In ACC Friday night action, all the ACC teams won, which is a good thing since all the opponents were bad, with a combined record of 10-20. The only scary game was B.C.'s bout with Sacred Heart, which was far closer than it should have been at 80-75. Sacred Heart cut a 16 point lead to five with just over three minutes to play.
Sacred Heart plays in the Northeast Conference, which isn't exactly a powerhouse.
Certainly the fans were distracted by B.C.'s bowl game; perhaps the players were as well.
In the Maryland game, the Terps pressed an obvious inside advantage and pounded Delaware by 30, 76-46. James Gist and Bambale Osby dominated inside. Gary Williams lauded their tough play, and Gist said that "this is Maryland basketball."
Poor Hofstra is only 2-7, but their best player averages 26.8 ppg, and he sprained his ankle earlier in the week. Ka-boom! That's all for Hofstra.
Here's Barry Jacobs on the ACL injuries suffered by UNC's Bobby Frasor and State's Farnold Degand, and just what ACL patients experience, including the surgery and recovery.
Dan Weiderer has some thoughts up on the Triangle schools, arguing that Farnold Degand's injury might alleviate some of the chemistry problems for State. He also argues that Duke probably needs to develop a killer instinct, which makes sense, and that "UNC is basically treading water for the next 13 weeks until the stakes are heightened and they arrive in Charlotte on March 26 for what will essentially be a two-game season at the NCAA East Regional."
In our opinion, he couldn't be more wrong. Yes, teams go up and down, but there is a building process, and if you tread water, like UConn did a couple of years ago, you don't build. It happened to Vegas in a different way in 1991, where they had no tight games all season, and you know how that ended.