Coach Justin Fuente’s club has won three in a row since dropping a 31-17 decision to Clemson, including a 59-7 rout of a North Carolina team that pushed Miami to the brink before losing 24-19 last week.
“Justin Fuente has done a really outstanding job — not just a good job, a great job — of putting his team together,” Richt said of the Hokies coach who, like Richt, is in his second season with his current team. “He has got a great place to coach, and I’m sure he inherited some wonderful players.
This game has been a key matchup for both teams since they began competing against each other on a regular basis back in the 1990s when they were Big East colleagues. After losing the first 12 meetings, Virginia Tech won five in a row from 1995-99 to really ignite the rivalry that has continued since both joined the ACC for the 2004 season.
The Mavericks opened the fourth quarter with a 9-0 run and kept the game close, but couldn’t regain the lead in their final outing before a two-game road trip.
Dario Saric started in Reddick’s place and had 12 points in 29 minutes. … Philadelphia led 57-56 at halftime.
Mavericks: F Dirk Nowitzki had 11 points and recorded his 1,788th career 3-pointer in the third quarter, moving past Rashard Lewis for sole possession of 13th place on the NBA all-time list. … 76ers assistant coach Jim O’Brien served as the Mavericks lead assistant during the 2012-13 season. … Dallas had won 11 straight at home against Philadelphia heading into Saturday.
The Mavericks’ bench helped keep the game close as Ferrell, Barea, Devin Harris and Dwight Powell all had a positive plus-minus showing. Nowitzki, who played with the group most of the game, was the only starter with a positive plus-minus while on the floor. “Generally when those guys were in we were digging out of some kind of hole,” Carlisle said.
At the moment, my top line still consists of the Villanova Wildcats (East, virtually assured of the top spot overall after winning both the Big East Tournament and regular season crowns), Kansas Jayhawks (Midwest), North Carolina Tar Heels (South), and Gonzaga Bulldogs (West).
But when I do my final scrub, re-evaluation and reseeding of the field this morning and afternoon, I’m going to do a careful comparison of the ACC Tournament champion Duke Blue Devils profile against those of the Tar Heels and Bulldogs.
The good news for Cantlay even in a loss? He’s now made enough money in just two starts to regain full PGA Tour status for the rest of the 2017 season.
The Tour has been off to a heck of a start in 2017 — and it was probably unrealistic to expect it to keep supplying big names every single week. Off weeks happen, especially when the schedule is as cramped as it is right now for players. The Snake Pit provides one of pro golf’s toughest tests, but the sandwiched date between the fantastic new Mexico Championship and the Arnold Palmer Invitational left the Valspar holding a less than star-studded leaderboard through the weekend.
Here are the full results from Innisbrook. The Tour heads across I-4 next week for the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.
Adam Hadwin already grabbed golf headlines this year with his 59 in Palm Springs, but he wasn’t able to close the deal there — instead finishing second to Hudson Swafford. With his win this week, Hadwin vaults all the way up to fourth in the FedExCup standings, just behind Justin Thomas, Hideki Matsuyama, and Dustin Johnson. Don’t be surprised if he doesn’t fall far off from that pace, either. Hadwin has the talent to be a multiple-time winner on the PGA Tour, possibly even multiple times this season.
Even in a loss, Cantlay was the story of the week — and might be one of the best stories of the year on Tour.