BC-NC--North Carolina Sports Digest, NC

February 16, 2018 - 1:30 pm

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NHL:

HKN--ISLANDERS-HURRICANES

RALEIGH — The Carolina Hurricanes and New York Islanders, two teams in the Metropolitan Division's crowded playoff race, face off. UPCOMING: 500 words, AP photos from 7 p.m. start.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL:

BKC--BUBBLE WATCH

RALEIGH — Nebraska's 20-win season hasn't erased uncertainty as to whether the Huskers can do enough to secure an NCAA Tournament bid. Among bubble teams around the country, Providence and Virginia Tech helped themselves with big wins, while Boise State and Texas saw their hopes take a hit in the past week. By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 725 words, AP photos by 2 p.m.

BKC--T25-SHORTHANDED CLEMSON

CLEMSON, S.C. — No. 11 Clemson has already lost one starter in senior Donte Grantham. Now, the Tigers may have to head down the stretch starting with NO. 12 Duke on Sunday without a second one in injured point guard Shelton Mitchell. By Sports Writer Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m.

BKC--LOUISVILLE'S DEPTH

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville's stretch-run prospects appeared bleak with a three-game losing streak and an ankle injury to leading scorer Deng Adel. The Cardinals have responded with consecutive wins behind lineup adjustments that have included big contributions from their freshmen. By Sports Writer Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING: 550 words, AP photos by 5 p.m. ET.

BKC--ACC THIS WEEK

UNDATED — A look at the upcoming week around the Atlantic Coast Conference: GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 12 Duke at No. 11 Clemson. The weekend's only matchup of ranked ACC teams could help decide the race for the No. 2 seed in next month's ACC Tournament, pitting the preseason favorite Blue Devils (21-5, 9-4) against one of the league's biggest surprises. The Tigers (20-5, 9-4) were picked to finish 13th before the season but are trying to sew up a double-bye in the league tournament. They enter this one tied for second; Duke is coming off its second straight victory without injured star Marvin Bagley III while Clemson was knocked off by Florida State in overtime after leading by 18. SENT: 460 words, AP Photos NCGB114, FLPS102, FLWL112, CTSD106.

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