Saturday was a huge day for the ACC with some really big games. UNC and UCLA played in a renewal of a rivalry that dates back to the '60s, when a young Dean Smith was chasing John Wooden's UCLA dynasty. Tony Bennett has a rising power at Virginia and the Cavs took on long-time power Villanova. Georgia Tech played Georgia while NC State went on the road to Missouri.
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And those were just the most interesting games.
Brice Johnson got in trouble with Roy Williams for cursing loudly when he was taken out of the game in the first half. Williams, who famously said on TV that "I don't give a shit about North Carolina" when UNC beat his Kansas team in the NCAA tournament, apparently did give a shit about whatever Johnson said and told him to go to the end of the bench and that if he had anything else to say he could just keep going.
Johnson channeled his energy back in to the game and finished with 27 points and nine rebounds. UNC finished very strongly but still shot just 4-19 from three point range.
That wasn't a problem for Virginia. The Cavs shot 8-12 from three point range, hit 56.5% overall and handled Villanova, 86-75.
As good as the perimeter is, Anthony Gill may have been better. Gill hit 8-9 from the floor and 6-7 from the line.
Virginia's sole loss remains the upset at George Washington.
Bennett is still tinkering with his lineup: in this one he started Isaiah Wilkins.
JJ Frazier got hot as JJ Redick and hit for 35 as Georgia Tech lost to hated Georgia, 75-61.
Charles Mitchell's double-double streak came to a crashing end as the Dawgs held him to zero points and four rebounds. Georgia Tech shot just 39.2%.
Louisville won and lost: the Cards beat Western Kentucky by 22. But Louisville also lost Mangok Mathiang broke the fifth metatarsal in his foot. He'll be getting a screw in it and will be out for six-eight weeks. He's the third ACC big man to go down in a matter of days.
Cat Barber got hot at Mizzou, racking 33 points, seven rebound and four assists. Abdul-Malik Abu added a double-double with 13 points and 11 boards.
Here's a 2015 oddity: Indiana was down 16 and came back on a team. The Hoosiers have been heavily criticized for poor defense. This time, IU ran zone and crawled back into it.
Other Saturday notes: FSU's freshman star Dwayne Bacon hit for 23 but the 'Noles allowed FAU to shoot 43.4%.
Ja'Quan Newton came off the bench to score 20 for the 'Canes. Shot 6-8/1-2/7-9 to do it.
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Tyler Roberson had 15 points, 12 boards and got past annoying Cornell, 67-46. No Boeheim spottings. Michael Gbinije had 12 points, seven rebounds and eight assists.
We didn't realize Justin Gibbs is the second leading three point shooter nationwide. Against Grambling, he hit 7-10, which is outstanding. For the year he's shooting 64%.
Gbinije flirted with a triple double but Eli Carter got closer: he had 20 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds against Delaware. Dennis Clifford had 10 rebounds and eight points.