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Not much of a game in Atlanta really but Georgia Tech at least won, which is something Miami and Virginia couldn't manage the night before. Fifty-two points is nothing to get excited about, but Tech did hold the Blue Hose to 37.5% from the floor. It is Presbyterian, but it's a good thing to keep an eye on as the season goes on.

Thursday Night ACC Action!
Teams Times TV
Boston College vs. Baylor ESPNU 3:00 p.m.
NC State vs. Penn State ESPN2 5:00 p.m.
VMI @ Virginia Tech ESPN3 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday Night's Results
  • Georgia Tech 52, Presbyterian 38
ACC Standings
School Conf. Pct. Overall Pct.
Duke 0-0 .000 2-0 1.000
Georgia Tech 0-0 .000 2-0 1.000
North Carolina 0-0 .000 2-0 1.000
Virginia Tech 0-0 .000 2-0 1.000
Boston College 0-0 .000 1-0 1.000
Clemson 0-0 .000 1-0 1.000
NC State 0-0 .000 1-0 1.000
Wake Forest 0-0 .000 1-0 1.000
Florida State 0-0 .000 1-1 .500
Maryland 0-0 .000 1-1 .500
Miami 0-0 .000 1-1 .500
Virginia 0-0 .000 1-2 .333

Rookies Robert Carter and Marcus George-Hunt paced Tech with 10 points each. Presbyterian zoned Tech quite effectively, and that's something else to keep an eye on. Tech was just 15% from three point land, shooting 3-20, including one, presumably a rare one, by big man Carter.

On Thursday night, BC gets a bear of an opponent in #16 Baylor. Any chance of an upset?

Well, not much, but unlike most people, we're not ruling it out, and it's for a pretty basic reason: while you can't get back the basic requirement of talent, Steve Donahue can coach circles around Scott Drew. Ask yourself this simple question: do you think there's a chance in hell Drew could have gotten Cornell into the NCAA tournament?

Well there you go.

We have no doubt Baylor is more talented, but we also have no doubt who the superior coach and tactician is. And has history has shown us many, many times, five guys who play together and stick to a plan have a chance. Think Villanova, Cardiac Pack, Chaminade and Gardner-Webb.

Unlikely for BC? Yes. Impossible? Absolutely not.

State's playing Penn State in Puerto Rico, and they should certainly win. It'll be a major PR fiasco if they blow a game to Penn State, a program that's never had much success.

The one thing to keep an eye on here: the freshmen, celebrated as they are, are in their first tournament. Kentucky has major freshman talent as well, but they blinked against Duke Tuesday, particularly Archie Goodwin. So we'll see how State's guys do. It probably won't happen against PSU, but a tight game is likely to come in Puerto Rico.

We haven't kept up with the Keydets since they had that glorious stretch a few years ago when they were scoring in the high 90s and 100s.

We don't think they're doing that now - well, we stand corrected. They're still scoring way more than the average military school, more than most programs in fact. Last year they averaged 80 ppg and this year, so far, they've put up 84, 80 and 116. In 2008-09, Duggar Baucom's system knocked off Kentucky at Kentucky, 111-103.

James Johnson has said he wants to run; he may get more than he really desires in this one. VMI can go a little deeper, and their system is more established. At a minimum it's a great test for his new program.

Mark Turgeon's Maryland team showed immense promise against Kentucky but his main concern is defense. But they're improving. You put together a strong defense and the kind of rebounding we saw against Kentucky and the Terps are going to be a very tough out.

Fayetteville's Steven Schramm says that the opening week (read Duke and Maryland for the good and Miami and FSU for the worse) has changed the perceptions of the league race already.