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<!font size="6" target=_top>If you pull for an ACC school (leave Duke aside for the
moment), chances are your team has a 4 in the win column: Tech, UNC, FSU,
Wake, and Maryland all have four conference wins; everyone except Tech has five
losses.

<!font class="CalendarContent" size="4" face="Arial" target=_top>Conf. <!font class="CalendarContent" size="4" face="Arial" target=_top>Overall
<!font class="CalendarContent" size="4" face="Arial" target=_top>Duke <!font class="CalendarContent" size="4" face="Arial" target=_top>9-0 <!font class="CalendarContent" size="4" face="Arial" target=_top>20-1
<!font class="CalendarContent" size="4" face="Arial" target=_top>NC State <!font class="CalendarContent" size="4" face="Arial" target=_top>7-2 <!font class="CalendarContent" size="4" face="Arial" target=_top>14-5
<!font class="CalendarContent" size="4" face="Arial" target=_top>Georgia Tech <!font class="CalendarContent" size="4" face="Arial" target=_top>4-4 <!font class="CalendarContent" size="4" face="Arial" target=_top>17-5
<!font class="CalendarContent" size="4" face="Arial" target=_top>North Carolina <!font class="CalendarContent" size="4" face="Arial" target=_top>4-5 <!font class="CalendarContent" size="4" face="Arial" target=_top>14-6
<!font class="CalendarContent" size="4" face="Arial" target=_top>Florida State <!font class="CalendarContent" size="4" face="Arial" target=_top>4-5 <!font class="CalendarContent" size="4" face="Arial" target=_top>16-7
<!font class="CalendarContent" size="4" face="Arial" target=_top>Wake Forest <!font class="CalendarContent" size="4" face="Arial" target=_top>4-5 <!font class="CalendarContent" size="4" face="Arial" target=_top>13-6
<!font class="CalendarContent" size="4" face="Arial" target=_top>Maryland <!font class="CalendarContent" size="4" face="Arial" target=_top>4-5 <!font class="CalendarContent" size="4" face="Arial" target=_top>13-7
<!font class="CalendarContent" size="4" face="Arial" target=_top>Virginia <!font class="CalendarContent" size="4" face="Arial" target=_top>2-7 <!font class="CalendarContent" size="4" face="Arial" target=_top>12-8
<!font class="CalendarContent" size="4" face="Arial" target=_top>Clemson <!font class="CalendarContent" size="4" face="Arial" target=_top>2-7 <!font class="CalendarContent" size="4" face="Arial" target=_top>9-11

<!font size="6" target=_top>This dramatically underscores Duke's unanticipated dominance
(an odd phrase but apt) at 9-0 this year, but perhaps N.C. State's
performance, at 7-2, is even more unexpected.

<!font size="6" target=_top>Both teams have nice cushions, and since Duke plays Virginia
this week before traveling to Raleigh on Sunday, and State hosts Florida State
on Tuesday, both of those games are crucial to maintaining each school's
position, and probably more so to Duke's.

<!font size="6" target=_top>While you never want to get cocky, we don't think you'd find
an oddsmaker anywhere who would put UVa in as the favorite to beat Duke in
Cameron. But if they somehow lost to UVa, and State won on Sunday, then
Duke's lead would suddenly be fragile.

<!font size="6" target=_top>And while Florida State is a critical game for State - and one
they could lose - they'd fall to 7-3 and still be comfortable in second place,
and within shooting distance of Duke. But if Duke sweeps this week, the
race is all but over. Even if Duke really played poorly the rest of the
way, it's hard to see how they could fall below second place.

<!font size="6" target=_top>Another game, which is just as big as any recently, is UNC's
visit to Tech on Tuesday. UNC, like Maryland, had one foot in the grave and has
dug their way out. Win at Tech, and they could be in a tie for third from
the top. Lose, and they could be third from the bottom. Talk about a close
race!

<!font size="6" target=_top>Maryland has clawed their way off the bubble, beating FSU
Sunday (the 'Noles might move closer to the bubble themselves), and now has a week to get ready for UNC in Chapel
Hill. Wow! It's a huge game no matter what happens in Atlanta, but if the
Heels lose there, then this game could put one team or the other back in
jeopardy as far as the tourney goes.

<!font size="6" target=_top>Really, this season has been as competitive and as striking as
any we can remember for many, many years, and the Darwinian ruthlessness which
we all love is about to kick in in a huge way.

Incidentally, you'll notice from the links posted that the pressure on Pete Gillen is starting to mount.