In Tuesday night ACC action, after a slow start, Virginia Tech had little trouble with Wake Forest, winning 76-62, sending Wake Forest to their seventh straight defeat.
As usual this season, Wake's defense was minimal: Virginia Tech shot 60% and 75% from three-point range. Soon enough, this dreadful season will close for the Demon Deacons. At a certain point, it's just no fun losing.
On Saturday, a bigger challenge awaits as Duke will visit Cassell Coliseum.Â ESPN will be there for game day and the circusÂ will be fully in swing by tip-off.
After the game, Malcolm Delaney told the Washington Post that "[w]e knew we had to get through this game. I can't lie to you and say we weren't looking forward to the Duke game, because we were. But we couldn't slip up in this game, and we had to get a win going into Duke to get some momentum."
Jeff Allen played sick but still managed 17 points. The surprise however may have been the inconveniently smoking hot performance by Jarell Eddie, who scored 17 points as well but who was not allowed to talk to the media following his recent arrest on marijuana charges.
No doubt he would have been asked a lot of questions and there's equally no doubt that Seth Greenberg had no interest whatsoever in hearing those questions. His decision to play the rookie despite his arrest is at least questionable; his decision to play him and simultaneously hide from the situation is pathetic. No doubt Greenberg would've been happier with a five point game from Fast Eddie. The bad part? He could answer the questions and move on.Â This just makes it worse.
Four games on Wednesday as UNC buses over to Raleigh, Miami hits B.C., Virginia travels down to Georgia Tech and Florida State comes calling at Maryland. we wouldn't bet the house money on BC, but we're pretty sure going to win.
Actually, three game should be pretty evenly matched: Georgia Tech can't shoot but neither can Virginia, and Maryland and Florida State both specialize in scrappy, but both are also offensively challenged.
Not the case with BC: Steve Donahue is an offensive wizard and Miami has three solid scoring options.
It's okay not to think about UNC too much, but we missed the State-UNC game on the update last night. Our updates are mostly done between midnight and 3 am and periodically we make a tired mistake.
UNC seems the obvious winner here, but State has lost what, 10 straight?Â The rivalry has declined to the point where ESPN preferred Virginia at Georgia Tech.Â That's pretty sad.
A win for State would certainly punch things up.
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