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The ACC is dominated Sunday by the news that Maryland is flirting with the Big Ten. There's certainly temptation - the B1G (stupid logo) has a ton of money and that obviously counts for a lot, particularly at Maryland, where the athletic department is in the hole.

Sunday's ACC Action!
Teams Times TV
Boston College at College of Charleston 12:00 PM ESPN3
NC State vs. Oklahoma State

6:30 PM

School Conf. Pct. Overall Pct.
NC State 0-0 .000 3-0 1.000
North Carolina 0-0 .000 3-0 1.000
Virginia Tech 0-0 .000 3-0 1.000
Clemson 0-0 .000 2-0 1.000
Duke 0-0 .000 2-0 1.000
Georgia Tech 0-0 .000 2-0 1.000
Florida State 0-0 .000 3-1 .750
Maryland 0-0 .000 2-1 .667
Miami 0-0 .000 2-1 .667
Virginia 0-0 .000 2-2 .500
Boston College 0-0 .000 1-2 .333
Wake Forest 0-0 .000 1-2 .333
  • Virginia 83, Seattle 43
  • Iona 94, Wake Forest 68
  • Florida State 73, Saint Joseph's 66

But it may not be a slam dunk. Len Elmore has come out against it, and a lot of people do value the ACC connections and solid academics. Gary Williams, we expect, will speak out and possibly other prominent people within the power structure and without.

And reports suggest that it may not go over that well when it comes to a vote.  The Washington Post has a poll which is currently at 70% no to a move, for whatever that's worth. But intriguingly, the Baltimore Sun is at about the same percentage.

Time will tell and Maryland's entitled to do what they think is best. But leaving home isn't always best. Trips to Lincoln will never be the same as trips to Virginia, Durham or Chapel Hill. Minnesota won't be nearly as much fun in January as Miami, either.

In Saturday's games, UVa whipped Seattle by 40, 83-43, Florida State beat St. Joe's 73-66, and Wake just got coldcocked by Iona, 94-68. CJ Harris said “they came out and punched us in the face, and we didn’t do a very good job of responding. It was a tough loss (Friday) night, but we can’t use that as an excuse.”

Their next eight games should be winnable though and that'll make things better. They'll be much more experienced when they play Xavier.

FSU held St. Joe's to 42.6% and shut down three point shooting (4-21). It was a solid effort by the young 'Noles to win the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament.

Michael Snaer finished with 14; Terrance Shannon, who says he prefers not starting now, came off the bench for 15 on 6-9 shooting.

Teven Jones is back for Virginia, and that's great news for No Point Guard U., although the Cavs racked up 19 turnovers against a mediocre team. Here's a great formula for someone to figure out: how turnovers affect victory margins. We'll bet you don't see 40 point margins and 19 turnovers very often.

But UVa got 83 points and it's been a while hasn't it? Well yes it has: last time was against...Seattle, last year, and they won by just six.

In Sunday's games, BC takes on Charleston in a fun matchup and State gets the Cowboys in Puerto Rico.

We're not sure what Charleston is like now with a new coach and all, but they're usually tough. It's a good challenge/measuring stick for BC.

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As for State, Oklahoma State is a very good measuring stick. The Cowboys have an outstanding coach, like to move fast, and traditionally defend like hell. Think about it: Iba, Hamilton, Sutton. Decades of intense defense.

And they're fairly talented too. It's a great game for State, win or lose. They'll be better afterwards