Cherokee Dollars of Service Costs per $1 Revenue An acre of land with a new house does generate more revenue than an acre of farmland. But the UGA research said this tells little about a community’s fiscal stability. In areas where agriculture and forestry are major industries, it’s especially important to consider the real property tax contribution of privately owned natural resource lands.Farms, forests and other open lands bring in less revenue per acre than housing development. But they require far less expenditure, due to their modest demand for public infrastructure and services.The net fiscal impact, comparing total revenues to total expenditures, gives a true picture of what different land uses cost the community.”The reason for these differences is fairly simple,” says Gerry Cohn, director of the Southeast Region for the American Farmland Trust. “Cows don’t go to school. And tractors don’t dial 911. Farms don’t ask for much from their counties, while new housing developments spread out across the countryside require a great deal of public funds for new infrastructure and services.” Schools are an important part of the cost burden of housing developments. But even without school costs, these developments create a net fiscal loss for local governments.In Cherokee County, with school costs excluded, the service cost per dollar of revenue is $1.44 for residential development, 31 cents for commercial/industrial and 52 cents for farm and forest land.The study is a snapshot of current revenues and expenses on a land-use basis and averages across all land in the county in a single year.”This is important,” said Jeffrey Dorfman, a UGA professor of agricultural and applied economics who helped direct the study, “because it means that results are based on old and new development.””In fact,” he said, “new residential development almost surely underpays by more than these figures, due to the higher cost of infrastructure and the lower density of development today, compared to 20 or 30 years ago.” Dorfman said counties should approve new development carefully and with full information.”Approved development should be steered to those geographic areas that minimize the cost of servicing the development,” he said. “Conservation subdivisions and higher-density development (for the same number of units) also help lessen the negative economic impact of converting farmland into houses.”Cherokee County is one of the fastest-developing counties in the nation. The study there highlights the fiscal issues surrounding conversion of farm and forest lands to developed uses. Most people see the downside of growth as the traffic and environmental quality issues. They don’t realize that unbalanced growth is almost always economically unsustainable, too.For Cherokee County to maintain its fiscal viability, housing development must be balanced with commercial/industrial development. New houses do increase the tax base, but not nearly as fast as they increase the expenditures of the local government and school system. When farmland is turned into a commercial site, green space and a historical part of the county is lost. But at least there is an economic gain to the community. When a farm or forest is converted to a subdivision, the community loses both green space and money.Pioneered by the American Farmland Trust in 1986, cost-of-community-service studies have been performed in more than 80 communities nationwide. Every community is different. But COCS studies have consistently shown that farm and forest landowners pay more in taxes than they get in services. Residential land uses, though, are a net drain on local government finances. The goal of this COCS study is to provide information to help citizens and local officials recognize clearly the fiscal impacts their land use and planning decisions.”COCS studies don’t predict future costs or the impacts of future growth. But they’re valuable in dispelling three myths that are commonly heard about land use,” Cohn said.”First, sprawling residential development will likely end up costing taxpayers more to provide public services,” he said. “Second, this shows that farmland, even when being taxed at its conservation-use value, is paying more than its fair share.”Finally,” he said, “farm and forest land, besides providing green space, wildlife habitat and local economic activity, provides substantial fiscal benefits. It’s not just open land waiting to be developed.” 0.65 Appling Jones 0.27 0.20 $0.17 Dooly 0.12 0.50 0.35 2.07 $2.26 1.60 Many assume that growth and development bring in more money for the local government. That may not be true.A recent University of Georgia study showed the importance of balanced growth strategies for preserving the financial health of local governments.The study was conducted by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the Warnell School of Forest Resources. Economists did detailed analyses of the tax revenues from four Georgia counties (Appling, Cherokee, Dooly and Jones) and the cost of public services delivered to different types of development in the 1999 fiscal year.Costs Higher Than RevenuesThe study found that commercial and industrial development, farms and forest lands brought in more in tax revenues than they cost in public services. But that’s not true of residential development. In all four counties, revenues from housing developments fell far short of supporting the cost of services the new housing demanded.The study looked at the costs and revenues associated with different land uses. It found that for every $1 in revenue generated by residential development in Cherokee County, $2.23 was required in public service expenditures, including schools, fire and police protection, infrastructure and road maintenance.The service cost per $1 in revenue was $2.26 in Appling County, $2.07 in Dooly County and $1.23 in Jones County.Local Governments Lost MoneySo local governments lost money on housing developments. But they brought in more revenue than they spent for services from commercial and industrial development and from farm and forest lands. 1.24 County Residential Comm./Industrial Farm/Forestland $0.36 Land Use
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island will likely be snowier than usual despite temperatures forecast to be above average this coming winter, according to a seasonal outlook released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).Exactly how much warmer or how many more inches of precipitation was not specified in the 2014-2015 U.S. Winter Outlook, which gives a 33-percent chance to the estimates, according to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center that issued the report Thursday. But, experts say the difference may be minimal.“Of the large-scale climate signals, the forecast is that there’s a chance that there’s going to be slightly above-normal temperatures” and precipitation, Lauren Nash, an Upton-based National Weather Service meteorologist, told the Press.The mean temperature for LI from Dec. 1 to Feb. 28 is 33 degrees and the average snowfall for the same time period is 19.92 inches at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma, which serves as NWS reference point for Nassau and Suffolk counties.The seasonal outlook report comes after the Farmer’s Almanac also predicted in August that the Northeast will see above-normal snowfall, although the 223-year-old New Hampshire-based publication also forecast that temps would be 1-to-4 degrees below average for the region. The NOAA outlook countered that forecast, predicting a break from the exceptionally cold winter last year.The three-month forecast also gives the same probability of a wetter-and-usual winter to much of the East Coast and southwest regions of the nation. The same odds of above-average temps also went to states in the Northern Great Planes.The report does not specify exactly when storms will arrive. Such short-term forecasts are only given about a week in advance. The same is true for any forecast that the polar vortex may deviate south from the arctic to the United States at some point, as it did last winter.So dust off those snow shovels, ice scrapers and heavy coats, because winter’s coming!
Apr 28, 2009 (CIDRAP News) –At an emergency hearing today of the Senate appropriations committee, Sen Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, said the Obama administration will ask for $1.5 billion to fight the swine influenza epidemic, as committee members sought to get a handle on the elements and cost estimates of the public health response.Previous federal investments in pandemic planning appear to be paying off, but Harkin said he was disappointed that legislators cut an $870 million program to accelerate cell-based influenza vaccine capacity from the economic stimulus bill a few months ago. “I will push to include it in supplemental funding later this month,” he said.Steps toward a vaccineDuring the hearing, Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), told legislators that federal officials are aggressively pursuing a vaccine against swine flu. “The bell has rung, and it’s moving along.”With current vaccine production methods, it will take manufacturers about 8 weeks to conduct dosing, safety, and efficacy testing on pilot batches from a swine flu seed strain that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is producing, he said. Then it would take 4 to 6 more months for the first vaccine batches to roll off the production line, though he said some of the production steps can take place simultaneously during the pilot-testing phase.Fauci said discussion is under way among federal health experts on whether to produce a single vaccine specifically against the swine flu strain or to include it along with the other three strains in the seasonal flu vaccine.In the meantime, Anne Schuchat, MD, interim deputy director for the CDC’s science and public health program, said antiviral medications are already on their way to states that have been affected by swine flu and that the rest of the states should receive their supplies by May 3.Scarce resources threaten responseHarkin asked the health officials if they had enough staffing and financial resources to distribute the antivirals and perform other key flu epidemic response functions.Paul Jarris, MD, MBA, executive director if the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) said that, as of August 2008, every state has developed and practiced a pandemic plan and all have now activated their plans, which include systems for distributing antivirals.However, he said funding for the activities expired in August 2008. “We’re at a point of critical need, because there’s been no further investment,” Jarris said, adding that the cuts have been compounded by declines in preparedness money from the CDC and reduced hospital preparedness funding from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).State budget problems have led to 12,000 public health department layoffs in 2008, with the same level of attrition expected this year.If a vaccine against the flu strain is developed, “you still need the [public health] people to put it into people’s arms,” Jarris said.Harkin responded, “I remain deeply concerned about the ability to rapidly respond to a growing pandemic.”Jarris estimated that the nation’s public health systems need $350 million to continue their pandemic planning work, but will need more if the epidemic becomes a full-blown pandemic. In addition, health departments need $122 million to finish stocking state stockpiles and $563 million to equip healthcare workers with protective equipment and antiviral medication.Ag sector chafes at virus nameJohn Clifford, DVM, deputy director of veterinary services for the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Animal and Plant Inspection Services told legislators that the department is evaluating its resource needs. The USDA is working with states to intensify livestock surveillance for the virus, but so far the new strain has not been found in animals.The biggest problem the agency faces revolves around the “swine flu” label that has been placed on the new virus, Clifford said. He said the nomenclature is scientifically incorrect and has prompted other countries to ban US pork products, which is already hurting farmers and feed producers.USDA officials are working with international trading partners to make sure they’re basing their decisions on clearing or blocking US pork on reasonable scientific standards, Clifford said. However, some countries seem to be basing their decisions on a reaction to the name of the virus.Yesterday the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) emphasized in a statement that the new virus has not been isolated in animals and that calling the virus “swine flu” is not justified. It said names of past human influenza epidemics with animal origins have used a geographic name, such as Spanish influenza. “Thus it would be logical to call this disease “North-American influenza,” the group said.At a CDC press conference today, Richard Besser, acting director of the CDC, said, “We’ve been seeing a fair amount of misconception that by calling it swine flu, there could be transmission from pork products.” The name refers to one of the components of the new flu strain, but doesn’t allude to how the virus spreads. He said officials are discussing if there’s a better way to describe the virus that wouldn’t confuse the public.At a World Health Organization (WHO) briefing this morning, Keiji Fukuda, MD, the agency’s assistant director-general for health, security, and environment, said the WHO hasn’t made any plans to change the name of the virus. “We hope the introduction of new names doesn’t cause any confusion,” he said.Harkin presses CDC on lab delay reportHarkin questioned Schuchat about media reports that Mexico sent its influenza samples to Canada early on in the outbreak to avoid what it perceived as paperwork obstacles at the CDC that might have delayed characterization of the new virus. He said the event may have left US officials in the dark during a crucial time when the virus was becoming a bigger threat.”We have spent a lot of money building lab capacity. Why did this happen?” he asked.Schuchat said the CDC is one of four WHO reference labs and regularly receives samples from Mexico. She said on Apr 17 CDC scientists identified the unusual virus that was isolated in San Diego and distributed sequence information to other scientists.Four days later the CDC published a report on two cases involving the new strain in a special issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), and on Apr 23 the agency conducted a press briefing on the identification of additional cases.Schuchat pointed out that the CDC’s identification of and communication about the virus led the Canadian lab to link their Mexican samples to the US isolates.”We don’t like it when people find our bureaucracy difficult. I would like to do better, but I’m proud of our staff for getting the report out quickly,” Schuchat said.See also:Apr 27 OIE statement
RELATED: House Republicans consider adding some state income tax deductions to overhaul billAs widely reported in the press, the proposed tax “reforms” would essentially double the standard deduction thereby eliminating individual deductions by the vast majority of individuals, particularly including charitable donations.This will profoundly impact all nonprofits in the U.S. likely resulting in loss of billions of dollars of critical funding.This will threaten the survival of many fragile nonprofits and damage the safety net which is largely made up of nonprofits, particularly given government’s devolution of services to local communities.My interests here are first, as father of a permanently disabled daughter named Jennifer, and also as member of the Eastern New York Developmental Disabilities Advocates (ENYDDA). ENYDDA is an independent, all-volunteer organization founded in 2015 to advocate for disabled family members and educate the public on matters pertaining to the developmentally disabled. I am gravely concerned, along with many other parents, with the legislation’s impacts on all nonprofits, particularly including human service providers not only in this area but across the nation. While consulting with a tax professional is always recommended, donors can accelerate or expand their regular contributions or make major donations to the charity of their choice, in this tax year, before Dec. 31, 2017, before any changes in the tax law can take effect.Secondly, given the dramatic rise in the stock market, an opportunity to discuss with a tax advisor is to donate appreciated securities.This not only allows the deduction on the appreciated value but avoids or minimizes capital gains taxes which can be substantial.Such actions may make particular sense to maximize benefit to your favorite charity now– and lock in the tax savings before the next major stock market decline.While these steps can hardly compensate for the substantial damage to charities, donors and society the GOP legislation inflicts, they at least provide some incremental benefit to charities and donors alike, and in the process all communities which depend so heavily on the nonprofit sector and the services it so critically provides.Christopher Corbett is a nonprofit researcher and author of “Accountability and Ethics in Nonprofit Organizations” in the Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy and Governance (2017, Springer International). The views expressed are the author’s alone. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Sure, the government and for-profit sectors are important. But it is the nonprofit sector that is largely responsible for America’s exceptionalism.That is, charities and nonprofits fill in many of the gaps and fulfill roles that neither government, nor for profits, are remotely capable of performing, particularly relating to critical health and human services.As noted by de Tocqueville, such institutions are responsible for our country’s most unique character.Under a substantially increased standard deduction, the vast majority of citizens will no longer be able to deduct charitable donations as they would not likely exceed the dramatically higher standard deduction.Yet nonprofit organizations are responsible for the very fabric of a civilized society and are an essential byproduct of our country’s longstanding freedom of association.Given the timing and partisan back-room dealing, there may be limited actions that can be taken at this point.However, there are steps donors can immediately take to reduce the risks of the new legislation. Categories: Editorial, OpinionAfter reading Albert H. Hunt’s column in The Daily Gazette “Republicans’ haste leading to flawed tax legislation”, (Nov. 30, 2017), my reaction is the column substantially understates the damaging implications of this partisan legislation proposed under President Trump’s administration.The column fails to mention the great harm to charities and the whole nonprofit sector.
The club-record £72million signing is being integrated into the side slowly (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery says Nicolas Pepe still isn’t quite up to speed with the rest of the Arsenal team but was happy with his performance off the bench in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Burnley.The club-record £72million signing from Lille is yet to start a match for the Gunners, playing 19 minutes last weekend at Newcastle before coming on at half-time against Burnley a week later.Emery is in no rush to play Pepe despite the enormous outlay and is prepared to give him time to adjust to his new team, and was happy with his latest cameo at the Emirates. Emery’s priority over the summer was increasing the competition for places (Picture: Getty)‘We have different options with big performances. When every player is good to play then perfect. But the way is long, the season is long. Different issues and circumstances are coming for each player. We need to be competitive.‘Last year we lost some points at moments where we didn’t have different possibilities for some matches. This year I prefer to have important players on the bench with the possibility to have good impact after. The team is going to be more competitive, that’s always my idea.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Unai Emery explains why he benched Nicolas Pepe again for Arsenal’s clash with Burnley Arsenal’s record signing made his first outing at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)‘Pepe’s impact is very good. 45 minutes, he’s with us only two weeks and he needs more to be fully fit,’ said Emery about the Ivory Coast international at his post-match press conference.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Also, I spoke with him yesterday about how he’s feeling every day with us, how he’s feeling before the match, and he’s feeling progressively better but he needs more [time] and I think today 45 minutes for him was perfect.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityEmery made three changes to his side, with Dani Ceballos, David Luiz and Alexandre Lacazette all coming in and impressing, and the Spanish coach believes the depth of his squad will be key this season.He continued: ‘One thing we wanted to improve is to be competitive in each position in the squad. For example today Granit Xhaka, Mesut Ozil, Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin are out. Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 17 Aug 2019 3:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kShares Advertisement
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, clarified last week additional work that it plans to accomplish with the funding provided for disaster recovery in Public Law 115-123, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, signed into law February 9, 2018.“We look forward to serving our community and Nation in executing the high priority regional watershed assessments, Flood Risk Management (FRM) feasibility studies, and FRM construction projects,” said Galveston District Programs and Project Management Division Chief, Dr. Edmond Russo.Russo also said that the public can view a the studies and projects funded at the Corps website.Port Arthur-Freeport-Orange:The Sabine Pass to Galveston Bay Chief’s Report was completed in December 2017. The project is being funded $3.9B under BBA 18 and will result in improvements to the existing Hurricane Flood Protection Systems in Freeport and Port Arthur, TX. It will also include construction of 27 miles of new levees and flood walls in Orange County, TX.Addicks & Barker Dam Safety Project:The Addicks & Barker Dam Safety Project is receiving $1.4M in funds to continue the on-going construction of rehabilitation features of Addicks and Barker Reservoir Dams. This project also received $2M in FY18 Work Plan funding.Corps and Harris County Flood Control District Partnered Projects:Brays Bayou Project: Will receive $75M for continued construction of detention basins along Brays Bayou Channel. This project also received $14.7M in FY18 Work Plan funding to reimburse Harris County Flood Control District for past construction.White Oak Bayou Project: This project is receiving $45M for construction of channel modification and detention basins along White Oak Bayou.Hunting Bayou Project: Hunting Bayou is receiving $65M for construction of channel modification and detention basins along Hunting Bayou.Clear Creek Project: This project is scheduled to receive $295M to perform an economics update, design and construct conveyance and in-creek detention areas (areas that hold and store water) that create a system to reduce flood damages in the upper portion of the Clear Creek watershed.Greens Bayou Project: $4.1M is set for FY18 Work Plan funding to complete construction of channel improvements and detention basin along the Greens Bayou channel.Partnered Studies:Several partnered studies and assessments will be initiated to address flooding concerns in Metropolitan Houston on Buffalo Bayou and Tributaries, and the Brazos River.These include:Brazos River Erosion Study: This study will receive $3.M study will investigate is flood risk management measures to reduce or mitigate erosion losses along the Brazos River near the city of Richmond.Buffalo Bayou and Tributaries Resiliency Study: This study is receiving $6M to will investigate and identify alternatives to stop flooding in and around the Dams during major storm events.Houston Regional Watershed Assessment: $3M is set aside to assess the interaction of the 22 primary watersheds in Harris County during flood events, and identify potential measures to improve operations of existing reservoir dams, conveyance channels and detention basins.The Coastal Texas Protection and Restoration Study: This study is identified to receive $1.9M for the continuation of the on-going study which is evaluating a number of alternatives to reduce coastal surge, including a coastal barrier similar to the “Ike Dike” concept. Coastal Texas is also evaluating a number of alternatives which include other coastal storm risk management and ecosystem restoration measures all along the Texas coast.
___The Russian soccer league will restart on June 21 after a break of more than three months because of the coronavirus pandemic.The league intends to pack eight rounds of games into just over one month to finish on July 22. League president Sergei Pryadkin says all games will be held in empty stadiums.The Russian Cup will also continue with the final on July 25. That means some clubs face up to 11 games to finish the season.A planned promotion-relegation playoff has been dropped with only the bottom two clubs in the top division relegated automatically as usual. Associated Press May 15, 2020 The decision came after a team of medical experts rejected a set of health protocols drawn up by the federation and insisted that its own guidelines are followed.The federation said it couldn’t overcome the expert group’s demand that an entire team be quarantined for two weeks if any player tests positive for the virus.Omonia Nicosia, Anorthosis Famagusta, APOEL Nicosia and Apollon Limassol were the top four teams in the standings when the league was suspended and will represent Cyprus next season in European tournaments.The federation also decided that the number of teams in the first division next season will increase by two to 14. There will be no relegation this year but two teams from the second division will move up.The first division will revert to 12 teams the following season with four teams relegated and two teams promoted. The sport’s international governing body issued a statement Friday saying the mid-year test window will be rescheduled when cross-border travel and quarantine regulations are relaxed.New Zealand had been scheduled to play Wales and Scotland, Australia was set to play Ireland and Fiji and South Africa had planned to host Scotland and Georgia. World Rugby said the postponement is due “to ongoing government and health agency COVID-19 directives.”___Aussie rules football will kick off again on June 11, with the second round of the Australian Football League to be played almost three months after the competition was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.Australian Football League chief executive Gillon McLachlan on Friday announced the matches for the next four rounds of the condensed season would be released within 10 days. The AFL, Australia’s most-watched sports league in terms of attendance and TV audience, was suspended on March 22 after one round. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Cypriot soccer federation has called off the season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league has also adopted a rule change allowing up to five substitutions per match.___The German soccer federation has delayed the restart of the men’s third-division because it doesn’t have political approval.The third division was scheduled to resume on May 26 amid the coronavirus pandemic but the federation says that can’t happen without the go-ahead from authorities around the country. Games in the first and second divisions will resume Saturday.The third division still has 11 rounds of games to play. The Latest: Cypriot soccer league called off amid virus The pandemic has put several third-division clubs under strain.Leader MSV Duisburg has financial problems and second-place Waldhof Mannheim told local newspapers on Thursday that it stopped training because it doesn’t have coronavirus tests.Two teams are barred from playing until May 27 by the state of Saxony-Anhalt and can train only in small groups.___World Rugby has postponed July test matches involving southern and northern hemisphere nations because of ongoing restrictions on international travel during the coronavirus pandemic. Quarantine requirements and travel restrictions from some states means players and staff from the four AFL clubs from Western Australia and South Australia — the West Coast Eagles, Fremantle Dockers, Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide — will be temporarily be relocated to hubs on the Gold Coast, an hour south of Brisbane. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
Published on February 14, 2014 at 12:29 am Facebook Twitter Google+ After Tyler Ennis lifted the Atlantic Coast Conference into the college basketball tabloids on Wednesday, one would expect a lull in the conference’s action. But a league that was deemed generally disappointing earlier this season is starting to round out, and a great slate of games dot Saturday’s ACC schedule. Here are some of the top matchups. No. 17 Virginia at Clemson, noon, ESPN2Since ACC play has started, the Cavaliers have thrived. Virginia (20-5, 11-1 Atlantic Coast) sits second behind No. 1 Syracuse in the league and will continue its in-conference dominance at the Littlejohn Coliseum on Saturday. Clemson’s (15-8, 6-5) athleticism with K.J. McDaniels and Landry Nnoko will bother the Cavaliers on the glass, but UVA’s one-two scoring punch of Malcolm Brogdon and Joe Harris stave off the upset. The Tigers lack guard play. Correction: The Tigers really lack guard play. And that’s a problem going against Virginia.Pick: Virginia AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNo. 25 Pittsburgh at North Carolina, 1 p.m., CBSHow will Pittsburgh (20-5, 8-4) respond to what may have been the most crushing loss of the college basketball season? No matter what, the Panthers travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., for a date with the Tar Heels (16-7, 6-4), and that could spell problems for Jamie Dixon’s squad. Lamar Patterson was devastated after the Panthers’ stunning loss to Syracuse on Wednesday, which may turn into a dramatic bounce-back performance. But what’s more likely to happen is that Pitt will drag its feet into a hostile environment and stumble to a second straight loss.Pick: North CarolinaMaryland at No. 8 Duke, 6 p.m., ESPNAfter its overtime loss to SU, Duke (19-5, 8-3) has started to flex its conference muscle. Not only have the Blue Devils crept into the Top 10, but they’ve rattled off two straight 20-point wins against Wake Forest and Boston College, respectively. Duke’s momentum hit a rut in the middle of the week when inclement weather forced North Carolina to postpone college basketball’s biggest rivalry, and now Maryland (14-11, 6-6) steps in front of the train. The Terps have had a very inconsistent season, and Jake Layman’s ability to stretch the floor could keep Maryland in the game early on. But the historically better team proves that history continually repeats itself. Pick: Duke— Compiled by Jesse Dougherty, asst. sports editor, firstname.lastname@example.org Comments