After what Florida State did to Carolina, all eyes were on Tallahassee to see what they would do for an encore.Â As it turns out, it wasn't half bad.
Maryland lost, largely to Florida State's size and of course defense, but they're improving.Â It was a three-point game at the half and the 'Noles won the second half by 11. Earlier in the season, Maryland would have just gone away.Â No more.
Deividas Dulkys came back to earth with just six points on 2-5 shooting. Bernard James finished with 17 while Alex Len and James Padgett got in early foul trouble and finished with just 11 points and five boards between them.
Terrell Stoglin kept the Terps in the game with 27 and rookie Nick Faust hit for 10. Otherwise Maryland struggled to find a scorer especially down low.
As Mark Turgeon pointed out after the game, in their ACC road losses Maryland has now given up 79 and 84 points. The Terps have also lost six straight home games dating back to last season.
On Wednesday a most interesting game: Miami, a team which should be picking up steam, hosts Clemson, a team which gave Duke a stiff test. Reggie Johnson should be getting healthier and Malcolm Grant, who understandably took some time off to attend to the death of his brother, is recovering in a different way. A game between a team which is 0-2 and one which is 1-1 doesn't always look compelling, but this one may well be.
As is the entire ACC season to date. David Teel says the conference is in chaos, but that's in a really good sense if you ask us.Â Things are highly competitive.
Wake hasn't been the toughest team around lately, but you can't blame that on Nikita Mescheriakov, who is as tough as anyone currently in the ACC.
Lenox Rawlings has a tough article up on UNC's bizarre trip to Tallahassee this past weekend, including the following descriptive terms:
- mind-blowing facedown
- dazed and confused
- insane tangent
- postcard from Sunny Hades
- An impulsive coach acted impulsively
- medium-cool personality.
- alleged star Harrison Barnes
You get the idea. It's a fun read unless you're a UNC fan. By the way, Virginia Tech is likely to have Erick Green back for UNC's visit to Blacksburg Thursday.
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