Friday, January 19, 2007

ACC Weekend Predictions

We will start with the ACC... my bread and butter. 5-0 this week gives me a lot of confidence heading into the weekend, but there are going to be some really good games this weekend.

#19 Clemson vs Boston College
How is BC unranked? 13-4 and 5-0 in the conference. Well, the Eagles took a big hit when Shawn Williams was kicked off the team this week. Williams is arguably one of the two best inside defenders in the country. He will be sorely missed against a scrappy Clemson team. Speaking of the Tigers, they have lost two in a row after winning a bunch in a row to start the season. Clemson loves to run on offense, but they want to do on defense and that is a problem. Good for them BC is a half court team. I like the Tigers here in a close one as they hit the boards inside and take advantage of Williams absence.

#4 North Carolina vs Georgia Tech
Alright... we got two wins in a row and have played better each game in 2007. This is what Georgia Tech is saying to themselves as they travel to Chapel Hill. I don't think North Carolina is going to lose at home this year - if you want to beat the Tar Heels you will have to do at your place. North Carolina has too much talent for Georgia Tech to overcome. This game last year began the downward spiral for the Yellow Jackets as they held a 20 point halftime lead, but the Heels erased that by half way through the second half.

NC State vs #14 Duke
Apologies to Duke fans, but is this not the worst 14th ranked team in the history of college basketball. The Wolfpack would love to continue Duke's mediocre beginning to the conference season, but Josh McRoberts is starting to come on now as the go to guy the Blue Devils were missing. NC State makes it close in Raleigh, but Duke sinks free throw after free throw in the end to win.

Florida State vs Miami
Two teams I am having a tough figuring out. I am having a Willie Williams moment on this one. Well, I think FSU figured out - they win at home most of the time, but will almost always lose on the road. NBA prospect Al Thornton will put the Seminoles on his back and carry them to victory.

#23 Virginia Tech vs Maryland
I think this will be the best game of the weekend. The winner of this game will solidify themselves as an upper division team, while the loser will fall back to the pack. I like the Terps in this one on the road. They have gotten off to the good start with the help of freshman Greivis Vasquez.

Virginia vs Wake Forest
I look at Wake’s 1-4 conference record and say “who did they beat?” After some research I find it is Miami on the road, who beat Georgia Tech, who beat Duke, who beat Wake by 22 on Thursday. Wake fans, bask in the glory of the ACC Championship in football and hold out hope for golf season is not far off.

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