upbeat.

“It’s the ebbs and flows that make athletics really challenging,” Gottfried said after his team lost for a fourth consecutive time and saw its chances at an NCAA tournament at-large berth all-but vanish. “But I love these guys. I told them to keep their heads up. I said if you give us this kind of effort every night then eventually things will turn around for us.”

An admirable sentiment, but time is running out for the Wolfpack (18-11, 7-7 ACC), which was sunk Saturday when Clemson’s Andre Young banked in a 3-pointer from the corner with 10.1 seconds left in overtime for the winning points. The Wolfpack’s C.J. Leslie missed a 3-pointer at the other end as time expired that would have tied it.

Wolfpack tops the Yellow Jackets 61-52

ATLANTA -- N.C. State’s 61-52 ACC victory against Georgia Tech on Thursday was built on the memories of what happened the last time the two teams played.

It was a month ago, when the Yellow Jackets exposed the Wolfpack defensively, shooting 51 percent in an 82-71 win in Raleigh.

“That hurt us,” said Wolfpack Mark Gottfried.

But it also served N.C. State well on Thursday in Philips Arena. The Wolfpack (18-7, 7-3 ACC) clamped down defensively on Georgia Tech (9-15, 2-8), forcing the Yellow Jackets into a 32.2 percent shooting night on its way to a third consecutive triumph.

3 N.C. State recruits selected to McDonald's All-America team

Three N.C. State basketball recruits have been selected to play in the 35th McDonald's All-America boys basketball game on March 28 in Chicago.

The Wolfpack recruits are Rodney Purvis of Raleigh Upper Room; Tyler Lewis, who played at Forsyth Country Day in 2010-11 and is at Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill this season; and T.J. Warren, who played at Durham Riverside and Raleigh Word of God before going to Brewster Academy for this season.

All three grew up playing in North Carolina.

Duke recruit Rasheed Sulaimon of Houston (Texas) Strake Jesuit and North Carolina recruit Marcus Page of Linn-Marr (Iowa) Marion also are on the all-star team.

Replay our Thursday afternoon ACC chat

  Talk ACC hoops with columnist Luke DeCock and Duke beat writer Jack Daly (02/09/2012)
11:58
Lorenzo Perez: 

Welcome, everyone. It's the day after Austin Rivers and Duke mounted a classic comeback to beat North Carolina on the Tar Heels' home court.

We have with us Blue Devils beat writer Jack Daly and columnist Luke DeCock, who both covered last night's game at the Smith Center.

Get your questions, comments and family-friendly rants ready. (Yes, we all know Seth Curry traveled before hitting that 3.) We're about to get started.

If anyone wants to talk also about Florida State's flop at Boston College or N.C. State's game tonight at Georgia Tech, Jack and Luke are ready to discuss those as well.

We're about to get started, but here are some links to some of this morning's coverage.

Duke at the buzzer: http://bit.ly/AlyYw6
Duke controls its destiny: http://bit.ly/xs3wb3
Tudor's Take: http://bit.ly/xXoygJ

Thursday February 9, 2012 11:58 Lorenzo Perez
12:01
Jack Daly: 

After a good night’s sleep, I think I’ve processed the final 2:38 from last night’s game and am ready to answer questions.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:01 Jack Daly
12:01
[Comment From Luke DeCockLuke DeCock: ]

Still trying to digest what happened last night. Can only imagine how Leonard Hamilton thought, leaving Boston with UNC up 10 and landing in Tallahassee in a three-way tie. Send along your questions and we'll take a shot

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:01 Luke DeCock
12:04
Luke DeCock: 

One thought that stays with me from last night's game: When Duke is on from outside, the Blue Devils can beat anyone (Michigan State, Kansas, etc.). And when Duke isn't, it gets ugly (Villanova, 2009 NCAAt; Arizona, 2011 NCAAt). When Duke won the national title in 2010, Duke had a little more balance to its game.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:04 Luke DeCock
12:04
[Comment From CaryHooCaryHoo: ]

How was Zeller stranded out there to guard Rivers at there?

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:04 CaryHoo
12:04
Luke DeCock: 

In a situation like that, with less than 10 seconds, you're always going to switch on all screens. So Zeller and Bullock switched on the ball screen, and Zeller ended up on Rivers.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:04 Luke DeCock
12:05
Jack Daly: 

Right. What Zeller needed to do was contest the shot a bit more

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:05 Jack Daly
12:05
Luke DeCock: 

Really, Zeller was in a decent position to defend a regulation 3-pointer, and as a big man it's in his DNA to stop the drive. I just don't think he ever expected Rivers to shoot from there. He was waiting to defend a drive that never happened.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:05 Luke DeCock
12:06
[Comment From raleighoopsraleighoops: ]

Better question is why did Zeller wait until Rivers was about to shoot to put up his hands? Should have had 'em up all along.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:06 raleighoops
12:06
Jack Daly: 

I think he was worried about Rivers getting by him.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:06 Jack Daly
12:07
Luke DeCock: 

Think he was just worried about the drive. And Duke was planning to go to the lane and look for a foul.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:07 Luke DeCock
12:07
Jack Daly: 

But your point is well taken -- he needs to have his hands up.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:07 Jack Daly
12:07
[Comment From MalikMalik: ]

Roy Williams lost that game, I feel awful for heels fans. Thoughts? No timeout called when they started to lose the 10 pt lead, failed to guard against all the 3's, failed to burn clock. Roy was not in control.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:07 Malik
12:08
Luke DeCock: 

Roy had his timeouts at the end. And I thought he used them well in the end game. His team just didn't make free throws.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:08 Luke DeCock
12:09
Luke DeCock: 

We get on Roy about not using his timeouts, with good reason sometimes, but the idea is you have them at the end in a one- or two-possession game. And he did.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:09 Luke DeCock
12:10
[Comment From ACCHOOPSFANACCHOOPSFAN: ]

Luke, did you see a dropoff of intensity and fire in the UNC players up by 10 with a little over 2 mniutes left? I stop seeing the grittiness in the lane, the boxing out and the stiff picks. Seemed like they were just waiting for the game to end and to get the accolades. Instead, they let Duke take the only lead they had in the 2nd half with .03 left in the game.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:10 ACCHOOPSFAN
12:10
Luke DeCock: 

One last thought on timeouts: Just looking back at my notes, Roy used timeouts at 3:50 (79-70), 2:34 (82-72) and 1:59 (82-75).

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:10 Luke DeCock
12:12
Luke DeCock: 

I don't think there's any doubt UNC relaxed in the late going. The entire building did. The only question was whether the Tar Heels would cover or not (line was 6). But when Duke scores on seven straight possessions to close out the game, and UNC goes 4-9 on FTs, it can come back and bite you quick.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:12 Luke DeCock
12:13
Jack Daly: 

I think UNC assumed the game was won.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:13 Jack Daly
12:13
[Comment From GuestGuest: ]

How does Duke prevent a letdown from this? They've got MD coming to Cameron on Saturday which could be a tough matchup.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:13 Guest
12:13
Jack Daly: 

Good question. That's been the issue for this Duke team -- consistency from one game to the next.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:13 Jack Daly
12:14
Luke DeCock: 

It'll be interesting to see how Duke does defensively on Stoglin this time around. He's capable of doing to Duke what Duke did to UNC last night.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:14 Luke DeCock
12:14
Jack Daly: 

If Duke can handle Maryland on Saturday without a lapse, maybe Wednesday's game is a bit of a turning point in their season.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:14 Jack Daly
12:15
[Comment From TomTom: ]

Great teams finish games off strong. This UNC team has been weak and lacked passion all yr, speaks to coaching. What do you think for NCAA seatings? Best case for either team is a #2 right ?

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:15 Tom
12:15
Jack Daly: 

I still think they can get a No. 1. Ultimately, losing to Duke isn't going to kill their RPI.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:15 Jack Daly
12:15
Luke DeCock: 

Both teams have the resume to be a No. 1 seed if they finish well. Wouldn't be surprised if the ACC champ was a 1, second place a 2 and FSU a 3. Duke has the kind of profile the committee loves when it comes to seeding.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:15 Luke DeCock
12:16
Luke DeCock: 

One thing is guaranteed at this point: They'll both be in Greensboro again. Which is awesome for hoops in this state.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:16 Luke DeCock
12:16
[Comment From Jerry leeJerry lee: ]

I understand both of you guys are Duke fans.But as a UNC fan I feel like when it come to the tournament UNC could make a final four run while Duke won't and the reason.You can't always with the 3 points shot

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:16 Jerry lee
12:16
Luke DeCock: 

Uhhh. I think you've got the wrong chat.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:16 Luke DeCock
12:17
Jack Daly: 

Coach K said after the game he thinks UNC is still the best team in the league.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:17 Jack Daly
12:17
Luke DeCock: 

Now, from our NEUTRAL perspective, there's no question Duke relies extremely heavily on the 3-pointer, as I noted earlier. It killed the 2009 and 2011 teams in the NCAA tournament.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:17 Luke DeCock
12:17
Who had the most frustrating night Wednesday?
UNC's Tyler Zeller

 
 ( 56% )

Duke's Mason Plumlee

 
 ( 0% )

UNC coach Roy Williams

 
 ( 31% )

FSU coach Leonard Hamilton

 
 ( 13% )
Thursday February 9, 2012 12:17 
12:17
[Comment From GooglesGoogles: ]

Is FSU the all-time ring leader when it comes to playing down to competition?

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:17 Googles
12:18
Luke DeCock: 

One last point on Duke: To me, the key for Duke is getting Mason Plumlee to generate his own points inside the way he did against Maryland -- and the way UNC does with Zeller and to a lesser extent Henson. I agree UNC is better equipped for a long NCAA tournament run.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:18 Luke DeCock
12:18
Luke DeCock: 

As for the Seminoles, they're in last place in the Ivy League (0-2).

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:18 Luke DeCock
12:18
Jack Daly: 

Losing to BC is somewhat inexplicable.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:18 Jack Daly
12:18
Luke DeCock: 

And they lost to a team that wouldn't be among the top six in the Ivy League last night, judged on talent alone.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:18 Luke DeCock
12:18
Luke DeCock: 

Steve Donahue isn't just the ACC coach of the year. He should be the national coach of the year. He's winning games with UNC's JV team.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:18 Luke DeCock
12:19
Jack Daly: 

They're still in good shape to win the conference, but as last night's loss indicates, they can't be trusted to win every game they're supposed to.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:19 Jack Daly
12:19
[Comment From Tarheel ProudTarheel Proud: ]

Luke, as a charltote hoops fan, I just kept thinking how either team could have whipped our bottom dwelling Charlotte Bobcats. How many of the players on both of these teams have a good shot at being starters in the NBA...I think 5 or 6.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:19 Tarheel Proud
12:20
Luke DeCock: 

Don't know about beating the Bobcats, but many of these guys will be doing that soon. Barnes, Zeller, Henson, Marshall, Rivers for sure. Plumlee, Curry, Bullock, McAdoo, Hairston all have a shot. Just off the top of my head.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:20 Luke DeCock
12:20
Luke DeCock: 

Let me move Mason Plumlee into the "for sure" group.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:20 Luke DeCock
12:20
Jack Daly: 

With development, Quinn Cook could join that group, too.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:20 Jack Daly
12:21
[Comment From AmalieAmalie: ]

I hate to say it, Rivers is a bit of a ball hog. He backed it up last night though. I get the feeling Coach K doesn't like it, but he has to allow it now. This isn't a great Duke "team" like usual. Any feelings on this?

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:21 Amalie
12:21
Which team will win the March 3 rematch?
Duke

 
 ( 32% )

North Carolina

 
 ( 68% )
Thursday February 9, 2012 12:21 
12:22
Luke DeCock: 

My take on this, as I've written a couple times now, is that this Duke team doesn't have the classic Duke DNA -- in-your-face man-to-man defense, help in the lane, denying the entry pass. There aren't many natural defenders on this team. But it has more scoring options -- Plumlee, Kelly, Rivers, Curry, Dawkins, etc. -- than just about any Duke team I can remember.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:22 Luke DeCock
12:22
Jack Daly: 

Rivers is the most dynamic offensive player Duke has. The downside is his decision-making sometimes is lacking -- he forces 2 or 3 shots per game, no question. But Duke needs Rivers to be a force offensively.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:22 Jack Daly
12:22
[Comment From LauraLaura: ]

Obviously this puts even more pressure on March 3rd. I understand that a lot can and probably will happen with both teams between now and then - but even so this is going to be a massive rematch. Who do you think will win?

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:22 Laura
12:23
Luke DeCock: 

Just to finish that last thought, I suspect there's a part of Coach K that, as was the case with the Olympics, took on Rivers as a sort of challenge -- to take this extremely talented player and mold him into a "Duke" player. Parts of that are still a work in progress.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:23 Luke DeCock
12:23
Luke DeCock: 

I'd expect UNC to get the better of Duke in the rematch, if only because these teams are so closely matched and home-court advantage doesn't seem to mean much in this rivalry.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:23 Luke DeCock
12:23
Jack Daly: 

With this Duke team, you can't even predict with any accuracy if it will win Saturday. Who knows where the Blue Devils will be in a couple of weeks? That's one of the reasons Coach K has been so frustrated with this team at times.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:23 Jack Daly
12:24
Luke DeCock: 

But as last night showed, from UNC-Duke to BC-FSU to Virginia against Wake Forest-Rolesville, the ACC is unpredictable.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:24 Luke DeCock
12:24
[Comment From raleighoopsraleighoops: ]

Carolina fans are saying Plumlee pushed Zeller and caused the weird tip-in at end. What did you guys see?

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:24 raleighoops
12:24
Luke DeCock: 

Didn't see that at all.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:24 Luke DeCock
12:24
Luke DeCock: 

Zeller went for the ball. He missed it.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:24 Luke DeCock
12:24
Luke DeCock: 

Jack?

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:24 Luke DeCock
12:24
Jack Daly: 

Yeah, I didn't see that. Doesn't mean it didn't happen, but I don't remember that.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:24 Jack Daly
12:25
[Comment From HoratioHoratio: ]

Duke fans gotta love the great trio that is "Barnes, Zeller, and Henson". 5 out of the last 6, haha.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:25 Horatio
12:25
Jack Daly: 

I thought Barnes had a great second half last night. If UNC wins, he's one of the major reasons why (along with Marshall).

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:25 Jack Daly
12:25
[Comment From Jerry leeJerry lee: ]

Not to make any excuse .But how in the world did the Refs not call Seth Curry for a walk right before he hit the 3 point shot that cut UNC to 4 point lead.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:25 Jerry lee
12:26
Luke DeCock: 

That was at the other end of the court, and I haven't seen a replay of that shot other than the release. It didn't look like a walk to me at the time, although the crowd certainly thought so. Would like to get another look at that.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:26 Luke DeCock
12:27
Jack Daly: 

I thought it was a walk at the time, but those judgments calls happen hundreds of time during the game. Ref made a quick judgment.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:27 Jack Daly
12:27
[Comment From GooglesGoogles: ]

Over/Under on GT/State attendance tonight is set at 2,000. Whatcha got?

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:27 Googles
12:27
Luke DeCock: 

Interesting officiating crew last night: UNC-Duke veteran Bryan Kersey, national ace John Cahill and first-timer Tim Nestor, who has moved into the ACC's top nine refs. No Karl Hess, Les Jones, Roger Ayers, Jamie Luckie, etc.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:27 Luke DeCock
12:27
[Comment From teepackteepack: ]

Any thoughts on tonight's big game - NCSU or GT? Or are we only limited to discussing the UNC-Duke game? A win by the Pack keeps them a game out of first and gives them their fourth road win of the year.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:27 teepack
12:27
Luke DeCock: 

Huge game for the Wolfpack. A must-win as far as I'm concerned for NCAA tournament purposes.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:27 Luke DeCock
12:28
Luke DeCock: 

Tough situation for GT, playing as nomads. Bet they get more fans than the Thrashers would, though. 5K?

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:28 Luke DeCock
12:28
Jack Daly: 

The atmosphere will be horrible.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:28 Jack Daly
12:28
Luke DeCock: 

I still think the door is open for NC State and Miami to make the tournament, if they can continue winning games down the stretch. But the Wolfpack can't take any more bad losses and needs an upset or two in the tough stretch coming up.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:28 Luke DeCock
12:29
Jack Daly: 

NC State has to pick up a win against Duke, FSU or UNC, I think, to get in.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:29 Jack Daly
12:29
Luke DeCock: 

Interestingly, I thought Duke played the game N.C. State SHOULD have played against UNC, just trying to get hot from outside instead of going directly at Henson.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:29 Luke DeCock
12:29
Jack Daly: 

The stretch that begins next week for State at Duke is huge.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:29 Jack Daly
12:29
[Comment From GuestGuest: ]

Thoughts on UNC matchup against UVA on saturday?

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:29 Guest
12:30
Luke DeCock: 

I'll take UNC to bounce back at home, but I have the utmost respect for Virginia, and Mike Scott is my ACC player of the year, although Barnes and Rivers both buttressed their own cases last night. I don't think Scott gets anywhere near the credit he deserves.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:30 Luke DeCock
12:30
Jack Daly: 

One would think Duke's comeback is the worst thing possible for UVa.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:30 Jack Daly
12:30
[Comment From Sugar SmacksSugar Smacks: ]

It seems we have some tiers forming in NCAA bball. top 3 - uk, cuse, oh state next 3 ku, mizz, baylor then unc duke some others.... ACC seems a little down, or am I off? Thanks fellas!

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:30 Sugar Smacks
12:30
Jack Daly: 

Agree completely with what Luke said about Mike Scott.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:30 Jack Daly
12:31
How will the top 3 sort out in the ACC by the end of the season?
1. Duke, 2. FSU, 3. UNC

 
 ( 7% )

1. UNC, 2. Duke, 3. FSU

 
 ( 33% )

1. FSU, 2. Duke, 3. UNC

 
 ( 13% )

1. Duke, 2. UNC, 3. FSU

 
 ( 40% )

1. UNC, 2. FSU, 3. Duke

 
 ( 7% )

1. FSU, 2. UNC, 3. Duke

 
 ( 0% )
Thursday February 9, 2012 12:31 
12:32
Luke DeCock: 

ACC is down as a league, but I still think UNC and Duke are in that second tier behind Kentucky and Syracuse etc. Florida State and UVa behind that. The bottom is awful with BC and Wake and GT. VT and Clemson, thoroughly mediocre.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:32 Luke DeCock
12:32
Jack Daly: 

If you look at it though, all of Duke's ACC games have been good ones, with the exception of the win over Wake.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:32 Jack Daly
12:32
Jack Daly: 

Has made for some good games.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:32 Jack Daly
12:32
[Comment From JohnJohn: ]

Why is coach K and not DUKE does not get any heat for the way DUKE players celebrated last night after hitting the winning shot.I thought what DUKE players did was totally uncalled for.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:32 John
12:32
Luke DeCock: 

My FF right now is Ohio State, Kentucky, North Carolina and Michigan State. Kansas and Syracuse in there, too.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:32 Luke DeCock
12:33
Luke DeCock: 

Man, that's a rivalry. That's what it's all about.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:33 Luke DeCock
12:33
Jack Daly: 

They celebrated hitting a massive shot. What's wrong with that?

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:33 Jack Daly
12:33
[Comment From WolfpackerWolfpacker: ]

Do you think last night's games opened up the tiniest crack for State to finish atop the ACC? Possibly or pipe dream?

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:33 Wolfpacker
12:33
[Comment From teepackteepack: ]

yea, i wish they hadn't lost to GT earlier in the year. We'd be tied for first right now.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:33 teepack
12:33
Luke DeCock: 

Roy took pains to point out afterward that he didn't have a problem with it, which probably means he had a little bit of a problem with it, but if you're ever going to celebrate a game-winner, isn't that the one?

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:33 Luke DeCock
12:34
Luke DeCock: 

I don't see any chance for State to win the ACC with their schedule, but I think the door is still open for 10 or 11 wins and an NCAA tournament bid, which would be a huge accomplishment for Mark Gottfried. Even an NIT bid is a big step forward.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:34 Luke DeCock
12:36
Jack Daly: 

Agreed -- I don't see any scenario where State wins the league.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:36 Jack Daly
12:37
[Comment From RufusRufus: ]

How was that Zeller basket for Duke scored in the books? Did that credit go to the Duke shooter? That was one bizarre play. Great game.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:37 Rufus
12:37
Jack Daly: 

Ryan Kelly -- the shooter -- got credit for the basket.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:37 Jack Daly
12:37
Luke DeCock: 

Credit went to Kelly, because he was the last opposing player to touch it. No "own goals" in college basketball.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:37 Luke DeCock
12:37
[Comment From JuanJuan: ]

Luke, you mentioned in your column and on Twitter that Duke won by playing from outside the 3-point line, something N.C. State never did. Doesn't State lacks the shooters to try and play that way against UNC?

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:37 Juan
12:38
Luke DeCock: 

Scott Wood?

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:38 Luke DeCock
12:38
[Comment From DukieDukie: ]

I couldn't help but imagine Kyrie Irving starting with Rivers in the backcourt last night if he had stayed...like the Tarheels did. Irving is the probable rookie of the year in the NBA. Just puts things in perspective...when players stay, the team gets dramatically better. Duke lost Singler, Irving and Smith and reloaded with a freshman.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:38 Dukie
12:38
Luke DeCock: 

My point is, you're better off hoping Wood and CJ Williams and Lo Brown get going from the outside than you are sending CJ Leslie at Henson and hoping for the best.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:38 Luke DeCock
12:38
Luke DeCock: 

That was a no-chance strategy on the road. Maybe at home, where you might get Henson in foul trouble.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:38 Luke DeCock
12:39
Luke DeCock: 

Kyrie Irving was a great college player. Miss watching him play. Of course, that was true most of last year as well...

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:39 Luke DeCock
12:39
Jack Daly: 

In today's era, though, I don't think coaches expect guys like Irving to stay more than one year. It'll be interesting to see what Rivers does.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:39 Jack Daly
12:39
Jack Daly: 

He could use another year of seasoning before heading to the NBA.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:39 Jack Daly
12:39
[Comment From GooglesGoogles: ]

Nice use of the word buttressed. Rank the following games in order of State's best chance at a win. I've got 1. FSU at home 2. at Duke 3. UNC at home.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:39 Googles
12:40
Luke DeCock: 

I might put UNC at home ahead of at Duke, just because the crowd will be nuts (both places).

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:40 Luke DeCock
12:40
Jack Daly: 

I think State can win at Duke, though.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:40 Jack Daly
12:40
Luke DeCock: 

The FSU game at this point, is pretty much a must-win.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:40 Luke DeCock
12:41
[Comment From JakeJake: ]

Does last night's game say more about Duke turning the corner or more about UNC's flaws?

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:41 Jake
12:41
Jack Daly: 

Duke's only real blowout at home is Wake. Unless Duke the Good shows up for 40 min, in which case all bets are off.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:41 Jack Daly
12:41
Jack Daly: 

At this point, I think it was a strong finish for Duke. Duke has to string a number of games together before it can be said they've turned the corner.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:41 Jack Daly
12:42
Luke DeCock: 

Will have to wait to see with Duke. Turning the corner for them will be putting a string of good games together without losing focus. I think it did say a lot about how being poor at the free-throw line is a serious problem for UNC. Definitely cost the Tar Heels this one.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:42 Luke DeCock
12:42
Jack Daly: 

I've written more than one story saying Duke has "gotten it" so far this season.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:42 Jack Daly
12:42
Luke DeCock: 

And I've written more than one column saying Duke is still searching for an identity.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:42 Luke DeCock
12:42
[Comment From raleighoopsraleighoops: ]

Duke did lose its last home game. That ought to be enough motivation, don't you think?

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:42 raleighoops
12:43
Luke DeCock: 

Think that motivated them for this one. Not sure about the next one.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:43 Luke DeCock
12:43
Jack Daly: 

Duke doesn't care about identities, Luke.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:43 Jack Daly
12:43
Luke DeCock: 

Oops. My fault. Also, Austin Rivers in no way resembles Kobe Bryant. Even their dads being NBA players is coincidence.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:43 Luke DeCock
12:44
[Comment From NickNick: ]

Luke agreed completely. I'm a huge wolfpack fan but know ONLY way we could win title is to win out AND have a little help from other teams.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:44 Nick
12:45
Luke DeCock: 

As I wrote today, I think Duke is in control, followed by FSU -- basically the winner of that game in Tallahassee. UNC needs help. State and Miami need divine intervention.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:45 Luke DeCock
12:45
Jack Daly: 

Looking forward to heading to Tallahassee for the Duke-FSU game in a couple of weeks. How often has that sentence been written?

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:45 Jack Daly
12:45
Luke DeCock: 

Thanks everyone for stopping by today in the aftermath of that crazy game last night. The word "epic" is so overused these days. ("It's an 'epic' combo meal!") It should be saved for games like that. Hoping for a few more like that one in the ACC tournament in Atlanta.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:45 Luke DeCock
12:46
Jack Daly: 

Likewise, thanks for stopping by. If another ACC game can top last night's, we'll be in for a nice final three weeks of the season.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:46 Jack Daly
12:47
Lorenzo Perez: 

That's it for today, but thanks to everyone who joined us. We'll do this again soon.

Thursday February 9, 2012 12:47 Lorenzo Perez
12:47
 

 
 
 

Obama shoots air cannon in White House

President Barack Obama invited a broad spectrum of established and budding scientists to the White House for a science fair, including some people with North Carolina ties.

When one of the student presenters -- an eighth-grader from Arizona named Joey -- displayed his air cannon, the president couldn't resist learning more.

And when the president learned the air cannon could fire marshmallows up to 176 feet, he talks Joey into firing the cannon. Indoors. In the White House.

The rest, as they say, is presidential history -- and a potential Secret Service headache.

Replay our live chat about last night's N.C. State-UNC game and all things ACC

Staff columnist Caulton Tudor discussed with readers the Tar Heels' big win over the Wolfpack and all things ACC today.

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