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ACC Roundup!

In Saturday's ACC action, Virginia goes to UNC, and Florida State goes to Clemson to see if the Tigers are still hot after creaming Duke.

ACC Saturday Action!
Teams Times TV
Virginia @ North Carolina 4:00 Raycom
Florida State @ Clemson 7:00 RSN
School Conf. Pct. Overall Pct.
North Carolina 6-2 .750 20-2 .909
Duke 6-2 .750 19-3 .864
Clemson 5-2 .714 19-2 .905
Boston College 6-3 .667 18-6 .750
Wake Forest 4-3 .571 17-3 .850
Florida State 4-3 .571 17-5 .773
Virginia Tech 4-3 .571 14-7 .667
Miami 4-5 .444 15-7 .682
Maryland 3-5 .375 14-8 .636
NC State 2-5 .286 12-8 .600
Virginia 1-6 .143 7-11 .389
Georgia Tech 1-7 .125 10-11 .476

There's no reason whatsoever to think that Virginia can beat UNC, but we think they might do better than most expect.  There are a couple of reasons for this.

First, UNC has no fear of this team whatsoever.  Their expectations for a tough game are zero.  Second, Sylven Landesberg was embarrassed last time and will want to show he's better than that.  And third, UNC's depth is no longer a major factor.

But that all has to be balanced against this:  Virginia is in a death spiral. They've lost six straight and there are no easy wins coming up.  Coach Dave Leitao has ripped his team for their effort, but given some of the comments former players and even the radio announcer have made about his program, we can't imagine that anyone is really excited about going down to the gym these days.  He's harsh when they win and can't be much fun when they're on a bad losing streak.

A.D. Craig Littlepage is apparently feeling pressure and has sent a letter out apologizing for the state of the football and basketball programs. If he is feeling personal heat, then someone else will walk the plank first.  If Virginia finishes with a 15 game losing streak - which is possible - he may feel immense pressure to make a change.

Clemson's performance against Duke was immense and confirms a sea change in that program:  the changes Oliver Purnell has made are real, significant, and enduring. They're not going anywhere.

Having said that, it's not uncommon to follow a great performance with a letdown, something Purnell is wary of.  Clemson is a better team than FSU, but the 'Noles are capable and will handle the press better than Duke did.

Here's an update on former UNC star Donald Williams, who is coaching now in Denmark. They have college basketball in Denmark?