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Ol' Roy Williams suicidal urges appear to have abated. A few
weeks ago, he said he hoped the airplane had seatbelts because he might jump.
Now he says if it looks like he jumped off a tall building, please investigate,
because he was pushed. Wow, 10,000 jokes here, which one to use? Oh
well, insert your own.

Wednesday's Games

Wed 2/4/04 Wake Forest @ NC State RBC Center, Raleigh 9:00 PM RJ split
Wed 2/4/04 Maryland @ Virginia U-Hall, Charlottesville 9:00 PM RJ split
Duke 7-0 18-1
NC State 5-2 12-5
Wake Forest 4-3 13-4
Florida State 4-4 16-6
Georgia Tech 4-4 16-5
North Carolina 3-4 13-5
Maryland 2-5 11-7
Virginia 2-5 12-6
Clemson 2-6 9-10
Boston College 13-7
Miami 13-8
Virginia Tech 8-10

FSU LATELY

at
No. 17 Pittsburgh
<!a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/boxscore?gameId=233560221">L
63-56
10-1
No.
25 <!a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/clubhouse?collegeId=120&sport=ncb">Maryland
<!a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/boxscore?gameId=233620052">W
79-75
11-1
(1-0)
at
<!a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/clubhouse?collegeId=56&sport=ncb">Stetson
<!a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/boxscore?gameId=233640056">W
87-72
12-1
at
No. 12 <!a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/clubhouse?collegeId=57&sport=ncb">Florida
<!a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/boxscore?gameId=240030057">L
87-73
12-2
<!a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/clubhouse?collegeId=152&sport=ncb">N.C.
State
<!a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/boxscore?gameId=240110052">L
58-53
12-3
(1-1)
at
<!a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/clubhouse?collegeId=228&sport=ncb">Clemson
<!a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/boxscore?gameId=240130228">L
53-48
12-4
(1-2)
at
<!a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/clubhouse?collegeId=258&sport=ncb">Virginia
<!a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/boxscore?gameId=240180258">L
76-67
12-5
(1-3)
No.
11 <!a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/clubhouse?collegeId=153&sport=ncb">North
Carolina
<!a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/boxscore?gameId=240220052">W
90-81
13-5
(2-3)
No.
7 <!a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/clubhouse?collegeId=154&sport=ncb">Wake
Forest
<!a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/boxscore?gameId=240250052">W
75-70
14-5
(3-3)
at
No. 1 <!a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/clubhouse?collegeId=150&sport=ncb">Duke
<!a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/boxscore?gameId=240290150">L
56-49
14-6
(3-4)
<!a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/clubhouse?collegeId=2542&sport=ncb">Savannah
State
<!a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/boxscore?gameId=240320052">W
88-73
15-6
No.
16 <!a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/clubhouse?collegeId=59&sport=ncb">Georgia
Tech
<!a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/boxscore?gameId=240340052">W
81-65
16-6
(4-4)

He's not suicidal
but clearly is not happy
with what's going on with UNC right now.

Gary Williams, the
Williams-who-has-won-a-national-championship, is not fully pleased either, but
in his case, it's just
a young team that doesn't always know what to do.
Time is running out
though: tonigt's game against Virginia is absolutely critical. If they fall to
2-6 and 11-8, they would be tied with Clemson for last place, and guess
what? They'd be in the play-in game with a crack at Duke after that.

To be honest, UNC is about where we thought they'd be, if you
read our ACC preview, but we missed badly on Maryland.

By the way, as he did after the Boozer incident, as soon as he
took a public stand on student obscenities and behavior, the
Williams-who-has-won-a-national-championship (this is like his honorary Kiowa
name or something) immediately began to undercut his
position, this time saying "[The students] were a lot more dead than the
usual atmosphere," and that some of them had stayed home "in
protest." And furthermore, he said "I feel bad for our
students. They're all getting blamed for what a few of them did."
Is he saying that only a handful of students wore T-shirts and yelled "F---
you JJ?" Wow, great lungs!

This is basically the same thing he said after his brief
public comments after the bottle-throwing incident, saying that "we have
great fans" and that people should "get off their backs."

Spaghetti spine.

Tuesday's only game saw Florida State drop Georgia Tech rather
convincingly at Tallahassee,
81-65. Take a gander at the meaningful part
of their schedule - since they played Pitt. They were in that game, and
Pitt has turned out to be pretty good this year. They lost four straight
to Florida, N.C. State, Clemson, and UVa.

Anyone willing to bet on those four in rematches? Since then,
Tim Pickett has emerged from a slump and been just great. He scored 25 in
the second half against Tech.

At this point, in fact, you could make an argument that, standings aside,
they're the second-best team in the conference. Lately, their defense has
been superb, and they're clearly buying into Leonard Hamilton's schemes in a big
way. They came very close to winning at Duke. If freshman Von Wafer hadn't
made a key mistake, they might have. We think they'd win all four of those
losses in rematches.

You have to start thinking about Florida State and the tournament, and how
far they might go. If they keep playing this way, Sweet 16 is very possible.

It's a bit early for this, but two recent articles have suggested that Chris
Duhon and Julius Hodge are the best candidates for Player Of The Year in the
ACC. Duhon certainly gets props for huge leadership and remarkably smart
play, and Hodge
gets it for his versatility and leadership
. The other guy who should
probably get votes is Rashad McCants, but he has probably alienated a lot of
voters.

The
Duhon article is subscription.

And finally, in Winston-Salem, the
Deacs are playing catch-up,
but they have a lot to work with, so we wouldn't
bet against them.