In Sunday's ACC action, Temple squeaked by Maryland, 64-61, Florida State whipped Hartford after a slow first half, 60-38, Clemson lost to South Carolina, 64-60, and Virginia squeaked by Virginia Tech, 57-54.Â Tech had to come back though as Virginia dominated most of the game.
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Here's a thought:Â is the balance of power in this rivalry about to shift?Â Tech has had their way with Virginia since joining the ACC, but Tony Bennett may be changing that.
They've played three times since he arrived, and while Tech won both times last year, one was a challenge and the other wasn't exactly a blowout.Â We've seen what Seth Greenberg does with a team and he seems to have a ceiling, at least at Tech.Â But what about Bennett?
With a very young team, he's beaten Oklahoma, Minnesota, and Virginia Tech.Â It'll be interesting to see where they are by the end of the ACC season - and next season as well.Â More good news: Sammy Zeglinski is back.
As for Tech, the season is in some danger now. Injuries have taken a major toll and there are just five games until conference play starts, and only three of those are sure bets.Â Jury's out.
Tough break for Brad Brownell to lose to South Carolina first time out: Clemson had won six straight.Â They'll probably forgive him since it's the first time, but you don't want to make a habit of it.Â Devin Booker was a non-factor in this one with just two points and four boards.
We were somewhat surprised that Hartford stayed with FSU for the first half, but the 'Noles pulled away before there was much chance of serious trouble.Â But what's up with Chris Singleton?Â He had - count 'em - nine turnovers.Â That's insane for a guy with his talent, and against Hartford? Yikes. Three more points, two more boards and one more turnover and he could have had a very unfortunate triple double.
Up in Alaska, Maryland got tripped up by Temple, and Gary wasn't amused.Â After the game he said "I was mad.Â We can't throw it in to Jordan and stand around and have everybody watch him."
Maryland actually fell behind by 15.
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