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ACC Roundup - Wake's Woes, Miami's Triumph And No One's Hitting Free Throws

Miami had two big scores on the recruiting trail.

Devin Thomas reacts to a foul call
Devin Thomas reacts to a foul call
Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Apparently Roy Williams was not happy with the play of his big men prior to the Wofford game. He got better results - UNC had 50 points in the paint to Wofford's 18 - but we won't know if it's a permanent shift for a while yet. Brice Johnson has been notoriously erratic while Kennedy Meeks has worked on getting into basketball condition (and made tremendous progress).

Thursday's ACC Action
Teams Times TV
Miami vs. Miss. State 5:00 ESPN2
Cen. Conn @ BC 6:00 ESPN3
Texs Southern @ Clemson 7:00 ESPN3
Green Bay @ Georgia Tech 7:00 ESPN3
Virginia vs. Bradley 9:30 ESPN2
Wednesday's Results
  • UNC 78 Wofford 58
  • Richmond 91 Wake Forest 82
  • NC State 79 IUPUI 56
  • Virginia Tech 71 Jacksonville State 62
North Carolina 0-0 3-0
Clemson 0-0 2-0
Florida State 0-0 2-0
Georgia Tech 0-0 2-0
Miami (FL) 0-0 2-0
Louisville 0-0 2-0
Notre Dame 0-0 2-0
Syracuse 0-0 2-0
Boston College 0-0 1-0
Pittsburgh 0-0 1-0
Duke 0-0 2-1
NC State 0-0 2-1
Wake Forest 0-0 2-1
Virginia 0-0 1-1
Virginia Tech 0-0 1-1

Really, UNC should outscore Wofford by 30 or so in the paint.

Joel Berry added 16 to continue his solid early play.

We'll know more soon - UNC at Northern Iowa is a potential trap game and Chris Collins has proven to be a resourceful coach at Northwestern even though his teams are still outmanned.Then, in order, UNC faces Maryland, Davidson and whatever Shaka Smart is building at Texas.

Three point shooting was abysmal, with only Nate Britt hitting one though five players attempted the shot (and were collectively 1-9).

Danny Manning must look at Ol' Roy's struggles and shake his head. His team couldn't stop Richmond at all and lost.

The Deacs are still without Codi Miller-McIntyre (broken foot) and sophs Cornelius Hudson and Rondale Watson (both suspended).

On the bright side, Wake put five guys in double figures and shot nearly 60% (57.1).

But arguably Wake could have won it from the line, having missed 14 free throws. The Deacs came periously close to shooting better from the floor than they did from the line (57.6%).

Chris Mooney is a Princeton product and the Princeton offense forces you to choose your poison, often either getting back doored or giving up threes. When Duke has played Princeton, Coach K has clamped down on outside shooting. Wake sure didn't: Richmond scored 33 from the bonusphere.

Last year Manning and center Devin Thomas had a fractious relationship at times which may be still the case. After the game, when asked why he didn't shoot more, Thomas said this: "No comment. I don’t want to say what’s on my mind."

State nearly matched Wake's free throw performance, missing 16 and hitting 59%. But the Pack clamped down on the IUPUI, holding the Jaguars to just 33.3%. State also pounded the boards, winning that battle 52/20 to 37/10.

Cat Barber led the way with 19 points but just three assists. State had just 11 for the game.

It's really early, but worth mentioning: Virginia Tech's Zach LeDay is averaging 17 ppg and 12 rpg. He had 15 and nine in the Hokie's win over Jacksonville State.

As we said it's early, but in this game, Buzz Williams started LeDay, Shane Henry, Chris Clarke, Justin Robinson and Justin Bibbs.

Where's Seth Allen? Coming off the bench, at least on Wednesday night. Unlike last year, Virginia Tech has one, going nine deep.

Continuing a theme, the Hokies hit just 15-30 from the line.

Miami didn't play but the 'Canes had a great day anyway, scoring two solid recruits. Guard Bruce Brown picked Miami in the morning and later, 6-10 Dewan Huell opted for the 'Canes. Both are Top 30 prospects.