UNC, Duke, NC State basketball, Hurricanes all in action


Carolina Hurricanes Nino Niederreiter, left, celebrates his goal against Elvis Merzlikins of the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third period of an NHL hockey game on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio.  (AP Photo / Jay LaPrète)

Carolina Hurricanes Nino Niederreiter, left, celebrates his goal against Elvis Merzlikins of the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third period of an NHL hockey game on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo / Jay LaPrète)

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Next week should start to see some semblance of a return to normal… until it isn’t anymore.

At least according to schedule, the ACC is gearing up to compete in men’s and women’s basketball conferences, the Hurricanes are set to play their first three-game week in over a month, and basketball High school is in full swing as we reach the mid-point of the season.

Here’s what to watch for this week in Triangle sports:

THIS WIN WAS BEAUTIFUL, BUT …

NC State made a statement with a big win over UNC in women’s basketball on Thursday. This week the Pack gets a real test with a pair of road matches against tougher opponents. First, Wes Moore and his team will travel to South Bend to take on Notre Dame, then take on ACC rival Virginia in Charlottesville.

The Pack looked complete and solid against the Tar Heels, but any road game will be inherently more difficult, and Notre Dame and Virginia’s level of experience is higher than UNC.

TALKING ABOUT TAR HEELS

The UNC men’s and women’s teams both have light weeks this week, with the men scheduled for just one home game on Saturday against Georgia Tech (which gave Duke all he could handle last week). ).

The women are in the same boat, with a Sunday clash against Virginia Tech followed by a week off.

BLUE DEVILS WALK ON

Duke’s continued efforts to maintain control of the ACC will be put to the test this week by a pair of opponents driving distance from campus.

The Blue Devils travel to Wake Forest on Wednesday to take on the Demon Deacons, before returning home to Cameron Indoor on Saturday to face a young team from North Carolina State who will undoubtedly bring a lot of energy, to everything. the least.

BUSY OCCUPIED OCCUPIED

Meanwhile, on the ice, the Carolina Hurricanes are returning to what appears to be, for now, a normal schedule as they play three games in a week.

The Canes just played back-to-back games last weekend and will travel to Philadelphia on Tuesday before hosting Columbus (Thursday) and Vancouver (Saturday) to end the week. This will be the first time in a month that the Canes have played three games in a calendar week … assuming none of the games are postponed by NHL COVID protocols.

Justin is a 20-year veteran sports reporter with stops in Lewiston, Maine (Sun Journal) and Boston (Boston Herald). Proud husband and father of twins, Pelletier is a graduate of Boston University and a member of the prestigious Mafia of Sports Editors Jack Falla. It has won dozens of national and national sports writing and editing awards spanning prep, college, and professional leagues.

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