ACC Basketball Update(11/13)

  • Duke played their second game and knocked around New Mexico State by 25. I did get my first look at Duke on ESPN2 and they are far more energetic than last season as well as being more willing to press the basketball upcourt for fast break points. Defensively they were show some tenacity pressing the guards but also were given to some lapses late in the game leading to some easy baskets by NMSU. There were also a couple of stretches where Duke seemed to lapse from the trademark intensity and allow NMSU some chances to chip away at the lead.
  • It is entirely possible Boston College is worse than we think or they are doing what they always do and play like crap during the early season. On Monday it was Florida Atlantic who hung in way too long versus the Eagles.
  • Clemson opened the season and made exceptionally quick work of Furman playing very much like the fourth best team in the ACC.
  • Florida State and Maryland put forth efficient efforts in dispatching Georgia Southern and Hampton respectively. Maryland got James Gist back after being suspended for the opener which seems to be a common theme this season, at least it is at BC and Maryland. [Update: Turns out the Maryland game was closer than when I wrote this post. Seems to be fairly typical of the Terps in both football and basketball to go through the motions and only win this one by six despite the caliber of the opponent being such as it is. Thanks to Dan for the onsite update]
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5 Responses to ACC Basketball Update(11/13)

  1. Josh Bowling says:

    Other than the play of Jared Dudley, I didn’t think that highly of BC last year. Gist was missed!!! I see that Duke is back. Hopefully our guards can handle their press. Duke fans are already predicting they will take both this year. I still say split.

  2. Tar Heel Fan says:

    Duke did look good but the frontcourt still needs work. They might split with UNC, that’s fine, UNC lost to Duke in 1993 and 2005. I think the matchup still favors UNC because of the frontcourt and the quality/experience in UNC’s depth is better than Duke’s. I also think UNC easily wins the PG battle though Nolan Smith probably would handle Lawson better than Paulus on speed alone.

    Tough to really say for sure right now, we will know more in about 10 games.

  3. Dan Schwind says:

    I actually went to the Maryland game and the game was even closer than the score indicated, which is sad considering it was a 6-point game. They didn’t show much on offense and they let loose on defense a couple times, which is how they let a 14-point lead dwindle. It could be just a slow start like last year, or it could be a sign of things to come. (Mind you, they got outrebounded by Concordia in one of their exhibition games).

  4. seth says:

    I say Duke is still slow. They have fresher legs, no question… but Henderson being able to dunk without his inhaler (or throwing a punch) doesn’t improve overall team speed that much.

    Defend the perimeter against them and don’t make New Mexico State-like careless passes that make Duke’s defense look faster than they are, and Carolina sweeps.

    Though I agree… we’ll know more in ten games.

  5. Andrew says:

    The key to Duke is the improvement of Greg Paulus. He’s always disappeared in big games. He has to step up.

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