In Wednesday's ACC action, BC survived Auburn, 50-49, Florida State got past North Florida, 75-67 and UNC thumped Chaminade, 112-70.
|Thanksgiving ACC Action!|
|Clemson vs. Gonzaga||ESPN2||9:00 p.m.|
|Georgia Tech vs. Rice||ESPNU||9:00 p.m.|
Understandably after the Butler fiasco, UNC came out mad. There was no mercy for the Silver Swords - UNC fans even ragged on the D-II hosts for an air ball.
Chaminade was held to 38.5% from the floor and had 19 turnovers.
UNC shot 62.3% from the floor and nearly 50% from behind the bonus line, but just 61.9% from the line. Reggie Bullock was 7-9 from the floor, while rookie Brice Johnson was 7-8, presumably mostly close to the basket.
Bullock, not really an inside player, is hitting 52.5% so far this year. PJ Hairston, who came in with a great reputation as a shooter, checks in at 36%, but that's up from last year's 30.8%.
We didn't see the BC game but there appears to be some good news for the Eagles: first, they won a close game against a team from a major conference and one which may be on the rise. Second, they won with very limited service from Ryan Anderson, currently hobbling around on a bad ankle. They split on a pair of free throws and then defended well enough to preserve the win.
BC got 19 points from Oliver Hanlan and 15 from Joe Rahan.
Florida State probably should have beat North Florida by more than 12 but big deal. It's a young team; they've got time and talent. They'll work it out.
Michael Snaer scored 17 in the second half as FSU pulled away.
FSU, not surprisingly, held the Ospreys to 37.7% from the floor.
On Turkey Day, Clemson plays Gonzaga and Georgia Tech gets Rice. They're both interesting matchups to some extent. Gonzaga is likely better than Clemson, but Brad Brownell's guys play rugged defense and that always gives you a chance.
And Rice, coached by Ben Braun, has lost a lot of players lately, but Braun is a sharp coach who's been around forever. It's a reasonably scheduled game for a Tech team which has significantly upgraded its talent.
We'd be impressed if Clemson won and a bit disappointed if Tech loses.
In Chapel Hill, the DA is not backing off and has made more comments about what he thinks should be done in Chapel Hill in the wake of the various scandals.