Top 2012 picks Kidd-Gilchrist, Davis out 4-6 weeks
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Bobcats forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist became the latest former Kentucky star to be sidelined four to six weeks with a broken left hand.
The Bobcats announced Wednesday that Kidd-Gilchrist, the No. 2 pick in the 2012 NBA draft, suffered a non-displaced fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his left hand during Tuesday night's game at Dallas.
Strangely enough, Kidd-Gilchrist's former college teammate and friend Anthony Davis, who was picked No. 1 last year, suffered a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal in his left hand. The Pelicans power forward was injured Sunday night against the Knicks.
As freshmen they helped Kentucky win a national title in 2012 before turning pro.
Kidd-Gilchrist is averaging 9.1 points and 5.3 rebounds in 26.7 minutes per game and shooting 50 percent from the field.
Panthers 'D' looks to limit big plays vs. Saints
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Panthers coach Ron Rivera sees one potential flaw with his team's stellar defensive play this season.
He saves apparently his team likes "to bite on the double moves."
The Panthers have allowed the fewest points in the NFL, but the secondary has been susceptible to big plays the last two weeks. Tampa Bay's Vincent Jackson beat Drayton Florence for a 60-yard gain Sunday. Mike Wallace beat Captain Munnerlyn for 53 and 57 yards the week before that in Miami.
Rivera says, "We just need to be a little bit more disciplined."
Carolina's secondary faces its toughest test of the season Sunday night when it faces Drew Brees and the league's No. 3 passing attack with sole possession of first place in the NFC South on the line.
No. 20 Duke looks to slow down top-ranked FSU QB
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher says Jameis Winston's decision-making and accuracy has helped the quarterback dissect defenses all season.
Winston, who was named the ACC offensive player of the year on Wednesday and a leading Heisman Trophy candidate, will try to shred Duke's defense Saturday when the top-ranked Seminoles take on the No. 20 Blue Devils in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game.
Duke coach David Cutcliffe says, "We can't give up a bunch of big explosive plays and beat this football team."
But it's still unclear whether Winston will get the opportunity to challenge Duke's defense. State attorney Willie Meggs said Wednesday he has concluded his investigation of an alleged sexual assault case involving Winston and has scheduled a press conference on Thursday to announce the results.
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North Carolina beats No. 1 Michigan State 79-65
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - J.P. Tokoto had 12 points and a career-high 10 rebounds to help North Carolina beat No. 1 Michigan State 79-65 Wednesday night, giving the Tar Heels another impressive victory in their inconsistent season.
The Tar Heels (5-2) have been talented enough to defeat the top-ranked Spartans and then-No. 3 Louisville this season, but they've also lost to Belmont and UAB.
Michigan State (7-1) fell to an unranked nonconference team at home for the first time in more than a decade.
The Tar Heels took control from the start, never trailed and used a 12-1 run to take a 65-52 lead with 6:02 left.
Kennedy Meeks scored 15 points for North Carolina and Brice Johnson had 14. Marcus Paige and Nate Britt added 13 apiece.
Gary Harris had 17 points and Keith Appling scored 13, but both Michigan State guards missed 10 of 15 shots.
W CAROLINA-COASTAL CAROLINA
Coastal Carolina surges past W. Carolina 76-68
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) - Elijah Wilson shot 11-of-15 from the field, scoring 23 points, and Josh Cameron added 17 as the two led a late run to help Coastal Carolina to a 76-68 win over Western Carolina on Wednesday night.
After Western Carolina took a 61-60 lead with 5:06 remaining - its first lead since the game's opening minutes - Wilson and Cameron combined to score the game's next nine points to give Coastal Carolina (3-5) a 69-61 advantage with two minutes to play. The Chanticleers then made 5 of 6 free throws down the stretch to help seal the win.
Despite going just 3-of-19 on 3-pointers, Coastal Carolina shot 19-of-23 from the free throw line, including 10-of-11 from Cameron. Western Carolina (5-6) made just 14 of 25 free throws.
Michael Enanga led the Chanticleers with 10 rebounds and added 10 points.
Brandon Boggs scored 12 for Western Carolina.
Droney, Davidson top Charlotte 87-78 in overtime
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Tom Droney scored 21 points and knocked down four free throws in the last 21 seconds of overtime to lead Davidson past Charlotte 87-78 Wednesday night.
Davidson (3-5) opened the extra session with a 7-0 run, sparked by a conventional three-point play by Jordan Barham with 3:31 to play. Denzel Ingram twice pulled Charlotte (6-2) within five in the last 1:11 of overtime, but Droney hit a layup and was perfect from the line in the game's waning seconds as the 49ers were forced to foul.
Charlotte's Willie Clayton, who finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds, hit a pair of free throws with 44 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 74.
Chris Czerapowicz scored 19 points and hit 4 of 8 3-point shots and Jack Gibbs added 15 points and four assists for Davidson.
Terrence Williams led Charlotte with 17 points.
Wofford edges past Gardner-Webb 65-62.
BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. (AP) - Spencer Collins scored 14 points and shot 6 for 9 from the field to edge Wofford past Gardner-Webb 65-62 on Wednesday night.
Both teams were evenly matched in a game with 12 ties and six lead changes; the score was tied at 26 heading into the break.
Karl Cochran, who finished with 9 points and six rebounds, made a free throw with 42 seconds remaining to give Wofford (3-4) its largest lead of the game putting the Terriers up 64-56.
Gardner-Webb (4-5) quickly answered with two late 3-pointers from Tyler Strange to bring the Runnin' Bullodgs within 2. However, It wasn't enough, and an inbound steal with 3 seconds left gave the Terriers the cushion they needed to weather the late resurgence.
Lee Skinner and Jaylen Allen also scored in double figures for the Terries and both finished with 11. Tyrell Nelson led Gardner-Webb with a game-high 16.
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Appalachian St. beats North Greenville 78-70
BOONE, N.C. (AP) - Michael Obacha scored 11 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as Appalachian State came from behind to beat Division-II North Greenville 78-70 on Wednesday night.
Obacha shot 70 percent (7 of 10) from the line and grabbed 10 offensive rebounds for second-chance shots. Mike Neal came off the bench to score a game-high 27 points for the Mountaineers (2-5).
North Greenville (6-2) held a 43-37 lead at the break, but Appalachian State went on a 15-2 run five minutes into the first half to lead by as many as 10 points. The Crusaders went on a run of their own and got within one point with five minutes to play.
Chris Dean scored 19 points to lead two other North Greenville players in double-figure scoring. The Crusaders shot better than Appalachian State from every point on the floor, but gave up 25 points off of 30 fouls.
NC State beats Northwestern 69-48
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - T.J. Warren scored 22 points to help North Carolina State beat Northwestern 69-48 on Wednesday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
Ralston Turner added 13 points for the Wolfpack (5-2), who led nearly all night and by as many as 23 points after halftime. N.C. State shot 46 percent to win its third straight overall, while the win against Northwestern (4-5) stopped a five-game losing streak in the annual interconference matchup.
Warren had 16 points by the break and flirted with his third straight 30-point outing before cooling off after halftime. But he got plenty of help, led by freshman Lennard Freeman posting season-highs with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Drew Crawford scored 17 to lead the Wildcats and first-year coach Chris Collins, who was making a return to the region after spending the past 13 years as an assistant to Duke's Mike Krzyzewski in nearby Durham.
Wake Forest pulls away for 72-57 win over Tulane
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - Coron Williams came off the bench to score 18 points and Wake Forest pulled away from Tulane in the second half for a 72-57 victory Wednesday.
Codi Miller-McIntyre added 12 points for the Demon Deacons (7-2), who led by seven points at the half only to see Tulane (4-5) rally to tie the score twice in the first five minutes of the second half.
But Williams made a three-point play and drained a 3-pointer from the corner during a 10-0 run that pushed Wake Forest's lead into double digits, 50-40 with 12:40 remaining. The Green Wave could pull no closer than eight points the rest of the way.
Louis Dabney scored 29 points and Jonathan Stark had 10 for Tulane, which has now lost five straight after opening the season 4-0.
No. 18 UNC topples No. 15 Nebraska 75-62
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Xylina McDaniel hit 11 of 15 shots and scored a game-high 25 points to lead No. 18 North Carolina in a 75-62 victory over No. 15 Nebraska on Wednesday night.
McDaniel, in addition to 73.3-percent shooting, grabbed eight rebounds for the Tar Heels (7-2). UNC shot 48.5 percent from the floor and 5 of 11 from behind the line, but finished with 10 more steals and seven more rebounds than Nebraska.
The Huskers, who faced their first ranked opponent of the season in UNC, shot a perfect 12 of 12 from the line, but finished just 39.3 percent from the floor and 28.6 percent from behind the arc. Jordan Hooper led the team with 18 points.
The Huskers (6-2) have now suffered back-to-back losses after falling 76-72 on November 30th to Washington State.
FSU's Winston voted ACC player of year
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has picked up two more individual awards from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The ACC on Wednesday selected Winston as both its overall and offensive player of the year, one day after he was picked as rookie of the year.
Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald also was voted the ACC's defensive player of the year.
Winston is the first redshirt freshman in the 61-year history of the league to win the award.
He received 47 of 65 votes from members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association for the overall award. Boston College running back Andre Williams had 13 votes and Donald had four.
Winston led the Seminoles to a No. 1 ranking and a berth in the ACC championship game opposite No. 20 Duke.
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