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Miami's rise continues, while Pitt and Florida State have issues.

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Nov 25, 2014; Charlottesville, VA, USA; Tennessee State Tigers guard Jay Harris (5) dribbles the ball as Virginia Cavaliers guard London Perrantes (32) and Cavaliers forward/center Mike Tobey (10) defend in the first half at John Paul Jones Arena.
Nov 25, 2014; Charlottesville, VA, USA; Tennessee State Tigers guard Jay Harris (5) dribbles the ball as Virginia Cavaliers guard London Perrantes (32) and Cavaliers forward/center Mike Tobey (10) defend in the first half at John Paul Jones Arena.
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Everyone won Tuesday night except for Virginia Tech, as the Hokies fell to Northern Iowa by 19.

Wednesday's ACC Action
Teams Times TV
TBA vs. Pitt 12:00 ESPNN
Butler vs. UNC 12:00 ESPN2
TBA vs. Virginia Tech 12:00 CBSSN
Furman @ Duke 5:00 ESPNU
Grambling @ Notre Dame 7:00 ESPN3
Richmond vs. NC State 7:00 ESPN3
Mt. St. Mary's vs. Wake Forest 7:00 ESPN3
Cleveland State vs. Louisville 7:00 ESPN3
rank schools W-L PCT W-L PCT
1. Miami 0-0 .000 6-0 1.000
2. Duke 0-0 .000 5-0 1.000
3. Virginia 0-0 .000 5-0 1.000
4. Louisville 0-0 .000 4-0 1.000
5. NC State 0-0 .000 4-0 1.000
6. Georgia Tech 0-0 .000 3-0 1.000
7. North Carolina 0-0 .000 3-0 1.000
8. Notre Dame 0-0 .000 4-1 .800
9. Syracuse 0-0 .000 4-1 .800
10. Pitt 0-0 .000 3-1 .750
11. Clemson 0-0 .000 3-2 .600
12. Wake Forest 0-0 .000 3-2 .600
13. Virginia Tech 0-0 .000 2-2 .500
14. Boston College 0-0 .000 2-3 .400
15. Florida State 0-0 .000 2-3 .400
Tuesday's Results
  • Virginia 79 Tenn. State 36
  • N. Iowa 73 Virginia Tech 54
  • Syracuse 70 Loyola 37
  • Florida State 66 Citadel 55
  • Miami 77 Charlotte 74
  • San Diego State 74 Pitt 57

It's not a particular surprise. Like Creighton, UNI is a basketball school in a football region and folks are used to winning.  Virginia Tech still hasn't learned to how to win consistently, as in ever. You can find a good season or two here or there, but no one has been able to do it consistently at Blacksburg.

The Hokies mixed things up a bit and started four guards and a forward, but 6-11 Joey Van Zegeren was the best weapon the Hokies had, with 15 off the bench.

A good sign for Virginia Tech fans: Buzz Williams used his bench, with five guys getting at least eight minutes.

UNI was spectacular from the foul line, hitting 90% as a team.

You'd expect Virginia to beat Tennessee State of course, but you wouldn't necessarily expect to see any game where a team has just six turnovers. That's pretty darn good.

Through five games, point guard London Perrantes has just three turnovers. That's pretty impressive too.

Justin Anderson hit every shot he took - 7-7/5-5/1-1 - and led the Cavs with 20 points.

BJ Stith, son of Virginia legend Bryant, and Jeff Jones, son of former Virginia guard and coach by the same name, got minutes. Stith scored his first points for the 'Hoos.

That's cool they're both at UVa, but it's also interesting that their dads are working together at ODU, where Jones is the head coach and the elder Stith his assistant.

Incidentally, if you haven't heard, UVa is in a major uproar after a Rolling Stone story alleging gang rape by a fraternity.

The campus is in a complete uproar and there are calls for the president to resign (as we recollect, it's not the first time) and to ban underage drinking.

It's something worth reading up on if you haven't.

Rakeem Christmas had six blocks to lead Syracuse to an easy win over Loyola, 70-37.

Speaking of coaches sons, look who's coaching Loyola: none other than G.G. Smith, son of Tubby.

Christmas and State's Beejay Anya provide a couple of shotblockers for ACC big men, notably Duke's Jahlil Okafor to test themselves against.

Well let's continue the theme, shall we? Florida State beat Chucky Driesell's Citadel team 66-55 but were playing without Aaron Thomas and Devon Bookert.

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Thomas apparently had dizzy spells against UMass; we're not sure why Bookert sat out.

It wasn't that big a deal against the Citadel. Xavier Rathan-Mayes hit 26 for FSU and missed just one shot, rather a change for an offensively challenged Florida State.

It was a really important win for FSU as the 'Noles had lost three straight.

Pitt's Hawaii trip hasn't worked out that well, though the Panthers did miss some crappy East Coast weather. Otherwise, losses to Hawaii and San Diego State took some of the fun out of the trip.

Whatever happened at Michigan, whatever Steve Fisher's role in it was, he's had a brilliant second act at San Diego State. There was a time when the PAC-whatever (8 or 10 at the time, depending on which years) sucked all the competitive juice out of the West Coast and controlled it entirely.

No more.

Gonzaga, St. Mary's and the Aztecs, among others, have been as consistently good as anyone in the PAC-12.

Pitt, usually a stalwart defensive team, let SDSU shoot 58% from the floor.

Pitt shot just 37% by contrast.

James Robinson has been superb at both distributing the ball and not turning it over.

Not against the Aztecs: he had three assists and five turnovers.

As we mentioned Monday, playing a team twice in a row is unusual and challenging. Miami passed the test, winning 77-74, at Charlotte no less.

Sheldon McClellan, of whom much is expected, delivered in a big way, scoring 31 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.

Miami was 14-23 from long range for 60.9%: spectacular.

Angel Rodriguez had 14 points and six assists.

Tonye Jekiri continues to rebound brilliantly, racking up 13 against the 49ers.

He's averaging 11.4 on the season, basically doubling his output from last season.

Miami opens ACC play on January 3rd against Virginia. There are a few challenges between now and then - Illinois in the Challenge, Green Bay, sometimes a tricky opponent, Providence, which has handled FSU and Notre Dame, and Charleston, a program that has proven its worth over time.

Miami won't leave home until it plays at Duke on January 13th and there's a chance it could come in at 14-1 or even 15-0.

In Wednesday's games, while it wouldn't surprise us if Richmond gave State fits, but the most interesting game will be UNC vs. Butler in the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Last time these two played, in Maui, Butler was coached by Brad Stevens and spanked UNC.

This time Butler, though 3-0, has some instability as coach Brandon Miller has taken a medical leave.

Gregg Doyel, wisely abandoning his usual thuggish style, turned in a matter of fact report on Miller, just saying that he has grown remote from friends and colleagues but has been seen out and about at his kid's events.

Chris Holtmann is running things in the interim, and he's 3-0 so far. You may recall his name; he was the head coach at Gardner-Webb where he was successful, and if Miller doesn't return in December, when his leave runs out, Holtmann can consider the rest of the season as an extended audition.