Monday, January 15, 2007

ACC Basketball Round Up

Last week was the beginning of the conference slate in earnest for teams in the ACC and SEC. So far, it looks like both conferences will be wide open again this year with some preseason favorites falling early.

Boston College
Don't look now, but the Eagles are also undefeated in conference play. The 4-0 start this year is a stark contrast to the slow start last year. BC is very tough to beat at the Conte Forum and they already have two road ACC wins. This is a typical BC team that will make you beat them - they will not beat themselves.

Clemson
The Tigers extended their unbeated streak with a relatively easy win on the road vs NC State to begin the week. This win shows the improvement the Tigers have made this season winning in a place they don't win very often, Raleigh. However, Clemson's unbeaten streak came to an end on Saturday at Maryland. Still, Oliver Purnell's team has shown the rest of the conference that they will be a force this season.

Duke
People are feeling very blue in Durham these days. The Blue Devils dropped to 0-2 after a loss at Georgia Tech last Wednesday. Kryzewski probably ramped up practices this week after the loss and Duke rebounded with a big win over Miami. Still, it is very apparent this Duke team is leagues behind those we have come to expect and the main reason is that they have no go to scorer - no JJ Redick, no Elton Brand, no Christian Laettner

Georgia Tech
The Yellow Jackets sit at .500 after two big home wins over Duke and Florida St. Paul Hewitt wishes he could have that Miami road game played in early December again as this team is improving each time they take the court. This team has talent to beat anyone in the conferece, but they also have the youth to lose to any in the conference, especially on the road where the Jackets have not won since 2005.

Maryland
The Terps knocked off previously unbeaten Clemson on Saturday. Maryland needed this win after a very poor showing at home against Miami earlier in the week. The Terps will get a pass for that home loss if they can string together a few conference wins in their upcoming matchups

North Carolina
The Tar Heels youth showed up in Blacksburg on Saturday. Still, I believe North Carolina is the favorite to win the conference and make a good run in the Tournament. This won't be the last loss in conference, but teams better get this team when they go on the road as they will be awful tough to beat in Chapel Hill.

Virginia Tech
Who would have thunk it? The Hokies are 3-0 in the ACC with two of these wins over North Carolina and Duke. Seth Greenberg is utilizing the athleticism of his team and forcing teams to play his style of basketball.


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