The ACC had terrific games this past weekend and I’m so sorry for anyone that might have missed out on watching terrific college basketball action.
Just this weekend alone, we had a buzzer beater attempt for a game winner, a double overtime game, a football school becoming a basketball title threat, a battle of ranked opponents and a stud freshman who continues to show why he should be the National Player of the Year (that’s if Trae Young ever misses a shot).
Here’s a look at the standings after this weekend’s games.
Notes around the league:
North Carolina survived at Notre Dame at the Buzzer as TJ Gibbs put back attempt hit every part of the rim before falling out. North Carolina held on for a 69-68 win. Luke Maye had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Tar Heels but was real quiet in the second half. North Carolina actually got a good game from freshman center Sterling Manley. Manley had 7 points and 4 rebounds in just 10 minutes but his length helped alter Notre Dame’sshots around the rim.
By the way Mike Brey does not get enough credit for the job he’s done at Notre Dame. ND is clearly the go to school in Indiana at the moment and Brey has gone 3-2 in ACC play with Bonzie Colson (out until March at least) and Matt Farrell (missed last two games). Brey is fantastic coach and expect the Fighting Irish to remain competitive throughout the year.
Virginia Tech and Louisville played in a high scoring affair that saw Louisville come out on top at home. Deng Adel (27 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists) out shined Kerry Blackshear (19 points and 12 rebounds) in the win.
Florida State outlasted Syracuse 101-90 in double overtime. Syracuse simply did not have the depth Florida State had to keep up the energy for that long. Tyus Battle ended up playing all 50 minutes and scored 37 points for the Orange. The teams combined for 49 three point attempts and 72 free throws before the game was over. Florida State got another excellent game from Braian Angola. Angola’s last 5 scoring games? 23, 20, 16, 18, 24 points. The consistency is starting to come from him.
Duke blew by Wake Forest 89-71. Marvin Bagley had another ho-hum spectacular outing getting 30 points and 11 rebounds. Associate Head Coach Jeff Chapel had to fill in for Coach K as he had missed the game for an illness. Next up for Duke, quick turnaround at Miami. Should be a difficult test.
It’s starting to show that Clemson is a legit basketball team this year. Clemson now has wins over Ohio State, Florida and Miami and are sitting at 15-2 on the year. Clemson is extremely balanced. The Tigers have 5 players scoring between 10.9 and 15.9 points per game. They’ll be a tough beat for anyone in the ACC.
Now with Clemson picking up the win, Miami picked up a loss and again failed to secure a big statement win. Miami has one good win for the season, home against Florida State, and hasn’t been able to get that second signature win. The play of Bruce Brown and Lonnie Walker need to improve for the Hurricanes in ACC play.
Georgia Tech is off to a good start in ACC play (3-1) but has a tough four game stretch upcoming. The Yellow Jackets play Florida State, North Carolina, Virginia, and Clemson. Josh Okogie will need to step up big for Georgia Tech in the next two weeks if Josh Pastner’s club wants to get a few upset wins.
Virginia is continuing to gain a stranglehold on the rest of the conference. Tony Bennett has built an unbelievable program in Charlottesville and the Cavilers had another terrific defensive performance against North Carolina state. Virginia is holding opponents to 52.9 points per game. That’s incredible.
Wake Forest and Pittsburgh continue to bring the ACC down. Both teams are under .500 and if were being honest, it’s hard to imagine Pitt even winning a conference game especially with the news Ryan Luther will miss the rest of the year. Luther seemed to be one of the few decent players for Pitt averaging 12.7 points and 10.1 rebounds a game. Wake Forest. led by Bryant Crawford, has the talent but just can’t get anything going. Danny Manning needs to figure out his team quickly.
Upcoming games to watch:
- Duke @ Miami
- Clemson @ North Carolina
- Louisville @ Notre Dame
- Virginia @ Georgia Tech
- Florida State @ Virginia Tech
- Notre Dame @ Clemson
- Miami @ North Carolina State
- Boston College @ Louisville