In Saturday's ACC action, State travels to Syracuse seeking redemption, Wake hosts Holy Cross, West Virginia visits Miami, BC heads down the road to UMass, and Kentucky stops by Chapel Hill to renew pleasantries.
|ACC's Saturday Action!|
|Kentucky @ North Carolina||12:30 p.m.||CBS|
|Holy Cross @ Wake Forest||1:00 p.m.||Nope|
|West Virginia @ Miami||4:00 p.m.||Sun Sports|
|NC State @ Syracuse||5:30 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Boston College @ Massachusetts||6:30 p.m.||Not Happening|
Surprisingly perhaps, the pressure in this game is squarely on UNC.Â At 4-3, and especially after last year's nightmare, the Heels need this one for credibility.Â There's a lot of talent on this team, but Harrison Barnes has not yet lived up to expectations, and the backcourt is hurting the team.
As has become the norm under John Calipari, Kentucky is young.Â Unlike Carolina, they have a point guard who is doing well in Brandon Knight.Â Terrence Jones, so far, is a better college forward than Barnes.
Kentucky's pressures are there too -- they're always supposed to win, according to their fans, and especially against UNC and Duke.Â They've been hearing about it all week.
After getting humiliated at Wisconsin, State could use a decent effort at Syracuse.Â They'll face the 2-3 -- Scott Woods will love that -- but also a well coached and disciplined team.Â It won't be easy.
Nor will Miami's tussle with West Virginia.Â We don't expect them to win but would be pleased if they did of course.
We don't know much about Holy Cross, but they're winless thus far and on the road.Â Wake should be able to take them.
And while UMass is playing well, the toughest team they've played has been New Mexico State, and they're 2-5.Â UMass did play Holy Cross though, and won by just seven.Â We are paying close attention to BC -- Steve Donahue appears to be doing a remarkable job thus far. Right after we wrote that, we saw this by the estimable Bob Ryan, who -- well just read it.Â It's a pretty strong endorsement.
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