ACC B-Ball Report – 11/24/10

Posted by Brandon Rink on November 24, 2010 under ACC Basketball | Read the First Comment

Williams was lost in the zone Tuesday night.

What’s happened and to come in ACC basketball right here with this week’s ACC B-Ball Report…

Duke and Virginia roll in tournament games, rest of ACC wins too!

Blue Devils Make Frank Martin Yell…A Lot (Big Duke Balls)

WHAT JUST HAPPENED:
The Duke Blue Devils sure picked a great time to play their best basketball. The Blue Devils dismantled the No. 4 ranked Kansas State Wildcats with a balance offense and a stiffing defense. With Kyrie Irving will make most of the highlight reels, the fact is, five players scored double digits, everyone crashed the glass, and everyone locked it down on D.

Kansas State couldn’t hand Duke its first loss, who will? (The Dagger)

The ease with which Duke dispatched fourth-ranked Kansas State in front of a hostile crowd on Tuesday night has sparked some chatter about whether the defending national champion Blue Devils might go undefeated this season.

As deep and talented as Duke looked against the previously surging Wildcats, don’t count on it.

No men’s college basketball team has completed an undefeated season since Indiana in 1976 and none besides St. Joseph’s in 2004 and UNLV in 1991 has even made it through the regular season unscathed since. Here’s a look at five potential stumbling blocks for Duke between now and Feb. 15 and how big a threat each are to take down the Blue Devils. If the Devils make it that far undefeated, we’ll reevaluate.

vs. Michigan State, Dec. 1

The Spartans began the season at No. 2 in the polls, but they’ve yet to live up to that ranking thus far. Not only did they get beat by Connecticut on Tuesday night, they also struggled with lightly regarded South Carolina last week and trailed Division II Chaminade into the second half on Monday night. In the long run, Michigan State has the talent and depth to make a Final Four, but the Spartans need to be at peak form to leave Durham with a victory. Given that Kalin Lucas still doesn’t appear fully recovered from his Achilles injury and that it usually takes Tom Izzo’s teams a few months to jell, this feels like a 7-to-10-point Duke win.

Threat level: Guarded

Virginia 74, Oklahoma 56: Three up, three down (Cavaliers Journal)

It was justifiable to think heading into Virginia’s match-up against Oklahoma on Tuesday that the Cavaliers would be eager to put forward a much improved showing after getting pounded by 43 points the night before.

But if anyone honestly thought that Virginia would jump out to a 16-2 lead, never trail and at one point hold a 21-point lead over the Sooners, please email me some lottery numbers at yandas@washpost.com.

Tuesday’s game featured the resurgence of sophomore guard Jontel Evans, a complete performance from senior forward Mike Scott and a level of composure the Cavaliers didn’t appear capable of mustering just 14 hours earlier. Virginia (3-2) won, 74-56, and will face Wichita State (2-1) Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

UNC 80, UNC-Asheville 69 (Carolina March)

Well that was… average. Against an opponent UNC usually – as expected – trounces, the Heels built up a 22-point lead, gave a good portion of it up, and then won comfortably. Basically, you can read whatever you want to in this game.

Young Tar Heels already Ol’ Roy Fits (Star News Online)

Roy Williams usually doesn’t spend a lot of time talking to his North Carolina basketball team immediately after games.

Tuesday he made an exception.

There were simply too many things to get off his chest after watching the Tar Heels try their best to squander a 22-point second-half lead against UNC Asheville to let it wait … even until morning.

UNC eventually held on to beat the Bulldogs 80-69 at the Smith Center behind 23 points from junior center Tyler Zeller. But because of all the turnovers, the lapses in concentration, the defensive breakdowns and other mistakes that could easily have cost the Tar Heels the game against a more talented opponent, the victory was hardly cause for celebration.

Zone limits Terps’ Williams against Delaware State (D1scourse)

Maryland left Comcast Center on Tuesday with a 72-54 victory and a well-played first half.

Notably absent — mainly because of how outlandishly good he was in the season’s first five games — was sophomore Jordan Williams.

Williams had six points and eight rebound in 31 minutes, ceding star-of-the-frontcourt honors to Dino Gregory for an evening.

But the most noticeable number was something Williams didn’t have as much influence over. He took just four shots, one more than his career-low set in January at Boston College.

ACC Tuesday Hoops (OrangeandWhite.com)

Seminoles Race Past Mercer, 79-55: Xavier Gibson tied his career high with 17 points and Derwin Kitchen added 16 points as Florida State cruised to a 79-55 win over Mercer on Tuesday night.

Chris Singleton had 10 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks for Florida State (5-0).

Singleton has had a triple-double and three double-doubles in his last four games.

The Seminoles, who have scored at least 75 points in each game this season, led 19-12 with 10:15 left in the first half and went on a 20-10 run to grab a 39-22 halftime lead.

Florida State was 15 of 30 (50 percent) from the floor in the first half, improving to 13 of 21 (61.9 percent) in the second half.

Brandon Moore scored 14 points for Mercer (1-3), which shot 19 of 76 (25 percent) from the floor.

Wake Forest Swats Away Marist, 81-59: Ty Walker had a school-record 11 blocks, and Travis McKie posted his second double-double to lead Wake Forest past Marist, 81-59, in the NIT Season Tip-Off consolation round at the Lawrence Joel Coliseum.

With the win, the Demon Deacons even their record at 3-3. The Red Foxes drop to 0-5 on the season with the loss.

With his performance on Tuesday, Walker broke Tim Duncan’s 14-year old school record for blocks in a single game. Duncan had 10 blocks against Maryland on Jan. 13, 1996. Walker had five blocks in the first half and then posted six in the second to set the record.

Walker tied Duncan’s mark with 5:59 remaining in the second half and broke it a minute later when he batted away Rob Johnson’s layup attempt. He came within two of the ACC record, which is held by Boston College’s Sean Williams.

McKie finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds for his second double-double of the year. He extended his season-opening double-figure scoring streak to six games, getting 12 of his 16 points in the first half. McKie went 10-for-13 from the free throw line.

J.T. Terrell also had 16 points on the night, going 3-for-5 from the field and 7-for-10 from the four line. Terrell added four assists and three steals.

Free throws win Clemson a game? Get Mike Patrick on the phone!

Devin Booker steps up to the line in Paradise Jam victory (OrangeandWhite.com)

After missing his opportunity to win the game at the free throw line in regulation, Devin Booker gave himself just one option for his last-chance attempt to send Clemson into overtime against Seton Hall: “The second one has to go in – that was my mindset.”

It did.

Remarkably, on night in which the Tigers’ shooting from the floor was its worst in a victory in more than half a century (29.6 percent), from that point on Clemson was a free-throw shooting machine.

The Tigers made 13-of-14 in overtime, including four straight in the first 42 seconds of the extra period, and never looked back en route to a 64-58 victory over Seton Hall in the third-place game at the Paradise Jam.

Stats!

Super Early Basketball  Stats Check (Backing the Pack)

(Stat Chart in the post) Brown and Harrow are off to solid starts.  Brown is scoring efficiently but could stand to cut down on turnovers.  Though if you consider him half-point guard, it is within an acceptable range.  Harrow has done an excellent job finding teammates and taking care of the ball but needs to cut down on shot attempts.

Leslie is using a lot of possessions, which is what I expected.  I hope he can learn some restraint as the year progresses, but I kind of doubt that.

It was a good weekend for Howell and Painter as well.  Howell remains a rebounding machine.

ACC Games to Come This Week

From the ACC…

Wednesday, November 24
McNeese State at Miami …………………………………… 7:30
Virginia vs. Wichita State ………………. ESPNU……..7:30
Maui Invitational, Maui, Hawaii
Thursday, November 25
Boston College vs. Texas A&M ……………ESPN2…..Noon
Old Spice Classic, Orlando, Fla.
Virginia Tech vs. Cal State Northridge …. ESPNU…… 2:00
ESPN 76 Classic, Anaheim, Calif.
Friday, November 26
Virginia Tech in ESPN 76 Classic …………ESPN2… 2:30/5
ESPN 76 Classic, Anaheim, Calif
Georgia Tech vs. UTEP in Legends Classic HDNet …. 5:30
Broadwalk Hall, Atlantic City, N.J.
South Carolina State at Clemson ………………………… 7:00
Elon at Maryland …………………………………..CSN…… 8:00
Boston College in Old Spice Classic …… ESPN/U………tba
Old Spice Classic, Orlando, Fla.
Wake Forest in Pre-Season NIT ………. ESPN2/U………tba
Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y.
Saturday, November 27
Duke vs. Oregon (Portland, Oregon) ………………….. 4:00
Georgia Tech in Legends Classic ………… HDNet…… 5:30
Broadwalk Hall, Atlantic City, N.J.
Fairleigh Dickinson at NC State ……………..FSSO…… 6:00
Miami at Florida Gulf Coast ……………………………….. 7:05
Sunday, November 28
College of Charleston at North Carolina …… FSN…… 5:30
Florida at Florida State ………………………….. FSN…… 7:45
Virginia Tech in ESPN 76 Classic …………ESPN2………tba
ESPN 76 Classic, Anaheim, Calif.
Boston College in Old Spice Classic …. ESPN2/U………tba
Old Spice Classic, Orlando, Fla.

Happy Thanksgiving basketball! Enjoy what should be a fun week in ACC basketball…

ACC Midweek Hype Machine: Week #13

Posted by Brandon Rink on under ACC Football | Comments are off for this article

Ponder will try to end six years of fan frustration against the Gators.

Welcome to your weekly ACC Football Midweek Hype Machine that hopefully bridges your week to the weekend with good reads…

  • 11/27/10 – Virginia Cavaliers  @ Virginia Tech Hokies / ACC Network / noon ET

Must-See Matchup: Beamer vs. London, pt. 1

With the Hokies on a roll and the ‘Hoos not so much, the expectations are pretty low for London coming in, but with a strong effort up at BC, Virginia hopes to stick around and make it interesting at Lane Stadium.

Bringing The Noise: Gobbler Country has the game guide, and his prediction: pain. Hokies are partying like it’s 1995? Penalties have to be cut down to win Saturday for the ‘Hoos. Gobbler Country and From Old Virginia exchange Q&As with GC’s here and FOV’s here. Tyrod Taylor has Mike London’s attention. The rushing D has Bud Foster’s attention.

Watch This Over…: Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones, because the computer graphic-enhanced Star Wars just aren’t as fun.

  • Boston College Eagles  @ Syracuse Orange / ESPN / noon ET

Must-See Matchup: BC RBs minus Harris vs. ‘Cuse D

Statistically, Syracuse has one of the best defenses in the nation at sixth in total defense, but are weakest in rushing defense at 34th – the Eagles will be without their workhorse in Montel Harris when trying to navigate this D on the road.

Bringing The Noise: BC Interruption isn’t convinced that Harris being out sinks their Eagles’ chances. All eyes are on Andre Williams filling Harris’ shoes Saturday.

Watch This Over…: UFL Football Championship, quick – name the two teams in this game…yeah, me either.

  • South Florida Bulls @ Miami Hurricanes / ESPNU / noon ET

Must-See Matchup: Miami QB Jacory Harris vs. Miami QB Stephen Morris

Shannon said Harris would need a good practice to start Saturday and this could be the first of several battles between Harris and Morris.

Bringing The Noise: The QB competition is on. Shannon sees the positives in Morris pushing Harris.

Watch This Over…: Swarmed, a killer wasps horror movie has nothing on South Florida/Miami (right, right?).

  • North Carolina Tar Heels @ Duke Blue Devils / ESPNU / 3:30  p.m. ET

Must-See Matchup: Freshman Duke G Kyrie Irving vs. Freshman UNC F Harrison Barnes

Ooooooh, it’s not quite basketball season yet? Well, both teams are coming in struggling, but were both leading in the third quarter last week.

Bringing The Noise: UNC Raycom Blog breaks it down in two parts here and here. Duke looking for something different with no wins over UNC at Wallace Wade since 1988.

Watch This Over…: Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith, see above.

  • Florida Gators @ Florida State Seminoles / ABC-ESPN / 3:30 p.m. ET

Must-See Matchup: FSU’s Ponder and passing game vs. UF’s 13th ranked pass D

Ponder was 16/26 for 170 yards – a TD and a INT last week coming off/playing with an injury – the Gators gave up a bunch on the ground to South Carolina two weeks ago so their secondary hasn’t been tested since Georgia where A.J. Green went wild.

Bringing The Noise: Tomahawk Nation looks at the factors in breaking losing streaks against the Gators. The ‘Noles D has a 3-headed QB monster to prepare for. There’s a different vibe to this rivalry game in a season where the Gators have struggled. The game could be as big as it’s been in a while with few outside factors playing in. Haulstead practicing, but Thomas is still likely out.

Watch This Over…: Grambling State vs. Southern, this is on every year and I always wonder why I should be interested.

  • NC State Wolfpack @ Maryland Terrapins / ESPN2 / 3:30 p.m. ET

Must-See Matchup: NC State balanced attack vs. Terps D

The Wolfpack ran it 33 times and passed it 29 against rival UNC with success in both aspects in the 29-25 win – that balance will help against a top 40 D in Maryland with their chance at clinching the Atlantic.

Bringing The Noise: Backing the Pack takes a look at the Terps. NC State eyes a title with Maryland only standing in their way at a shot at it. Notes on Maryland/NC State. It’s a bittersweet Senior Day at College Park with only 12 seniors left from the “lost class.”

Watch This Over…: FSU-Florida, rivalry games are fun, but games that determine titles are bigger.

  • South Carolina Gamecocks @ Clemson Tigers / ESPN2 / 7:00 p.m. ET

Must-See Matchup: Big SC WRs vs. Clemson secondary

6′4 Alshon Jeffery and the rest of South Carolina’s receivers are big and talented against a Clemson secondary that ranks 21st in the nation, but Jeffery had 4 catches for 65 yards last year against the Tigers and 6′5 Tori Gurley added 50 more yards.

Bringing The Noise: OrangeandWhite.com has how the Tigers beat the Gamecocks. According to stats, SC’s weakness is the secondary, but Clemson WR coach Jeff Scott says the stats lie. The Post and Courier takes a closer look at the matchup. If you are looking for possible distractions, Clemson OC Billy Napier and Furman have had preliminary talks about their opening. But no ACC Championship Game to look ahead to, and that’s why the Gamecocks will have Clemson’s full focus. Tuesday, we found out that Spurrier and Swinney actually have a pretty good relationship and almost exchanged text messages – though Spurrier got a bit of zinger in.

Watch This Over…: Miss. State at Ole Miss, the SEC East winners hitting the road for a night rivalry game is must-see TV for ACC primetime.

  • Wake Forest Demon Deacons @ Vanderbilt Commodores / CSS / 7:30 p.m. ET

Must-See Matchup: The stoppable force vs. the movable object

With both schools at 2-9 (1-7 in conference) – somebody has to win and the Deacs will hopefully carry the ACC banner well.

Bringing The Noise: In a reeeally down year, Tanner Price has been a bright spot. Grobe admits when injuries hit – he hit the panic button and made some rash moves with the offense.

Watch This Over…: Thomas Kinkade’s Christmas Cottage, I think you see where I’m going here.

  • Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets @ Georgia Bulldogs / ESPN / 7:45 p.m. ET

Must-See Matchup: One man wrecking crew A.J. Green vs. Jackets’ D

Green is averaging 96.3 yards per game and has 9 TDs with three multiple TD games after coming off suspension – Georgia Tech has the 41st ranked passing D in the nation.

Bringing The Noise: From the Rumble Seat breaks down the UGA passing game (i.e. A.J. Green). Roddy Jones hoping to capture some of the magic from 2 years ago at Sanford Stadium. CPJ insists he understands the importance of the rivalry.

Watch This Over…: Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace, see above again.

We’ll have the picks tomorrow – come on back!

ACC Blogger Power Poll – Week 12

Posted by Brandon Rink on November 22, 2010 under ACC Football | Comments are off for this article

Wilson and the Pack's comeback puts them a win away from Charlotte.

Ranking the week in ACC football, but first, our weekend wrap up at Southern Pigskin

What’s that I see? Clarity in the ACC picture? Why yes, there is.

The Hokies forced six turnovers against Miami (and Jacory Harris didn’t even play!) to punch their ticket to Charlotte with a 31-17 win.

NC State rallied from down 19-10 late in the third quarter by grabbing a Hail Mary (basically), a punt return TD, a FG, and a safety to pull off the 29-25 road rivalry win to put themselves in prime position in the Atlantic.

The ‘Noles eliminated Maryland from the divisional race in a close game to the finish, where FSU safety Nick Moody galloped down the field with a 96-yard interception return for a TD to give FSU a two touchdown advantage, 30-16.

In the bowl eligibility battles, BC and Georgia Tech struggled to wins over Virginia and Duke respectively – while Clemson took care of business on the road at Wake Forest 30-10. <Read the rest>

ACC Blogger Power Poll – Week 12

Rank..(LW)..Team…………………………………Record
1)..(1)..Virginia Tech Hokies…………………8-2 (7-0 ACC)
The Hokies wrapped up the Coastal with another dominating fourth quarter where they scored twice and forced 3 turnovers in the 31-17 win at Miami. When know one else would step up, the Hokies took hold of the ACC and have a really good shot at going 8-0 next week against Virginia.

2)..(2)..North Carolina State Wolfpack………..8-3 (5-2 ACC)
NC State has been fortunate and unfortunate this season at times – Saturday, they were very fortunate.  Down 19-10 late in the third quarter, a deflected pass that finds Spencer’s hands just before hitting the ground – a punt return by Graham tip-toeing along the sidelines to the endzone, and the defense stepping up for big 3-and-outs to grab an 8-point lead that they barely hung on too.  Anyway you slice it, the Wolfpack are a win away from Charlotte and having their best season in a loooooong time.

3)..(3)..Florida State Seminoles………….8-3 (6-2 ACC)
The ‘Noles pulled a tough one out of College Park Saturday night, 30-16 with a 96-yard INT return sealing it late. FSU hopes for an NC State loss this weekend, but foremost on their minds will be exacting revenge on the Gators who have bested them every season since 2003.

4)..(4)..Miami Hurricanes………………………7-4 (5-3 ACC)
For 3 quarters, Miami had Virginia Tech right where they wanted them, but it’s 4 quarter game and the ‘Canes wilted late. They try to grab 8 wins again against South Florida.

5)..(5)..Maryland Terrapins……………………7-4 (4-3 ACC)
The Terps had their chance, but could not close the deal and fall back a bit to reality. All is not lost though as they get 8 wins and go into postseason with some momentum by spoiling the Pack’s ACC Championship trip.

6)..(6)..Clemson Tigers………………6-5 (4-4 ACC)
Clemson finally exorcised their road demons with a win over Wake Forest, 30-10, that could have been worse if the Tigers didn’t call off the dogs. They get a little momentum from this one into a night tilt with the rival Gamecocks – where the roles are reversed from last year where the Tigers won the division and had to go on the road.

7)..(7)..North Carolina Tar Heels…………6-5 (3-4 ACC)
This looked like the year that UNC would finally get over the hump against NC State, but their 2-point conversion went awry and their last chance to drive on the Pack ended in a safety. They can play for bowl positioning against Duke Saturday in another rivalry matchup.

8)..(9)..Boston College Eagles………………….6-5 (4-4 ACC)
BC just keeps winning and this week was a squeaker over Virginia in a 17-13 win. Montel Harris sustained a knee-injury though which could be big going into the Carrier Dome this weekend.

9)..(8)..Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets…………..6-5 (5-3 ACC)
The Jackets became the ACC’s ninth bowl-eligible team after struggling to a win over Duke. Their rival Georgia apparently had some players in the stands on a bye week and those Bulldogs are over 2 TD favorites this week.

10)..(10)..Duke Blue Devils…………………………3-8 (1-6 ACC)
Duke continued their string of close calls, but lost again.

11)..(11)..Virginia Cavaliers…………………..4-7 (1-6 ACC)
The ‘Hoos almost pulled it out on the road at BC and now get rival Virginia Tech on the road in a noon start.

12)..(12)..Wake Forest Demon Deacons…2-9 (1-7 ACC)
The streak grew to nine against Clemson and their last shot comes at Vandy who are on a 6-game losing streak and also 2-9.

Big weekend in ACC football where the Hokies clinched and the ‘Noles/Pack moved a step closer to Charlotte…thoughts on the games?