In Friday night's ACC action, Miami and FSU woke up and won, Archie Miller's Dayton took BC, Maryland had little trouble with Long Island, State knocked off UMass, Clemson rolled Furman, and Wake gave UConn a real game. In the nightcap, UNC stormed Long Beach.
That's the most interesting one to us. UConn has some issues, but they did beat Michigan State in their opener, so it's hard to just dismiss them. Wake was in this one throughout; Codi Miller-McIntyre showed he belongs with a tremendous game. UConn has issues, but not in the backcourt, and CMM (seems inevitable) more than held his own, with 21 points on 9-16 shooting, five assists.
Travis McKie had 16 and CJ Harris had 17. Devin Thomas and Tyler Cavanaugh, both freshmen, rounded out the starting lineup.
BC was very impressive against Baylor, aka Team Stupid, but couldn't quite pull the upset (Baylor waited for Colorado to do it). They weren't as impressive against Dayton, but still, like Wake, they should take a lot of confidence out of this week. Ryan Anderson led the way with 14 points and eight boards.
Know how you know when things are going well for a team? When your star player leaves and no one misses him. That's the case for Maryland and Terrell Stoglin, who was their only real threat last year. This year? They can come at you from a ton of different directions. Alex Len! Nick Faust! Charles Mitchell! Shaquille Cleare! Seth Allen!
And now, evidently, Dez Wells.
It took him a few games to really fit in, but against LIU, he really did. Check his performance - 15 points, eight boards, five assists, three blocks - that's solid.
They have a lot to figure out still, but the pieces are there.
Increasingly, it looks as if they may be at State as well. The one weakness we saw coming into the season was foul trouble for Richard Howell and CJ Leslie.
Howell was limited to 23 minutes against UMass, but again, TJ Warren rode to the rescue, shooting 8-11, leading the team with 21 points, and tossing in four rebounds and two steals.
Despite limited minutes, Howell scored 19 on 7-10 from the floor.
Here's a stat you won't see too often: Tyler Lewis had more rebounds than assists (3 to 1).
Devin Booker is off to a reasonable start for the Tigers. He'll never be Trevor, but he's not bad. KJ McDaniels had 11 and Damarcus Harrison had 10.
Milton Jennings had just six for Clemson. The Tigers were fairly bold to play at Furman. The Paladins have upset them before, but Clemson doesn't go to their place very often.
Florida State held BYU to 33% and had a very balanced attack. Okaro White had 17, Michael Snaer 16, Ian Miller and Devon Bookert had 15 each. The defense is coming along, and for FSU, that's the key.
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Reggie Johnson, normally a pain in the butt to everyone else, sat with a pain in his own. No matter: Shane Larkin scored 27, Julian Gamble had 13 and Trey McKinney Jones had 11. Miami shot 59%, led by Larkin, who was 9-13. Jacksonville, once upon a time a Final Four team, was outclassed.
UNC was erratic in the first half, but ultimately had little trouble with Long Beach. They had a solid run in the second half, featuring some nice three point shooting, to put the 49ers away.
James Michael McAdoo had 18, Marcus Paige had 15 points and four assists, rookie Brice Johnson had 10 and seven boards, while PJ Hairston had 14 but shot just 25%.
UNC didn't shoot very well overall, just 40%, with only Paige and McAdoo shooting well.
One thing we've seen so far this young season is that there are several rising young stars in the ACC: BC's Anderson, State's Warren & Purvis, Maryland's Len, Wells & Mitchell, Wake's Miller-McIntyre, UNC's McAdoo, Miami's Larkin, who you should keep an eye on, Virginia's Justin Anderson and Duke's Rasheed Sulaimon (Duke's other freshmen are very likely to excel as well).
There are others just behind them. This is potentially a great stretch for the ACC.
We didn't get to this last night, but here's an odd and intriguing post from PennLive about Penn State potentially moving to the ACC. Don't hold your breath; Penn State is going to give up a lot of money to leave the Big Ten. It's hard to see.