ACC Basketball Update(1/1)

Happy New Year: Clemson rang in 2008 by whipping Alabama and moving into a tie for second in the SEC East or so it would seem considering the Tigers have played four games versus SEC teams going 3-1.  It looks like Clemson has gotten James May back in form just in time for the epic showdown at Littlejohn on Sunday.

Georgia Tech is in Deep Trouble: There is no other way to describe it.  Given the losses on GT’s schedule they needed to come up big in conference play.  Something in the neighborhood of 10 wins was in order to overcome some horrid losses versus RPI destitute teams.  Losing to FSU at home when the Seminoles had all sorts of injury issues could signal the beginning of the end.  Based on the schedule visits to Wake Forest and Virginia Tech might be the only winnable road games for the Jackets.  The home schedule is not walk in the park either with UNC, Virginia, Miami and Clemson all due to visit Atlanta.  Paul Hewitt is very close to coaching for next year at this point.

The Polls are Fickled: For Miami anyway.  The Hurricanes are promptly dropped from the Top 25 following the loss to Winthrop.  I would be interested to hear the logic behind ranking Stanford at 23rd with a similar schedule and only one loss(to Siena who is probably worse than Winthrop) while dropping Miami based on a loss to a team that has been a very good mid-major for several years now.   It also should be noted that BYU dropped from the polls which further cheapens UNC’s win over them.

Point of Comparison: Miami plays Penn on Wednesday which might give us a little data on where they sit as it compares to the Heels.

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3 Responses to ACC Basketball Update(1/1)

  1. william says:

    Poll? Logic? The reporters do a terrible job and the coaches have an inherent conflict of interest.

  2. Josh Bowling says:

    It would have been nice to see BYU stay on the 25. It seems that it is becoming hard to convince anyone that we had a decent schedule thus far. Most people say “yeah, you were on the road alright, but against who?” I do not think that Miami has to do a lot of conference damage for me to believe that they are a good team. It always frustrates me when people say “Just wait til the conference starts then we’ll see how good they are”. The ACC is the best conference out there. A very good team can beat a lot of other non-conference teams, and just have marginal success in the ACC because of how great the ACC is. That doesn’t mean they are not a good team if they don’t finish in the top 4 of ACC heirarchy. They DID only have one loss. If they can finish behind Carolina,UNC,Duke, and Clemson. If they finish 5-7, and have had close/competitive games against the top 4, I will be led to believe they are a good team (worthy of decent ncaa bid). BTW, I still feel last year’s Clemson team was pretty good, it’s just that a lot of other ACC teams were better. IMO

  3. Josh Bowling says:

    I am sorry, I know there was nothing philosophically revealing in my last post, anyone could have said what I said, as it has been done many times before, I just thought it would be a good time to inject that argument back into this topic.

    Thanks!

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