In Wednesday night's ACC action, FSU got by Stetson, 79-66, Wake took care of Georgia Southern 81-72, Clemson disciplined the Citadel 73-50 and State nipped Princeton, 60-58.
To date, the ACC is the only conference not to have lost a game.Â Obviously that won't last indefinitely, but it's nice to see nonetheless.
State's win is particularly impressive: they are still without CJ Leslie and lost Scott Wood to an injury early in the game (he only played two minutes). Worse, he may be out for a while, too.
Lorenzo Brown had an excellent game, with 16 points, eight assists, five steals and five boards.
DeShawn Painter continues his excellent early play with 11 points and four boards, a long way from what he did last year, and that included the game winner.
It's early, but it is nice to see some life in the State program.
Not much to talk about in FSU's win, other than it was closer than maybe it should have been, but a win is a win is a win.
Beating the Citadel is no big deal either, although losing either game would have been ugly. But what about Wake?
Well, after last season, any improvement is a good thing.Â Thing is, though, they too are showing signs of life, of discipline and more intelligent basketball, not to mention a bit of heart - all of which was collectively lacking last year.
On the bright side, they got to the line 34 times and made 27 (79.4%); on the downside, they were hammered on the boards, outrebounded 33/9 to 24/5. When you miss 32 shots, you really should be able to grab a few more boards.
Travis McKie was 8-12 from the floor and CJ Harris added 20.Â Freshman Chase Fischer, recruited for his shooting acumen, was just 2-7 but still managed 13 points overall.
The undefeated stuff may come to a crashing halt Thursday night as a shorthanded Terps team takes on Alabama in Puerto Rico.
One of the nice things for many players about a coaching change is that they get a fresh start. Is that going to be the case for James Padgett? Looks like it might be.
Also, while St. Joseph's is coming off an 11-22 season, Phil Martelli is reasonably optimistic and Tech has work to do. So we'll see.Â
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