OTB's ACC Power Poll–Week 4

Posted by Brandon Rink on January 29, 2010 under ACC Basketball | Comments are off for this article

Andre Young has to pick up the Tigers from the perimeter to take down the Terps.

Andre Young has to pick up the Tigers from the perimeter to take down the Terps.

Welcome to OTB’s ACC Power Poll! My ACC basketball power ranking here is less text, but packed with info you need for the coming week in ACC basketball as I have all the records, who’s on a roll, and my picks for the big games of the week…enjoy!

(Records as of January 29, 2010; Key game(s) and ACC game 2 Watch on a Friday to Friday week)
1)..(1)..Duke Blue Devils…………………………17-3(5-2 ACC)
Momentum level: High; Key game(s) this week: @G’Town, GT.

2)..(4)..Maryland Terrapins……………………14-5(4-1 ACC)
Momentum level: High; Key game(s) this week: @Clemson, @FSU.

3).(5).Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets…………………15-5(4-3 ACC)
Momentum level: High; Key game(s) this week: @Duke.

4)..(6)..Wake Forest Demon Deacons…14-5(4-3 ACC)
Momentum level: Lukewarm; Key game(s) this week: Miami.

5)..(7)..Florida State Seminoles………….15-5(3-3 ACC)
Momentum level: Medium; Key game(s) this week: @BC, Maryland.

6)..(8)..Virginia Tech Hokies…………………..16-3(3-2 ACC)
Momentum level: High; Key game(s) this week: @Miami, UNC.

7)..(2)..Virginia Cavaliers…………12-6(3-2 ACC)
Momentum level: Low; Key game(s) this week: @UNC, NC State.

8)..(3)..Clemson Tigers………………15-6(3-4 ACC)
Momentum level: Low; Key game(s) this week: Maryland.

9)..(10)..North Carolina Tar Heels………………………13-7(2-3 ACC)
Momentum level:Medium; Key game(s) this week: UVA, @VT.

10)..(9)..North Carolina State Wolfpack………….13-8(2-5 ACC)
Momentum level: Low; Key game(s) this week: @UVA.

11)..(12)..Boston College Eagles………………….12-9(3-4 ACC)
Momentum level: High; Key game(s) this week: FSU.

12)..(11)..Miami Hurricanes………………………15-5(1-5 ACC)
Momentum level: Low; Key game(s) this week: VT, @Wake Forest.

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ACC Game(s) 2 Watch This Week(5-2 record so far): (2) Maryland Terrapins at (8) Clemson Tigers, Sunday at 5:30.
OTB’s Prediction: Tigers 74 Terps 72
The Why: There is absolutely no logical reason to pick Clemson against the Terps–Maryland is playing so much better coming in and overall this season and we still have “?s” about whether the Tigers’ senior guard Stitt can come back and play well. But this game could very well determine whether the Tigers make to the NCAAs or not as every ACC home game is vital(especially at 3-4 in conference) and I think they pull it out somehow.

(2) Maryland Terrapins at (5) Florida State Seminoles, Thursday at 9.
OTB’s Prediction: Terps 71 Noles 65
The Why: FSU has talent, defense, and a multitude of scorers, but I question there ability to keep it going. Terps are road warriors and they will recover well coming off the Clemson game.

(9) North Carolina Tar Heels at the (6) Virginia Tech Hokies, Thursday at 7.
OTB’s Prediction: Hokies 74 Heels 71
The Why: If the Heels play Strickland significant minutes on the road, UNC might pull this one off, but the Hokies will be more than ready to take advantage of the Heels as Delaney is warming up. Really, this would not be an upset with how the season has unfolded so far so the Hokies should expect the win.

ACC Team 2 Rise This Week: Wake Forest Demon Deacons

ACC Team 2 Fall This Week: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

We’re getting hot on the picks now–which means go the other way most likely this week. Where do you see the ACC going this week? Any guesses on number of bids? Starting next week, I’ll be doing projecting into the NCAAs. Thanks for reading!

College Baseball Poll Mania!

Posted by Brandon Rink on January 28, 2010 under ACC Baseball | Comments are off for this article

College baseball, w00t!

College baseball, w00t!(Also, Jack Leggett is angry in the picture--not a guy you want to make angry, umps)

College baseball kicks off next week and a couple polls have come out preceding it.

First, the ACC coaches poll(which is probably a much better option than having the ACC media do it–see ACC football media picks since the FSU dynasty fell) gave us this:

Team Points 2009 Record
Florida State (10) 70 45-18. 19-9 ACC
Clemson (2) 62 44-22, 19-11 ACC
Boston College 42 34-26, 13-15 ACC
NC State 38 25-31, 10-20 ACC
Wake Forest 21 22-30, 6-24 ACC
Maryland 19 27-27, 10-20 ACC
Team Points 2009 Record
Virginia (11) 71 49-15-1, 16-11-1 ACC
Georgia Tech 57 38-19-1. 17-10-1 ACC
North Carolina (1) 44 48-18, 19-10 ACC
Miami 42 38-22, 18-12 ACC
Virginia Tech 20 32-21, 12-17 ACC
Duke 18 35-24, 15-15 ACC
Overall champion: Virginia (8) Others receiving votes: Florida State (3), North Carolina (1)

Obviously, the Cavaliers have everybody’s vote with a number of returners, but they once again face a stacked division as UNC/Miami/Georgia Tech all got a number of votes. FSU was the clear number one in the Atlantic and very close to UVA with overall points. Clemson came in 3rd with points overall. Also, watch out for BC and Duke as they both had solid seasons last year.

Baseball America released their detailed preview/top 25 this week with six ACC teams in the top 25. ‘Hoos came in at 2, Jackets at 6, ‘Noles at 9, Tigers at 15, ‘Canes at 16, and Heels at 20. Here’s a few BA profiles from the link:

2. Virginia
2009 Record (Ranking): 49-15-1 (5). RPI: 3.
Coach (Record at school): Brian O’Connor (265-104-1, 6 years).
Postseason History: 9 regional appearances (active streak: 6 straight), 1 CWS appearance (2009), 0 national titles.

C Franco Valdes, Sr. .292/.311/.491 6 43 0
1B John Hicks, So. .307/.339/.476 8 39 6
2B Phil Gosselin, Jr. .310/.400/.475 6 64 24
3B Steven Proscia, So. .333/.379/.550 10 58 13
SS Tyler Cannon, Sr. .351/.444/.489 1 38 17
LF John Barr, Jr. .298/.370/.323 0 15 5
CF Jarrett Parker, Jr. .355/.450/.664 16 65 20
RF Dan Grovatt, Jr. .356/.436/.518 8 51 14
DH Danny Hultzen, So. .327/.410/.422 3 37 9
Pos. Name, Yr. W-L ERA IP SO SV
LHP Danny Hultzen, So. 9-1 2.17 95 107 0
RHP Robert Morey, Jr. 3-0 3.33 68 84 2
RHP Tyler Wilson, Jr. 9-3 2.97 67 63 1
RP Kevin Arico, Jr. 2-3 2.70 37 47 11

9. Florida State
2009 Record (Ranking): 45-18 (9). RPI: 15.
Coach (Record at school): Mike Martin (1583-538-4, 30 years).
Postseason History: 47 regional appearances (active streak: 32 straight), 19 CWS appearances (last in 2008), 0 national titles.

C Rafael Lopez, Jr. .287/.360/.393 4 29 1
1B Mike Meschke, Sr. .322/.423/.540 3 23 0
2B Sherman Johnson, So. .476/.577/.810 1 10 0
3B Stuart Tapley, Jr. .316/.444/.581 13 60 8
SS Stephen Cardullo, Sr. .376/.479/.612 10 51 20
LF Mike McGee, Jr. .379/.494/.768 19 78 13
CF Tyler Holt, Jr. .401/.520/.578 5 28 34
RF Ohmed Danesh, Sr. .262/.360/.458 6 34 9
DH James Ramsey, So. .294/.412/.426 2 14 0
Pos. Name, Yr. W-L ERA IP SO SV
LHP Sean Gilmartin, So. 12-3 3.49 98 83 1
LHP Brian Busch, So. 6-2 3.97 91 70 0
RHP Mike McGee, Jr. 6-2 4.04 69 72 0
RP John Gast, Jr. 5-3 5.12 39 24 0

15. Clemson
2009 Record (Ranking): 44-22 (16). RPI: 12.
Coach (Record at school): Jack Leggett (724-331-1, 16 years).
Postseason History: 34 regional appearances (last in 2009), 12 CWS appearances (last in 2006), 0 national titles.

C John Nester, Jr. .304/.333/.458 5 33 1
1B Richie Shaffer, Fr. HS—Charlotte
2B Mike Freeman, Sr. .328/.414/.470 4 44 11
3B Jason Stolz, So. .315/.399/.385 1 21 7
SS Brad Miller, So. .273/.405/.345 3 36 16
LF Jeff Schaus, Jr. .320/.424/.543 13 50 9
CF Wilson Boyd, Sr. .341/.418/.505 3 46 5
RF Kyle Parker, Jr. .255/.349/.442 12 52 6
DH Chris Epps, Jr. .297/.415/.469 4 27 9
Pos. Name, Yr. W-L ERA IP SO SV
LHP Casey Harman, Jr. 7-3 3.95 87 89 1
RHP Scott Weismann, So. 3-1 1.23 37 28 1
LHP Will Lamb, So. 0-0 2.45 22 15 1
RP Tomas Cruz, Sr. 2-3 3.33 46 39 4

I’ll probably have my own picks up in a couple days, but I’m ready for ACC baseball!

ACC Alumni and the Big Game XLIV

Posted by Brandon Rink on January 27, 2010 under ACC Football | Comments are off for this article

Wayne leads a number ACC stars in the matchup between the Colts/Saints.

Wayne leads a number ACC stars in the matchup between the Colts/Saints.

The Super Bowl, Big Game, as it were, is coming up in a couple weeks and the ACC is all over the game…

The ACC is well represented in the upcoming Super Bowl with guys from a wide variety of teams. The Super Bowl odds have the Colts as a 5.5 point favorite as of now, but they are under 5.5 for ACC reps. Indianapolis has star wide receiver and former Cane Reggie Wayne, Jackets’ Phillip Wheeler at linebacker, BC’s Jamie Silva at DB, and the Heels’ center Jeff Saturday. Who dat play for those Saints from the ACC? Da…er, that would be the U’s LB Jonathan Vilma and TE Jeremy Shockey, Pack’s DT Demario Pressley, Clemson’s LB Anthony Waters, Georgia Tech’s Chris Reis at safety, and the Hokies’ Prioleau Pierson.

I watch more college football, but have paid special attention to the playoffs at least and I think I would go with the team with less ACC players and favorite in the Colts with all of that experience and a defense coming together. Then again, I just blog college sports so use whatever service you need for inside info for those kind of picks. If I had to pick a collection of players from the ACC alumni, got to go with Colts also–Wayne, Saturday, Wheeler, and Silva are strong–though I’m a big Vilma fan too.

If the Pro Bowl peaks your interest too, AFC has 11 ACCers that were either elected to or named as replacements while the NFC has 8–not bad at all ACC and a few of those players can’t play because they have a game the week after the Pro Bowl to play in.

The Super Bowl is always a huge event to me as it is a celebration of the last football game of the season so I soak it up the weeks before the game. Hopefully, our ACC alumni will show out and give us a good game.