August 27, 2012: Comcast SportsNet Announces 2012 NCAA Football Schedule

August 27, 2012: Comcast SportsNet Announces 2012 NCAA Football Schedule

TOWSON AT KENT STATE ON THURSDAY, RICHMOND AT VIRGINIA ON SATURDAY HIGHLIGHT OPENING-WEEK COVERAGE
2012 SCHEDULE FEATURES WEEKLY ACC AND CAA MATCH-UPS
Bethesda, Md. (Aug. 27, 2012) Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic has announced its 44-game schedule of 2012 NCAA football games, which features weekly match-ups from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), as well as games from other top conferences. The networks live coverage kicks off with Towson at Kent State on Thursday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m. (CSN Plus) and continues on Saturday, Sept. 1, with Richmond at Virginia at 3 p.m.As the regions official network of the ACC and CAA, Comcast SportsNet will televise weekly match-ups from both conferences this season. The networks 28-game ACC and CAA combined schedule will feature many of the regions top football programs, as well as teams from throughout their conferences. In addition, the network will present 14 games from Conference USA and two Southeastern Conference contests.Comcast SportsNets schedule of live ACC football features 14 games this season. In addition to this weekends Richmond at Virginia season opener, the schedule includes North Carolina at Wake Forest on Sept. 8 (3 p.m.) and Furman at Clemson on Sept. 15 (3 p.m.) The remainder of the ACC schedule, which includes a doubleheader on Sept. 29, will be announced during the season. The networks ACC programming also includes the weekly programs ACC All Access, Inside Maryland Football, Cavalier Sports Weekly and Virginia Tech Sports Today, as well as weekly playbacks of Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech games.This season, Comcast SportsNet is providing expanded coverage of the CAA with 14 live games. The networks schedule includes multiple appearances by regional CAA programs James Madison (3 games), Old Dominion (2 games), Richmond (3 games), Towson (3 games) and William & Mary (4 games). Highlighting the schedule are three games between regional programs: William & Mary at James Madison on Oct. 13 (3:30 p.m.), James Madison at Richmond on Oct. 20 (3:30 p.m.) and William & Mary at Old Dominion on Nov. 10 (12 p.m.) New Hampshire, Maine, Delaware, Villanova, Rhode Island and Georgia State are also scheduled for appearances on the network.Please see the attached schedule for a complete listing of Comcast SportsNets 2012 NCAA football coverage. CSN 2012 NCAA Football Schedule

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Wizards take stock of good and bad at midpoint of season

Wizards take stock of good and bad at midpoint of season

With their 104-101 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night, the Wizards improved to 22-19 overall through 41 games, the exact midpoint of the 2016-17 season. They play again the next night in New York, so there will be little time for reflection of how they got here. But after beating the Grizzlies, head coach Scott Brooks and several of his players took a look back and a look ahead.

After beginning the season 2-8, they are now three games over .500. What have they liked about their season so far, and what do they still believe can be improved?

Brooks went into extensive detail.

“I didn’t like our start; I liked the last part of the first half, where we’ve played a much better since December. The thing I liked about the start [is that] we didn’t give in to a tough start, we kept battling and figuring out ways to get better – we’re tweaking and tinkering with the lineup, the starters mixing with some of the guys coming off of the bench. Some of our younger players have really done a good job of developing and staying with it when they’re not playing. It can be tough on you mentally, but I think our staff has done a good job to keep them engaged and keep them developing.

"I think Kelly [Oubre] has made some strides. He’s taken a few steps forward [and] taken a step back, but the step back he takes, he doesn’t get frustrated and takes another step. He always seems to bounce back and come back. Otto [Porter] has, I think, developed into the most consistent shooter in the league from the three. Every night it seems like he has it. And John [Wall] and Brad [Beal], I like the way they’re playing and leading. March [Marcin Gortat] has done a good job. I think we’re playing much better because we’re really buying into each other, and I think when you do that, teams have trouble beating us. I think at home, we’ve figured that out, but we have to figure out how to do it on the road.”

Guard Bradley Beal agreed with Brooks, that he was most pleased with how the Wizards rebounded from their dreadful start. 

“I like how we fought through adversity. I think we didn't give up on our slow start. We battled back and now we're over .500 now but just imagine if we were playing the way we were supposed to the first couple of games, our record would probably be a lot different. Definitely proud of the way we've been playing, the way we bounced back. We definitely can get better at playing great defense for 48 minutes, being locked in for 48 minutes. Just making sure we continue to respect our opponents and be prepared for every game moving forward.” 

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Otto Porter gave a few reasons why he thinks they are playing better now than before.

“Back then it was early. We were still figuring each other out. New coaches, new players. Right now, we are starting to figure things out. We are confident in ourselves, playing for each other, playing hard and just rolling with it... Just, I guess figuring out things defensively. Everybody is on the same page. Offensively, just letting the game come to us. Moving the ball, and knowing that we want to be a defensive team," he said.

Improving away from the Verizon Center was a common theme in the answers from players. The Wizards are now 18-6 at home, while only the Golden State Warriors have more home wins. On the road, the Wizards are only 4-13 with the Nets the only NBA team featuring less road victories.

That's enough to give them the fifth seed in the East, but they know they still have plenty of work to do.

“We have a lot we can improve on: just closing out games, playing for a full 48-minutes, moving the ball at times when we get stagnant, but I like the effort that we gave," guard John Wall said of the first half of the season. "The way that we started the season, the way we had a great month of December, and we're playing well right now. It's great to take care of home court, just want to for the second half of the season improve on the road. If we can find a way to improve on the road I feel like we could have a better record. To be in the situation we are now, the way that we started the season, you can't ask for more.”

The Wizards were in a reflective mood, but Marcin Gortat put it bluntly where he thinks the Wizards are currently at.

“[The 22-19 record means] nothing. We have to continue to do what we do. We aren’t getting excited. We’ve been in this situation where we’ve been minus-five, under .500. We just have to focus and play and now we have to get some wins on the road," he said.

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Last-second layup secures Virginia Tech win over Georgia Tech

Last-second layup secures Virginia Tech win over Georgia Tech

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Seth Allen scored the final two of his 17 points on a layup with 15 seconds left to lift Virginia Tech to a 62-61 victory over Georgia Tech on Wednesday.

It was a game the Hokies needed after losing three of their past four games. Allen hit 6 of 9 from the floor, including three 3-pointers, and Zach LeDay added 17 points.

Virginia Tech (14-4 overall, 3-3 ACC) led by as many as nine in the second half, but couldn't put away the Yellow Jackets (11-7, 3-3), who had two chances in the final seconds to take the lead. Georgia Tech turned the ball over with :09 left, and then fouled Virginia Tech's Justin Robinson, who missed the front end of a one-and-one.

Quinton Stephens missed a contested jumper at the buzzer that would have won the game for Georgia Tech.

Stephens paced the Yellow Jackets with 18 points.

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