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ACC Tournament Thoughts Day Two (Updated game by game)

North Carolina 61 Miami 59
The Tar Heels won on a buzzer beater where Kendall Marshall found Tyler Zeller wide open for an easy lay in.  Oddly, that was the only time UNC led in the entire contest.  The Tar Heel guards didn’t score in the first half from the field, but they warmed up int he second, especially from the three point stripe.  Both Leslie McDonald and Marshall hit big threes and when is the last time UNC hit 10 three pointers in a half?  The Hurricanes defense stymied the Heels early in that they played a tight zone.  That zone loosened up dramatically when Reggie Johnson got his fourth foul.  Anytime a team wins a game like this one, it generally gives them confidence in the next contest and more importantly momentum.  I feel UNC will have little problem in advancing to the title game, especially since they dominated the afternoon session crowd, making the Coliseum Dean Dome West.  After shooting 30.4% in the first half and 55.6% in the second from the field.  Miami got a total of two points from their bench.

BDN Premium chats with Brian Clifton about John Wall and his recruitment

misc-challenge-065BDN deals in facts, not rumors.  Everybody wants to know the latest on John Wall and what is going on in his camp.  I talked with Brian Clifton last evening and he broke down the process of the hottest recruiting battle in the nation.  If you are not a member of BDN Premium, then you’re simply missing the best Duke subscription service available.

Will John Wall trim his list? [private] Maybe not according to Clifton.  At this point all the teams may be in there until the end.

Baylor - That’s where Clifton preferred John Wall to go.  The reasoning was that he could be with his brother,  but Clifton admitted that it would raise some eyebrows and that Wall is not seriously considering them.

“I will go where John Wall goes,” said Clifton.  No matter where John Wall goes, Clifton will be there with him.  This has already been discussed with Wall’s Mom, who gave her blessing.

How will Wall’s choice affect his D-One program? Clifton said he had a good staff and could run it from afar, but he also mentioned that it would be nice to stay in the area and that he preferred that.  Still, he would go wherever he needs to go for the benefit of Wall.

“The process is flawed,” said Clifton.  He mentioned that coaches could only meet with John one time officially and that all they could do now was send e-mails and such.  He feels a prospect needs more time to evaluate what a coach is really like, meaning he might realize more from extended contacts bettering relationships.

“He’s what’s important and it is important that he feels that,” said Clifton.  This means he wants to support Wall’s decision.

Making a wise choice - Clifton wants to make sure that Wall examines all angles of the possibilities at hand.

How important is proximity to home for Wall? It’s not at the top of the list.  Wall knows he will have Clifton no matter where he goes.

Kentucky –  Wall loves Calipari and has talked to him the most, but there is a question as to whether it’s the best situation for John.

Florida - Glowing reviews for Florida where Clifton knows Donovan personally and his brother played for Larry Shyatt.

Miami - “They have some good players down there,” said Clifton.  He admitted there were worse places to spend a year than South Beach.

Duke - “They’ve got some good players,” said Clifton, who then rattled off the names on the roster.  Also mentioned was Ryan Kelly who is a D-One product.  Wall and Kelly were a one-two punch last season.

Will Wall visit Duke again? “Maybe, we’ll see,” said Clifton, who then went on to say that John feels like he has enough information to make a decision.  They have gathered a lot of information and continue to go over it.

Tough question - Would Wall have already committed had you not been involved as a mentor?  “John is an emotional guy.  He would have probably committed twice already.”

Tough question two – Would Wall have already committed to Kentucky if it were not for taking a long look at the process?  “Probably.”

Another fact about Wall - He likes to please the people around him.

When will a decision be made – “Who knows,” said Clifton.

SAT Scores - “We feel real good about the test he took this past Saturday,” said a confident Clifton.

There is more which I will discuss on the message board after this weekend’s tournament coverage.  To read too much into these statements would be unwise, but this is the very latest information out there on Wall from a person very, very close to him. [/private]

Christmas leads Duke Women to a 73-58 win in their ACC opener

[private]The Duke Blue Devil Women scratched out a 73-58 victory over Miami on Saturday before a season high 7310 fans in Cameron Indoor Stadium.  It took a second half surge and a career high 21 points from Karima Christmas for the Devils to win their ACC opener and go to 13-1 on the season.

Duke jumped out to a 28-15 lead, but then went cold and Miami took advantage making a 13-0 run to tie the contest 28 a piece at the 2:32 mark of the first half.  Former Duke player and Miami coach

Abby Waner (3 steals)  and Karima Christmas (6 steals) hit the floor
Abby Waner (3 steals) and Karima Christmas (6 steals) hit the floor

Katie Meyer had her women fired up and while Duke regained the lead, a Latoya James jumper sent the teams in to the locker room where the heavily favored Blue Devils held a slim two point lead.

In the second half, Duke resorted to their trademark which is defense holding the Canes  to 31.4% from from the floor.  Of course dominating the boards to the tune of 48-27 helped their cause as well.

Pressure defense was vital to the Devils run and several steals allowed for big plays and brought the crowd alive.  Miami hung in most of the game with their pressure as well, scoring 26 points off turnovers.  The youthful Canes were led by Epihany Woodson with 16 points, but their leading scorer Shenise Johnson was held to just 3 points.

Chante Black was once again steady tallying 17 points and 12 rebounds.  Joy Cheek chipped in with 12 points and Jasmine Thomas with 9 points.

But it was indeed Karina Christmas’s night where she seemed very much in the flow of the game going 7 of 10 from the field to go with 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals.  Christmas also had a career high in three point buckets with three and her six steals were also a personal best.

“I think I’m just eager to get into the game, to try and make something happen, try and feed off my teammates, and make them feed off of me. I’m just motivated when I get in the game,” said Christmas after her performance.

Miami Coach Katie Meyer stated, “Karima Christmas blew our scout – we don’t have her scouted for some of the stuff she did tonight, and that makes Duke a very tough team if she’s going to shoot the ball like that.  That was not a good Christmas present.”

Christmas had a career night against Miami

Abby Waner was saddled with foul trouble and played only 18 minutes.  She eventually fouled out going scoreless, but managed 4 rebounds and 5 assists and 3 steals when in the game.  In fact, she is now second in the all time Duke record book for steals with 272, where she passed Iciss Tillis.  Her first half defense also slowed down Miami’s Woodson before she had to go to the bench.

Duke also continued to show off their depth in that the Devils bench outscored the Canes 41-12.  It was the fifth time in the last six games that the bench scored 40 plus points which is quite an accomplishment.

The 13-1 start is also Joanne P. McCallies best start in her 17 years as a coach. 

The Blue Devils take an 11 game winning streak into Monday evenings contest with Maryland.  When asked if she was already think about Maryland, McCallie responded,

“We start thinking about them now. All the games matter, there are 14 conference games and every one of them is of equal value. I know that there are rivalries but as coaches we do the same thing for every one.”

Maryland (1-0 ACC, 13-2) has become quite the rival after several key match ups in the past few years.  Just over 7000 tickets have been sold for the game, but there are some good seats still available according to Duke SID Lindy Brown.  The game will be televised ESPN 2 with the ball being tip off at 7:30 EST.[/private]