What does a loss to Buffalo mean to Miami? Not necessarily that much to
Miami. If they end up being lousy, they're lousy - but the ACC needs to stop
losing to teams like Vermont and Buffalo. Bad for the RPI, don't you
know. For the conference, such losses are embarrassing.
Last year, Gardner-Webb almost pulled one of them off before losing in the
Dean Dome in Tyler Hansbrough's collegiate debut. They're back again this
year, and you can be sure UNC would like to make it clear that they don't belong
in the same sentence. They're
going to try and pound them but good.
of pounding, Chuck Amato
is getting the treatment now from State fans. A year ago, Herb Sendek
suffered in comparison, before he was run out of town with the notion that State
was a big-time school which could easily find a big-time coach.
Are they going to make the same mistake now? Amato's had a dismal year,
but he's been successful overall, despite his perceived faults, and just a year
ago State fans were arguing that they were entitled to treat basketball like a
forgotten love, and that their true affection, now, was football.
Now of course, State fans are adoring Sidney Lowe, who hasn't accomplished a
thing yet, and many fans are ready to run Amato out of town. It must be
hard to keep track of who you're supposed to admire and disdain in Raleigh.
Sunday's ACC games are thoroughly mediocre. The most interesting things about
them may be Todd Bozeman's trip to Virginia. You'll recall he was
essentially banned by the NCAA for years after his time at Cal, when he got into
huge trouble with the NCAA.