No matter how much they've struggled of late, it must be good for Harvard to see Boston College on the schedule, because it's meant, more or less, a guaranteed win over an ACC opponent.
|Wednesday's ACC Action!|
|Florida @ Florida State||7:00 p.m.||ESPN2|
|High Point @ Wake Forest||7:00 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Tennessee @ Virginia||7:00 p.m.||ESPN3|
|UMES @ Maryland||7:00 p.m.||ESPN3|
It's remarkable to think about it, but Harvard has taken BC five straight times now.
Bad news for BC: center Dennis Clifford is in a boot. No word on how serious.
Good news for BC: Ryan Anderson, who injured his ankle recently, seems to have recovered his form: he was 11-12 from the floor and had seven boards and two blocks.
Despite shooting just 33% and getting outrebounded, Georgia Tech never trailed Georgia in their annual grudge match, winning 62-54.
It looks to us as if Brian Gregory's approximation of Michigan State basketball (he is a former Tom Izzo assistant) is taking hold.
The big news Wednesday night, though, was State's win over UConn.
Look, we understand that this is not a great UConn team. Jim Calhoun is gone, a lot of talent followed him out the door, and it's just not a great team.
But Kevin Ollie is doing a really good job to date and UConn came to play.
Fortunately, so did State as the Pack regained some lost swagger.
Lorenzo Brown was very solid throughout, CJ Leslie was certainly solid, with 16 points and 13 rebounds and Scott Wood did what he does best, which is hitting threes and foul shots (for 13).
The Kid, aka TJ Warren, got schooled: he picked up 14 fouls in 19 minutes and shot just 1-5 from the floor.
That's ok; he'll be back. Happens to every freshman.
The story of the night though, the real deal, was Richard Howell.
After an accidental 1st-half take-down by Leslie (when we said foul trouble could be an issue for State this season, we didn't think about them fouling each other), Howell came on in the second half, doing the best mini-Moses Malone impression we've seen in awhile.
On Wednesday, a struggling Florida State gets their hated non-conference rival, Florida, in a tough game for a young team. Wake gets High Point as former Hokie Allen Chaney, back from a critical heart problem, gets what may be his first crack at an ACC team, Maryland takes on mighty Maryland-Eastern Shore and Virginia gets Tennessee, fresh off of a disastrous performance against Georgetown where they scored just 36 points.
Tony Bennett would have loved that.