In Tuesday night's ACC action, Maryland took out Wake, 71-60, State fell to Clemson, 73-56, and Virginia came back to beat Virginia Tech, 57-53.
Although State played well against Syracuse, playing Clemson at Clemson is possibly a tougher matchup for the Pack. Clemson just works you over. Syracuse stops you, but it's not like they set out to break you. Clemson really punches you in the gut. State is a young team and it's a tough thing to overcome.
So the Tigers seize the advantage for what will likely be the ACC's final bid, barring a tournament run by somebody.
Virginia flirted with disaster, trailing Virginia Tech for most of the game. Virginia Tech held the lead for the entire second half until Joe Harris made a steal and hit a gutty three point shot to put the 'Hoos up 48-46 with 2:39 left.
That was it for the Hokies, but give them credit for playing with a ton of heart.
Wake had a chance to make a big improvement this season, but that's probably gone now.
Wake has now lost six straight, half at home. UNC and Clemson are up next and it seems unlikely the Deacs will win either, which would put them back at .500. Other than BC, there's not an easy game/likely win on the schedule.
The dump Bzdelik movement is going to hit a new pitch soon.
The amazing thing about Maryland's final season in the ACC is how much of it seems to rotate around Duke. Check this out from Jeff Barker's column about the Wake game: "Duke may not be on this season's home schedule, but the game [next week] against the Orange will present the opportunity for Maryland fans to turn up the volume as if the Blue Devils were in town."
Your guys made a choice, Jeff. Sooner or later, you're going to have to learn to accept the consequences.