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The ACC nearly had a disastrous Saturday, with Virginia Tech and B.C. flirting with losses and Wake Forest losing to William & Mary. Only Miami won easily, but they were playing USC Upstate, a team that came in 0-5 and left 0-6.

ACC Sunday Action!
Teams! Times! TV!
New Orleans @ NC State 2:00 PM X
Nevada @ North Carolina 6:45 PM FSN
Florida State @ Marquette 7:30 PM ESPN2
Clemson vs. Butler 7:30 PM ESPNU
School Conf. Pct. Overall Pct.
Miami 0-0 .000 7-0 1.000
Duke 0-0 .000 6-0 1.000
Virginia Tech 0-0 .000 5-0 1.000
NC State 0-0 .000 4-0 1.000
Clemson 0-0 .000 5-1 .833
Florida State 0-0 .000 5-1 .833
North Carolina 0-0 .000 5-1 .833
Georgia Tech 0-0 .000 4-1 .800
Wake Forest 0-0 .000 4-1 .800
Boston College 0-0 .000 4-2 .667
Maryland 0-0 .000 4-2 .667
Virginia 0-0 .000 4-2 .667

As it turns out, before the game, Dino Gaudio warned that it would be a tough one, saying "I'll be surprised if it's not a scrap, and it's not coach-speak. I'm telling you, it's going to be a dogfight."

Point taken.

As it turns out, W&M runs their version of the Princeton offense and gave UConn a good game and took Tommy Amaker's Harvard team to triple overtime.

They did the standard run-down-the-clock business and did a solid job on backdoor cuts and three point shots, the staples of the offense. The trap of the offense is that if you get behind, it's very difficult to catch up, especially if you're not used to playing at that pace. Rush a shot and it just gets worse.

Just as importantly, Wake could do nothing against the Tribe's matchup zone.

On the positive side, Al-Farouq Aminu had 20 boards and Ishmael Smith had 11 assists. There's no getting around it though. This is a very ugly loss, one that may define Gaudio's tenure as much as the loss to Cleveland State did. Is it fair to start questioning Gaudio's ability? Fair or not, he's going to hear it.

Sophomore Ty Walker, who was a big-time recruit, didn't even get in the game.

Losing to Temple wouldn't have been nearly as bad as W&M, but Virginia Tech needed a break after their performance against Temple when hardly anyone other than Malcolm Delaney could score.

Delaware wasn't easy - it went to overtime - but at least they won, and got some offensive support for Delaney. Jeff Allen hit for 16, Dorenzo Hudson scored nine, and Terrell Bell and Victor Davila chipped in with eight each.

B.C. came very close to losing to Providence, as P.C. was up 77-75 with just a minute left. A three point play from Josh Southern turned things and then B.C. hit their free throws to clinch.

So the unavoidable impression is that just about everyone is having problems. Miami is looking better than most, but other than South Carolina, there's not a decent win. And even in the case of South Carolina, the Gamecocks suffered a key injury.

Still, 7-0 is 7-0, and only Miami, Duke, and State are undefeated. Who saw that coming?

Sunday sees three tough games for the ACC and one that may not be as tough but might be interesting. That would be State against Monte Towe's old UNO team.

The other games truly are tough. Clemson draws Butler, and those guys don't mess around. That's become a great program. They've been around forever, it's one of those regional programs that's always good, but lately they've been as good as anybody.

UNC gets Nevada, and while UNC should win, Nevada has been a tough team the last few years and gave the Heels some trouble last year.

And Florida State gets Marquette in the finals of the Old Spice Classic. Marquette is one of the bigger surprises nationally, cruising along at 6-0 and fresh off back-to-back upsets of Xavier and Michigan. Big game for FSU needless to say, and they follow that with Ohio State. If they sweep those two, after Alabama, they're in good shape.

Incidentally, State plays Marquette on the fifth.

On the football front, following another loss to Virginia Tech and with his future in doubt, Al Groh decided to get weird in the post-game press conference.

State had a remarkable win over UNC which had to take some of the sting out of a dismal season.

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