Saturday, February 2, 2008

Will Georgia Tech Make It 4 In A Row?

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Maryland @ Georgia Tech
All of a sudden Georgia Tech is back from the bottom of the ACC after beating Virginia Tech and then going on the road for two straight; and before that they lost to North Carolina by 1. The key to the Yellow Jackets turnaround has been the play of G Matt Causey who splits time with freshman Moe Miller at PG for Paul Hewitt. Georgia Tech is also turning the ball over much less than in their previous games. Maryland does not have stars, but does have a good group of 5 who all had double figures in points in a win over Virginia this week. I think this game comes down to the turnover battle. Neither team is very good at holding on to the ball, but Georgia Tech has done a much better job of it recently. I like the Yellow Jackets in a game down to the wire at home.
Prediction: Georgia Tech

Boston College @ Clemson
The Tigers sure would like to get even with the Eagles who have not knocked the football team out of the ACCCG the last 3 seasons. Boston College has lost their last 3 ACC games by an average of 16 points. Clemson will rely on the inside-outside combo of James Mays and Terrance Ogelsby. Ogelsby, a freshman, gives the Tigers a deadly 3 point threat from 25 feet in and on the season Clemson is shooting nearly 40% from behind the arc. BC is also a good three point shooting team at 37% and will be led by their back court of Tyrese Rice and Rakim Sanders. In the end, the home crowd and depth of Clemson will prevail over Boston College by 6-10 points.
Prediction: Clemson

North Carolina @ Florida State
I think North Carolina has recovered from their only defeat of the year and will focused on FSU despite the big matchup with Duke this coming Wednesday. The Seminoles are struggling as of late having lost 5 of their last 6 with the one win coming against Virginia who is at the bottom of the ACC. For FSU to win this game, they have to be able to knock down threes and defend the three. Their four guard lineup will receive a challenge from the Tar Heels in the half court on defense with Tyler Hansbrough garnering much of the attention down low. I think North Carolina runs away with this one in the end winning by 10-15 points.
Prediction: North Carolina

Season: 29-5
ACC: 14-3

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