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No surprise that UNC beat Tennessee State, of course; they were expected to beat them soundly and they did.  But a couple of questions, not having seen the game: how does a team that attempted 31 threes (making 11) and shot just 39.4% overall score 69 points?  Also worth noting: they only took five foul shots.

Wednesday's ACC Action!
Teams Times TV
Siena @ Georgia Tech 7:00 ESPNU
Virginia Tech vs Syracuse 9:30 ESPN2
Tuesday's ACC Scores
  • UNC 102 Tennessee State  69
  • Miami 60 Florida Gulf Coast 50
  • Coastal Carolina 60 Clemson 59
School Conf. Pct. Overall Pct.
Duke 0-0 .000 6-0 1.000
Florida State 0-0 .000 4-0 1.000
Miami 0-0 .000 4-0 1.000
North Carolina 0-0 .000 4-0 1.000
Virginia Tech 0-0 .000 3-0 1.000
Wake Forest 0-0 .000 3-0 1.000
NC State 0-0 .000 4-1 .800
Virginia 0-0 .000 4-1 .800
Georgia Tech 0-0 .000 3-2 .600
Clemson 0-0 .000 2-2 .500
Maryland 0-0 .000 2-2 .500

UNC scored 102 points (biscuits!), helped a lot by Reggie Bullock's 6-7 from three point range. John Henson was 8-11 from the floor for 16; Tyler Zeller had 12.  Kendall Marshall had 15 assists.

Remarkably, UNC shot a higher percentage from the floor (62.1% and the bonusphere (61.1%) than they did from the line (56.3%).

Still: what happens when you hit a team with competent big men and guys who can do more than just bomb from outside because they can't compete inside?

Look, UNC is a talented team, but we'd have been much more impressed if they had held this team to, say, 45-50 points.

Florida Gulf Coast wasn't good enough to beat Miami, but they did make the Hurricanes sweat a bit, particularly in the second half, when Miami had just two points in the first ten minutes and shot just 17% for the half.

The only player who hit more than three baskets was Malcolm Grant, who hit five (he missed nine).

Still, that's not as bad as Clemson: the Tigers lost to Coastal Carolina and Cliff Ellis, who left Tigertown in 1994.

Clemson blew a 10-point second half lead and lost on a buzzer-beater, a tip-in.

Ellis was honored before the game and then went out and kissed the Tiger paw in the jump circle.  It's hard to imagine anyone figured the Chanticleers would pull this one off.

Coastal has averaged 28 wins the last two seasons and is off to a 5-0 start so far this year.

On Wednesday,  Georgia Tech welcomes Siena and Virginia Tech takes on Syracuse in the Garden as part of the Preseason NIT.  The game is completely overshadowed by the Bernie Fine allegations, to the point where there's no mention of it at all on but 13 stories about the Fine situation.

Nonetheless, we expect that the Hokies will have their hands full, although we'll be curious to see how Dorian Finney-Smith handles himself against high-level competition.

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