In Wednesday night ACC action, all the ACC teams won fairly easily, except for Wake Forest. The Deacs struggled against Presbyterian, which is surprising given that Presbyterian has only won one game and is from a netherworld basketball-wise, but Wake ultimately pulled it out, 70-58. Chas McFarland was in dutch with Dino Gaudio after getting two technicals last game, and spent the first half on the bench.
Turns out Gary Williams got pretty angry at his players after losing to American and took down their nameplates, barred them from Comcast, and even took away their practice jerseys. Sounds somewhat derivative to us (ahem), but imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and all that. More to the point, it worked, at least against Savannah State.
Maryland forced 24 turnovers, and the 33 points they got out of that locked the game up.
Longwood is barely D-1, and so were no challenge for B.C., which won 81-52. It's a pretty meaningless game for the most part, although Al Skinner got a chance to maybe look at some things with Kansas on the way to town.
Miami had a fairly easy victory over Penn, 88-62. For whatever reason, Jimmy Graham didn't start -Dwayne Collins took his spot.
Miami started slowly, and basically waited until the second half to crush the Quakers. They're definitely improved, but they're not consistent yet.
UNC faced some adversity against Kent State, but not from Kent State: with Bobby Frasor out for the year, Quentin Thomas dressed but still not playing after an ankle injury, and Alex Stepheson back home in California where his father is ailing, and it's not clear when he'll be back.
The Heels, who have had a ton of depth this year, were suddenly down to an eight man rotation. Mike Copeland and William Graves, guys who are at the end of the depth chart normally, got 30 minutes between them.
There's still a ton of talent, but some of it is out of position, and it's not an ideal situation to go down to Clemson Sunday, where the Tigers are more than hungry. They always want a piece of Duke and UNC, of course, and usually give as good as they get, at least in Littlejohn.
There are two games Thursday night: Virginia Tech travels to Richmond, and Virginia heads out to Cincinnati to visit Xavier, where former coach Pete Gillen once coached.
Virginia has played a pretty soft schedule, so Xavier will be an interesting game.