We picked more right than wrong on the opening weekend – more intriguing midweek games to come this week…
(4-2 on season)
7:00 PM ET – FSU 62 Virginia Tech 59 (Blacksburg) – Feeling pick here…two solid teams hungry for a win to stay in the hunt for what looks like a limited amount of bids coming to the ACC this season.
9:00 PM ET – UNC 76 Miami 63 (Chapel Hill) – Miami’s tough road continues from playing one of the slowest teams in college basketball Virginia (333rd in possessions per 40 minutes) to UNC (third in possessions per 40 minutes) against the formidable Tar Heels. The Hurricanes will be in the hunt of a jumbled middle of the conference this season, but they’re not beat UNC at UNC good.
7:00 PM ET – Maryland 66 Wake Forest 61 (College Park) – The young Terps took NC State to the wire on the road, and return home against a confident Deacs team coming in off the ACC opener win over Virginia Tech. We’ll see how Wake Forest handles success (I’m skeptical)…Maryland pulls even in conference play with a strong home opener.
9:00 PM ET – NC State 73 Georgia Tech 64 (Raleigh) – Georgia Tech showed some fight against Duke last weekend (81-74), but NC State is just the better team here with the home-court advantage and momentum.
7:00 PM ET – Clemson 60 Boston College 58 (Chestnut Hill) – The Tigers romped over BC 77-69 (Clemson, not as close as score) and 70-47 (ACC Tourney) last season – two very different teams take the court on Conte Forum with fresh faces to ACC play across the board, Boston College coming off a 23-point loss and Clemson a 20-point win from the weekend. The Tigers really played well Saturday against FSU behind a strong effort from big men Milton Jennings and Catalin “Bobo” Baciu, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they struggle on Thursday.
9:00 PM ET – Duke 74 Virginia 63 (Durham) – Virginia will try to slow the pace, but how effectively and how will they shoot? That’s your question in a clash of two ACC top-25 teams in Cameron. Belmont took the Blue Devils to the edge in the opener (77-76 loss) in Durham and Temple downed them in Philly last week (78-73) so we know Duke isn’t invincible, but I’m not pulling the trigger on this upset.