ACC B-Ball Report: 01/31/11

Posted by Brandon Rink on January 31, 2011 under ACC Basketball | Comments are off for this article

It was this kind of game for FSU - handing off the ball to players out of bounds at Clemson Saturday. (Per OrangeandWhite.com, by Mark Crammer)

What’s happened and to come in ACC basketball right here with the weekend wrap-up edition of the ACC B-Ball Report…

ACC Standings…

School Conf. Pct. Overall Pct.
Duke 6-1 .857 19-2 .905
North Carolina 5-1 .833 15-5 .750
Florida State 5-2 .714 15-6 .714
Clemson 4-3 .571 15-6 .714
Virginia Tech 4-3 .571 14-6 .700
Boston College 4-3 .571 14-7 .667
Maryland 3-3 .500 14-7 .667
Georgia Tech 3-3 .500 10-10 .500
NC State 2-5 .286 12-9 .571
Virginia 2-5 .286 11-10 .524
Wake Forest 1-5 .167 8-13 .381
Miami 1-6 .143 12-9 .571

Weekend wrap…

St. Johns 93 Duke 78: Personally, I blame the shoes (Blue vs. Blue)

Here are the lines from that game (Georgetown last year) compared with today’s stinker against the Red Storm

Duke v Gtown : 37% FG, 31% 3-pts ( 9-29), FT ( 22-26), 32 Rebs, 11 Asts, 15 TO, 3 Blk, 11 stls

Duke v St. J’s : 42% FG, 19% 3-pts ( 5-26), FT ( 21-27), 28 rebs, 9 Asts, 17 TO, 7 Blk, 7 stls

With , of course, a final score differing by only 5 points.

Now, if I were an optimist ( which is a bit optimistic of me to think) I would say that this must be a fantasticly auspicious omen, since we only lost once after the Georgetown game ( to Maryland, who, we coincidentally play next).

If my glass is half empty ( which is more likely), I’m thinking that our consistent lack of offensive post presence will continue to combine with our periodic and mysterious inablilty to hit wide-open looks from distance to erode our defensive focus, which will cause us to lose more than one game before the end of this year ( and one of them WON’T be the National Championship game).

Tigers use defense to bludgeon No. 22 FSU, 62-44 (OrangeandWhite.com)

Saturday afternoon, Clemson hammered away at No.22 Florida State. They poked. Prodded. Defended mercilessly.

They were rewarded with their biggest win of Brad Brownell’s young tenure. Clemson held the Seminoles to 32.7 percent shooting, forced 22 turnovers and came away with a 62-44 rout before an announced crowd of 10,000 at Littlejohn Coliseum.

Clemson improved to 15-6, 4-3 in ACC play; the Seminoles, who entered the day a half-game out of first in the ACC, fell to 15-6, 5-2. It was the Tigers’ fewest points allowed to an ACC foe since a 51-42 win over N.C. State on Jan. 18, 1997.

Hokies Survive Hurricanes 72-68 (The Key Play)

Garrius Adams missed a potential game-tying three pointer with three seconds remaining and the Hokies escaped a Miami team that would never go away in a 72-68 victory in Cassell Coliseum Sunday. The victory put Tech back up above .500 in ACC play at 4-3, while the Hurricanes lost their fourth straight conference contest (by a combined 11 points) to fall to 1-6…

The win was one Tech needed, especially with two road games on the horizon in Raleigh and Boston this week. It also gave the Hokies a victory over a team with a top 75 RPI, despite the Canes poor conference record.

Wake Forest outplays Virginia for its first ACC win (Streaking the Lawn)

I tried putting this off for a while in hopes that something would change in the past 24 hours. Unfortunately, the final score remains the same: Previously winless Wake Forest rallied from 10 points down in the second half to beat Virginia, 76-71. Virginia has now lost five of its past six ACC games and falls to 11-10 overall, 2-5 in the ACC.

The good news is that junior center Assane Sene earned his first career double-double, leading Virginia with 15 points and 13 rebounds. For the first time this season, five Cavaliers had double-figure scoring:Joe Harris had 14, Mustapha Farrakhan had 13, Sammy Zeglinski had 11 coming off the bench, and Bub Evans had 10.

Game 21: Maryland paints a different picture in defeat of Georgia Tech (D1scourse)

Maryland pounded away for a 74-63 victory at the Alexander Memorial Coliseum, collecting their third straight double-digit conference road victory and nosing above .500 in league play for the first time this season.

The Terps (14-7, 4-3 ACC) did so without one of the standbys of modern college basketball. After 407 straight games with a 3-pointer, Maryland didn’t make one.

It didn’t matter.

“I think we’re a very versatile team,” forward Jordan Williams said. “We can score in many ways. Last game, it was threes. Last game, we beat them with threes. This game, we didn’t hit any threes? That’s what I’m saying.”

Long Road Ahead for Pack Hoops (ACC Rivals)

If you can’t get up for Carolina, who can you get up for? NC State completely laid an egg in an effortless performance in Chapel Hill Saturday afternoon. Its bad enough that the Pack, who were expected to finish as one of the top four teams in the ACC this season, came into the game at 12-8 overall and just 2-4 in ACC play.

NC State (12-9, 2-5) came into their match-up with North Carolina expecting to get out-rebounded, but not this badly. The Tar Heels won the battle on the boards 48-33, mostly in part to lengthy John Henson’s 16 rebounds. Ironically, the leading rebounder for the Pack was senior guard Javier Gonzalez with nine boards, and he is the shortest scholarship player on the team. Senior Tracy Smith and sophomore DeShawn Painter were completely ineffective on the glass, they finished the game with five rebounds between them.

OMGDUKELOSTBIGTHEACCSUCKSOHTHEHUMANITY…

Observations: Duke – St. Johns (Charlotte Observer)

Sunday’s result wasn’t good for the ACC, which saw its highest-ranked team (No. 3 Duke) fall to an opponent (St. John’s) that has lost five of its nine Big East games.

Even though fans left the arena shouting the praises of the Big East, Krzyzewski downplayed the game’s significance in the rivalry between the conferences.

“It has no reflection on a conference,” Krzyzewski said. “A late January game just talks about St. John’s and Duke.”

Basketball notes: Is Duke ACC’s best? (News & Observer)

Is Duke the best team in the ACC? Here are some thoughts on a weekend that was big for North Carolina and Harrison Barnes, Clemson and St. John’s (at Duke’s expense):

1. Duke’s flaw exposed. The Blue Devils didn’t look like the best team in any conference Sunday, but they must be considered the ACC’s best until some other team proves otherwise.

Duke is 6-1 in the ACC, one game in the win column ahead of North Carolina in a conference with an unbalanced schedule. In Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler, Duke has a pair of senior leaders the equal of whom no other team in the conference possesses, and that counts for a lot.

But St. John’s did expose a weakness on Duke’s part. Although the Blue Devils’ big guys are improving, Duke’s backcourt without Kyrie Irving lacks an abundance of quick, confident, experienced players.

Point guard Smith is obviously one of the best in the nation, but sophomores Seth Curry and Andre Dawkins and freshman Tyler Thornton need to develop quickly for Duke to get where it wants to be in March.

Bubble talk…

ACC Bubble Watch for Week of January 31 (All About Sports)

Bubble But Out

(65) Miami Hurricanes 12-9 (1-6)

Just how many close losses can one team have? A 74-71 loss to UNC and a 72-68 loss at Virginia Tech just keeps adding to the single digit losses. This week the Canes have two winnable home games. They better win them.

Next Games: 2/3 Georgia Tech, 2/5 Virginia

Good Wins: (83) Mississippi, (13) West Virginia, (34) Boston College

Bad Losses: None

(68) Clemson Tigers 15-6 (4-3)

It was a good week for Clemson. They beat NC State 60-50 after trailing by 19, then looked very impressive beating Florida State. 62-44. Brad Brownell has made Tiger fans forget Oliver Purnell.

Next Games: 2/2 @Virginia, 2/5 @Georgia Tech

Good Wins: (93) Seton Hall, (96) Charleston, (65) Miami, (99) NC State, (50) Florida State

Bad Losses: None

Duke-Maryland…

Three to look back at/three to look forward to (ACCSports.com)

Duke at Maryland, Wednesday February 2nd, 9 p.m.

Duke won the contest in Cameron by seven, but location should play a factor in this matchup. Maryland has tried some different guard combinations, but Jordan Williams inside has been the constant. The Terps will need his usual double-double in this game (he scored 23 and grabbed 13 rebounds in the first meeting). The Terps’ would probably prefer not to have Duke coming off the loss to St. John’s, as the Blue Devils will undoubtedly be using that as motivation to come out strong in this one. Expect Duke’s defense to be top notch, and to see some sort of strategy to pile up fouls on Williams (on either end of the floor, if you know what I mean).

Keep an eye on: Seth Curry. He followed an excellent outing against Boston College with a dud in the loss to St. John’s. He’s the person most likely to make teams pay for leaning on Smith and Singler too much because he’s typically one pass away. Will he continue to be the barometer for the team?

Full Mid-Week Slate/Our Picks

(10-8 on picks so far)

From the ACC…

Tuesday, February 1
Wake Forest at Florida State ………….theACC.com…………………… 7:00
Pick: ‘Noles 76-59
North Carolina at Boston College ..ACC Network…… 9:00
Pick: Eagles 65-59
Wednesday, February 2
Virginia Tech at NC State …………ESPN2…… 7:00
Pick: Hokies 69-64
Duke at Maryland ………………………………..ESPN…… 9:00
Pick: Devils 73-62
Clemson at Virginia ………………………….. ESPNU…… 9:00
Pick: Tigers 65-56
Thursday, February 3
Georgia Tech at Miami …………….ESPN2…… 7:00
Pick: ‘Canes 66-62

—–

How many NCAA bids are we looking at here with the ACC? Maybe as low as 3? Somebody has to step up from the mess in the middle of the ACC standings.

ACC B-Ball Report: 01/29/11

Posted by Brandon Rink on January 29, 2011 under ACC Basketball | Comments are off for this article

What’s happened and to come in ACC basketball right here with the weekend preview of the ACC B-Ball Report…

ACC Standings…

School

Conf.

Pct.

Overall

Pct.

Duke

6-1

.857

19-1

.950

Florida State

5-1

.833

15-5

.750

North Carolina

4-1

.800

14-5

.737

Boston College

4-3

.571

14-7

.667

Clemson

3-3

.500

14-6

.700

Virginia Tech

3-3

.500

13-6

.684

Maryland

3-3

.500

13-7

.650

Georgia Tech

3-3

.500

10-9

.526

NC State

2-4

.333

12-8

.600

Virginia

2-4

.333

11-9

.550

Miami

1-5

.167

12-8

.600

Wake Forest

0-5

.000

7-13

.35

The previews…

First Look at Maryland-Georgia Tech (Testudo Times)

Quick turnarounds for the win. Maryland heads back to action on Sunday, visiting Georgia Tech at 7:45 (weird start time). Much like the Virginia game, this is a winnable road game against an average team that’s close to a must-win. Besides the hit Maryland would take on their résumé with a loss to an apparent bottom-half ACC team, a loss here would do little to engender confidence in the Terrapins’ ability to win big games down the stretch.

So while it’s not quite a must-win the most literal sense, it is the second of a hugely important two-game stretch for the Terrapins, and their final game before a crucial showdown with Duke at the Comcast Center. A win here won’t be a statement, but it would give the Terrapins a three-game winning streak and some much-needed confidence.

Tigers hope to finish the job against No. 22 Florida State (OrangeandWhite.com)

With 4:34 left, the Tigers led FSU 61-57, and were on the verge of clinching a win in Brad Brownell’s ACC debut.

From that point on, though, the Seminoles made it a debut to forget, outscoring Clemson 18-8 en route to a 75-69 win.

“We played really well for a long period of time,” said Clemson junior guard Tanner Smith. “We hadn’t had a game like that where we were playing one of those close games at the end and playing on the road. We were in a position we weren’t expecting. We didn’t handle it right.”

The Tigers get a chance to rectify their mistakes. Over the last month and a half, they’ve grown into a competent team, one that sits 14-6, 3-3 in the ACC. At noon Saturday, they’ll get another shot at Florida State. The Seminoles have improved though, too. They enter Littlejohn Coliseum ranked No.22 nationally, 15-5 overall, 5-1 in ACC play (a half-game behind Duke in first place).

College Hoops: Weekend Preview (Charlotte Observer)

Rivals clash: N.C. State visits North Carolina Saturday with coach Sidney Lowe desperately needing a meaningful win. … Florida State takes a four-game winning streak to Clemson. … Wake Forest has one of its best shots to win an ACC game against a weary Virginia team that played Thursday night. On Sunday, Duke gets a taste of New York against St. John’s in Madison Square Garden. … Miami tries to avoid another heartbreaking loss in a visit to Virginia Tech. … And Georgia Tech tries to stay hot at home against Maryland.

Full Weekend Slate/Our Picks

(6-5 on picks so far)

From the ACC…

Saturday, January 29
Florida State at Clemson ……………ACC Network…. 12:00
Pick: Tigers 63-59
NC State at North Carolina ……………………ESPN…… 2:00
Pick: Heels 73-65
Virginia at Wake Forest ……………..ACC Network…… 4:00
Pick: ‘Hoos 64-56
Sunday, January 30
Duke at St. John’s …………………………………CBS…… 1:00
Pick: Devils 76-58
Miami at Virginia Tech ………………………….. FSN…… 5:30
Pick: Hokies 72-61
Maryland at Georgia Tech ……………………… FSN…… 7:45
Pick: Terps 65-58
Enjoy your weekend of ACC basketball!


ACC Baseball Countdown: 23 Days!

Posted by Brandon Rink on January 26, 2011 under ACC Baseball | Comments are off for this article

The Clemson-FSU series, once again, comes at the end of the season where it could determine the Atlantic.

We’re getting closer to opening day in college baseball and here are the players to watch and series to see…our divisional predictions coming up!

ACC All-Americans…

NCBWA All-American Team (2010 stats)

1st team – FSU’s Mike Mcgee, utility – .328 BA/17 HRs/73 RBIs.
Virginia’s Danny Hultzen, pitcher – 11-1/2.78 ERA/122 Ks.
2nd team – Clemson’s Jeff Schaus, OF – .320 BA/15 HRs/87 RBIs.

Louisville Slugger All-American Team (2010 stats)

1st team – Virginia’s Hultzen, pitcher
FSU’s Mike McGee, utility
3rd team – GT’s Mark Pope, pitcher – 8-1/3.78 ERA/73 Ks.
GT’s Jed Bradley, pitcher – 9-5/4.83 ERA/99 Ks.
Miami’s Harold Martinez, 3B – .295 BA/21 HRs/69 RBIs.
Clemson’s John Hinson, 3B – .351 BA/17 HRs/75 RBIs.
GT’s Matt Skole, 3B – .335 BA/20 HRs/63 RBIs.
Clemson’s Brad Miller, SS – .357 BA/8 HRs/ 49 RBIs.
UNC’s Levi Michael, SS – .346 BA/9 HRs/54 RBIs.

Series to Watch

February

2/18-2/20: Maryland at Texas – Not saying it’s going to end well, but it’s an interesting series for the Terps.
2/19: UNC vs. Cal-State Fullerton and Southern Cal (doubleheader at USC Tournament) – Should be a fun way to start the season out West with two traditional powers.
2/19: Virginia at Auburn (Auburn Tournament) – Two strong teams from ‘10 meet down in Bama.
2/20: Virginia Tech-Coastal Carolina (Caravelle Resort Tournament) – We get our first look at the Hokies against a strong team in ‘11.

March

3/4-3/6: Clemson-South Carolina (One game played at each home site, one at neutral site) – The annual grudge match, and this season, the Tigers try to shake the memory of being knocked out of the CWS by two-straight losses to their rival with a series win here.
3/4-3/6: Miami at Florida – Rematch of an entertaining Super Regional from last year that didn’t quite go Miami’s way.
3/11-3/13: Virginia at Clemson – Here’s a fun cross-divisional matchup between programs that have been high in the rankings of late.
3/18-3/20: Florida State at Virginia – Interesting series in ‘10…we’ll see what FSU brings to Charlottesville this year.
3/25-3/27: Georgia Tech at Miami – Big Coastal clash for the ‘Canes to get a leg up in the division.

April

4/1-4/3: Virginia at Virginia Tech – The Hokies took the series last year…Virginia looking for revenge on the Hokies’ home field.
4/15-4/17: UNC at NC State – Another rivalry matchup that could have implications for each divisional race.
4/29-5/1: Georgia Tech at Clemson – This one’s always fun because Jack Leggett isn’t a fan of Jackets’ fans…and they don’t like him either.

May

5/19-5/21: Clemson at Florida State – This series produced an Atlantic Division champion in ‘10…good chance we see a repeat this year.
5/19-5/21: Virginia at UNC – The ‘Hoos and Heels always seem to turn it on in May and this could be for the division.
(Editor’s note: You’ll notice no BC in the mix – yeah, they don’t have a schedule on their website…3 weeks before the season is starting)

Any more players to add to the All-American list? Other games you are looking forward too? Talk up college baseball in the comments…