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Not surprisingly, UNC had their way with Georgia Tech, winning 93-81. Perhaps the only surprise is that they let Tech somewhat back into it.

No Monday Night Games!
Sunday's Results
  • Miami 76, Boston College 54
  • North Carolina 93, Georgia Tech 81
School Conf. Pct. Overall Pct.
Duke 5-1 .833 18-3 .857
North Carolina 5-1 .833 18-3 .857
Florida State 5-1 .833 14-6 .700
Virginia 4-2 .667 17-3 .850
NC State 4-3 .571 15-7 .682
Maryland 3-3 .500 13-7 .650
Miami 3-3 .500 12-7 .632
Clemson 3-3 .500 11-9 .550
Wake Forest 2-5 .286 11-10 .524
Boston College 2-5 .286 7-14 .333
Virginia Tech 1-5 .167 12-9 .571
Georgia Tech 1-6 .143 8-13 .381

Carolina was up 52-32 at the half but Tech can claim a minor moral victory by outscoring them in the second 49-41.

Reggie Bullock has of course moved into the starting lineup after Dexter Strickland's injury and played 30 minutes and scoring 11 points on 4-7 and 3-6 from the foul line.

Georgia Tech played with a handicap as Glen Rice Jr. injured a toe in practice this week and shot just 2-7.  Mfon Udofia continued a surprising improvement fairly late in his career, scoring 16.

Tyler Zeller and John Henson combined for 30 points, nine rebounds and six blocks.

Harrison Barnes had 23 and Kendall Marshall had 12 turnovers and just one assist.

All in all, a pretty good day for the Heels. Tech on the other hand has lost five in a row and nine out of 10.

Miami's win 76-54 win over BC was really essential. Miami is 12-7 overall and 3-3 now in the ACC. If they win the games they should win, they'll finish with 17-18. If they can upset Duke, UNC or FSU, who they get twice, they'll improve their case considerably (assuming they hold serve on the rest). If they do that and win one or two in the tournament, they might have a shot at a bid.  But realistically, the door is closing fast and they can't afford to lose to anyone they should beat.

In a nice turn for the 'Canes, Reggie Johnson picked up just two fouls in 28 minutes while scoring 12 points and five boards.  Kenny Kadji had 14 and seven.

Malcolm Grant and Durand Scott put up a combined 35.

BC had 17 turnovers but outrebounded Miami 31-29.

After Maryland's win, Seth Greenberg had some interesting comments about Terrell Stoglin:

"Stoglin, he plays for both teams. The guy made tough, tough shots, but he also [took] some shots that gave us a chance to get back in the game. But when he’s making those tough shots, especially the guarded ones, you hope that’s your chance to win the game."

That's slightly less hospitable than is the ACC norm.  We're looking forward to the rematch.

Maryland has definitely been up and down and at times puzzling.  Mark Turgeon, though, is proving to be pretty open with his opinions and will tell you exactly what he thinks of his players.  That could change later, but at least for now, it's pretty entertaining.

No conference games until Tuesday, when UNC will presumably annihilate Wake Forest. The more interesting (and competitive) game will be between Clemson and Virginia.  UVa is the better team right now, but over the next few years, it's going to be fun to see how Brad Brownell and Tony Bennett defend each other - and who is more successful.

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