Another exciting week of ACC basketball play is in the books and it was filled with great play, upsets, and injuries.
RECAP: On Tuesday Florida State defeated Maryland 84-70. On Wednesday Clemson lost another close game at Miami 76-73. Thursday’s action saw #8 UNC trounce Virginia Tech 82-68 while #4 Duke wiped the floor at Cameron with Wake Forest 91-73 behind 7-three-pointers from Andre Dawkins. In other Thursday night play NC State beat Boston College 76-62 and #17 Virginia won at Georgia Tech 70-38. On Saturday Georgia Tech lost again at Clemson 64-62, Wake Forest won at Boston College 71-56, Maryland lost a non-conference game at Temple 73-60, but the biggest news from Saturday was #4 Duke losing at home to FSU 76-73 on a buzzer beating three pointer. We saw another upset on Sunday when Virginia Tech beat #17 Virginia 47-45 while NC State won 78-73 at Miami.
PREVIEW: This coming week has 10 conference games highlighted by NC State playing at #8 UNC on Thursday then the Wolfpack turn around and host #21 Virginia on Saturday. We also get to see Virginia Tech step out of conference and play BYU while Duke faces off against St. Johns.
CURRENT STANDINGS: Florida State 4-1, Duke 4-1, NC State 4-1, UNC 3-1, Virginia 2-2, Maryland 2-2, Wake Forest 2-3, Boston College 2-3, Clemson 2-3, Miami 1-3, Virginia Tech 1-4, & Georgia Tech 1-4.
CONFERENCE LEADERS: Terrell Stoglin, Maryland, 21.2 points per game. Jon Henson, UNC, 10.1 rebounds per game. Kendall Marshall, UNC, 9.5 assists per game.
BOX SCORE OF THE WEEK: Travis McKie – The Sophomore forward had 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 blocks as Wake Forest won 71-56 at Boston College on Saturday.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “I still feel Duke and UNC are the class of the ACC, regardless of what has happened the past two weeks.” – T-Bone (@TBoneWFNZ) from the Mac Attack right here on WFNZ 610 AM from 6-10am every morning.
MY THOUGHTS: I agree with my buddy T-Bone. Even after both Duke loses at home to FSU and UNC lost by 33 to them, the Blue Devils and Tarheels are still the best teams in the league. The Heels losing Dexter Strickland to an ACL tear doesn’t help, but there is enough talent on the team to keep them near or at the top. Don’t get me wrong, the Seminoles are decent and will make some noise, but they won’t finish in the top 2 in the conference this season. Continue to keep your eyes on NC State. This is a big week for them and if they can go 2-0 (beating UNC andVirginia) voters will have no choice but to put them in the top 25.
IN OTHER NEWS: Congrats to Murray State for going 20-0, the last unbeaten team in the NCAA and cracking the top 10. I see no reason why the Racers can’t win out in the OVC and have a truly memorable season for the school. On a side note, R.I.P. Joe Paterno.
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