There are a lot of deeply unhappy people in the Raleigh area after N.C. State lost to ECU Saturday, 75-69. That, you understand, isn't supposed to happen. Football? Well, okay, but basketball is a sacred trust and you don't lose to ECU.
Well, not until now, anyway. But mark it down: State will never, ever schedule a game at ECU again. It was one-and-done.
The interesting part now is going to be to see just how much State fans turn on Sidney Lowe. They won't run him out of town - not yet. The lovefest we saw last year, though, is deader than a possum on Hillsborough Street.
But give them their due: they believed they could do it and they went out and beat N.C. State. That's a huge deal for ECU.
In other ACC action, Miami beat Florida International, 67-53, Florida State beat Maine, 95-55, and Wake lost to Georgia, 72-50.
The Deacs were in that game for a long time, but they're young and untested, and losing to a tough Georgia team is no great surprise and certainly nothing to be ashamed of.
It's not like they're State fans or anything.
Remember how Dave Odom wore out his welcome in Winston-Salem despite being successful? It's happening again at South Carolina.
Two games on tap for Sunday, both interesting: After Nigel Munson bolted Tech last year, Seth Greenberg clearly thought George Washington was tampering. That should be an interesting emotional factor.
And Maryland and B.C. kick off ACC play, albeit prematurely (no one else plays for quite some time) in College Park.
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