Saturday, February 9, 2008

Duke Hits Another 3
Boston College @ Duke Saturday
Note to Boston College - guard the 3 point shot. Duke made 13 of them against North Carolina on Wednesday with Greg Paulus hitting on 6. The Blue Devils are a 3 point shot away from being undefeated and will need to guard against being overconfident after such a big win. That won't be easy because BC is on a 5 game losing streak and has lost 7 of their last 9. Still, the emotion from the crowd will carry Duke to victory even if they are lethargic. Look for Duke to win this going away.
Prediction: Duke

Georgia Tech @ UConn Saturday
In past years, you could pretty much count on Georgia Tech winning at home and losing on the road. Not the case for this Yellow Jacket team who has won their past 3 road games. They run into a red hot UConn team who has won their past 6 including victories over Pitt and at Indiana. The Huskies are 11-1 at home and play stifling defense allowing just 62 ppg. For Georgia Tech to win, they need to force an up tempo style and defend the transition. UConn has a short bench and plays their top 5 for 35+ minutes a game. Maryland shot over 60% against Tech in the first half of the Jackets last loss mostly on dunks and layups in transition. I think Georgia Tech gives UConn all they can handle but the Huskies are really playing well as of late - too well to be beaten at home.
Prediction: UConn
Clemson @ North Carolina Sunday
Clemson has never beaten North Carolina in Chapel Hill - 0-52. It is the longest active streak in the NCAA. The Tigers came about as close as you could to winning in their last meeting with North Carolina when Wayne Ellington hit a 3 pointer in overtime. The Heels may be without starting PG Ty Lawson for the second straight game and his presence was definitely missed against Duke. For Clemson to win, they need to control Tyler Hansbrough like they did last game holding the junior to a season low 12 points. Wayne Ellington and Danny Greene need to step up and play well to give the Tar Heels options outside of Hansbrough. I like Clemson to give North Carolina a game, but the Tar Heels win in the end by 5-10 points.
Prediction: North Carolina

Season: 36-10 (78%)
ACC: 18-6 (75%)

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