ACC Basketball Update(3/22)

Clemson is still Clemson. Miami and UNC hold up fine.

NCAA Tournament

#1 UNC 113 #16 Mt. St. Mary’s 74

Impressive.  Most Impressive.

#7 Miami 78 #10 St. Mary’s 64

Wow what a surprise.  Miami was the ACC that was supposed to wet the bed while the top three at least made it to the 2nd weekend.  Now that Clemson is out, Miami will have to pick up the slack.  Not that the Hurricanes have a prayer versus Texas but it was nice to see them advance at least one round.  And lost in the day’s news and the 40 points by Davidson’s Stephon Curry was Jack McClinton’s 38 points as the only double figures scorer Miami had on the day.  It will take more than that for the Longhorns.

#12 Villanova 75 #5 Clemson 69

Poor Clemson.  The ACC Tournament must have been the crown jewel of their season since they layed an egg in the 2nd half of this one versus Villanova.  Then again all the low seeds won in Tampa so maybe Clemson was up against forces it could not possibly hope to understand or defeat.  Clemson could not buy a shot in the 2nd half, found their pressure to be wholly ineffective once Villanova solved it.  The Tigers were also foul prone all game long which in no way can be blamed on playing UNC.  At least Clemson fans have football to care about now.

Saturday’s Game

West Regional: #2 Duke vs #7 West Virginia, 2:10 PM

This is likely be a better matchup for Duke than Belmont was and the pace might be more tolerable.  The one issue the Devils face is WVU plays good defense and is well coached by Bob Huggins.  The Duke players will also be looking for that spring in their step which seems to be missing over the past few games.  In the end I think Duke finds a way and hits a few shots in this one.

Duke 75 WVU 68

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6 Responses to ACC Basketball Update(3/22)

  1. Josh Bowling says:

    I had said when the brackets first came out that Arkansas/Indiana was a tough 8/9 seed. Should we advance Louisville looks good and has said earlier that they were upset that they were not a number 2 seed somewhere. So they have something to prove as well!! Nice bracket job on UNC. I wish Dean & Bobby were setting these up.

  2. Josh Bowling says:

    Even if Louisville wins out over UT, both of those teams feel slighted in their seeding (meaning they have something to prove) so whoever we face will have more than usual incentive to make a statement. If we get past Arkansas, we will have Washington State/Notre Dame to face. Notre Dame is fisty and Washington State has spent a part of the season in the rankings. It’s going to be tough. Kansas doesn’t see anyone til Elite Eight. UCLA doesn’t have to play anyone til Elite Eight. Memphis will have their hands full with Pitt/Michigan State winner. UNC had better not take these teams lightly that they’re about to face, as all of these teams have been under the radar and are just begging for attention.

  3. Josh Bowling says:

    BTW, major props to Green/Ellington/Ginyard for stepping up and doing what they do best. Nice to see Lawson running at full speed and looking to hit his open shots.

  4. Josh Bowling says:

    Thompson/Copeland/Stepheson/Hansbrough seem to be patroling the paint pretty well. Nice job to Deon, who on a fast break, decided to run the floor and get a put back when the lay-up didn’t quite work out for our guard.

  5. TxTarheel says:

    the better seeds which lost yesterday in Tampa should be pulling an Austin Powers today…”who stole my mojo?” I think ARK has some reasonable size in the paint as well some depth to work with…I would not expect a blow-out. Pelphrey is from the coaching tree of Pitino as well, so no push-over there.

    Tenn should not overlook Butler loaded with NCAA-veterans. 2 more days of fun starting soon

  6. william says:

    Tennessee might just be glad that they edged American instead of feeling slighted. American trailed by one point with six minutes to go. I guess we will see but I don’t see Texas as some sort of behemoth. They have a whole slew of mediocre losses including Missouri and Texas Tech.

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