ACC Basketball Update(12/14)

  • The silence out there has been deafening. Such is the exam break and peculiarities of scheduling for ACC schools. That promises to end this weekend with all the teams returning to a more routine looking schedule.
  • Apparently the Maryland-Boston College game this past Sunday was so grueling for the players that both teams promptly went out and lost on Wednesday night. BC dropped one at home(where else) against UMass. This is not necessarily a bad loss since UMass also beat Syracuse at the Carrier Dome but it is still a loss versus the Atlantic 10 which quite frankly soils us all. However, the business Maryland has been conducting outside of the conference not only soils us but makes us looks like top heavy conference with about three elite teams, a handful of good teams and a few like the Terps, Georgia Tech and NC State who might have trouble winning 2/3 of the conferences out there. Maryland’s latest sin against ACC Basketball Sanctity came in a loss at home to Ohio. I am starting to wonder how close Gary Williams is getting to losing his “I won a national title” immunity card. Another few losses of this nature and I would say pretty darn close.
  • What are we to make of Miami? The Hurricanes basketball team seems determined to mitigate the shame wrought by the gridiron Canes by winning some games on the court. The latest is a road win at Mississippi State to raise Miami to 9-0. To be honest, this has that “Clemson started 17-0 and failed to make the NCAA Tournament” feel to it. Miami has exactly one significant scorer in the person of Jack McClinton. They do boast a couple of other double digit scorers but in this game McClinton had 29 and no one else got to 10. So despite the hot start I get the impression Miami’s basketball success will flush right down the tubes once the ACC starts. However with Maryland, Georgia Tech and NC State dropping games left and right to low tier schools, Miami stands a chance to be in the middle of the pack if those teams’ rather crappy play continues.
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9 Responses to ACC Basketball Update(12/14)

  1. Josh Bowling says:

    For some reason, and maybe you can articulate it for me THF, I have a propensity to still give State and Maryland a fighting chance in the ACC for mid level rankings. State, on paper, is still a decent team with proven players, w/o Atsur. I think they will remeber their ACC prominence when the conference starts. Maryland has a few rugged-energy forwards, and that Vasquez is a guard that can wreak havoc, and when the ACC starts he will battle with people he is familiar with and has competed with, and I see that as giving them an edge over the Miami’s of the conference. Correct any erroneous thinking.

  2. Dan Schwind says:

    Most Terps fans seem to be writing the team off this year, but consider it a rebuilding year. I think if they have this kind of season next year, you’ll see Gary Williams out the door after that, but I think most Terps fans still remember 2002, and still have last season’s late run fresh in their mind.

  3. Tar Heel Fan says:

    Well, the ACC is like a new season where you get half the games at home and depending on how good the schedule fairy was to your team, you could snag 4-5 easy wins. It is also a schedule of known commodities. You know what you are getting and in some cases you get to play the same teams twice which can be an advantage. So in that respect, the unholy trinity of OOC Futility known as GT, MD and NCSU could find some favorable matchups in ACC play and win some games against teams of similar caliber than the few they have lost to already.

  4. thesportsidiot says:

    I’ll show you some OOC Futility, THF!!! You thought you could slip that one by me, didn’t you? Well, you couldn’t. And now you must pay the piper. I’m coming for you, THF, and I’m bringing a bunch of pollacks without a future with me…

    We still don’t know what State will look like come ACC play, just like we don’t know what a lot of other teams will wind up looking like. Even UNC and Duke haven’t truly settled into set rosters yet, have they (honestly asking, I’m not sure because I’m a mess right now!)?

  5. Kevin S. says:

    As a UMass alum (Tar Heel fan through marriage), I was ecstatic with the win the other night at BC, our hated rival. While the A-10 is not a *BCS* conference, a loss to an upper tier A10 opponent doesn’t soil anything for the ACC. Katz, Seth Davis, et al have been pouring the love on for the A10 which may be looking at multiple at-large bids given the success out of conference by UMass, Xavier, Charlotte and Dayton, to name a few. We just won’t mention St. Bonnie, La Salle etc…..

  6. 52BigGameJames says:

    two things come to mind about the Pack-1.) I think peeps underestimated how truly good Atsur was at pg, and 2.) the dynamic of performing up to raised expectations as opposed to playing above lowered, is, as Pack fans and players are finding out, the X factor. State is too talented not to be a threat at some point, but fan hysteria isn’t likely to help that maturation process…imo.

  7. Josh Bowling says:

    Excellent point BigGame.

  8. thesportsidiot says:

    James, you are spot on about Atsur. Hopefully Johnson is going to be able to fill that hole better than Degand is currently doing. I think Javi is going to be good when he is given the chance, but these are all unknowns at this point. Perhaps Degand can turn it around, but from what I have seen I seriously doubt it. You are also right about the expectations and the talent level of the Pack. At some point these guys are going to find a way to pull their collective heads out of their collective you know whats (block me for vulgar content now THF!!) and get this thing rolling. I do believe that, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t getting a little bit worried. They need to win the rest of these OOC games, and hit conference play in stride. If they don’t, it will be another long winter for me and mine.

    Just want to say it’s good to see some rational comments about the Pack. I’m not saying this blog usually has irrational ones, I’m just saying I appreciate civil discourse with a purpose other than stirring the pot.

  9. Josh Bowling says:

    We are the checks & balances to erroneous reporting here at THF. State deserves the credit they’re due for last season’s accomplishments. Despite missing Atsur, State still has the collective ingredients for a successful season. Slow start maybe, but a strong finish ahead is in the makings.

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