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ACC Roundup

In Tuesday night ACC action, UNC had no problem with Sacred Heart
103-81, Virginia Tech left West Florida behind 97-45, Bucknell took Wake
to overtime, 86-83, FSU outlasted Matt Doherty's SMU squad 59-52, and Miami
sprinted past winless Alcorn State, 96-57.

In UNC's win, Tyler Hansbrough managed to trip over his shoes and fall
flat on his face. That was the comic highlight, but he was his usual
highly effective self, going 11-14 from the floor, although he was only 7-12
from the line.

School Conf. Pct. Overall Pct.
Clemson 0-0 .000 3-0 1.000
Florida State 0-0 .000 3-0 1.000
Maryland 0-0 .000 3-0 1.000
Duke 0-0 .000 2-0 1.000
Georgia Tech 0-0 .000 2-0 1.000
Miami 0-0 .000 2-0 1.000
Virginia Tech 0-0 .000 2-0 1.000
Wake Forest 0-0 .000 2-0 1.000
NC State 0-0 .000 1-0 1.000
North Carolina 0-0 .000 1-0 1.000
Virginia 0-0 .000 1-0 1.000
Boston College 0-0 .000 1-1 .500

Ol' Roy figures out how to manage his talented and unusually deep team, he has
put William Graves on the shelf as a redshirt.

Despite the depth and the weak opponent, Brandon Wright, Tyler Hansbrough,
and Wayne Ellington combined for 79 minutes. Rayshawn Terry only got 18,
but had early foul trouble and had a solid game once he got past that.

Bobby Frasor got the start over Tywon Lawson, who got 18 minutes to Frasor's
17. Wes Miller also got 18; Danny Green 17. Marcus Ginyard got
only 12, despite Ol' Roy's plan to focus sharply on defense.

Quentin Thomas barely played and apparently
didn't appreciate it.

The bigger surprise is that Sacred Heart shot 43% against the Heels and
basically broke even on the boards. Turnovers were close as well.

It's very early, but it's not like UNC was overwhelming.

Wake had to go to overtime to beat Bucknell, but a) it was on the road, and
b) Bucknell isn't exactly a pushover. We saw them last season in Cameron,
and this is a smart, disciplined team. It's a great win for Wake and one
they can definitely build on.

Naturally, and acceptably, the focus in college basketball is on the
scholarship players. But there are a always some interesting stories
amongst the walk-ons. Virginia's Damin Altizer is from Hot Springs, just
on the Virginia side of the border with West Virginia, which is to say pretty
much the middle of nowhere, at least as far as most of the rest of the state is
concerned. Virginia west of about Roanoke has always been a backwater to
the rest of the state, which is too bad since it's the most beautiful and in
many ways the most interesting part. It's full of tough-minded, gritty people.
He'll be an interesting addition to Dave Leitao's mix.

The only ACC game for Wednesday is Clemson taking on Furman. ESPN doesn't
list UNC vs. Winthrop tomorrow, but it's on the official UNC site.