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In Thursday's ACC action, a minor surprise as State came to life to beat Clemson.

School Conf. Pct. Overall Pct.
Duke 11-1 .917 24-2 .923
North Carolina 9-2 .818 19-6 .760
Florida State 8-3 .727 18-7 .720
Virginia Tech 7-4 .636 17-7 .708
Boston College 6-5 .545 16-9 .640
Clemson 6-6 .500 17-9 .654
Maryland 5-6 .455 16-10 .615
Miami 4-7 .364 16-10 .615
NC State 4-7 .364 14-11 .560
Virginia 3-8 .273 12-13 .480
Georgia Tech 3-8 .273 11-14 .440
Wake Forest 1-10 .091 8-18 .308

As much as any team in the conference, State has been erratic this season. Coming into this game, they had lost seven of their previous nine, some of them quite  badly.  And of course they had collapsed against Clemson previously, but that didn't happen this time:

State scored nine straight points near the end and hit 11 of 14 free throws in the last four minutes in what must have been a very satisfying conclusion.

State got a solid game out of all three big men as Tracy Smith scored 14 and grabbed eight boards,  while CJ Leslie had 18/10 and Richard  Howell had 9/10.

When your starting frontcourt nearly outrebounds  the other team by itself they've had a pretty good night.

People are less patient now than they used to be with coaches, but isn't it a bit early to be writing off Steve Donahue? Generally speaking, if a guy can put together a dynamic program at Cornell, he's a solid coach.

In a bit of a hit for Carolina,  San Diego's Angelo Chol announced for Arizona.  Most big men are already off the market, and there is a chance that either Tyler Zeller or John Henson or both leave after this season.

On the other hand, this also limits the chance of another Californian coming to UNC and then leaving without talking to Ol' Roy first.

No games until Saturday, when BC visits Chapel Hill,  Florida State heads to Wake Forest, and in the day's highlight rivalry game,  Virginia Tech visits Virginia.

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