Nov 28

Tennessee challenges No. 11 Kansas

The 11th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks continue play in the Orlando Classic as they take on the Tennessee Volunteers in semifinal action of the event at HP Field House on Friday afternoon. Orlando, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – The 11th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks continue play in the Orlando Classic as they take on the Tennessee Volunteers in semifinal action of the event at HP Field House on Friday afternoon. The winner of this game will take on either Michigan State or Marquette for the tournament title on Sunday. Donnie Tyndale is in his first season in Knoxville as the head coach. The Volunteers have played just three games, yet have won two of them, with the lone loss coming to nationally-ranked VCU (85-69). The Vols opened up play in this event on Thursday & took care of Santa Clara, 64-57 Bill Self’s Jayhawks came into this event with a 2-1 record & were able to add to their win total while handing Rhode Island its first loss of the season on Thursday, 76-60. The team’s three wins have all come by double digits, with the lone loss being a humbling 72-40 demolishing at the hands of top-ranked Kentucky in the Champions Classic. The all-time series is knotted at 1-1. The teams played in 2009 & 2010 & each squad won on its home floor. Tennessee played stifling defense to start the second half, holding Santa Clara scoreless for a little more than the first nine minutes after the break & went on to post a seven-point win on Thursday. …

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Nov 28

Vanderbilt wants to spoil Tennessee’s bowl hopes

<!– google_ad_section_start –> NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Vanderbilt Commodores have had nothing like the season first-year coach Derek Mason targeted during Southeastern Conference media days, & now they have only one game left before a merciful end to their season.And as the old saying goes, misery loves company.The Commodores’ best hope is beating an SEC team once & avoiding becoming the first team in this league to lose all eight conference games by double digits. In-state rival Tennessee needs a win Saturday to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2010, while a loss would mean the fifth straight losing season – the first in school history.Senior defensive tackle Vince Taylor said winning the state championship would bring the Commodores (3-8, 0-7) tremendous satisfaction, especially with their streak of three straight bowls snapped.”It’d be satisfactory for us both to be here watching a bowl game,” Taylor said.The Vols (5-6, 2-5) have lost two straight to Vanderbilt, something that hadn’t happened since 1925-26. That’s brought some life to a rivalry that had featured tight games over the years with Tennessee winning 28 of the last 31 games, & Mason added his own chapter by referring to the Vols as the ”team out East” earlier this week. View gallery Tennessee head coach Butch Jones yells to his players during a timeout in the second half of an NCAA … Patton Robinette scored with 16 seconds left helping Vandy pull out a 14-10 win in Neyland Stadium, & the Commodores said they were pelted with water bottles after that victory. Robinette left last week’s 51-0 loss at Mississippi State in a walking boot, yet the sophomore quarterback who grew up 15 miles from Tennessee’s campus said he’d have to be drugged not to play.”It’s time this week to go out & make new memories,” Robinette said.Tennessee coach Butch Jones said a win in Nashville gives his Vols a chance to build momentum. A win not only makes the Vols eligible for a bowl, they would notch their first winning record in November since going 4-0 in 2010.”We are fighting for bowl eligibility,” Jones said. ”It is an instate rivalry game. So there is a lot on the line.”—Here are a few things to know approximately the SEC’s fourth-oldest rivalry:VANDERBILT’S STRUGGLES: The Commodores have lost each SEC game by at least 10 points this season, & their last loss was the worst since 1994 when the Vols thumped them 65-0. Tennessee is a 17-point favorite Saturday, & a loss by double digits would make the Commodores the first Football Bowl Subdivision team to lose every conference game by 10 points or more in a season since Washington State in 2009, according to STATS Inc.YOUNG TEAMS: Vanderbilt has played the most true & redshirt freshmen in the country this season with 31, & no team has played more first-time starters than the Commodores with 26. …

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Nov 28

Tennessee-Kansas Preview

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Kansas coach Bill Self says that patience is a reason his team has worked through some early shooting woes.Tennessee coach Donnie Tyndall is wondering what he can do to obtain his team off to a better start.The No. 11 Jayhawks & Volunteers meet for the third time in their history Friday with a spot in the Orlando Classic championship on the line.Kansas (3-1) shot 30.3 percent in its first two games before heating up to connect at 53.3 in winning its last two. Four Jayhawks scored in double figures in Thursday’s 76-60 win over Rhode Island.”There’s a maturation process that has to take place with everybody,” Self said. “And some things you can’t force feed, it’s gotta kinda play out.”The improved offense may be the result of back-to-back 17-point efforts from Perry Ellis, who has made 10 of 16 shots in that span after going 5 of 13 for a total of 17 points in his first two games.”I think Perry is playing with more aggression without question,” Self said.Ellis had 11 points in the opening 20 minutes to assist Kansas cruise to a 43-25 halftime lead. The Jayhawks went ahead 31-11 with just over 6 minutes left before intermission on Ellis’ rebound slam.”I just tried to keep attacking, that’s what coach is consistently telling me,” Ellis said.The last two games have moreover featured the first starts for freshman Ukrainian guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, who was held scoreless Thursday.”We start five guys yet I’m not sure that really means much because I think we could probably start seven or eight guys when guys are playing well,” Self said.Tennessee (2-1) has outscored foes by an average of 8.0 points in second halves. The problem is that the Volunteers have been outscored by an average of 7.0 in the first half, rallying from a three-point halftime deficit in Thursday’s 64-57 win over Santa Clara.”I don’t know what we can do to start out games better,” Tyndall said. “I talked to my assistants today & they said we had a tremendous warmup so I thought that we were excited & ready to go.”Josh Richardson & Armani Moore each had 18 points, with Richardson scoring 12 in the second half. The Volunteers held the Broncos to 33.3 percent shooting after halftime, a vast improvement from allowing them to make 7 of 13 shots in the first half.”It was most significant to start the second half right,” Tyndall said. ”They dug in & defensed the right way.”Tennessee continues to be foul-prone. The Vols entered play Thursday last in college basketball with an average of 28.0 fouls & committed 23 more that led to 29 free throws, with Kevin Punter becoming the fourth different Tennessee player to foul out this season.This tournament is a homecoming for two Vols frontcourt starters, Derek Reese & Willie Carmichael III. …

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Nov 28

North Carolina-Florida Preview

<!– google_ad_section_start –> North Carolina hasn’t played Florida since the 2000 NCAA tournament, when the Gators beat the Tar Heels for a chance to play in the championship game.Friday night’s showdown in the Bahamas doesn’t have nearly as much at stake.Looking to knock off its second consecutive ranked opponent, No. 5 North Carolina takes on No. 18 Florida in the Battle 4 Atlantis’ fifth-place game.The Tar Heels (4-1) suffered a surprising 74-66 loss to Butler on Wednesday before bouncing back to beat No. 22 UCLA 78-56 in the consolation round the following day. North Carolina limited the Bruins to 38.6 percent shooting, including 1 of 14 from 3-point range.The Tar Heels committed just 11 turnovers & forced UCLA into 23. They moreover held a 13-9 edge on the offensive glass after getting outrebounded 57-40 by the Bulldogs. Marcus Paige had 21 points to lead all scorers while Justin Jackson added 12.”It’s effortless now for us to see the difference in how we played tonight versus how we played (Wednesday),” Paige said. “The way everyone was into it, playing unselfish, flying around on defense, being active, that’s a more pleasant way to play.”And when you see the results as drastically different as they were, why wouldn’t you want to play that way? That has to be our mindset. Every single night you have to come out ready like we did tonight.”North Carolina has gone 6-3 against Top 25 opponents since the start of last season thanks in large part to Paige. …

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Nov 28

Rural South Carolina school districts remain very poor after 2 decades

[unable to retrieve full-text content]In the 21 years it took for poor, rural school districts to fight the state government in court for more adequate funding, South Carolina saw five governors, four education superintendents… Click to Continue »

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Nov 28

No. 5 North Carolina men rout UCLA

Originally published November 27, 2014 at 8:32 PM | Page modified November 27, 2014 at 8:42 PM PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — North Carolina coach Roy Williams walked into the postgame interview room & immediately rearranged the place cards that signified where Marcus Paige & Justin Jackson would sit. Even after an effortless win, he was still tinkering. Paige scored 21 points & had five assists, Jackson scored 12 points, & after shaking up its starting lineup No. 5 North Carolina rode the strength of two huge runs on the way to beating No. 22 UCLA 78-56 on Thursday night in the consolation round of the Battle 4 Atlantis. “They pay me a lot of money to make decisions,” Williams said. “I was ticked off (after losing to Butler), made some decisions & it worked out fine.” Williams put Joel James, Isaiah Hicks & Nate Britt in the starting lineup an electing to use Kennedy Meeks, Brice Johnson & J.P. Tokoto off the bench. And the Tar Heels (4-1) didn’t miss a beat, closing the first half on a 32-11 run & putting the game absolutely away with a 15-0 second-half run. Paige had back-to-back three-pointers to obtain that second run going, as North Carolina turned a nine-point edge into a 62-38 lead with 9:12 left. …

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Nov 28

Metlife to send more workers to North Carolina

Snoopy is looking to cut costs a little more. Top executives at MetLife, the world’s biggest insurance company, are looking to send more of its workforce from the New York metro area to less expensive digs in North Carolina, The Post has learned. The total number of jobs to be relocated may be as high as 6,000, according to an e-mail from a high-ranking executive to a colleague, a copy of which was obtained by The Post. That’s roughly 10 percent of MetLife’s head count, which totaled 65,000 positions at the end of 2013, according to regulatory filings. However, other MetLife executives, speaking on background because talks are not finalized, denied the number of jobs being moved to Charlotte & Raleigh would be that high. These executives said it would amount to roughly a few hundred. “MetLife continually evaluates its real estate footprint to ensure we are delivering superior customer service & can meet our long-term goals,” Christopher Stern, a spokesman, said in a statement. “In 2013 we announced that 2,300 positions from a number of locations across the US would relocate to Charlotte & Raleigh, NC. Those moves are well under way, & we have nothing further to announce.” The company has 2,600 workers in North Carolina, Stern said. The Tar Heel state has offered the company tax breaks that could reach $87.2 million over 12 years, according to the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. …

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Nov 28

No. 22 UCLA falls to No. 5 North Carolina, 78-56

<!– google_ad_section_start –> PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — UCLA’s night could be summed up in one sequence.<!– –>Bruins guard Norman Powell stole the ball, found no one between him & the basket, then leaped with every intention of slamming the ball with such force that the UCLA faithful would surely have leaped from their seats.He missed.That served as the perfect example of how absolutely nothing came easily for UCLA against No. 5 North Carolina.Victimized by a 32-11 run to close the first half, then a 15-0 run in the second half that made it a runaway, UCLA’s best hope is now seventh place at the eight-team Battle 4 Atlantis. Marcus Paige scored 21 points & had five assists, & the Tar Heels rolled past the 22nd-ranked Bruins 78-56 on Thursday night.”Our guard play wasn’t very good, our frontcourt wasn’t very good,” UCLA coach Steve Alford said. “And that’s not a very satisfactory combination.” View gallery UNC’s Nate Britt (0) goes for a jump shot against UCLA’s Tony Parker (23) during their game  … UCLA finished with seven assists & 23 turnovers, its worst one-game ratio in that department since 1996, according to STATS.Justin Jackson scored 12 points for the Tar Heels (4-1), who shook up their lineup after a Wednesday loss to Butler.”They pay me a lot of money to make decisions,” North Carolina coach Roy Williams said. “I was ticked off, made some decisions & it worked out fine.”Williams put Joel James, Isaiah Hicks & Nate Britt in the starting lineup, electing to use Kennedy Meeks, Brice Johnson & J.P. Tokoto off the bench. And the Tar Heels didn’t miss a beat.Paige had back-to-back 3-pointers to obtain that second run going, as North Carolina turned a nine-point edge into a 62-38 lead with 9:12 left. View gallery UCLA’s Norman Powell (4) takes a shot against UNC’s J.P. Tokoto (13) during their game in th … “It’s effortless now for us to see the difference in how we played tonight versus how we played yesterday,” Paige said. “The way everyone was into it, playing unselfish, flying around on defense, being active, that’s a more pleasant way to play. …

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Nov 28

Marquette beats Georgia Tech 72-70

<!– google_ad_section_start –> LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Matt Carlino had a career-high 38 points to lead Marquette past Georgia Tech 72-70 Friday night in the opening round of the Orlando Classic.After Georgia Tech’s Tadric Jackson cut the Yellow Jackets’ deficit to 69-68, Carlino made two free throws for a three-point lead. On the ensuing Georgia Tech possession, Marcus Georges-Hunt scored on a layup with 2 seconds to play, which only received the Yellow Jackets (3-1) within 71-70.Marquette added one free late throw before a last-chance full-court Georgia Tech shot fell well short at the buzzer.Carlino’s long-range jumper put Marquette (3-2) ahead 41-37 6 minutes into the second half. Another 3-pointer by the guard & Duane Wilson’s two free throws made it 58-49 with 6:40 left.Marquette’s Juan Anderson finished with 12 points. Carlino went 8 for 18 from the field & made 14 of 16 free throws.Jackson had 17 points & Georges-Hunt added 14 for Georgia Tech, which was looking for its first 4-0 start since 2008-09.Georgia Tech trailed most of the opening half, yet took a 28-27 lead when Chris Bolden hit a 3 with 2 minutes left. Josh Heath’s final-minute basket gave the Yellow Jackets a 31-29 halftime advantage.Carlino had 15 first-half points, on 5-of-10 shooting.TIP-INSMarquette: This was the first meeting between the teams since a Golden Eagles’ 63-45 victory on Jan. 3, 1977, the season that Marquette won the national championship. … Guard Derrick Wilson, battling a leg injury, started. He had seven points & five assists.Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets haven’t won an early-season tournament since winning the 2003 Pre-Season NIT. …

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Nov 28

No. 1 South Carolina tops Wisconsin 67-44

<!– google_ad_section_start –> FREEPORT, Bahamas (AP) — With the team struggling on offense, South Carolina coach Dawn Staley turned to her freshmen for a spark. A’ja Wilson & Jatarie White responded.Wilson scored 11 points & White added 10 to assist the No. 1 Gamecocks beat Wisconsin 67-44 on Thursday in the Junkanoo Jam.After a sluggish start, the Gamecocks received going. They led 15-14 before going on a 16-4 run to close the half. South Carolina scored the first 10 points during its burst which was capped by a 3-pointer by Tina Roy.”When you have a team as talented as we are, to be able to insert two freshmen to donate you an offensive jolt is a tremendous thing. I thought (A’ja Wilson & Jatarie White) did their job by helping us open up the game a little bit,” Staley said. ”It jump-started our offense & let us play more energized on the defensive end.”The Gamecocks (4-0) led 31-18 at the half.The Badgers (1-3) struck first in the second half, yet the Gamecocks did not relent, mounting an 8-0 run sparked by back-to-back inside scores from Elem Ibiam. After Wisconsin missed a pair of free throws, Aleighsa Welch delivered a well-timed pass to Alaina Coates on the left block for another score.Two more empty possessions by the Badgers, & Tiffany Mitchell scored to make it a 39-20 lead. Wisconsin never recovered.It was South Carolina’s first game as the No. 1 team in the country. …

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