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ACC Roundup

In the back of their minds perhaps, even if they're not willing to say it publicly, Wake Forest must figure, well, if Virginia Tech can do that so can we.

Tuesday's ACC Acton
Teams Time TV
Wake Forest @ North Carolina 7:00 PM ESPNU
Boston College @ Miami 7:00 PM RSN
Florida State @ Georgia Tech 9:00 PM RSN
School Conf. Pct. Overall Pct.
Miami 8-0 1.000 17-3 .850
Duke 6-2 .750 19-2 .905
North Carolina 5-3 .625 15-6 .714
Virginia 5-3 .625 15-6 .714
NC State 5-4 .556 16-6 .727
Florida State 4-4 .500 12-9 .571
Maryland 4-5 .444 16-6 .727
Clemson 4-5 .444 12-9 .571
Wake Forest 3-6 .333 10-11 .476
Georgia Tech 2-6 .250 12-8 .600
Virginia Tech 2-6 .250 11-10 .524
Boston College 2-6 .250 10-11 .476

By that we mean play very well in the Dean Dome. UNC is improving, to be sure, but so is Wake Forest, even if road games remain a major challenge. Could they pull it off? Possibly, though the signs aren't encouraging:

Wake has lost on the road to Duke (by 18), to Clemson (by 16), to Georgia Tech (by 20),  and to Maryland (by 26).

Only Virginia Tech was close, a game the Deacs lost by one.

Eventually, teams get sick of losing and/or grow up. There's no way to know when that will happen, but if they can do it at home, eventually they'll learn to do it on the road too.

The young Eaglets take off for the ACC's longest road trip and find warm Miami at the end.

Well, the reception might not be so warm, but otherwise it's a nice February break from New England.

Might Miami be ripe for the picking? Consider: although they blew Duke and Florida State out, Miami was less-than-stellar against Virginia Tech and State. They won both games, but it's not like they were at their best last week.

And at home BC lost to Miami by just one. So the stars may just line up for Steve Donahue's bunch.

We have no sense of FSU-Georgia Tech at all. Michael Snaer is likely to be frustrated by the outcome of the Duke game, but he hasn't necessarily dealt well with frustration this season.

On the other hand, Georgia Tech, like so many ACC schools, is a young team finding a way. They will have a significant inside advantage with Robert Carter, Jr. and Daniel Miller and they're playing at home, so we'll see.

As for the Seminoles, they're in great danger of missing the tourney, as Leonard Hamilton said after the Duke game, so everything from here on out is critical.