In other New Year's Eve ACC action, B.C. defeated Rhode Island, 78-56, FSU
downed Nebraska, the Terps trashed VMI 99-68, UVa outlasted Hartford, 71-62,
Georgia Tech trounced Bethune-Cookman, 73-46 , and Louisville defeated Miami
By Jeff Sagarin
None of these games are a big deal, except the Miami- Louisville game, which
was a lost opportunity for the 'Canes.
Nonetheless, Miami was in the game and was tied with Louisville, 39-39 with
6:23 left. Louisville put the game away with a big streak, scoring 17
straight, and they also shut Guillermo Diaz out completely. Anthony Harris
is playing again, but it always takes time to come back from feet
Miami was down 10 at the half, and was in this game until Louisville's big
This is somewhat similar to what happened against Florida, coached by Pitino
protege Billy Donovan: in a tight game, Florida went on a late 12-3 run.
In the Florida game, Miami held the Gators, who had been shooting 54.4%, to
Miami held the Cards to just 35.1% and a 58-43 score is not what Rick Pitino
Is it a question of just getting tired at the end?
Could be. They basically played six guys, and that can't be easy against a
pressing team like the 'Ville.
FSU's Al Thornton lost his grandmother and then asked
his team to dedicate the game against Nebraska to her. Wish
granted: FSU, after a poor start, took it to Nebraska, and enters ACC play
Skinner coached (and won) against his old employer, Rhode Island, a job he
said he loved and could have stayed with. If we're not mistaken, he played
there too. But they bungled the contract negotations, and Skinner soon
left for B.C., where he has done very well indeed, in spite of inheriting a mess
when Jim O' Brien left in a huff.
|ACC Schools Sorted
By Jeff Sagarin
The Greensboro News-Record, much like the Durham paper, is right in the
middle of the ACC, and by all rights should be a prime source for ACC
fans. But much like the Durham paper, which fired their best writer to
save money and now often uses AP stories for road games, they keep
screwing things up. Latest example: making
their ACC section a .pdf file.
That inherently means it will be big and load slowly, particularly for
those who have dialup. If they want to annoy their readers, it's
okay with us. It's just hard to understand, and a pity since they have
some good writers.
At this point, the RPI is kind of silly to consider, but what the hey!
Speculation is fun. We could talk all day about silliness like what if J-Lo's butt was actually hydraulic, or what if Coach K decided to run for Senate in
North Carolina and faced a Communist drag queen with substance abuse issues and borderline psychosis? UNC fans would know what to do!
So anyway, off we go. Here is the ACC if the RPI, as
interpreted by Jeff Sagarin, were the way to rank the teams. By this,
about four ACC teams would be invited to the NCAAs - the cutoff would likely be
right under FSU. With so many automatic bids and competing schools, Wake at 38
would be tough.
More realistically, all four North Carolina schools, Maryland, and B.C. would
likely be in.
win fifth straight
start slow, finish strong
wins seventh straight
Fall To Elon 74-69
stuns Tigerswith first DI win
Head To #13 BC For In-State Clash
men fall to FSU
College hands URI fourth loss in five games, 78-56
| KEN TYSIAC
outworked by Hartford, but win
nearly drown in the Music
State Makes Statement With Big Win