Friday, March 7 2014 10:15 PM EST2014-03-08 03:15:54 GMT
Police are searching for suspects after a woman was shot in the leg in Avondale on Friday evening. The shooting happened around 9:15 p.m. neat Reading Road and Hutchins Avenue. Officers say that the victimFull Story >
Police are searching for suspects after a woman was shot in the leg in Avondale on Friday evening.Full Story >
Friday, March 7 2014 10:04 PM EST2014-03-08 03:04:33 GMT
US Senator Mitch McConnell served as organizer for a 'heroin listening session' which took place at the Northern Kentucky Area Development District in Florence. Friday's meeting gathered local leaders,Full Story >
US Senator Mitch McConnell served as organizer for a 'heroin listening session' which took place at the Northern Kentucky Area Development District in Florence.Full Story >
Friday, March 7 2014 8:29 PM EST2014-03-08 01:29:06 GMT
William Saylor (left) and Louis Schunk (right)
Patrolling officers were in the right place at the right time on Thursday night. Officer say they observed two men exiting a UC Healthcare building in Florence, Ky. that is currently under construction. OfficersFull Story >
Patrolling officers were in the right place at the right time on Thursday night. Officer say they observed two men exiting a UC Healthcare building in Florence, Ky. that is currently under construction.Full Story >
Friday, March 7 2014 8:01 PM EST2014-03-08 01:01:45 GMT
Police say that one person is dead following a shooting in Over the Rhine on Friday afternoon. The shooting happened around 5 p.m. Friday on Hamer Street. Little information is known at this time.Full Story >
Police say that a 22-year-old man was shot and killed in Over the Rhine while fixing his car on Friday evening. Full Story >
(RNN) - Welcome to the new-look Atlantic Coast Conference, a remodeling job with nothing but bright orange, navy blue and gold splashed all over the walls.
Wow, what an image.
No. 2 Syracuse (17-0) and No. 22 Pittsburgh (16-1), both escapees of the Big East, face each other Saturday as the top teams in the ACC.
They are both atop the conference with 4-0 records and also ahead of every other ACC team in the national rankings. Duke is currently the only other ranked team at No. 23.
I would say stop the presses, but newspapers don't exist anymore (not to mention I tried to do that one time, and the press manager raised a wire cutter menacingly in my direction).
Back to my point: why is this surprising to anyone?
We know it's not surprising to fans of the old Big East, especially one writer who said the 12 teams behind the Orange and Panthers are all tied for 14th place in the conference. Harsh.
But for several years, both these teams have built a reputation on defense. And defense wins anywhere.
Need a little more convincing? OK, here ya go.
From 2007 to 2011, the ACC had a higher winning percentage in the NCAA Tournament (.600 vs. .589), but the Big East had more tournament bids (40 vs. 28). The Big East also had more teams reach the Sweet 16 (11 vs. 8).
In the past 10 years, four former Big East teams have won the NCAA Tournament, including last year's champion Louisville, compared to three from the ACC.
In last year's tournament, we saw twice as many Big East teams (eight) than those from the ACC. They produced a .647 winning percentage, better than the ACC's .600.
Then consider that only two ACC teams got past the first weekend last March. One of them, Miami, lost its entire starting lineup; and Duke lost all of its post presence, leaving wide-open territory for any newcomer could poach.
Of course, it is a long season, and four league games is hardly a fair sample size.
But get used to the new paint on the walls. The Orange and Panthers are likely here to buy, not to rent.
Saturday games (all times eastern)
Pitt at Syracuse, 4 p.m.
The Panthers played their first game Monday without sixth man and fourth-leading scorer Durand Johnson, who tore his ACL against Wake Forest.
Against Georgia Tech, Talib Zanna scored 22 and James Robinson scored 16, both doubling their season averages. It was an all-around great night.
No offense, but Georgia Tech isn't Syracuse.
Syracuse is as qualified as anyone to test an opponent's depth. The Orange's Jerami Grant, a bench player in name only, stands to gain the most if someone doesn't keep picking up the slack for Pitt. Teams have to pay a lot of attention to dynamic forward C.J. Fair, but Grant is a consistent double-digit scorer in his "reserve" role.
Fortunately, if there is one place Pitt is truly deep, it's the frontcourt.
The other big battle, and possibly the best one, is between the guards. Freshman sensation Tyler Ennis and Trevor Cooney are 1-2 in the ACC in steals.
Pitt's Cameron Wright is third, and Robinson leads the conference in assist-turnover ratio.
In other words, this will be an extremely fun game to watch.
Florida State at Virginia, noon
It's hard to score on either of these teams. Very hard.
FSU (12-4, 3-1) is ranked third in the nation in field goal percentage allowed and leads the ACC in blocked shots, while Virginia (12-5, 3-1) holds opponents to the sixth-lowest shooting percentage in the nation.
And chew on this. Six of the top 25 teams in the country in scoring defense are from the ACC, including Virginia (second) and FSU (25th).
I hope both teams use ice tubs for recovery because this type of game will warrant them.
NC State at No. 23 Duke, 2 p.m.
The Wolfpack (11-6, 1-3) is slipping back into old habits - dominating physically and undermining their potential with mental mistakes - and a textbook example was the team's 70-69 loss to Wake Forest on Wednesday.
NC State ruined the Deacons on the glass, ruined them in the open floor and then ruined a chance for a win with fouls.
Duke, though, has to be feeling pretty good right now. The Blue Devils (13-4, 2-2) climbed out of the bottom of the ACC standings [still can't believe I'm saying that] with a home win against Virginia this week.
The Blue Devils [again, I can't believe I'm about to say this] probably don't deserve that No. 23 ranking, but they can prove me wrong by taking care of the Wolfpack.
Wake Forest at Clemson, 4 p.m.
Don't mess with Clemson. These were my exact words a week ago: "If the Tigers lose [to Duke] by anything less than 12 points or - gasp! - win, we'll know they didn't just get fat on early season cupcakes."
Having humbled both the Dukies and Virginia Tech since, Clemson (12-4, 3-1) has shown it's a lean, mean, defense-playing machine.
And the Tigers are doing it with a centerpiece player who manages to be in two places at once - forward K.J. McDaniels leads the ACC in blocks and leads his team in 3-point attempts. Ironic much?
Wake Forest (12-5, 2-2) is opportunistic, if nothing else. The Deacons have beaten everyone they were supposed to beat and feasted on better opponents who showed the slightest signs of weakness (North Carolina, NC State).
A win against Clemson would be its first conference victory against a team outside its home state. It would also be only their second victory on the road in coach Jeff Bzdelik's tenure (1-26).
Also on deck:
Boston College at North Carolina, noon
Miami at Georgia Tech, 2 p.m.
Virginia Tech at Notre Dame, 6 p.m.
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Thursday, February 3 2011 5:19 PM EST2011-02-03 22:19:13 GMT
New details have been released on a large drug sweep in Pierce Township, Clermont County. On Wednesday, a total of 17 people were indicted by a grand jury on 46 charges related to trafficking in drugs.Full Story >
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31 people are in trouble with the law after a three day prostitution sting in Richmond. Police told NBC12 they targeted specific areas where residents and business owners complained about the illegal activity.Full Story >
Thursday, March 6 2014 11:08 PM EST2014-03-07 04:08:39 GMT
An outbreak of the norovirus illness is spreading throughout a local assisted living center. We've been reporting on this for the past couple of weeks. There's currently 118 residents on the assistedFull Story >
An outbreak of the norovirus illness is spreading throughout a local assisted living center. The Hamilton County Public Health Department says Atria Northgate Park has seen roughly 63 cases of norovirus.Full Story >
Thursday, March 6 2014 6:34 PM EST2014-03-06 23:34:31 GMT
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A man is charged with aggravated arson after police say he intentionally poured gasoline on a man and set him on fire. Donnell Goodbread, 34, appeared before a judge on Thursday afternoon. WitnessesFull Story >
A man is charged with aggravated arson after police say he intentionally poured gasoline on a man and set him on fire.Full Story >
Thursday, March 6 2014 4:56 PM EST2014-03-06 21:56:48 GMT
Hamilton Police say they seized a significant amount of drugs, money, guns and a bulletproof vest after serving four search warrants throughout the week. Officers arrested five individuals on TuesdayFull Story >
Hamilton Police say they seized a a significant amount of drugs, money, guns and a bulletproof vest after serving four search warrants throughout the week.Full Story >
Thursday, March 6 2014 11:04 AM EST2014-03-06 16:04:16 GMT
Batkid, the cancer patient who thrilled San Francisco with his efforts to save the city, was scheduled to appear at the Oscars but was scratched at the last minute, his mother said. Natalie Scott toldFull Story >
The 5-year-old Batkid who saved San Francisco was scheduled to appear on the Oscars, but his segment was cut before the show. Full Story >
Friday, March 7 2014 4:11 AM EST2014-03-07 09:11:28 GMT
The topic of arming school employees is back in the spotlight in Boone County. On Thursday, the school board met as part of a planned safety workshop to review their current safety and emergency plans.Full Story >
The topic of arming school employees is back in the spotlight in Boone County. For one local man, having an armed school employee has a different meaning.Full Story >