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ACC Roundup - Miami Upset

Not an impressive loss.

Nov 27, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets forward Charles Mitchell (0) shoots while defended by Villanova Wildcats forward Daniel Ochefu (23) in the Championship game at Barclays Center. Villanova won, 69-52.
Nov 27, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets forward Charles Mitchell (0) shoots while defended by Villanova Wildcats forward Daniel Ochefu (23) in the Championship game at Barclays Center. Villanova won, 69-52.
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It's not often that you score 37 points and are the second highest scorer in the game. That's what happened to Cat Barber though.

Saturday's ACC Action
Kent State @ Pitt 4:00 ESPN3
Virginia Tech vs. UAB 4:30
St. Louis vs. Louisville 8:00 ESPN3
Friday's Results
  • Iowa State 99 Virginia Tech 77
  • Villanova 69 Georgia Tech 52
  • Northeastern 78 Miami 77
  • Notre Dame 68 Iowa 62
  • Syracuse 74 Texas A&M 67
  • UC Irvine  80 Boston College 67
  • NC State 87 Winthrop 79
ACC Standings
Syracuse 0-0 6-0
Louisville 0-0 4-0
Pittsburgh 0-0 3-0
Miami (FL) 0-0 5-1
Duke 0-0 5-1
North Carolina 0-0 5-1
Virginia 0-0 5-1
Florida State 0-0 4-1
Clemson 0-0 4-1
Notre Dame 0-0 4-1
Georgia Tech 0-0 4-2
NC State 0-0 4-2
Wake Forest 0-0 4-2
Boston College 0-0 3-2
Virginia Tech 0-0 3-2

State's rapidly improving point guard racked up a career night including hitting 19-22 from the foul line.

But Winthrop's Jimmy Gavin stole the show.

Gavin, a grad student transfer from D-II Wisconsin-Parkland hit 10-15 overall and 7-12 from the three point line. He was also 11-12 from the foul line.

And State was suitable impressed. Mark Gottfried: "We’re going to play against a lot of good players, we do every year, especially in our conference. I got a hard time thinking we’re going to play against anybody that’s as offensively dangerous as Jimmy Gavin. Wow....Wow, I’m still kind of amazed at (Gavin’s) performance."

And Barber, when asked who he'd draft first, LSU's Ben Simmons or Gavin, said this: "The dude we played tonight. ‘Great’ was his name? He was crazy."

State won, largely because the Martin twins were able to slow Gavin, but that was interesting to say the least.

Small bit of good news for State: in the doldrum years no one came out for games like this. But for Winthrop, the box score reports nearly 16,000.

Miami took it on the chin, getting nipped by Northeastern, 78-77.

On a last second jumper no less.

Miami shot 54.2% and usually that'll get you over the hump. But Northeastern hit 12-22 from three point range - Miami hit just six - and 16-22 from the line. Miami, just 7-9.

Rebounding may get Tonye Jekeri drafted: he had 12. He's only had one game under 10 so far this season.

Notre Dame and Syracuse won competitive games while Boston College and both Techs took whippings.

After losing to Monmouth, Notre Dame probably needed a win for confidence as much as anything else.

We thought that Iowa's Adam Woodbury, who appears to be a cheap shot artist, had graduated, but were mistaken. He's a senior.

So is Zach Auguste, but no doubt he's aware of Woodbury's reputation. Perhaps that limited his offensive effectiveness - he finished with just four points (he did grab 11 rebounds).

If you want to keep up with Syracuse, you might start with DaJuan Coleman and Tyler Lydon.

Coleman is still recuperating but Trevor Cooney says "he's our rock" and that he's doing the dirty work that's really helping his team. Jim Boeheim is grateful as well: "I think Dajuan's performance down here was very encouraging. He's limited, but he's doing some very positive things for us and I think he's going to be very important for us as we go forward.''

Lydon continues to impress. The freshman had 13 points (4-5 and 3-3 from behind the line). He's really playing very well.

So is Charles Mitchell. The Tech forward, who has really overhauled his body, had 16 points and 11 boards.

So did Zach LeDay, who got 19 points and eight rebounds against Iowa State.

Unfortunately it was Iowa State, and that's a tough draw for the Hokies right now.

Also Buzz Williams faced one of his former Marquette players, Jameel McKay, who had 23 points on 10-16. He also had eight rebounds.

LeDay is averaging 20 ppg and 11.5 boards. The Yellowjacket's Mitchell is getting 15.2 ppg and 12.8 rpg.

You don't run into a 7-6 player very often, so it must have been an interesting game for BC as UC Irvine boasts Mamadou Ndiaye.

Ndiaye shot 7-8 from the floor and had five rebounds.

Not that he bothered BC's Dennis Clifford that much.

Clifford had 14 points and five rebounds.

This was Irvine's first ever win over an ACC team.