Friday, February 15, 2008

North Carolina Battles Injuries, Flu, and Hokies

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Virginia Tech @ North Carolina
North Carolina has officially hit the injury/flu bug as they are expected to be without three starters against an athletic Virginia Tech team. The Hokies are no stranger to competing with the Heels in Chapel Hill as they won there last year in OT. Expect Seth Greenberg to instruct his club to attack Carolina down low where they will be without Danny Greene and Deon Thompson. This game will be won by who can impose their style on the other. For all of their athleticism, the Hokies would rather grind it out in the half court while North Carolina wants to run. It will be interesting to see if Roy Williams holds back the rains with 3 top players out. I like North Carolina to squeak this one out in the end by 3-7 points.
Prediction: North Carolina


Clemson @ NC State

Every time I think Clemson is going to assert themselves as a top 4 ACC team they stumble - losing a 15 point lead last Sunday was perfect example. Just like VT-UNC this will be a game of contrasting styles and whomever can impose theirs will likely win. The Wolfpack has the muscle down low to combat Clemson's James Mays and Trevor Booker. NC State needs a good game out of the shaky PG Javier Gonzalez who will pressed full court nearly the entire game. This ball handling situation reminds me Georgia's Tech on Thursday and we saw how that turned out. I think Clemson and their depth and press will over come NC State in Raleigh by a close margin.
Prediction: Clemson

Check back tomorrow for previews of Georgia Tech-Miami and Duke-Wake Forest

Season: 44-11 (80%)
ACC: 23-6 (79%)


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