Housekeeping: when there are a lot of tournaments on, at times the games don't get on the schedules in a timely manner. So we didn't get the information last night about Tech's and Clemson's games.
|Saturday's ACC Action!|
|Detroit @ Miami||ESPN3||2:00 p.m.|
|Georgia Southern @ Maryland||ESPN3||7:00 p.m.|
|Georgia Tech vs. TBD||ESPN2/ESPN3||TBA|
We were pretty sure that when State came back from San Juan, they'd be furious. Well, apparently not: not only did they let Asheville hang around in the first half, they didn't put them away until the very end. CJ Leslie didn't really show up for the first half, but he did end up with 14 points and 11 rebounds - not a bad outing if you toss out the first half indifference.
Richard Howell saved the Pack with a basket and a free throw with 3:06 left. Trent Meyer got the foul and a technical. One Scott Wood shot later, State had a 73-69 lead and held on for the two-point win.
After the game, Mark Gottfried said that some of his players were trying too hard and that it backfired, but Lorenzo Brown had a harsher assessment, saying that "[g]uys were being lazy. There wasnât any intensity coming out toward the game. Our whole goal was to come out make a statement after last time, but there were a lot of guys on our team being lethargic."
We'd be concerned. This is not what we had expected at all. Gottfried has some reprogramming to do.
Wake struggled with William & Mary as well but the Deacs weren't supposed to be a Top Ten team.
They won by six, but it was probably closer than that suggests as the score was 52-51 with 2:13 left.
Wake is a very young team and these games are probably inevitable as they mature.
Although the Mountaineers hung aroundVirginia Tech had less trouble with App State, running out to a double-digit lead with about seven minutes left: again, like Wake, a good growing game for a young program.
It's early, but give James Johnson this: he's running, as he said he would, and his team appears to be very well conditioned. And if you're coming out of a football town like Blacksburg, you have to do something entertaining.Â Early as we said, but he appears to be on a good track.
Clemson beat UTEP in the Old Spice Classic, 69-48. It's not a vintage UTEP team but as another young team, Clemson gains from this win. Sophomore KJ McDaniels finished with 17; Trevor Booker had 10 boards. Milton Jennings scored 18 for the Tigers.
Tiger D appears to be coming along; they held UTEP to 37%.
Tech and Cal finished too late to be discussedÂ in this ACC Roundup, but Cal won 68-57.