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ACC Roundup

There are some fun matchups in the ACC Saturday, but the buzz is likely to be
over the bust of Maryland's Travis Garrison, and the ensuing turmoil it may
provide. Given what he's accused of - sexual assault and hitting a woman
in the face - and given the history at Maryland of what happened with Herman
Veal (when then-coach Lefty Driesell allegedly called the alleged victim and
pressured her to drop charges) and of course the full-scale disaster that hit
Maryland after Len Bias died, a tragedy which shook the entire athletic
department to its foundations. It's generally forgotten now, but in the
wake of Bias, his suitemates, Terry Long and David Gregg, were indicted
for obstruction of justice and possession of cocaine, and Driesell waiving
immunity to testify before the grand jury, which was considering indicting him
as well (they chose not to).

January 14
Georgia Tech at NC State RJ 12:00
Miami at North Carolina ESPN2 12:00
Duke at Clemson ESPN 2:00
Florida State at Boston College 2:00

School Conf. Pct. Overall Pct.
Duke 3-0 1.000 15-0 1.000
North Carolina 2-0 1.000 10-2 .833
Georgia Tech 2-0 1.000 9-4 .692
NC State 2-1 .667 13-2 .867
Clemson 2-1 .667 13-3 .812
Florida State 2-1 .667 11-2 .846
Miami 1-1 .500 9-6 .600
Maryland 1-2 .333 11-4 .733
Virginia 1-2 .333 7-6 .538
Wake Forest 0-2 .000 11-4 .733
Boston College 0-3 .000 11-4 .733
Virginia Tech 0-3 .000 10-6 .625

Will Maryland suspend him? Given the unfortunate precursors, it seems
almost certain that they would. Maryland is as sensitive to this sort of
thing - or should be, anyway - as any school in the conference. How they
handle it will be revealing.

Back to the on-court action! Saturday will see Georgia Tech at N.C.
State, Miami at UNC, and FSU at B.C.

All of these are intriguing on some level.

The Tech-State game will be a fight for tempo, with Tech trying to hurry up,
and State more content to be patient. Okay, Herbie, it's not the Princeton
offense, but it's not exactly the Celtics fast break, either. And surprise
- Theodis
Tarver is back on the team.
You may recall he was ruled
ineligible, but

Miami seems to be playing well, and while we would expect UNC to win, we've
missed just about everything this year, so who knows? Maybe Miami
can do it.

One of our theories about the ACC is that other teams like to stick it to
whoever is down, or who seems down, and with FSU at 11-2, and with B.C. losing
three straight to kick off their inaugural ACC season, well, wouldn't FSU like
to make someone else the whipping boy for a change? And they are one of
the few teams who can really throw depth at B.C.'s front line, too.