Big Week for the Wolfpack

North Carolina (8) 8-2 21-4
Duke (5) 8-2 21-4
Florida St. (20) 8-2 17-7
N.C. State 7-3 18-7

NC State’s next three games are against the three teams in front of them in the current ACC standings. Starting with Duke in Durham on Thursday.

Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament is 27 days away.  March 11.

Its crunch time right now for teams that are currently “on the bubble” and want to make a final push to secure a spot in the tournament. One of those teams, NC State.  The Wolfpack have 6 games left, 3 at home, 3 on the road.  These next three games will probably determine their tournament fate, barring winning the ACC Tournament.

In a recent bracket watch from Sports Illustrated, the last four teams left out were Miami, Cincinnati, Seton Hall and NC State. So it could come down to NC State, Virginia, and Miami for the final one or two ACC bids.

I think the ACC will get at least four bids, maybe five. The three locks are Duke, UNC and Florida State (even with the loss to BC).

Virginia seems to be stumbling a bit, they still have UNC again, who just beat them by almost 20, FSU, and Virginia Tech on the road (they lost to VT at home) That could help out NC State.

They have had a week off since Georgia Tech, winning in Cameron isnt out of the question. Duke’s two ACC losses have been at home. Then State comes home to host FSU and then the rivalry game against North Carolina next Tuesday.

So how will the Wolfpack fare in this brutal 3 game stretch? How many bids will the ACC get?

 

Calhoun’s bite remains plenty effective

Craig here (Carlspackler to TSB fans) with some thoughts about Big East legend Jim Calhoun, the much-maligned, often cranky and common target of ire for many college hoops fans. (The latter characteristic being the most confusing for me. I thought people loved Archie Bunker? Sometimes I just think it’s a Confederate/Union thing when discussed in ACC contexts. He is quite the Yankee after all.)

Oh, and I could have chosen to include links to articles on Calhoun’s charity efforts, what he’s done with the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center at UConn Health Center and other such accolades. Really though, what would be the point? We, myself included, often make our minds up about things when we’re 14. And that’s where it stays. So enjoy the accompanying video of Calhoun at his best.

Read more of Craig’s UCONN piece after the jump.

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UNC West Coast?, Shumpert to test NBA waters

This banner is making the rounds in Richmond, Virginia.  Pretty funny.

Kentucky is the Vegas favorite to win the Final Four, the long shot…Butler.

Larry Drew 2 has found a new school to attend. He will be suiting up for UCLA.  He will be joining two other players who transferred from UNC, the Wear twins, Travis and David.  D2 will not be able to play for the Bruins until the 2012-13 season.   Drew left UNC on Feb. 2 after losing his starting job to Kendall Marshall.   Drew said in a statement that he had a “great learning experience at North Carolina”, and is now “happy to be a Bruin.”

Georgia Tech’s Iman Shumpert is going to give the NBA a shot.  He will be entering the NBA draft, but he hasn’t hired an agent…yet.  This means he can return to GT for his senior season.  Im sure new coach Brian Gregory is hoping to have Shumpert back next season.

 

Tuesday Tidbits on the Coaching Carousel

Some major developments yesterday in the coaching carousel.

Hit the jump for news on GA Tech, Oklahoma, Dayton, Missouri, Purdue and some school named NC State. Continue reading Tuesday Tidbits on the Coaching Carousel

Arizona beats up Duke, does it hurt NCSU too?

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Two thoughts as I was watching Arizona completely dismantle Duke last night.

1. Wow! Didn’t expect to see this happening.

2. What will this do to the “Sean Miller to NC State” talk.

BTW, heard a rumor that Yow has offered Sean Miller a contract for $3.2 million per year.

Arizona just played a great game last night.  Derrick Williams was unstoppable, he had 25 points in the first half.  Finished with a double-double.  They owned the boards, 40-27, and just won at every aspect of the game.  Final score 93-77

Kyrie Irving had 28 points in what might be his last game in a Duke uniform.  So did Irving coming back disrupt the chemistry?  Coach K, had to play Irving.  If Duke would have lost without Irving on the floor then we would be hearing, “Why did he not have Irving on the floor?”. It was a no-win situation.  Jay Bilas tweet….

Duke had to bring Kyrie Irving back. Couldn’t win the title without him. Played well, probably impacted Smith and Curry a bit. Worth risk.

As for Sean Miller.  I dont think he will be leaving Tuscon anytime soon. That is just my opinion.   He has Arizona on the brink of their first Final Four in a decade.  They have a great recruiting class coming in next year.  They showed Lute Olsen with a huge grin on his face last night…who knows. I know Statefan has visions of him court side at the RBC Center next year, especially after last night.  His stock is waaaay up! He is going to get paaaaid.
WWDYD?

Jordan Likes Zellar’s Shoes?

Apparently Michael Jordan does not want UNC-CH basketball players wearing Kobe Bryant’s shoes.  Lots of angles on this one, like the fact that Kobe was going to go to Duke if he did not go pro.  The fact that Jordan is scared that Bryant will go down as the best player in the history of the game?

Jordan was really just having a little fun.  He congratulates Kyle Singler and talks to Coach K for a bit as well.

Interesting side note.  Jordan tells the team if they get to the Final Four he will hook them up with some shoes and anything else they want.  Someone might want to tell Jordan that he is not allowed to do that.  Unless he wants the basketball program to be reviewed by the NCAA for receiving improper benefits from a booster.

SethCurry(must)SavesDuke!

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This guy is by far my favorite Dukie on twitter. If you haven’t checked out SethCurrySavesDuke! then check him out. He speaks the unbridled good, bad and funny truth about Duke Hoops.

Speaking of Seth Curry saving Duke; Oh wait, Seth Curry didn’t save Duke or even really help Duke in that 73-71 escape on Sunday. It was all Nolan Smith. I realize Kyrie Irving hit the winning window shot but Nolan made that play possible. And besides Irving’s ability to get to the charity stripe he’s basically been a non-factor. Duke’s bigs were rebounding well in the first half but otherwise, not very good. The threes weren’t falling and Kyle Singler was missing free throws. In contrast, Michigan’s fab five white guys were making it rain and made it a competitive game.

Coach K may possibly have out coached himself for his 900th . But it was his furious timeout speech that ignited Nolan Smith’s 10 points in 2 minutes that also included a cross over that made Tim Hardaway Jr break his ankles and had Tim Hardaway Sr blushing.  Then came the all guard all stall tactic. A grizzly reminder of the Greg Paulus Blue Devils. WTF? Coach K has a POY and a could have been POY on the court and with 8 minutes left they’re playing keep away from a zone defense featuring The Osmands. In my humble opinion that game was just too close when it really shouldn’t have been.

For Duke Fans, even though the Devils have to travel to the west coast to play a west coast team, let’s just hope that the trip and some good practice this week can  induce some team vigor and bring back that ACCT mojo. And now that Kyrie Irving has had to battle and has gotten some needed minutes, maybe he can pull off something special for the remainder of the tourney. It’s just to date his comeback has been to mixed reviews. It’s going to be up to K and ultimately up to the entire team to compliment each other reciprocally. And that’s as simple as staying on the gas, making plays and making shots.

So, is Irving’s return hurting Duke? I guess since Duke is in the S16 it’s too early to call one way or the other. But this team should be In the S16. All I know is for Duke to advance deeper in this tourney It’s Seth Curry who must play well. Curry must imagine his opponents are wearing North Carolina across their chest. Whether or not those circumstances or minutes involve Kyrie Irving is to be determined, nevertheless Seth Curry must save Duke!

UNC, Duke survive & advance to Sweet Sixteen

Happy Monday!

What league has the most teams left in the NCAA Tournament?…The ACC.

North Carolina beats Washington, despite the efforts of John Henson at the end. Great play on the inbounds steal.  Not so great plays, touching the ball that was clearly headed out-of-bounds, and almost messing with the final shot, I know it would have been a two point shot, but still.  Congrats to UNC for a tough win.

Next up is a rematch of the 1977 title game (not really) against Marquette.

Congratulations to Coach K for win 900! It wasn’t easy as Duke had to survive a last second shot attempt by Michigan to win 73-71.  They will play Arizona out in Disneyland next weekend.

Florida State made it three out of four for the ACC, beating Notre Dame and the other Hans-brah. They made seven threes in the first half.  It’s the Seminoles first sweet 16 since 1993. Florida State takes on VCU next.

Four of the Sweet 16 teams are double-digit seeds.

Rick Barnes season is over.  He lost the “Loser leave town and possibly end up at NC State” cage match to Seth Miller.  Very quick 5 second call by the ref, btw. Is Debbie Yow calling?

Or how about Shaka Smart.  VCU played in the “First Four”, then proceeded to blow out Georgetown and Purdue.

The Big Least, as Barkley as called them. 11 teams in, two left.  I know two Big East teams were knocked out by other Big East teams, but Louisville, Notre Dame, Syracuse, and top seed Pittsburgh didn’t survive the first weekend.

My bracket is toast.