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ACC Roundup!

In Tuesday's ACC action, Clemson took out B.C. 87-77, and Florida State beat Virginia, 68-57, handing Dave Leitao and the 'Hoos their eighth straight defeat.

Both games were close in the first half, but in the second, the ranked teams pulled away.

Teams Times TV
Georgia Tech @ Virginia Tech 7:00 ESPNU
Wake Forest @ NC State 7:00 ACC Select
ACC Standings!
North Carolina 7-2 .778 21-2 .913
Duke 7-2 .778 20-3 .870
Clemson 6-3 .667 20-3 .870
Florida State 6-3 .667 19-5 .792
Wake Forest 5-3 .625 18-3 .857
Virginia Tech 5-3 .625 15-7 .682
Boston College 6-5 .545 18-8 .692
Maryland 4-5 .444 15-8 .652
Miami 4-6 .400 15-8 .652
NIT Aspirants 
NC State 2-6 .250 12-9 .571
Georgia Tech 1-8 .111 10-12 .455
Sub-NIT Level
Virginia 1-8 .111 7-13 .350

In Charlottesville, Toney Douglas, crushed Virginia more or less personally, scoring 15 points in the second half and six points on back-to-back treys.  He pretty much gutted Virginia.

Shock stat of the game:  UVa killed FSU on the offensive boards, 17-3.  Florida State hit 13 points on the line to Virginia's four, and that wrapped it up.

Meanwhile, far above Alaska, as Gary Williams is fond of calling College Park, B.C. gave Clemson a tough game, especially in the first half, before the Tigers pulled away.

Terrence Oglesby and Trevor Booker led the way for the Tigers, with Oglesby hitting six treys. Booker had 21 points and 13 boards.  Oglesby might not have appreciated hearing his coach call three point shots "fool's gold," though.

After the game, B.C.'s Al Skinner said "That's the great thing about this league: Of course I'm disappointed about this loss, but there's another opportunity coming up.  It gives us a chance to reboot."

That opportunity comes against Duke on Sunday.

In Wednesday night action, Georgia Tech travels to Blacksburg to take on Virginia Tech, and Wake buses over to Raleigh to face the Pack.

When it comes to Virginia Tech, consider: the Hokies have had a tough four-game stretch: two overtime wins (Miami and State), a four-point loss to Clemson, and a one-point loss to B.C. Not exactly overwhelming.

They get Tech, then Maryland and Virginia, then things get serious: they close out with two games with FSU, at Clemson, Duke and UNC at home, and the second game with FSU, the final regular season game, is on the road. If thing go as the rankings indicate, which they rarely do in this conference, they'll finish 18-12.

They can't afford to blow any of the three upcoming games.  The early losses to Xavier, Seton Hall, Wisconsin, and Georgia could really come back to haunt them.  Xavier is understandable, and a freak loss at that, and arguably Wisconsin, but the other two are really bad losses.  They're threading a needle as is, and are very much on the bubble.  If they had won those games, they'd be 19-3. If they'd beaten B.C., they'd have 20 in the bag.  Lost opportunities!

The State-Wake rivalry is ancient, but at this point somewhat threadbare until State can hold up their end of the deal.  Wake should romp.

Here's a nice article about Tech's Alade Aminu. Tech's had a pretty poor season, but Aminu has started an organization to help kids, and it seems to be doing well.