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Someone in Chapel Hill should probably call the suicide hot line and get them ready, because after listening to Ol' Roy talking about his team after losing to Minnesota, you can reasonably expect his suicidal thoughts to re-emerge (at various times, he has said he'd like to jump out of a plane and various things like that over his team's play).

Saturday's ACC Action!
(Although not necessarily ACC level)
Teams Times TV
Elon vs. Wake Forest 8:00 pm unlikely

Minnesota only beat UNC by five (72-67), but among other things, they completely shut out ace rookie Harrison Barnes from the floor (0-13) and held UNC to 36.9% from the floor.

As for the Heels, they limited themselves to 60% from the line.  John Henson was just 1-6 -- he could have tied the game had he hit them and things gone right otherwise.  So far this season, UNC is 46-80 from the line.

UNC had 16 turnovers, with a quarter of those coming from point guard Larry Drew.

In fairness, Tubby Smith is a very fine coach who makes it extremely difficult to move the ball.  UNC's halfcourt offense, according to radio man Eric Montross, didn't react well.

Maryland went to Madison Square Garden and lost two games, but they played credibly Thursday against Pitt and also Friday against Illinois.  Jordan Williams finished with 15 points and 13 boards as the Terps lost 80-76.

Miami hosted Central and won by 23. We were curious about this one after Central's great performance against Oklahoma.

Not this time: Miami outrebounded Central 47-18 and shot 50% from the floor.  They also doubled Central's three point production. Reggie Johnson had 12 and 10 against his homestate school.

No real reason for Clemson to have problems against Long Beach State and they didn't, winning fairly easily, 69-55. They're in the Paradise Jam down in St. Thomas.

Two games past disaster, Georgia Tech is 3-1 after beating Niagara 77-51.  The Yellow Jackets ran up a big early lead and had no real problems.

Brian Oliver had 17 while Mfon Udofia had 12.  Glen Rice had 10, six rebounds and six assists.

And down in Charleston, State knocked off former Final Four Cinderella team 78-65.

Playing without star Tracy Smith, State lost the lead with 12 minutes to go.  But signaling that perhaps things are different now, Richard Howell stepped up in his absence and had a double-double (13/11).  Ryan Harrow had 14 points and three assists while fellow freshmen Lorenzo Brown and CJ Leslie finished with 9/6 and 11/8 respectively.  They'll play Georgetown on Sunday night in what is a great opportunity.  That would go a very long way towards establishing their credibility. But they'll have to do it without Tracy Smith: his knee will keep him out for the next three weeks.

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