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ACC Roundup

In Saturday's ACC action, Maryland nipped Georgia Tech, 88-86, Virginia Tech knocked off UVa 72-65 in overtime, and Clemson took out B.C. 78-56.

Maryland has now gone 8-2 since their ugly three game losing streak in December. Additionally, Gary Williams is one win away from 600. His first crack comes against B.C.

Super Sunday's ACC Games!
Teams Times TV
Wake @ N.C. State 12:00 Raycom
UNC @ FSU 2:00 FSN
ACC Standings
Duke 7-0 1.000 19-1 .950
North Carolina 5-1 .833 20-1 .952
Virginia Tech 5-3 .625 14-8 .636
Clemson 4-3 .571 16-5 .762
Maryland 4-3 .571 14-8 .636
Wake Forest 3-3 .500 13-6 .684
Boston College 3-4 .429 12-8 .600
Georgia Tech 3-4 .429 10-10 .500
NC State 2-4 .333 13-7 .650
Miami 2-5 .286 15-6 .714
Florida State 2-5 .286 13-9 .591
Virginia 1-6 .143 11-9 .550

Georgia Tech has lost three home games by a total of five points - losing to Maryland by two, UNC by one, and Florida State by two. Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has been pretty harsh on Tech. He gives them some credit here for improvement, but still seems to be building the case for Hewitt's dismissal (he's made the suggestion more than once).

Virginia Tech got a sweet win over Virginia, in overtime, giving them a regular season sweep over the Cavs. Freshman Mike Scott says they are better off, and he points the finger squarely at Dave Leitao:

"They had a lot of confidence. "Playing with Seth Greenberg, he gives them a chance, a little more leeway when they make a mistake. They make a mistake, they just get through it, and they still stay on the court, whereas we don't have enough time to make a mistake. If we make a mistake, we're coming out. They have a lot of confidence.

"You see [guard Dorenzo] Hudson, you see [forward Jeff] Allen, you know they're going to stay in through mistakes. That's what it's all about -- confidence. If somebody scores on me, just let me play through it. Don't take me out. That's what I would like to see."

Wow, that's going to go over well with Leitao. But he might have a point.

Two tough games and impressive wins, but perhaps neither Maryland nor Virginia Tech overcame as much as did Clemson.

With both big men playing hurt and their point guard out for at least a couple of weeks, the Tigers blew a game that was tight at the half wide open. It was a particularly critical win for Clemson, since six of their next eight games are on the road. That really seems unfair, doesn't it?

State hosts Wake in a game that a few months ago would have seemed a sure win for State. Not now: the Deacs are playing much better than the Pack, and there's no comparison between the backcourts. Wake is looking at the definite possibility of a bid, something which is now a long shot for State.

UNC travels to Tallahassee, and while an upset seems highly unlikely, you never know. But we wouldn't count on much there.

Speaking of UNC, Danny Green's sideline boogie gets on our nerves, but that is really trivial. The fact that he got to see his father out of prison and hug him at their home, that's a great, powerful story. We couldn't be happier for the guy. His father really let him down, but the kid has never given up on his old man. We wish them both the best, starting after Wednesday night.