ACC Basketball Update(1/28)

And we thought football season was confusing.

Anyone Want to be Third?: Apprently not with the two teams everyone had pegged as third best, Clemson and Boston College both losing over the weekend to Miami and Virginia Tech respectively.  The BC-VT game was most interesting since it went to OT and was far less physical than I thought it would be which might illustrate how much teams like VT use physical play to level the court versus teams like Duke.  As for Clemson, they are simply too inconsistent for their own good.  Granted the loss came on the road but at some point Clemson needs to show they can win a game versus a good ACC team and I am not sure at this point Miami is even considered that.

More Free Basketball: BC-VT played an extra period and so did GT-UVa with the Yellow Jackets prevailing continuing their rise from the dead.  As for Virginia, they are last in the conference and they seriously could be the most dangerous bottom team in quite some time.

Maryland is Not a Fluke But…: The Terps still lost to Duke.  Maryland led by nine at the half and scored 51 points in the first half.  Duke rallied and end up winning because Maryland lost all wherewithal to hit FTs and collect defensive rebounds.  Duke has also decided to employ a slowdown game if they have at decent lead inside of five minutes.  Sooner or later that is going to bite them square on their butt.

The Two Enigmas: FSU and NC State.  The latter beat the former on Saturday despite FSU being ahead 12 in the first half at home.  NCSU ran off a 17-0 run before halftime and did more right while FSU did plenty wrong to get the road win.  At this point FSU looks downright horrible and NCSU gutted out a tough win to basically say they are still somewhat viable.  NCSU’s most pressing issues, besides the PG play, is what to do with Brandon Costner who continues to basically do nothing on the court.  If he was in Chapel Hill he would be seeing DNP by his name on the stat sheet.  It will be interesting to see if Sidney Lowe decides to go that route as a means of lighting a fire under him.

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7 Responses to ACC Basketball Update(1/28)

  1. Josh Bowling says:

    It really is hard to say isn’t it? All I can say is that Duke/Carolina continues to impress. Georgia Tech is my personal 3rd, but how much theatrics will Causey need to have for them to continue to win. Without him, they would struggle in my opinion, but so would UNC w/o Lawson, just not as much. If Georgia Tech had not suffered the nba curse of losing players, they could vie for second in this conference. I have no idea how a team that is 19-1 such as ourselves could be talked about so negitavely by sports media. Thank you Digger for providing some CHECKS & BALANCES

  2. I like Ovies’ idea of “3rd in the ACC (of the week)” There is some serious equality of suckitude going on in the 3-12 slots. I agree that whoever can manage to string about 3 wins together is going to put themselves in the driver’s seat among that bunch.

    I just continue to hope beyond hope that the FSU, BC and UVA teams I saw this weekend are the ones that show up against us…

  3. Tar Heel Fan says:

    You should know better than that…

  4. Wadsworth says:

    I think the parity that we are seeing in the conference is a sign of the strength of the conference on the whole, as opposed to poor play. It continually baffles me how the #1 RPI conference only has 2 teams consistently ranked. Hopefully the strong conference ranking will pay off when March rolls around.

  5. Tardy Turtle says:

    Pat Forde at ESPN asked today is the Big East the toughest basketball conference? “It’s the toughest league in the history of college basketball,” said Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin.
    PLEASE, I guess it’s not that interesting from a journalism perspective to say that the ACC is the best league most of the time, but I think we are having a little basketball renaissance across the country, and the ACC is leading the way. Parity has arrived. The ACC has no bad teams. The bottom teams provide good challenge for the top teams every time they play. Our conference RPI is significantly higher than anyone else’s. It’s the same old problem, just when one ACC team wins a couple in a row and start to get some attention outside the league, they lose to a conference rival and the national buzz dies out.
    Flipping channels last night between the SEC game (Ala-Tenn) and a mid-level ACC game (VaTech-FlaSt) the quality, to my eyes, was clearly better in Blacksburg. I’d say the difference between us and everyone else is 3 things: 1 the coaches, 2 the high expectations on (almost) every campus, and 3 the ridiculous consistency of the top 2 ACC programs.

  6. Tar Heel Fan says:

    Or consider the Creighton-S.Ill game that was featured on ESPN Sat night. I flipped over and it was 37-35 with 8 mins left in the game. I came back when there were 3 mins left and they had scored seven points between them. The mistake the media makes is bad basketball gets spun as “tough” basketball.

  7. While think the standings bear out the parity within the ACC, our conference brethren don’t help the argument about the relative strength of the ACC by consistently laying eggs against mid-majors in November and December.

    But as far as the Big Least being the best conference, the “oh-fer” they’ve laid in the ACC-Big East challenge ought to quickly nip any argument that they are any better than we are.

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