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ACC Roundup - Miami Justifying The Hype?

Miami was very impressive against Utah.

Sheldon McLellan is having a great year so far for Miami.
Sheldon McLellan is having a great year so far for Miami.
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Miami is now 4-0 but of the first three wins, only Mississippi State is even mildly impressive.

Saturday's ACC Action
Teams Times TV
North Fla @ Louisville 12:00 ESPN3
UNC @ N. Iowa 2:00 ESPN3
UMass Lowell @ Notre Dame 2:00 ESN3
FSU vs. DePaul 6:30
VMI @ Virginia Tech 7:00 ESPN3
Elon @ Syracuse 7:00 ESPN3
Friday's Results
  • Duke 79 VCU 71
  • Virginia 87 LBSU 52
  • Miami 90 Utah 66
  • Hofstra 82 FSU 77
  • Pitt 95 Detroit 79
ACC Standings
Miami (FL) 0-0 4-0
Clemson 0-0 3-0
Georgia Tech 0-0 3-0
North Carolina 0-0 3-0
Boston College 0-0 2-0
Louisville 0-0 2-0
Notre Dame 0-0 2-0
Pittsburgh 0-0 2-0
Syracuse 0-0 2-0
Duke 0-0 3-1
Virginia 0-0 3-1
Florida State 0-0 2-1
NC State 0-0 2-1
Wake Forest 0-0 2-1
Virginia Tech 0-0 1-1

Things changed a good bit with #4: Utah is a solid team, ranked #16...and Miami blew them out.

Sheldon McClellan had 27 while Tonye Jekiri put up a 20/12 night.

Miami shot 53%, forced 16 turnovers, and outscored Utah from the foul line 19-10.

Miami plays Butler on Sunday and if they win that, there's a reasonable chance the 'Canes can go to 14 or 15-0. And if Miami does win, look for another ACC team in the Top 25

After the unfortunate stumble at George Washington, Virginia is playing much better as indicated by the Long Beach State game.

Virginia dominated Long Beach, winning 87-52 behind solid games from Marial Shayok and London Perrantes.

After the GW game, Virginia has now won by 25 and by 35.

The defense is no surprise, but the offense, by Virginia standards, is incredible.  UVA shot 52% from three point range and if you remember, that wasn't supposed to happen after Justin Anderson left last year.

Oddly, Virginia only got to the line eight times.

Next up - George Mason.

FSU is a pretty young team, but losing to Hofstra is still unfortunate.

Basically Brian Bernardi went nuts. The 6-2 junior scored 24 points. He shot 8-10 and 6-8 from behind the line.

Dwayne Bacon, who has played so well early for FSU, had just nine. Xavier Rothan-Mayes had 10. They combined to shoot 7-23. Florida State managed just 39.7% and chunked up 25 treys, hitting just six.

Pitt had a 22-3 run to blow open its game with Detroit. Jamie Dixon credits going to a zone: "We made them take contested jumpshots. We didn't let them get in the paint and that was big. We got some deflections, we got some steals and we didn't get hurt on the glass out of the zone and that's obviously the most important thing to us."

Michael Young had 21 to pace the Panthers.

The best game Saturday is likely to be UNC at Northern Iowa. This was supposed to be a homecoming game for Marcus Paige, who won't play because of his broken hand.

This is not an automatic win for the Heels even though it probably seems like it is.We're all used to UNC, Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, Louisville - the dominant powers - but there are many other basketball schools as well, and Northern Iowa is one. They're used to winning and they expect it.

Plus it's not an easy trip and weather right now is harsh.

Other than UNC's road trip, North Florida visits Louisville, Notre Dame hosts UMass Lowell, FSU plays DePaul in St. Thomas, VMI visits Virginia Tech and Elon visits Syracuse.