Posted by Brandon Rink on January 31, 2012 under ACC Basketball | Comments are off for this article
Clemson got a big game from Devin Booker in the 71-60 win over Wake Forest over the weekend - they'll need another one at No. 16 Virginia Tuesday.
Here’s the first installment and we’ll update with the rest…
(27-11 on the season on picks)
7:00 PM ET – Virginia 60 Clemson 53 (Charlottesville) – Both are defensive-minded, run a motion offense and limit possessions…Virginia is just a bit better at it right now than Clemson. The Tigers will be without Milton Jennings due to a suspension for academics, which will hurt in defending Mike Scott. Here’s more of a breakdown on OrangeandWhite.com from me.
9:00 PM ET – UNC 75 Wake Forest 60 (Winston-Salem) – I saw the Deacs in Littlejohn over the weekend, and they, uh, struggled. I just wonder how long Jeff Bzdelik can keep this team interested, as they’re starting to get beat worse and worse and just not playing good basketball. Oh, and they’re playing a hot UNC team right now.
7:00 PM ET – Duke 71 Virginia Tech 64 (Blacksburg) – Does Greenberg have any magic left? I’m not sure he does. Honestly, I have no idea what Virginia Tech is doing in ACC play, after a solid out-of-conference season. They look lost, and don’t have the guns to upset Duke.
2:30 PM ET – Maryland 65 Virginia Tech 61 (College Park) – In their last two, Virginia Tech has won by scoring 47 points and lost by scoring 68 – who knows with this team right now, but they face a Terps team smarting from close-then-double-digit-losses to Duke and Temple. The key here is Maryland coming off an emotional game with a packed house against Duke to another ACC game just a couple days later…I’m giving the Terps the edge because of homecourt, but wouldn’t be surprised by an upset.
8:00 PM ET – NC State 65 Virginia 62(Raleigh) – Run the floor versus slow it down…this should be an intriguing matchup of solid teams (and could very well be an early elimination game for an ACC regular season title shot). The Wolfpack are second in the league in possessions per 40 minutes, while Virginia is last and 334th nationally (out of 347). And while the Cavaliers’ last game appears to be a blowout in the box score – it was anything but…Virginia pulling away in the final four minutes to a 66-49 win. Of course, NC State is coming off the emotional loss to UNC, 74-55, but they had won their last three games going into Chapel Hill by 18 points per. Since Assane Sene went down against Georgia Tech, Virginia has really struggled to recover, and I need to see them play better on the road minus-him so I’m going Wolfpack here.
1:00 PM ET – Miami 65 BC 59(Chestnut Hill) – Oh, what to do with BC, who won two of its first three ACC games (by four points combined), and proceeded to drop its next three, all by double-digits. Miami has had a rough schedule to start the season – playing and losing to three of the better teams in the ACC, two on the road, so this is a big opportunity to keep some momentum after dominating Georgia Tech, 64-49. Miami is the better team, and I’ll take the risk that they’ll look like it after a long road trip.
6:00 PM ET – UNC 79 Georgia Tech 63 (Chapel Hill) – What’s next for the conference’s last place team on a four-game losing streak? Oh, a trip to Chapel Hill. Well, at least Georgia Tech has come out of the Triangle with a win already this season, downing NC State 82-71, but they face a whole different animal in UNC, who’s coming off one of its strongest performances of the season (74-55 win over NC State). The Tar Heels have won their conference home contests by 19.6 points per game so far. Odds on, this won’t be pretty.
Posted by Brandon Rink on January 24, 2012 under ACC Basketball | Comments are off for this article
Glen Rice Jr. was the only thing going for GT at Clemson Saturday (19 points), and he'll need to be on against Miami to snap a 3-game losing streak. (Pic per OrangeandWhite.com)
Can NC State stay atop the ACC with a trip to Chapel Hill Thursday? It’s one of a few intriguing midweek games…
(18-10 on season)
9:00 PM ET – Miami 68 GT 63 (Atlanta) – Miami leading scorer Malcolm Grant (12.9 PPG) hasn’t scored in double-digits five of his last six games, including his 5 points in the 78-73 home loss to NC State Sunday (0-5 on 3-pointers), meanwhile, junior forward Kenny Kadji posted double-figure scoring in nine of his last ten (20 points and 11 rebounds against NC State). If it wasn’t for Glen Rice Jr.’s 19, Georgia Tech would’ve been blown out again at Clemson (64-62 loss) after the 70-38 home defeat to UVa last week. I’m saying Miami’s guards get back in action here, while Kadji and Reggie Johnson feast inside to a conference road win.
7:00 PM ET – FSU 68 Wake Forest 59 (Winston-Salem) – You know the story with this FSU team right now – they’re winning…by…scoring. Through five ACC games, the ‘Noles are at 74.4 points per game – 83.3 PPG in their last three wins (at Duke, Maryland and UNC). The Deacs have been up-and-down, losing to Duke and NC State by 27 PPG, and drilling BC on the road Saturday, 71-56. Jeff Bzdelik and co. have to hope the ‘Noles are a bit road-weary and reading their press clippings.
9:00 PM ET – Duke 72 Maryland 64(College Park) – Both can share stories of their losses to Temple (Duke, 78-73, and Maryland, 73-60). Traditionally, College Park is a tough place to play for the Blue Devils, but I’m not sure Maryland can score with them in this edition.
7:00 PM ET – UNC 75 NC State 68 (Chapel Hill) – As we stretch into late January, NC State is looking down on the Tar Heels in the standings – something we haven’t been able to say in quite a while, but they stay on the road after a 78-73 win at Miami en route to Chapel Hill Thursday. UNC struggled for a half and eased to a 82-68 win in Blacksburg last week before taking the weekend off, and play their first full game without guard Dexter Strickland, who’s out for the season with a knee injury. The Wolfpack have scored 77 PPG on the road in the ACC so far (2-0, 76-40 win at Wake the other game), while the Tar Heels have held conference opponents to 58 PPG in the Dean Dome. Bottom-line, winning at Wake or Miami isn’t winning in Chapel Hill, and while I’m a big fan of the new and improved Pack, UNC edges them out here.
9:00 PM ET – Virginia 66 BC 55 (Charlottesville) – *Thud* <— That’s Virginia’s ACC title chances smacking into a brutal, ugly 47-45 loss to rival Virginia Tech at home over the weekend. By their loss and FSU’s triumph in Durham, the ‘Hoos went from top-3 to the back of a five-team group atop the conference, but they have a nice tune-up with BC on Thursday, where they hope to get in the 50s.