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Make it eight straight for Tommy Amaker and the Crimson.

Tommy Amaker's Harvard program has completely surpassed Boston College
Tommy Amaker's Harvard program has completely surpassed Boston College
Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

As expected by now, and to absolutely no one's surprise, Harvard again cleaned B.C.'s clock. It's been eight years since the ACC member beat the Ivy League's best.

Harvard basically controlled the game from end to end. BC did cut the lead to 56-51 with about 7:30 left, but Harvard ripped off seven quick points and that was that.

Lonnie Anderson had 17 points and nine rebounds, while Olivier Hanlan added 13.

Wesley Saunders had 21 for the Crimson on 8-10 shooting.

With the win Tommy Amaker now has 300 career victories.

Everyone is taking a couple of days off before ACC play starts this weekend.

BC will have Clemson come to town, and we'll start to get a better idea of just how good this Tiger team is. Certainly the defense is impressive.

The new guys all get their feet wet, with Pitt visiting State, Syracuse hosting Miami and Duke making the trek to South Bend to take on former K assistant Mike Brey's Notre Dame team.

Syracuse and Duke should be favored, obviously. Miami is completely overhauled and will have a tough time keeping up. And Notre Dame's recent problems slide that game from intriguing to problematic for the Irish.

Georgia Tech and Maryland tangle in College Park in an interesting matchup of rebuilding programs. And Virginia, reeling after a brutal beatdown at Tennessee, may get another one from Florida State.

The State-Pitt game should be interesting because it pairs State, an almost entirely new team but one which has played a reasonaby tough schedule, against the likes of Cincinnati, Detroit, Tennessee, an underrated but very well coached ECU and Missouri, against Pitt, with the Panthers playing basically nobody other than Cincinnati and Stanford.

We expect State fans to be fairly excited.

UNC plays Wake Forest on Sunday, and that's another really interesting game matching an up-and-down Tar Heels team vs. a young but improved Wake Forest. The driving force behind Wake's improvement is Codi Miller-McIntyre. Barry Jacobs reports that the young guard is getting some first-rate tutoring from a Wake Forest legend.

Speaking of UNC, on Tuesday the New York Times posted a lengthy article about the fall of Carolina's reputation. It's not pretty. Two new things, at least to us: first, Julius Nyang'oro has a law degree from Duke, and second, the Afro-American department manager, Deborah Crowder, is in a long-term relationship with former Tar Heel Warren Martin.