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While we're sure Virginia Tech would have loved to pull off the upset of Syracuse, the truth is that the Orange is just a better team. Toss in playing in New York and it's that much tougher.

ACC Thursday Night Action!
Teams Times TV
B.C. vs. St. Louis 2:00 p.m. ESPNU
Florida State @ UMass 4:30 p.m.
Wake Forest vs. Dayton 7:00 p.m. ESPN2

ACC Wednesday Night Scores

  • Syracuse 69 Virginia Tech 58
  • Georgia Tech 72 Siena 44
School Conf. Pct. Overall Pct.
Duke 0-0 .000 7-0 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
Wake Forest 0-0 .000 3-0 1.000
NC State 0-0 .000 4-1 .800
Virginia 0-0 .000 4-1 .800
Virginia Tech 0-0 .000 3-1 .750
Georgia Tech 0-0 .000 4-2 .667
Clemson 0-0 .000 2-2 .500
Maryland 0-0 .000 2-2 .500
Boston College 0-0 .000 1-2 .333

Still, the Hokies were certainly credible in this one and gave Syracuse some serious competition for most of the game. They might have pulled it off it they had more up front: most of the points came from Dorenzo Hudson (13), Erick Green (14) and slender forward Jarell Eddie (17).

Eddie is just 217 while Dorian Finney-Smith, despite his intriguing talent, is a full 25 pounds lighter.

Victor Davila is a beefy kid, but he's not particularly mobile.

It's going to be a tough battle for Tech all season and even when they win, they may get beaten up.

As far as Georgia Tech goes, beating Siena is okay as far as it goes, but nothing great. Still, they are building a program, and a win is a win is a win.

Glen Rice scored 32 for the Yellow Jackets, who are now 4-2.  Siena was limited to 30% from the floor and Georgia Tech outrebounded them 40/12 to 23/7.  We'll know more about Tech's progress soon as they play Northwestern (tougher than you might think) and Georgia.

Speaking of progress, there's an excellent chance that B.C.'s will go backwards tomorrow as the Eagles take on Rick Majerus' Billikens.  Okay, quick history lesson: what the hell's a Billiken?  Here's an answer.  It's an oddity, a turn-of-the-last century novelty item that lives on only in and around St. Louis.  It's said to be a good luck symbol, so maybe Steve Donahue should order a few dozen.

Florida State should have no trouble with UMass, or at least not too much. The Minutemen have played Elon, Northeastern, NJIT and B.C., and killed them all, which proves nothing.  FSU is a different kettle of fish entirely.

As for Wake Forest, they get Brian Gregory's old team and former State assistant Archie Miller's current one in Dayton.  Dayton lost point guard Juwan Staten in a dispute over his role with Gregory.  Staten tried to transfer to Penn State but for reasons we forget, that didn't work out (perhaps it was because Ed DeChillis, in what was seen at the time as a step backward, left PSU for Navy. In retrospect, a fortunate move) and Staten ended up at West Virgina, which has since ended up in the Big 12.

Life is beautiful!

Anyway, it's a good test for both teams. We think Miller has a ton of potential as a coach.  Wake is improved clearly - not that that is hard to do given last year's unqualified disaster - but they are much better. Wake has a shot at coming into conference play at 12-0, with Nebraska and Richmond as the toughest foes upcoming.

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