Clemson bounced back from dual losses to Big South teams with a solid win over LSU.
|Tuesday's ACC Action|
|TBA vs. Pitt||12:00||ESPNN|
|UNI vs Virginia Tech||7:00||CBSSN|
|The Citadel @ FSU||7:00||ESPN3|
|Loyola Md. @ Syracuse||7:00||RSN|
|Tenn. State @ Virginia||7:00||ESPN3|
|Miami vs. UNC-Charlotte||9:00|
LSU probably isn't a top-flight team, but that's okay. It's a power conference team that can cause some problems. It's a good game for the Tigers (the ACC felines that is).
Clemson got fairly balanced scoring with four starters in double figures. However the bench provided just three points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal.
The less said about Louisville-Savannah State the better: Louisville went up 29-0. There's not much to gain or learn from that.
Pitt bounced back in Hawaii and beat Chaminade. The Silverswords have provided decades of fear from the epic upset of Ralph Sampson's Virginia team: you don't want it to happen to you, too.
Didn't, so Pitt moves to 3-1.
And Wake Forest had a laugher against Nicholls State, beating the Colonels by 27.
It's not clear what's going on with coach Danny Manning and Devin Thomas, but he appears to be in the doghouse a bit.
He got a tech against Iona and after the first half Monday, Manning opted to pull all his starters. Thomas never came back in.
And for the second straight game, Manning kept him from the media.
Thomas has seemed..what...temperamental? before, so maybe it's no big surprise. He's got some talent though and Manning has some knowledge. He'd be smart to get as much from his coach as possible.
A bit of an oddity on Tuesday's schedule as Miami and Charlotte play back-to-back games.
This doesn't happen very often, though Duke played UCLA twice in 1965-66, first in Durham and then in Charlotte.
Duke beat the Bruins both times, which was pretty cool.
The next year the teams played out West and UCLA had the services of then Lew Alcindor (now Kareem Abdul-Jabbar).
We asked Mike Lewis once what it was like to guard Kareem as a 6-7 center.
Essentially, he said it was not possible. UCLA romped.
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But we digress.
With the unbalanced schedule the ACC must now endure, the conference has to think of ways to keep things more interesting.
We would like to see the league schedule all the single meetings first and then do the home-and-homes at the end.
However, it would certainly add interest to do some of those back to back.
What would it be like if Duke played at Virginia on Thursday and then Virginia visited Cameron on Saturday?
The rematch would schedule tons of interest.
And if the league scheduled a weekend where everyone did it, well, that would be sort of like a mid-season Challenge. It would be a nice bit of tension and payback.
It'll be a good test for Miami. Charlotte certainly knows what to expect now.
After the incident with the Duke locker room, although it is paying for the damages, UNC has opted to not discipline any players.
That's a decision for Larry Fedora and his university. Given everything the university is going through though, it's surprising that it's willing to take on one more black eye without complaint.
Our favorite part of this story is the guy in the picture on this page wearing #36, who apparently has not quite mastered the fine art of spray painting. He does seem to be enjoying himself however.
You'd think, by the way, that a rape charge against a member of a local national championship team would get more of a reaction than what we've seen with Melvin Scott's arrest. We've seen three links so far and that's about it.
Scott is accused of assaulting someone who was "mentally incapacitated and physically helpless," which is pretty heinous if so.
The new polls are out and we'll go with the USA Today Coaches Poll on the theory that they're more authoritative than reporters.
So here it is for the ACC:
Four in the Top 10 is outstanding and Miami... Miami ranked anywhere is evidence of a remarkable turnaround.