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A pretty interesting and compelling day in the ACC

Mike Brey could do nothing to stop Notre Dame's epic collapse against Ohio State
Mike Brey could do nothing to stop Notre Dame's epic collapse against Ohio State
Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Where to start? Saturday was a remarkable day in ACC basketball, with some good and some bad stuff.

The bad: Notre Dame's collapse vs. Ohio State, VCU's whipping of Virginia Tech, and Maryland's inexplicable loss to Boston University.

The good: UNC's overtime win over Davidson, though you could probably slide this to bad as well, Florida State's win over Top 25 UMass, and Wake Forest's win over UNCG.

What's up with Maryland? The Terps blew another one, this time to BU. With boobirds beginning to take up residence at Comcast, the Post started a potential Mark Turgeon Deathwatch by asking the players if they support their coach.

Check out the brutal lede: "Maybe Evan Smotrycz heard the sporadic boos from a Comcast Center crowd growing increasingly frustrated with the Maryland men’s basketball team. Maybe it was a talking point decided upon before he addressed the media. Maybe the junior forward has simply played enough college basketball to realize that, after disappointments like this, the burden of blame falls upon Coach Mark Turgeon."

No other coach in the ACC gets the sort of coverage that the coach at Maryland gets. In other places, there are polite suggestions that things could be better, but come out and write this? Not even at Wake Forest, where many fans would like to slap Jeff Bzdelik.

But in fairness, Maryland sucked. It wasn't like BU snuck up on them. The Terriers were the better team, by far.

The players still seem behind Turgeon, but he's just about lost the Post. And if the Post turns, the rest will soon enough.

Maryland has lost three of the last five games, incidentally, and barely beat FAU and beat a weak BC by just eight.

Tough times in the DMV.

Tough times for the Irish, too. Notre Dame had Ohio State beat but couldn't hold an eight point lead with :58 left.

The Irish then made three straight turnovers and Pat Connaughton fouled Lenzelle Smith on....a three point attempt.

With :32 left, it was a one-point game.

Ohio State put Steve Vasturian on the line. He missed and the Buckeyes got a layup.

Another turnover and three more foul shots by OSU made it 64-61 and one of the better comebacks of late.

After the win over Indiana, this would've been huge for Mike Brey's Irish. Sadly, it wasn't meant to be.

No big surprise that VCU crushed Virginia Tech, but still a bit unfortunate.

UNC's game with Davidson came very close to being very unfortunate indeed.

Brian Sullivan had an epic game for Davidson, lighting UNC up for 33 on 11-21 shooting and 7-14 from three point range. At one point he was shooting about 66% but with overtime and defensive attention, that was bound to come down.

Still, Davidson, just 4-7 coming in, took UNC to the absolute limit in regulation, yielding to overtime only when Sullivan missed a three point attempt with :04 left.

It was a gutty performance and it forced UNC to win with just as much grit.

Don't look now, but the Pack is 9-2, hasn't lost since Jordan Vandenberg returned and currently are tied for the fourth best record in the ACC at 9-2 .

FSU's win over UMass will be a big confidence booster, not that the team seems to need one.

Wake Forest beating UNCG seems like nothing, but remember: this team could barely tie its shoes last year. Winning is a big deal, period.

Pitt and UVa won over weaker opponents, while Georgia Tech had a chance to build some cred at Vandy. The Yellow Jackets had a big lead but couldn't hold it. Too bad.