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As it turned out, N.C. State and George Washington was a mismatch, as State
took the Colonials apart, 79-58. The Pack held GW to 30.9% from the floor,
and, as we thought, had enough athleticism to throw at Danilo Pinnock to really
slow him down. Hailed as an NBA prospect, State held him to 11 points on 2-9
shooting. Big man Pops Mensah-Bonsu? 3-13.

Interestingly, GW only had 8 turnovers (State had 10), meaning State slogged
it out in the trenches.

Some people are calling it an upset, but we wouldn't say that. State's
a better team than a lot of people thought, and they showed it. Next up is
UNC in Chapel Hill on the 7th, then off to Boston for what promises to be an
ugly game, home for Tech, and then a big matchup on the 18th at Duke, after Duke
plays Wake, Maryland, and Clemson. If Duke manages to get to State
undefeated, the game will be, simply, huge.

N.C. State 79, George Washington 58
Virginia Tech 55, ODU 58
Wake Forest, 87, Charleston So. 47
Elon 74, Clemson 69

Wake did what you might have expected and beat the socks off of Charleston
Southern, which is more than you can say for Virginia Tech and Clemson.
Tech lost to Old Dominion, which is unfortunate but not humiliating.
Losing to Elon is humiliating.

No knock on the Phoenix, but pick the worst ACC teams you can remember - Duke
the year they lost to Wagner, Wake before Dave Odom stabilized things, UVa when
Gillen showed up and started a walk-on bartender, Maryland after the Bias
tragedy - none of them would have lost to Elon. That's one of the worst
losses we can remember for an ACC team. Oliver Purnell is a tremendous
coach and he'll deal with this. But it must be discouraging.

On Saturday, B.C. hosts a middling Rhode Island, where Al Skinner used to
coach, FSU plays Nebraska, Maryland takes on a weak VMI, UVa gets Hartford,
Georgia Tech sees Bethune-Cookman after losing to Air Force, and Miami plays

We might be the only people who think Miami has a shot.
Louisville isn't playing great defense, and Kentucky aside, their toughest
opponent may have been Richmond. It's pretty bad to be as powerful as
Louisville is thought to be and the best win you have, UK aside, is
Richmond. Miami had a tough start to the season injury-wise, but they may
be ready to make a statement. We'll see.

Certainly they've had more adversity than Louisville. Combine that with
Louisville's defense, and their weak schedule, and you have the makings of an
interesting game.