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In Sunday night ACC action, Seth Greenberg, who was unhappy with George Washington's alleged tampering with former Tech guard Nigel Munson, got his revenge as Tech stuck it to Karl Hobbs and company, 68-36. We didn't realize that Wynton Witherspoon had previously left Tech for GW as well, and he took a goodly amount of abuse from the Tech crowd. Clemson refugee Cheyenne Moore also wound up playing for Hobbs.Prior to whipping GW, Greenberg decided his offense was too complex for a young team, so he dumbed it down, and that appears to have worked, if Sunday's game is any evidence.

Hobbs, who was a hot candidate for a year or two after GW made a bit of a national splash, may have made a mistake by not taking a snazzier job when he could. He probably didn't make a very good impression on his boss, AD Jack Kvancz, who had to restrain his coach from going after a student reporter. Nice!

Offense aside, Tech has now held two opponents in a row under 40 points. Is it a trend? They held GW to 25.9% from the floor.

Here's a (trick) question: Maryland is in a tight game and someone blows a gasket, gets a technical, and booted from the game. You thought Gary Williams, right?

Not in this case: Greivis Vasquez pulled a Cherokee Parks and picked up his fourth and fifth fouls on the same play (in Cherokee's defense, his came in the first year when technicals also counted as personals and it was a new situation for everyone). After being called for a foul on Shamari Spears, Vasquez pounded the basket support and earned a seat as a volunteer coach for the rest of the game.

Those last two came only sixteen seconds after another foul. Three fouls in sixteen seconds is pretty quick by any standard. At this very moment, Hugo Chavez is considering severing diplomatic relations with the state of Maryland.

State fans! Where's the beer when you need it?
ACC Standings
Boston College 1-0 1.000 7-1 .875
Duke 0-0 .000 9-0 1.000
Clemson 0-0 .000 8-0 1.000
Miami 0-0 .000 8-0 1.000
North Carolina 0-0 .000 8-0 1.000
Florida State 0-0 .000 9-2 .818
Virginia 0-0 .000 7-2 .778
Virginia Tech 0-0 .000 5-3 .625
Wake Forest 0-0 .000 5-3 .625
NC State 0-0 .000 4-3 .571
Georgia Tech 0-0 .000 4-4 .500
Maryland 0-1 .000 6-4 .600
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We're still waiting to see the fallout from State's disastrous loss at ECU. The ECU reaction is entirely predictable. State's is a little trickier.

After promising to lose 3 or 4 games, tops, State's Gavin Grant is going to have to go back to the drawing board, and take Sidney Lowe with him.

On the bright side - or maybe not, depending on how you look at it - at least Herb Sendek wasn't coaching. Can you imagine what would have happened had it been him? The reaction would be incredible.

Last year, Clemson's pre-conference run was highly deceptive. This year, it could be the opposite: the Tigers are mature, tough, and resilient.

Wake is seeing Chas McFarland mature into a guy who can at least start from time to time, and he's been one of our favorite players to watch in the conference. Another we really are curious about is teammate James Johnson. Aside from being the last guy anyone will challenge to a fight - he's a highly trained kickboxer, thanks to his father - he's highly flexible and athletic. And according to Wake assistant Pat Kelsey, he's a heck of a nice kid, too.