Although Charlotte had an unexpected 9-0 run to start the season, that came to a screeching halt against Miami as the 'Canes had no trouble with Charlotte, coasting to an easy 31 point victory, 77-46.
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Kenny Kadji had 17 points but fellow big man Reggie Johnson managed just eight points and four boards.
Durand Scott had 16 points and a fairly stunning 12 rebounds. Shane Larkin had nine points, five assists, five rebounds and five steals.
Jim Larranaga also announced that Raleigh's Bishop Daniels has quit and presumably will be transferring.
In Saturday's ACC action, ECU will visit UNC for a Jeff Lebo homecoming and buttwhipping, Virginia Tech hosts Georgia Southern, the Florida A&M Rattlers visit Clemson and State hosts Norfolk State.
Basically, for the ACC teams, these are exam games, intended to be glorified scrimmages to keep an edge. For the opponents, it's a nice payday in exchange for the workout. None of them are likely to win.
For Lebo, it's probably an interesting homecoming. He's had a bit of a coaching odyssey. He was successful at Tennessee Tech, building from a 12-15 first year to 27-7 when he left. Winning 27 games at Tennessee Tech gets you on the radar.
His next stop was Chattanooga, where he won for two years, going 40-20.
Then he took the Auburn job, which, basically, is just about a terminal position.
Lebo was 96-93 at Auburn, but only cracked 20 wins once (24-12 in 2008-09). In six seasons, he had two winning seasons and four losing.
Unfortunately he followed his 24-12 year with a 15-17 and that was the end of Lebo at Auburn.
ECU is a significant step down from Auburn, even though that's an impossible job for most coaches. What's their tradition? Besides Charles Barkley and Chuck Person?
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ECU isn't any better. The school has done well in football, very well at times, but basketball has never been their forte.
We didn't realize but they only started playing the game in 1965-66. To date, the program has won 989 games and lost 1010.
Even Dave Odom struggled there before leaving to be a Terry Holland assistant at Virginia.
Lebo's predecessor, Mack McCarthy, is an excellent coach, a solid basketball mind.
He never won more than 13 games there.
Lebo won 18 in his first season, a solid accomplishment. Last season he was just under .500 at 14-15, and this year, he's 6-1. After Saturday's game he'll be 6-2.
If he can put together a few more winning seasons, he can move back up the coaching ladder, but hopefully he'll have better judgment about where he ends up.
That's the only interesting game unless someone pulls an upset.
Well let's modify that statement: Norfolk/State could get interesting. Norfolk took out Mizzou last in last year's tournament, and they've given Seton Hall and Illinois good games this year.
There's a chance they could catch State on an off night or that the Pack doesn't take them seriously. Richard Howell, who has been their backbone lately, could get in foul trouble.
We wouldn't count on it though.
By the way, one of the guys to keep an eye on as the season evolves is Virginia's Akil Mitchell, who has improved immensely since last season. The link is a fairly unusual article from the Virginia student paper and is worth your time.