Kennedy Meeks, North Carolina’s starting center, is one of seven players in the Tar Heels’ 10-man rotation standing 6 feet 6 to 6-10.
CHICAGO — Coaches and players say they don’t look back because it does no good to reflect on what might have been. The past 2 1/2 weeks have been an exception to that rule for the Ohio State men’s basketball team.
Ohio State’s Shannon Scott was raised a North Carolina fan by his dad, Tar Heels legend Charlie, but he didn’t want to play there.
Today’s game at the United Center in Chicago between No. 12 Ohio State and No. 24 North Carolina figures to be surreal for the Scott family. Shannon is the Buckeyes’ starting point guard, the engineer of one of college basketball’s swiftest offenses. His father, Charlie, is Carolina royalty: the first black player to receive an athletic scholarship from the school, in 1966; an Olympic gold medalist two years after that; and athlete of the year in the Atlantic Coast Conference as a senior. His career scoring average topped 20 points.
Notable: Ohio State is 2-10 all time vs. North Carolina, including 0-3 during coach Thad Matta’s tenure. The Buckeyes’ most-recent win in the series was in the 1992 NCAA Sweet 16 in Lexington, Ky. Their other win was in 1929. ... As a ranked team under Matta, Ohio State is 34-37 against ranked opponents, including 10-9 at neutral sites. ... North Carolina has beaten two ranked teams (UCLA and Florida in the Bahamas) and lost to one (at Kentucky). The other losses were to Butler (in the Bahamas) and at home to Iowa in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Alum Jim Harbaugh is mum about the Michigan job.
San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is declining to respond to reports that he is weighing an offer from Michigan to become the coach at his alma mater. Harbaugh has one season remaining on the five-year, $25 million contract he signed in January 2011. Several media outlets have reported that Harbaugh has a six-year offer on the table from the Wolverines to return to Ann Arbor.
One of the greatest rivalries in sports hasn’t been much of one lately: Navy enters today’s game looking to extend its record streak in the series by defeating Army for a 13th straight time.
Oregon coach Mark Helfrich confirmed yesterday that the third-ranked Ducks will be without cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu when they face Jameis Winston and Florida State in their playoff game in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1.
The Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl on Friday night could be dubbed: The Rivalry, Volume 9. The game in Salem, Virginia, determines the NCAA Division III football champion, and in nine of the last 10 seasons, it has been the same two teams — Mount Union and Wisconsin-Whitewater — squaring off.
Unlike, say, the Chili Chant, the T-shirt cannon, the dancing Fat Guy or any other marketing production at Nationwide Arena, The Hug was grown organically. Such is its beauty. After a Blue Jackets victory, forward Nick Foligno puts the big squeeze on goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. Neither can pinpoint exactly when or how or why the tradition began, but it has been a feature since, oh, March 2013.
Bengals running back Jeremy Hill breaks a tackle attempt by Browns safety Jim Leonhard on his way to a 16-yard touchdown run last Sunday. Hill ran for 148 yards in the game.
CINCINNATI — Fourteen games into the season, the Cincinnati Bengals running game is finally starting to look the way Hue Jackson had imagined when he was hired as offensive coordinator on Jan. 9.
The Boston Celtics traded point guard Rajon Rondo to Dallas last night, cutting ties with the last remnant the franchise’s last NBA championship while giving the Mavericks a chance at another title.
The Cavs’ Shawn Marion has been an asset defensively against the likes of Brooklyn’s Deron Williams.
One day after the Cleveland Cavaliers suffered their worst home loss in more than two years, LeBron James was preaching the importance of trust and communication while coach David Blatt acknowledged that he again is considering lineup changes.
Duke forward Justise Winslow grabs the ball during a scrum with Connecticut’s Ryan Boatright. Winslow passed the ball to teammate Tyus Jones, right, who led Duke with 21 points.
No. 2 Duke 66, Connecticut 56: Freshman point guard Tyus Jones scored 21 points, Justise Winslow hit two key baskets late in the game and Duke responded to a tongue lashing by coach Mike Krzyzewski to beat defending national champion Connecticut last night in East Rutherford, N.J.
CINCINNATI — Paul Guenther was nervous all week, something that’s unusual for Cincinnati’s first-year defensive coordinator. The reason: Johnny Manziel had played so little in the NFL that there wasn’t much to give him a read on how to rattle the rookie quarterback.
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Former Buckeye Aaron Craft has played ten games in the NBA's Development League with the Santa Cruz Warriors. Right now he is averaging about 37 minutes and 8 points a contest.
- He's third in the league in steals/game (2.6).
- He's fifth in assists/game (8.0).
- He's the top player in assist-to-turnover ratio...by a lot. He's at 5.00. Second-place Gary Talton of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers has 3.23 assists for every turnover.
The Warriors are 6-4 on the season.