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Devils play two against Syracuse; Heels play two against Louisville next season

acclogo2Next season the Duke and North Carolina basketball teams will have premier home and home series. The Devils host and travel to Syracuse, Notre Dame, North Carolina and Wake Forest while the Tar Heels host and travel to Louisville, Georgia Tech, Duke and NC State.

“It’s exciting to look ahead to our league’s basketball schedule, as there’s no shortage of quality conference games,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “This two-year alignment will allow for outstanding opportunities that will highlight our teams and players while providing our fans with continually appealing matchups.”

The matchups released today designate the 18-game home and away opponents for each of the next two seasons. Specific game dates, times and networks have not yet been determined.

Next season will mark the third in which each ACC team will play an 18-game conference schedule. With Louisville joining the ACC on July 1, nine of the conference’s 15 teams will enter next season having made postseason appearances in 2013-14, including seven teams that took part in NCAA Tournament play this past year.

The ACC’s collective non-losing streak in the NCAA Tournament reached 27 years in 2013-14, by far the longest stretch in the nation. The ACC has had at least one team ranked among the Top 10 of the final Associated Press poll for 54 consecutive years.

Conference game matchups for the next two seasons for Triangle teams are as follows:

Duke 2014-15
Home/Road: North Carolina, Wake Forest, Syracuse, Notre Dame
Home: Miami, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Pittsburgh, Boston College
Road: Florida State, NC State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Louisville

North Carolina 2014-15

Home/Road: Duke, NC State, Georgia Tech, Louisville
Home: Florida State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Notre Dame
Road: Miami, Clemson, Wake Forest , Pittsburgh, Boston College

NC State 2014-15
Home/Road: North Carolina, Wake Forest, Clemson, Virginia
Home: Duke, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Notre Dame
Road: Florida State, Miami, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Boston College

Duke 2015-16
Home/Road: North Carolina , Wake Forest , NC State, Louisville
Home: Florida State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Notre Dame
Road: Miami, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Pittsburgh, Boston College

North Carolina 2015-16
Home/Road: Duke, NC State, Boston College, Syracuse
Home: Miami, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Wake Forest, Pittsburgh
Road: Florida State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Notre Dame

NC State 2015-16
Home/Road: North Carolina, Wake Forest, Florida State, Duke
Home: Miami, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Louisville, Boston College
Road: Virginia, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Notre Dame

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Duke’s Maurer, Virden earn weekly ACC lacrosse honors

Taylor Virden, Kerrin Maurer.

Taylor Virden, Kerrin Maurer.

Duke senior attacker Kerrin Maurer and senior defender Taylor Virden have been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Lacrosse Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, as announced Tuesday by the conference.

Maurer netted the game-winning goal with 26 seconds remaining in overtime to send eighth-ranked Duke past No. 3 North Carolina in the first women’s lacrosse game to be played at Kenan Stadium. Maurer tallied her eighth hat trick of the season, scoring the Blue Devils’ first and last goals of the contest. In addition, her assist on a Sydney Peterson goal with 4:12 left in regulation helped knot the game at 6-6. Maurer continues to pace Duke in scoring on the season with a team-best 47 goals and 25 assists for 72 points.

Virden helped the Duke defense hold the Tar Heels to their second-lowest scoring output of the season in Wednesday’s upset victory. One of the team’s key defensive personnel, Virden also helped the Blue Devils win the draw controls category by a 9-8 margin, contributing solid play from the wings.

The ACC Women’s Lacrosse Championship gets under way Thursday, April 24, with quarterfinal action beginning at 11 a.m.

Duke men’s senior attackman Jordan Wolf was name ACC Co-Offensive Player of the Week.

Wolf matched a career high with six goals and eight points overall to lead Duke to a 17-8 win over Rutgers. Wolf extended his point streak to 55 games and his goal scoring streak to 16 as Duke finished the regular season with a perfect 9-0 record at home. Wolf has nine hat tricks this season and 29 in his career, while his six goals moved him to fifth on the ACC career goals chart with 166. This is Wolf’s fourth Offensive Player of the Week honor of the season.

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Duke opens defense of ACC golf title Friday

dukegolfThe team pairings are set for the opening round of the 61st annual ACC Men’s Golf Championship, which will be held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 25-27, over the 7,102-yard, par-72 course at the Old North State Country Club in New London, N.C.

Boston College, Maryland and Notre Dame begin the championship on Friday teeing off at 8:30 a.m. NC State, North Carolina and Duke are in the next wave at 9:20, followed by Wake Forest, Clemson and Florida State at 10:20 a.m. Virginia Tech, Virginia and Georgia Tech have the morning’s final tee time at 11:10 a.m.

ACC Men’s Golf Championship – First Round Pairings

8:30 – 9:10 a.m. = Boston College, Maryland, Notre Dame
9:20 – 10:00 a.m. = NC State, North Carolina, Duke
10:20 – 11:00 a.m. = Wake Forest, Clemson, Florida State
11:10 – 11:50 a.m. = Virginia Tech, Virginia, Georgia Tech

Duke enters as the defending champion and will try to repeat against a field that features four teams ranked in the top 20 nationally: No. 5 Georgia Tech, No. 8 Virginia, No. 12 Virginia Tech, and No. 19 Florida State. Clemson is No. 33, followed by No. 37 Wake Forest, No. 86 Duke, No. 92 North Carolina, No. 102 NC State, No. 104 Notre Dame, No. 139 Maryland and No. 212 Boston College.

Georgia Tech’s Ollie Schniederjans enters as the highest ranked golfer in the league at No. 3 in the country according to Golfstat. Following Schniederjans, five more ACC golfers rank in the top 50: No. 11 Scott Vincent (Virginia Tech), No. 15 Jack Maguire (Florida State), No. 22 Denny McCarthy (Virginia), No. 23 Seth Reeves (Georgia Tech) and No. 37 Trevor Cone (Virginia Tech).

2014 marks the 13th-straight year and 29th time overall that the league championship will be held at the Old North State Country Club. Wake Forest leads all schools with 18 league titles and 22 individual champions. Georgia Tech, which has won 12 outright ACC Championships and shared two more, has produced nine individual medalists, including Anders Albertson, last year’s winner. North Carolina is third with 11 titles (10 outright), followed by Clemson with nine (eight outright).

Saturday and Sunday action will be streamed live by the ACC Digital Network starting at 2 p.m. each day. There is no charge for admission.

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Duke’s McCrory heads All-ACC Academic Swimming & Diving Team

Duke senior Nick McCrory has been named the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Swimming & Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year and headlines the 2014 All-ACC Academic Men’s Swimming & Diving Team, as announced today by Commissioner John Swofford.

A religion major from Chapel Hill

Nick McCrory.

Nick McCrory.

, McCrory won his fourth individual national championship in the platform dive discipline at the 2014 NCAA Championships, becoming the first to accomplish the feat in that event. In addition, McCrory earned All-America status on the one-meter board. McCrory completes his career as an 11-time All-American and a record 10 gold medals in ACC Championship competition.

Each of the ACC’s 11 schools that sponsor men’s swimming and diving are represented on the All-Academic Team, led by Virginia Tech with nine student-athletes. Virginia and Notre Dame have six apiece, while North Carolina has five, NC State has four and Georgia Tech has three. Duke and Florida State each had two, followed by Pitt, Miami and Boston College with one honoree.

Virginia Tech’s Ryan Hawkins and Nick Tremols, along with Florida State’s Tom Neubacher, NC State’s Jonathan Boffa and Virginia’s Taylor Grey, were named to the league’s academic team for the fourth time in their careers.

The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards were established in September 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the awards must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their career as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters.

To be eligible for consideration for the All-ACC Academic Team, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career.

Sean Murphy
Sr.
Finance & Info Systems
Boston College

Nick McCrory #
Sr.
Religion
Duke

Hunter Knight
Sr.
Psychology
Duke

Tom Neubacher %
Sr.
Sport Management
Florida State

Jason McCormick
Fr.
Business
Florida State

Andrew Kosic #
Jr.
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Georgia Tech

Nico van Duijn #
Jr.
Electrical Engineering
Georgia Tech

Mats Westergren
So.
Business Administration
Georgia Tech

Zach Nees
Sr.
Computer Science
Miami

Jack Nyquist
Fr.
Undecided
North Carolina

Patrick Myers #
Jr.
Business
North Carolina

Brad Dillon @
Sr.
Economics
North Carolina

Sam Lewis
So.
Mathematics
North Carolina

Dominick Glavich @
Jr.
Child Development & Family Studies
North Carolina

Jonathan Boffa %
Sr.
Graphic Design
NC State

Andreas Schiellerup
Fr.
Biological Sciences
NC State

Derek Hren
Fr.
Nutrition Sciences
NC State

Adam Linker
Fr.
Engineering
NC State

Joe Coumos
Fr.
Undeclared
Notre Dame

Colin Babcock
Sr.
Information Technology Management
Notre Dame

Zach Stephens
Jr.
Marketing
Notre Dame

Matthew Buerger
So.
Science-Business
Notre Dame

Kevin Hughes
Jr.
Accountancy
Notre Dame

Cameron Miller
Jr.
Science-Business
Notre Dame

Jon Lierley
Jr.
Finance
Pitt

Nathan Hart @
Sr.
Electrical Engineering
Virginia

Luke Papendick @
So.
Undeclared
Virginia

Yannick Kaeser
So.
Undeclared
Virginia

Jack Murfee @
Sr.
English
Virginia

David Ingraham
Jr.
Commerce
Virginia

Taylor Grey %
Sr.
Environmental Science
Virginia

Ryan Hawkins %
Sr.
Architecture
Virginia Tech

TJ Shinholser
Fr.
Business
Virginia Tech

Morgan Latimer @
Jr.
History
Virginia Tech

Harrison Cefalo
Jr.
Electrical Engineering
Virginia Tech

Brandon Fiala
Fr.
Finance
Virginia Tech

Robert Owen
Fr.
University Studies
Virginia Tech

Kyle Butts #
Jr.
Finance
Virginia Tech

Nick Tremols %
Sr.
Communications
Virginia Tech

CJ Fiala
Jr.
Communications
Virginia Tech

@ denotes two-time honoree

# denotes three-time honoree

% denotes four-time honoree

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Duke wilts at the end, ousted from NCAA tourney

dukelogoDuke, a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament, fell to Mercer, a No. 14 seed, as the Blue Devils once again wilted at the end of a game – except this time it proved to be the end of the season as the Blue Devils fell 78-71.

Mercer, an experienced team with seven seniors, outscored Duke, a talented but young team, 20-8 down the stretch. The Blue Devils, relying heavily on the three-point shot went cold in the second half.

Duke led by five points with four and a half minutes to go before Mercer went on an 11-0 run to go up 69-63 and never looked back.

The Blue Devils were playing what should have been a home-game atmosphere just a few miles from Durham but it was the Mercer Bears that most in the PNC Arena in Raleigh were supporting.

Duke led by as many as seven points in the first half but took only a 35-34 lead into the locker room. The lead went back and forth over the first 10 minutes of the second half.

With the score tied at 51, Duke went on a modest 12-7 run to go up 63-58 with just five minutes left. That’s when Mercer outscored Duke 11-0 over the next four minutes to go up 69-63. During the stretch, the Devils turned the ball over twice and missed three three-point shots.

For the game, Duke actually shot better from beyond the arc (15 threes, 40.5 percent) than it did from the floor (35.5 percent).

Five players scored in double figures for Mercer. Duke was led by Quinn Cook’s 23 points while Rasheed Sulaimon added 20. Freshman Jabari Parker scored 14 but he missed 10 of 14 shots from the field, including going 0 from 3 from the three-point line.

Boxscore

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UVA’s Mitchell may be confused about where he is but he handles Parker

Akil Mitchell.

Akil Mitchell.

Virginia’s Akil Mitchell held Duke’s Jabari Parker to five of 17 shooting in the Cavs’ 72-63 victory in the ACC Tournament Finals.

Parker was four of seven when covered by other Cavaliers. While Parker got his points, it took a lot of shots to do so.

Perhaps not realizing that Parker was second in ACC Player of the Year voting, Mitchell said Parker is “going to be a hell of a player.” Well, yeah, most think he already is.

The Cavaliers may get an NCAA seeding to play in Raleigh but an obviously confused Mitchell thought he already was in Raleigh.

When asked about the crowd support in the championship game, Mitchell said “It’s like we’re back in Charlottesville. To play Duke here in Raleigh you’d never imagine this. Being from North Carolina, being from Charlotte, this means everything to me.”

Ok, maybe he was just so excited that he didn’t know what he said or else he’s looking forward to the prospects of playing in Raleigh in the NCAA tournament. Fan support won’t be as great as it was in Greensboro for the ACC tournament – unless they’re playing Duke again.

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Cavs stop Devils to win first ACC title since ’76

virginialogoNo. 1 seed Virginia captured its first ACC title since 1976 after outscoring Duke 21-12 in the last six and a half minutes of the tournament finals to win 72-63.

Duke wilted at the end of several games this season – the most notable being the last five minutes in a loss at Wake Forest but this one hurt more of course.

Just as the Devils were struggling, UVA’s Joe Harris, the tourney MVP, stepped up. He started the run with the score tied at 47 with fewer than eight minutes to go as he drove from midcourt for a score. He ended the run with a big three with less than two minutes to go that put the Cavaliers up 64-57.

Harris finished with 15 points but it was Malcolm Brogdon who led Virginia with 23 points.

As during the regular season, it was defense that carried the Cavs however as they held the Blue Devils to 38 percent shooting from the floor and outrebounded the Devils 36-28. UVA’s Akil Mitchell led all players with 15 boards.

The Cavs, also regular season champs, improved to 28-6 – their best record in 31 years.

“Boy did the guys lay it out on the floor,” UVA coach Tony Bennett said. “That was as hard fought a game as we can play.”

He said the game plan was to be physical and take it at them. Bennett said the offense was patient and the Cavs avoided speeding up. He said his team made some good plays down the stretch either because of his team’s depth or Duke getting a little tired.

For more on the game, please click here.

2014 All-ACC TOURNAMENT TEAM
First team
Joe Harris, Virginia (MVP)
Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia
Jabari Parker, Duke
T.J. Warren, NC State
Talib Zanna, Pitt

Second team
Anthony Gill, Virginia
Akil Mitchell, Virginia
Rodney Hood, Duke
Amile Jefferson, Duke
Lamar Patterson, Pitt

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Duke, NC State news conferences: Coach K plugs Pack

Coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Following Duke’s 75-67 victory over North Carolina State in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament semifinal, Blue Devil coach Mike Mike Krzyzewski put in plug for the Wolfpack. “This team we played today is really good. I think Mark’s done a fabulous job with this team. And again, you watch Warren. Do any of those kids look jealous? None. I mean, they got it going. They’re a tough out, man. They’re a tough out. They’d be a tough out. I wouldn’t want to play them in the NCAA Tournament.”

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Duke escapes against Clemson

Rodney Hood.

Rodney Hood.

Clemson came from 13 points down in the second half to take the lead with nine seconds left but Duke’s Rodney Hood drew a foul with less than four seconds left, hit both free throws and the Blue Devils survived with a 63-62 win in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament.

Duke shot only 40 percent compared to 51 percent for Clemson but the Devils outrebounded the Tigers 34-25 and turned the ball over six times.

Jabari Parker led Duke with 18 points hitting all six of his free throws but hitting only six of 17 from the field. Hood contributed 16 points while Rasheed Sulaimon added 14.

For more on the game, please click here.

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Warren beats out Parker for ACC player of the year; UVA coach honored

TJ Warren.

TJ Warren.

NC State sophomore T.J. Warren has been chosen as the 2013-14 Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Player of the Year, as announced today by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA).

Warren was the choice of 48 members casting ballots. The Durham, N.C., native finished ahead of Duke freshman Jabari Parker, who placed second with 25 votes.

Parker was voted the ACC Freshman of the Year, while Virginia’s Tony Bennett received ACC Coach of the Year honors and Clemson’s K.J. McDaniels was voted the ACC Defensive Player of the Year.

NC State’s Warren leads the ACC in scoring at 24.8 points per game and in field goal percentage at .532. The 6-foot-8 forward closed the regular season with back-to-back scoring games of 41 and 42 points in wins over Pitt and Boston College. Warren has scored at least 20 points in 26 of the 30 games in which he played, and has scored more than 30 points on nine occasions.

Warren is on pace to join Clemson’s Horace Grant (1987) and Wake Forest’s Tim Duncan (1997) as only the third player in ACC history to lead the conference in both scoring and field goal percentage. He ranks third nationally in scoring, and his 9.8 field goals made per game ranks first.

Warren also ranks eighth among ACC rebounders with 7.1 per game – including an ACC-high 3.17 offensive rebounds per game – and is eighth in minutes played at 34.9 per game.

This marks the eighth time that an NC State student-athlete has been honored as the ACC Basketball Player of the Year. Warren joins Ronnie Shavlik (1956), Lou Pucillo (1959), three-time winner David Thompson (1973-75), Rodney Monroe (1991) and Julius Hodge (2004).

Duke’s Parker, who was named the ACC Rookie of the Week a record-tying 10 times during the regular season, ranks second in the ACC in scoring at 19.2 points per game and leads in rebounding at 9.0 per contest. The Chicago native leads the ACC with 14 double-doubles on the season and will take a 15-game double-figure scoring streak into this week’s ACC Tournament.

Parker received 72 of a possible 77 votes, with fellow Wooden Watch Award finalist Tyler Ennis receiving four. Parker becomes the seventh Duke Freshman of the Year honoree, joining Jim Spanarkel (1976), Mike Gminski (1977), Gene Banks (1978), Chris Duhon (2001), Kyle Singler (2008) and Austin Rivers (2012).

Bennett led Virginia to a 25-6 overall record and a 16-2 ACC finish that produced the program’s first outright regular-season conference title since 1981. The Cavaliers, who were picked to finish fourth in the preseason by media in attendance at the ACC’s Operation Basketball, tied the conference record for league wins in a season and will head to this week’s ACC Tournament in Greensboro as the No. 1 seed.

Bennett’s Virginia team has allowed an ACC-low 55.4 points per game and opponents to shoot a collective .384 percent. Virginia’s 13 consecutive wins from January 18 through March 1 represented the school’s longest streak since 1981. Bennett was the choice of 68 ACSMA voters as the ACC Coach of the Year. North Carolina’s Roy Williams was second with six votes.

Virginia claimed ACC Coach of the Year honors for the fifth time. Bill Gibson received the award in 1972, followed by Terry Holland in 1981 and 1982, and Dave Leitao in 2007.

Clemson’s McDaniels was voted the ACC Defensive Player of the Year after leading the ACC in blocked shots during the regular season (2.8) per game. The leading vote-getter on both the ACSMA and the Coaches’ All-ACC Defensive Teams announced on Monday, the Birmingham, Ala., native also leads the Tigers in steals with 1.2 per game.

McDaniels was named on 39 ballots for ACC Defensive Player of the Year. Virginia’s Akil Mitchell was next with 21.

Compare the All-ACC team to CapitalSportsNC’s Cliff Barnes’ ballot by clicking here. In short, he also chose Warren as player of the year, Bennett as coach of the year and Parker as rookie of the year.

ACSMA 2013-14 ACC Player of the Year Voting
T.J. Warren, So., NC State (48)
Jabari Parker, Fr., Duke (25)
Marcus Paige, So., North Carolina (2)
C.J. Fair, Sr., Syracuse (1)
K.J. McDaniels, Jr., Clemson (1)

ACSMA 2013-14 ACC Freshman of the Year Voting
Jabari Parker, Duke (72)
Tyler Ennis, Syracuse (4)
London Perrantes, Virginia (1)

ACSMA 2013-14 Coach of the Year Voting
Tony Bennett, Virginia (68)
Roy Williams, North Carolina (6)
Jamie Dixon, Pitt (1)
Brad Brownell, Clemson (1)
Jim Larrañaga, Miami (1)

ACSMA 2013-14 Defensive Player of the Year Voting
K.J. McDaniels, Jr., Clemson (39)
Akil Mitchell, Sr., Virginia (21)
Daniel Miller, Sr., Georgia Tech (5)
Jabari Parker, Fr., Duke (4)
Tyler Ennis, Fr., Syracuse (3)
T.J. Warren, So., NC State (1)
Cameron Wright, Jr., Pitt (1)
Devin Thomas, So., Wake Forest (1)
Justin Anderson, So., Virginia (1)
Marcus Paige, So., North Carolina (1)