In ACC action Sunday night, Virginia Tech trounced Mt. St. Mary's, 99-34, Clemson got by Citadel, 69-54, UNC pounded St. Francis 103-54, LSU fell to the 'Hoos, 64-50, and Charlotte knocked off Georgia Tech 86-83.
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With the loss, Tech falls to 7-6 and questions about the program are bound to pick up.
Tech has now lost to Kennesaw State andÂ Northwestern badly, and Siena, and unforgivably, to many alums anyway, Georgia.
Tech missed six free throws down the stretch, but center Daniel Miller says "[y]ou can't just put it on free throws. It was the mistakes. Free throws, we could have won on, but again we could have won if I didn't turn the ball over, or if we got a rebound, or if something else happened. You can't just pinpoint it on one thing."
Well, maybe coaching. But otherwise he's correct.
After UNC's big win, Larry Drew II said that the team was gaining confidence.Â Not surprising: as we said before, they should be favored in every game until they go to Durham and will likely win them all.Â At some point soon they'll re-enter the polls.
Eight players scored in double figures for the Heels, but come on, it was a laugher.
We honestly thought Gonzaga might decapitate Wake, but travel and tired legs may have ruled that out.Â Wake played them much closer than we expected. They were within four with just under five minutes to play.
We're not sure what got into Virginia Tech, and we realize we're talking about Mt. St. Mary's, but shooting nearly 70% against anybody is a big deal. For instance, with significantly more talent and depth, UNC shot 59% against St. Francis.
No great surprise that Clemson beat the Citadel, but it is good news for Clemson to see Devon Booker had a good scoring night as he finished with 13. Jerai Grant, who has been on a tear lately, blocked seven shots, after blocking eight against ECU.
Other than Grant and Booker, Clemson went pretty small, with Tanner Smith (6-5), Demontez Stitt (6-2) and Andre Young (5-9).
After an ugly loss to Iowa State, Virginia bounced back nicely against LSU, and without Mike Scott, which has to be a confidence booster.
Jontel Evans had a superb defensive game and set the tone. Although they are still erratic, Virginia is now 9-5 on the season.
Things may get much tougher soon:Â after Howard, they face UNC, Duke, and B.C.
Maryland made an interesting football hire in Randy Edsall.Â He has done a tremendous job at UConn, building the program from nothing to a bowl contender.Â It's very impressive.
He's also the brother of ACC basketball official Duke Edsall, who will probably no longer officiate Maryland games.
Actually, as it turns out, he's moved primarily to the C-USA and Sun Belt, and only worked 23 games last season.Â Maybe his brother will have better luck.Â He has historically worked more ACC games than anywhere else.
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