banner
Caulton Tudor

Heels, McAdoo facing rare Big Four run

Posted February 19, 2014

James Michael McAdoo (43) dunks during action at the Dean E. Smith Center between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Pitt Panthers on February 15, 2014 in Chapel Hill, NC. (Will Bratton/WRAL contributor)

With the postponement of the Duke at UNC game from Feb. 12 to Thursday, one of the ACC’s most unusual basketball scheduling sequences is at hand. 

For only the fourth time since 1967, UNC will face Big Four rivals Duke, Wake Forest and N.C. State in succession -- Thursday (9 p.m. WRAL-TV) in Chapel Hill against the Blue Devils, Saturday in Chapel Hill against Wake (noon, WRAL-TV) and Wednesday at State (8 p.m., WRAL-TV).

For Carolina, this general alignment last happened in the 2006-07 season, when the Tar Heels lost to State on Feb. 2 in Raleigh, and then beat Duke in Durham on Feb. 7 and Wake in Chapel Hill on Feb. 10.

But maybe the strangest rivalry run in ACC history came in 1997-98, when Bill Guthridge succeeded Dean Smith as Carolina’s coach.

En route to the Final Four, that Carolina team had an absolutely uncanny series of games against in-state rivals that included three straight at the end of regular season, followed by two in the ACC tournament.

It began in Chapel Hill with a ringing Wolfpack 86-72 upset win over a No. 1 ranked UNC team on Feb. 21.

Three days later, Feb. 24 in Chapel Hill, UNC rebounded for a 19-point over the Deacons. Four days after that one, Duke won 77-75 in Durham to end regular season.

Guthridge’s team, then ranked 4th nationally and seeded 2nd to Duke in the ACC Tournament, opened with a payback 73-46 elimination of State in Greensboro. After ousting Maryland in the semifinals, Antawn Jamison had 22 points and 18 rebounds in an 83-68 stunner against the top-ranked Devils.

Including an NCAA second-round win over Charlotte, that team faced four in-state foes a total of eight times during a 13-game stretch.

Earlier, there are still a few fans around who can recall the 1967 league tournament in Greensboro, when Dean Smith’s sixth team ran the Big Four table behind the play of Larry Miller, Bob Lewis, Franklin (Rusty) Clark, Dick Grubar and Bill Bunting.

Those Tar Heels, seeded first after going12-2 in regular season, defeated No. 8 State in the quarterfinals, 56-53, and had an easier time against 5th-seeded Wake in the semifinals, 89-79, when Miller scored 31 points.

In the title against 2nd-seeded Duke, Miller had 32 and Lewis 26 to pace an 82-73 win.

From Greensboro, Smith went on to his first of 11 NCAA Final Fours.

Then, back in Greensboro for the 1979 league tournament, Carolina stopped Duke from a Big Four sweep by defeating the Blue Devils, 71-63. Duke had edged Wake, 58-56, in the first round and State, 62-59, in the semifinals.

But ‘79 was a postseason most folks in North Carolina want to forget. Duke and Carolina advanced to the NCAA and opened in State’s Reynolds Coliseum. The Heels were ousted by Penn, 52-51, and Duke by St. John’s, 80-78, in what instantly became known as “Black Sunday.”

McAdoo Watch

This Carolina team escaped Tallahassee with an 81-75 win over Florida State to begin the week, but only after standout forward James Michael McAdoo had a “Blue Monday” experience.

In 13 minutes playing time, the 6-9, 230-pound junior fouled out, failed to score and get off only two field-goal attempts.

Freshman center Kennedy Meeks (23 points, seven rebounds) and reserve forward Brice Johnson (14 points, 11 rebounds) absorbed the interior slack.

But given the way that game went, McAdoo’s first few minutes against Duke will be interesting to chart. Odds are, McAdoo has enough big-game experience to put the Florida State distress behind him fairly quick, but it’s not unusual for star players to have a once-burned, twice-shy immediate reaction to such outings.

The strangest aspect about the foul calls in the game was that there were 46 personals called (25 against UNC) but five players were charged with 24 of the 46 and in quick order to say the least.

McAdoo and Johnson (21 minutes) fouled out. So did Florida State’s Michael Ojo (13 minutes) and Boris Bojanovsky (18 minutes). Another Seminole, forward Okaro White, was tagged with four fouls in his 17 minutes.

Kennedy, who sometimes seems to pick up fouls in bunches, survived 24 court minutes with only three. Teammate Jackson Simmons, who can be physical, went 12 minutes and was called for only one.

Then there was FSU wingman Aaron Thomas, who is a frequent hand-checker by anyone’s definition. He went the full 40 minutes and was whistled twice.
Weird.

At any rate, look for the Blue Devils to launch a few early sorties at McAdoo, if for no other reason than to see if he’s still game for inside challenges.

10 Comments

Please to add a comment.

Newest First
View all
  • dmccall Feb 19, 2014

    Thank you for not using the term "Tobacco Road" in this article.

  • Jeanne Gunn Feb 19, 2014

    The timing of the Duke game does have me concerned about how McAdoo reacts/rebounds from the FSU 0-fer game. I hope he can put that game behind him and concentrate on how well he's played for most of this season.

    It is an interesting twist for Carolina to face Duke, Wake and State in quick succession to end the regular season.

  • zonk Feb 19, 2014

    Dang ! I forgot how long it has been since State beat Carolina. Man ! State fans sure are quite lately.

  • Alex25 Feb 19, 2014

    Cheaters. They ALL Cheat at UNCCH. Have for decades ...

    www.unccheats.com

  • Gary Bunn Feb 19, 2014

    View quoted thread



    Let me remind you. It was last season.

  • jmcdow2792 Feb 20, 2014

    I am sure the other Big Four teams have had at least one run like this. If the run is so rare, why weren't those by the other teams mentioned?

  • zonk Feb 20, 2014

    That's right, my fault they did sneak one in over the last years.

  • Super Hans Feb 20, 2014

    View quoted thread



    I can see why you might have forgotten.

  • fbguru Feb 20, 2014

    That's right, my fault they did sneak one in over the last years.....And Duke snuck a sweep in last year too huh?

  • cjw6105 Feb 20, 2014

    Beating State and Wake isn't exactly an accomplishment these days.

  • CBB: Georgetown at St. John's

    Today at 12:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: UNC at Miami

    Today at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • SEC: Arkansas at Kentucky

    Today at 4:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NASCAR: Folds of Honor 500 in Atlanta

    Tomorrow at 1:00 pm on FOX50

  • NHL: Hurricanes at NY Islanders

    Tonight at 5:00 on 99.9 The Fan

  • ACC: NC State at Boston College

    Tonight at 6:00 on WRAL-FM

  • ACC: Syracuse at Duke

    Tonight at 7:00 on 620am

Scoreboard
Local
12:00pm Today
UCF
ECU
12:00pm Today
BC
NCSU
2:00pm Today
MIAMI
UNC
4:00pm Today
NCCU
COOK
 
5:00pm Tonight
NYI
CAR
7:00pm Tonight
DUKE
SYR
7:00pm Tonight
WAS
DET
7:30pm Tonight
MIA
ATL
7:30pm Tonight
NYK
TOR
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
MEM
8:30pm Tonight
DAL
BRK
9:00pm Tonight
UTA
MIL
9:00pm Tonight
PHO
SAN
1st
LIP 10
KNST 7
 
1st
GHND 5
NAVY 12
 
12:00pm Today
LAF
ARMY
 
12:00pm Today
AMER
BUCK
 
12:00pm Today
UCF
ECU
12:00pm Today
STJ
GEOR
12:00pm Today
CLEM
GT
12:00pm Today
COL
LEH
 
12:00pm Today
FSU
LOU
12:00pm Today
MD
MICH
12:00pm Today
UGA
MIZZ
12:00pm Today
BC
NCSU
12:30pm Today
LAS
RIU
1:00pm Today
UNH
MAINE
 
1:00pm Today
IUPUI
NEOM
 
1:00pm Today
WINT
PBY
 
1:00pm Today
VMI
SAMF
 
1:00pm Today
CITA
WCU
 
2:00pm Today
DEP
BUT
2:00pm Today
LONG
CAMP
 
2:00pm Today
TULA
CIN
2:00pm Today
VCU
DAY
2:00pm Today
TOWS
DEL
 
2:00pm Today
WMARY
DREX
 
2:00pm Today
JVU
FLGC
 
2:00pm Today
EVAN
ILLST
 
2:00pm Today
BRAD
INDST
 
2:00pm Today
MIAMI
UNC
2:00pm Today
WICHS
NIOWA
2:00pm Today
UWGB
OU
 
2:00pm Today
LSU
MISS
2:00pm Today
OKLA
TCU
2:00pm Today
BING
UMBC
 
2:00pm Today
AFA
UTST
2:00pm Today
GTDNS
VERM
 
2:00pm Today
XAV
VILL
2:00pm Today
MNTER
WAGN
 
2:00pm Today
ILLCH
WRST
 
2:30pm Today
YALE
SARAHLAW
 
3:00pm Today
UAB
MTST
3:00pm Today
NDAK
SUTAH
 
3:00pm Today
LIB
UNCA
 
3:05pm Today
CHIST
WLVRN
 
3:30pm Today
UMO
BGU
 
3:30pm Today
SHU
LIU
 
3:30pm Today
APP
LAMON
 
4:00pm Today
VANDY
ALA
4:00pm Today
KENT
ARK
4:00pm Today
NCCU
COOK
 
4:00pm Today
MRGST
COPST
 
4:00pm Today
SHU
CREI
4:00pm Today
BONA
DUQ
4:00pm Today
MERC
ETST
 
4:00pm Today
UMASS
FORD
4:00pm Today
RAD
GWEBB
 
4:00pm Today
JMU
HOF
 
4:00pm Today
BU
HC
 
4:00pm Today
KYST
ISU
4:00pm Today
DELST
MDES
 
4:00pm Today
LOYC
MIZST
 
4:00pm Today
IDAHO
MNTST
 
4:00pm Today
MCNST
NICST
 
4:00pm Today
TTU
OKST
4:00pm Today
PORT
SDU
 
4:00pm Today
BRY
Terriers
 
4:00pm Today
RMU
RFLSH
 
4:00pm Today
UVA
VT
4:00pm Today
BAY
WVU
4:00pm Today
FUR
WOFF
 
4:05pm Today
SILL
DRAK
 
4:30pm Today
FD
CCST
 
4:30pm Today
WMICH
EMICH
 
4:30pm Today
CSOU
HIGH
 
5:00pm Tonight
UNCG
CHAT
 
5:00pm Tonight
SD
SDKST
 
5:00pm Tonight
CARK
SELA
 
5:00pm Tonight
KU
TEX
5:05pm Tonight
EWASH
MONT
 
5:15pm Tonight
TROY
UGST
 
5:30pm Tonight
TXST
ARKST
 
5:30pm Tonight
UNT
ODU
6:00pm Tonight
CORN
DART
 
6:00pm Tonight
NCAT
FAM
 
6:00pm Tonight
PSU
IOWA
6:00pm Tonight
MORE
JVST
 
6:00pm Tonight
PEPP
LMU
 
6:00pm Tonight
SCAR
MSST
6:00pm Tonight
BRO
PRIN
 
6:00pm Tonight
NEV
SJST
6:00pm Tonight
SCST
SAV
 
6:00pm Tonight
BEL
TENST
 
6:00pm Tonight
UF
TENN
6:00pm Tonight
ALAST
TXSOU
 
6:30pm Tonight
SOUTH
ALCOR
 
6:30pm Tonight
JST
MVSU
 
7:00pm Tonight
SEMIZ
PEAY
 
7:00pm Tonight
TOL
BST
 
7:00pm Tonight
KSU
BUF
 
7:00pm Tonight
LBSU
CSFU
 
7:00pm Tonight
MARS
FATL
7:00pm Tonight
STLU
GMAS
7:00pm Tonight
DAVID
GWU
7:00pm Tonight
HOW
HAMP
 
7:00pm Tonight
CLMB
HARV
 
7:00pm Tonight
LAM
INCWORD
 
7:00pm Tonight
YOUNG
UWMIL
 
7:00pm Tonight
TENNM
MURST
 
7:00pm Tonight
ELON
UNCW
 
7:00pm Tonight
ILL
NW
7:00pm Tonight
YALE
PENN
 
7:00pm Tonight
ALAAM
PVU
 
7:00pm Tonight
STJOE
RICH
7:00pm Tonight
UNF
STET
 
7:00pm Tonight
HART
USB
 
7:00pm Tonight
DUKE
SYR
7:00pm Tonight
EKENT
TENT
 
7:00pm Tonight
LATU
TXSA
7:00pm Tonight
NKENTUCKY
USCU
 
7:00pm Tonight
MAST
WILL
 
7:05pm Tonight
UMKC
GRCN
 
7:15pm Tonight
NO
ABCHRIST
 
8:00pm Tonight
SDST
BSU
8:00pm Tonight
NILL
CMICH
 
8:00pm Tonight
RICE
CHAR
8:00pm Tonight
ORU
DEN
 
8:00pm Tonight
WKENT
FIU
8:00pm Tonight
TXPA
NMST
 
8:00pm Tonight
COC
NE
 
8:00pm Tonight
TAMCC
SHSU
 
8:00pm Tonight
SCU
GAELS
 
8:00pm Tonight
HOUB
STEPH
 
8:00pm Tonight
SMISS
UTEP
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
TULSA
8:00pm Tonight
UNLV
WYO
8:15pm Tonight
TXARL
ARKLR
 
8:15pm Tonight
LALAF
GSOUT
 
8:30pm Tonight
TEXAM
AUB
8:30pm Tonight
ARKPB
GRAM
 
9:00pm Tonight
UTAH
ARZ
9:00pm Tonight
NCOL
NARZ
 
10:00pm Tonight
GONZ
BYU
10:00pm Tonight
WEBER
IDST
 
10:00pm Tonight
FRES
NMU
10:00pm Tonight
USF
PAC
 
10:00pm Tonight
CPSL
UCD
 
10:05pm Tonight
PORST
SACST
 
10:30pm Tonight
SEAT
CALST
 
10:30pm Tonight
CSNO
UCR
 
10:30pm Tonight
USC
WASH
11:59pm Tonight
UCSB
UCI
 
3:00pm Today
FLA
BUF
3:00pm Today
NAS
DET
5:00pm Tonight
NYI
CAR
5:00pm Tonight
CLB
NJD
5:30pm Tonight
BOS
ARI
7:00pm Tonight
MON
TOR
8:00pm Tonight
PHI
NYR
10:00pm Tonight
COL
MIN
10:00pm Tonight
SJS
OTT
10:00pm Tonight
EDM
STL