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ACC Roundup - UNC Sucker Punched By Northern Iowa

They really should have seen it coming.

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Roy Williams, shown here against Harvard in the 2015 NCAA Tournament, was shocked by Northern Iowa.
Roy Williams, shown here against Harvard in the 2015 NCAA Tournament, was shocked by Northern Iowa.
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This wasn't supposed to happen: Northern Iowa was down 16 with 17:10 left in the second half and charged back to beat UNC, 71-67. No one gave them a chance to pull this off.

Sunday's ACC Action
Teams Times TV
Harvard @ BC 12:30 ESPNU
Duke @ Georgetown 1:00 ESPN
ETSU @ Georgia Tech 2:00 ESPN3
Butler vs. Miami 7:30 ESPN2
George Mason vs. UVA 9:30 ESPN2
Saturday's Results
  • Northern Iowa 71 UNC 67
  • Notre Dame 83 UMass Lowell 57
  • Louisville 89 North Florida 61
  • FSU 83 DePaul 67
  • Syracuse 66 Elon 55
ACC Standings
Miami (FL) 0-0 4-0
Clemson 0-0 3-0
Georgia Tech 0-0 3-0
Louisville 0-0 3-0
Notre Dame 0-0 3-0
Syracuse 0-0 3-0
Boston College 0-0 2-0
Pittsburgh 0-0 2-0
Duke 0-0 3-1
Florida State 0-0 3-1
North Carolina 0-0 3-1
Virginia 0-0 3-1
NC State 0-0 2-1
Wake Forest 0-0 2-1
Virginia Tech 0-0 2-1

Well, except for us. As we said yesterday, UNI is a basketball school and expected to win.

Ol' Roy Williams surely knew how dangerous this game was, but his team may not have fully appreciated it.

Afterwards he kindly blamed himself, saying "I’m very disappointed in me, more so than my team. We acted like a team that had not been coached very well out there."

UNC hit a few threes (5-18), but you can cast some of the blame on Kennedy Meeks and Brice Johnson.

Meeks scored UNC's first four baskets, the last at 17:40, then didn't score again until 2:00 left in the game and UNC down 68-65.

Brice Johnson had 10. UNC was outscored 24-22 in the lane.

In the last :30 seconds, with UNI up 3, Joel Berry missed a three. UNC recovered, then Berry lost the ball to Jeremy Morgan, who was fouled by Justin Jackson. Morgan split on his free throws. Berry got one more try and launched another three, but even if it had gone in it was too late.

It was a magnificent win for UNI and in particular point guard Wes Washpun, who was terrific. He finished with 21 points and eight assists.

By the way, starting for UNI: former Virginia Cavalier Paul Jesperson. He had 14.

Also playing for Iowa: Wyatt Lohaus, son of former Iowa and NBA star Brad Lohaus, and Morgan, son of former Iowa star Michael Morgan. The dads were Iowa teammates, so this must be cool for them.

Wyatt says he's taken his dad's old VCR tapes and converted them to DVDs - except for an NCAA game with UNLV in 1987. Brad says he'll never watch it. Wyatt says  "[h]e doesn't like to talk about that a whole lot."

In 20 years or so, we may hear something similar from Kennedy's or Johnson's kids.

You have to feel for Paige, who showed early in his UNC career that he is a gamer, but he hasn't been able to get back to that level since his sophomore year. It's not his fault, but it must have been hard to sit through that Saturday.

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Louisville didn't have much trouble with North Florida, but the Cards were forced to play without freshman Deng Adel, who strained an MCL and is out for 3-6 weeks.

Size won the day: Louisville controlled the boards 53-22 and the paint (58-16). Damion Lee had a career high 24.

Freshman Ray Spalding opened some eyes with 18 points and 12 boards and two blocks.

Chinanu Onuaku's underhanded free throws are helping: he's moved from .467 last year to .600 so far this year. On the other hand, he's only taken five so far.

Zach Auguste had a solid game against UMass Lowell, scoring 19 points and grabbing 10 boards. Bonzie Coleman nearly pulled a double-double with 11 and nine. Notre Dame held the River Hawks to .379 for the game.

After his time at UVA ended, DePaul coach Dave Leitao gained some insights into himself: "Without even realizing it, I had people on eggshells around me. 'Is he in a good mood or not a good mood?' I think I'm better than I was during that time. I really turned a corner to look at myself in a way I needed to, to make me a better person and a better coach."

Leitao spent some time in therapy as well and, well, it sounds like a good new start. Certainly he doesn't need to coach like he did at Virginia. At one point, one of his kids had a sensational game, a truly spectacular effort. Leitao merely said the team lost so it didn't matter. He got in an argument at one point with his radio crew. He was well known around the conference for his abrasive behavior.

So we hope he's a better man today. He'll need to be because DePaul will lose, at least for awhile, as they did to FSU, 83-67.

You won't see this too often: rookies Dwayne Bacon and Malik Beasley are tied as FSU's leading scorers with 19.5 per game.

Bacon had 19 and Brandon 11 vs. DePaul. Sophomore Aaron Simpson had 20 to lead DePaul.

With Dugger Baucom having moved from VMI to the Citadel, the Keydets are no longer an offensive freak show and only managed 52 vs. a still-weak Virginia Tech.

Going from one military school to another is kind of a weird move, but maybe Baucom's offense is like the autobahn is for Germans: it's the one place where the rigidly structured lives of cadets (or Keydets) gives way to freedom.

Seth Allen had 17 to lead the Hokies; Zach LeDay had another double-double with 13 points and 10 boards.

At halftime, Buzz Williams put on a T-shirt to honor soon-to-retire football coach Frank Beamer.

We told you last year that Elon is a very well-coached team. Still is: the Phoenix pushed Syracuse at Syracuse, losing by just 11. The Orange shot 20-25 from the line, while Elon had just 10 attempts (hitting five). Tyler Roberson had 20 points and 16 boards to pace Syracuse.

Coach Matt Matheney said turnovers were his team's biggest problem.

We'll tell you again: keep an eye on this former Bob McKillop assistant. He's going places.

Best game of the day? Butler vs. Miami.