Custom Search






Tough Week On Tobacco Road

March 1, 2018

The last week of February usually has both North Carolina and Duke playing their best basketball in advance of the ACC Tournament and the NCAA Tournament.

Not this year. Just one month after both schools lost at home on the same day, January 27, for the first time since 1973, both schools started the final week of the regular season with home losses. On January 27, North Carolina State went into Chapel Hill and emerged with a 95-91 overtime victory. A few hours later, Virginia edged Duke, 65-63 at Cameron Indoor.

This week, Virginia Tech squeaked by fifth-ranked Duke at home,  64-63, and Miami shocked ninth-ranked North Carolina in Chapel Hill, 91-88.

Duke again failed to close out a close game. The Blue Devils led  Virginia Tech the entire second half, until the final minute anyway. A Chris Clarke offensive rebound and tip with four seconds left gave the Hokies the upset victory and likely earned them a bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Duke had been playing its best basketball of the campaign, winning five straight heading into the game against Virginia Tech.  Late turnovers cost the Blue Devils, as three turnovers in the last two minutes helped turn a five point lead into a loss. The Grayson Allen experiment at point guard did not work against the Hokies as he committed six of the team’s 18 turnovers.

Duke needs to avoid close games come tournament time. The Blue Devils are now 1-5 in games decided by two possessions or less.

Many Tar Heels fans may have had horror flashbacks to the team’s loss in the 2016 title game to Villanova. The ending was eerily similar. UNC senior, Joel Berry, on senior night by the way, tied the contest up with a three pointer seconds before Miami senior Ja’Quan Newton hit a deep buzzer-beating three of his own to pull off the upset. The game-winner had to be considered unlikely as Newton’s three point dagger was just his fifth three pointer of the season.

The result actually helps the ACC as a conference as the Hurricanes are likely NCAA Tournament bound now with their 21-8 record.

North Carolina (22-8, 11-6), was led by Berry who tallied a game-high 31 points in his final game at the Dean Dome. UNC’s loss was its first and only defeat of February. On Saturday, the Heels head over to Durham, North Carolina to take on Duke in their regular-season finale.

The loser of this rivalry game will head into the ACC Tournament with a two-game losing streak. Again, another rarity.




Pitino Brought Louisville Down

A Look At The ACC

Super Bowl Blueprint

Not So Super Of A Matchup

Super Bowl Is Set

NFL’s Version Of Final Four

Panthers Had Their Chances

Panthers Playoff Talk

Panthers Clinch Playoff Berth

Panthers Knock Green Bay Out Of Playoff Picture

A New Era Has Dawned

College Football Final Four Set

Total Team Effort Carries Panthers

Family Viewing?

What Should UCLA Do?

Houston We Have A Title

Georgia On BCS’ Mind

World Series Preview

Tar Heels Got Away With It

Panthers Prevail

Where Did That Come From?

On Second Thought

Peppers And The Panthers’ Defense

Panthers Defense Shines

College Football Off & Running

Panthers Expectations

Jury Is Still Out

Scouts Didn’t Like Curry

Dodgers Have Opponents Singing The Blues

Leaving It All On The Field

Where Did This Come From?

Kaepernick Gets Some Advice

Calipari Talk

High-Priced Curry

Hornets Did Well

Panthers OTA Wrap-Up

Warriors Prevail

Golden State Starts Fast

NBA Finals Are Here (Finally)

Golden State Better Do It This Year

Jeter Deserved It

Yankees Are Back

Panthers Add Talent

Panthers Need Immediate Help

Baseball Is Back

Westbrook Is My MVP

Heels Hang On For Title

Final Four

Sweet 16 Story Lines

NCAA Preview

Panthers Need Players

The Most Important Lap

Speed It Up

NCAA Hoop Time

Super Bowl Question

Super Bowl Preview

NFL Final Four

NFL Final Four

Clemson Rolls The Tide

Sid’s Top Moments In Sports - 2016

NFL Noise

NFL In December

College Playoff Controversy

What Would You Have Done?

Rivalry Week Is Here

Wild College Football Weekend

ACC Hoops Will Be Strong

Panthers Regain Winning Form

NFL & Domestic Violence

Slip Sliding Away

Another Woods Letdown

What A Game

No Shortage Of Ego

Bathrooms & Sports

NFL Hypocrisy

Carolina Panthers Preview

Why To Watch College Football This Fall

Baseball Races Heating Up

A-Rod's Non-Descript Farewell

Medalists And Taxes

Let's Follow The Money

NBA Hypocrisy

Two At Troon

Duncan Hanging Them Up

Durant's Decision

Charlotte Hornets And Free Agency

Professional Sports Coming To Vegas?

LeBron's Legacy

Will We Get A Classic?

Braves Could Be The Worst Team Of All Time

Panthers' College Free Agent Signing

Curry Repeats As MVP

NFL Draft And The Carolina Panthers II

NFL Draft And The Carolina Panthers

When Will The Money Run Out?

Saying Wow Was An Understatement

What A Game!

Syracuse And The Madness

Hornets Quietly Buzzing

NCAA Madness

Peyton’s Place In The Game Is Set

LeBron And The Cavs

UNC Asking What Just Happened

Clemson Tops List

Panthers Got Beat Up

Why I Like The Panthers

How This Super Bowl Team Was Built

Panthers Held On For Dear Life

NFL Playoffs Continue

NFL Wildcard Playoff Matchups

Panthers Did What?

Bowling For (fill in the blank)

Rose Still Outside Looking In

College Football Playoff Pairings

Be Careful What You Ask For

Cam Getting Some MVP Play

NFL Thoughts

Who Would Have Thunk It?

Relentless Royals

Another Week, Another Win

Panthers Gain Credibility

Pitfalls For USC

Panthers Got Defensive

Panthers Are Rolling

Panthers Win Again

Panthers Win Ugly

Can Panthers Three-Peat?

College Football Preview

Just What The NFL Needed

UNC Delaying Tactics

Some Refreshing News

Deflate-Gate Revisited

The Smoltz Story

Ty Lawson Needs A Wake Up Call

Florida State Police Blotter

World Cup Win For US Women

Hornets Select Kaminsky

Goodell/Brady Have Their Meeting

LeBron & The Cavs Fall Short

ESPN Taking Heat

NBA Finals

Edwards Back In Winners Circle

NFL To Change Football Rules

Deflate-Gate Hits Pats Hard

NFL Draft News

What’s Up With Deflate-Gate

What? Tebow Again

Get Used To Spieth

Duke Claims Title

The Familiar Four

NCAA Tournament Continues

March Madness

Tark The Shark

Duke Is Gearing Up For March Madness

I Don’t Get It

Yankee Hypocrisy

Honoring Dean Smith

Common Sense

Get Your Mind On The Game

NFL Championship Sunday

Panthers Eliminated

Panthers Move On

Panthers Playoff Bound

Sid’s 2014 Bowl Predictions

Kobe vs. Michael

Where Did That Come From?

Goodell Takes A Hit

Fragile Cavs

RG III Needs To Look In The Mirror

Heels AD Still Has Williams’ Back

Bumgarner Saves The Giants

Optimism Abounds With The Hornets

An Unlikely World Series

Winston Off Field Turmoil Continues

Panthers Rebound

October Baseball

Panthers Facing New Questions

Reality With Rice

Panthers Win, Panthers Win 

Carolina Panthers Preview

College Football Preview

When Will Manziel Show Some Poise?

A Tragic Racing Moment

NCAA Football Talk

Got Off Easy

ACC Football Preseason Poll Is Out

LeBron Changes Image

LeBron Still Undecided

Game Effort By USA

The Decision II

Spurs Claim Dynasty Tag

Sour Grapes

Heat Make NBA Finals Again

Cavs Win Lottery (Again)


Panthers And The Draft

Not So Sterling

NBA Playoff Action

Phelps Diving Back Into It


Final Four Fodder

NCAA Hoop Madness

March Madness, 2014 Style

One and Done

Heels Heating Up

Setting The Record Straight

Martin And Incognito

Bobcats Appear To Be Moving Forward (This Time)

A Super Letdown

Super Bowl Preview

Broncos and Seahawks Reach Super Bowl

Panthers Were Not Ready

Seminoles End SEC Streak

2013 In Review

Sid’s Bowl Picks

Mack Brown Resigns

BCS Gets It Right

Did You See The Classic?

ACC Hoop Preview

NFL Coaching Hot Seats

Panthers Are The Talk Of The NFL

Ravens Not Flying So High These Days

A Jeff Gordon Sighting

World Series Preview

Craziness Within College Football

Dissension In Tar Heel Land

SEC Football Rules

Nickname Controversy

Panthers And Rivera Lose Another Close One


NFL, 2013 Style

Panthers Are Cam’s Team

Heels Sticking With Hairston

NCAA Hypocrisy

Does NASCAR Need Young Talent?

Crash & Burn?

PHIL-thy Good

An All Star Night

Charlotte Signs Jefferson

NBA Free Agency And Charlotte

LeBron vs. Michael

Major Problem For Tiger

Police Blotter Hits Tar Heel Hoop Program

NBA Finals Are Set

Irish Eyes Are Not Smiling

NBA Final Four

Tiger May Be Having His Best Season Ever

NBA Playoff Action

No Draft Buzz With The Panthers

NBA Playoff Preview

Tiger Should Have Been DQed

Baseball Is Back

Final Four Fodder

Sweet 16 Madness

March Madness

He’s Back

Kelly’s A Hero

Who Said Girls Can’t Race?

Danica Is On The Pole

King James

Flacco & The Ravens Hang On



BannerEventAd-01.jpg   fanjoylabrenz.jpg

PO Box 1721 | Hickory, NC 28603 | 828.322.1036 | Office Hours: Mon. - Fri. 9am - 5pm |

Home • Reviews: MoviesAdam Long • Editorials: FocusHave Chainsaw Will TravelSid On SportsBobbi GSara MawyerPeople PicturesPlaces/PeopleExtra Events Listing
Out Of Focus • News: Local NewsNational NewsHoroscopes • Info/Links: Staff/ContributorsList Of AdvertisersOnline AdvertisingOnline ClassifiedsContact UsFocus BLOGStoreLinks

© 1978 - 2018 Tucker Productions, Inc.