Although Duke-UNC was the highlight Wednesday night, there were other ACC games on the docket, and things have changed a bit: Maryland knocked off B.C., 70-65, Georgia Tech held at home over Wake Forest, 89-83, and FSU threw some dirt on Miami, 62-55.
Duke has created some separation, but for UNC, Maryland and Clemson are lurking close behind, and both are moving up and playing with increasing confidence.
Gary Williams won his 600th career game at his old school, B.C., behind strong games from Grievis Vasquez and James Gist. Vasquez had 25 and Gist 23, and combined they shot 18-25. Maryland moves into third place in the conference and has clearly righted the ship.
Wake is a very promising young team, but they have a ways to go, as Georgia Tech demonstrated in Winston-Salem. Trailing by double digits, Tech roared back, took the lead, and the young Deacs didn't know what to do. Game, set, and match to Tech.
It probably didn't help that Matt Causey lost his cool after he got called for a hard foul on rookie James Johnson. Jeff Teague clapped in his face and Causey went after him, and he didn't score in the game at all. Rough night for the Deacs, but young teams will have them.
FSU pushed Miami down to 11th in the conference, a long way from their brief visit to the polls at #24. After a disastrous performance against UNC, FSU's Toney Douglas redeemed himself, scoring 28 against the Canes.
Only one game on Thursday, as Clemson and Virginia square off. Virginia is struggling, but they're not giving up.