In Wednesday's only ACC game, Notre Dame downed Wake Forest 88-75.
|ACC Wednesday Night Action|
|Louisville @ Syracuse||7:00||ESPN/ESPN2|
|Virginia Tech @ Miami||7:00||RSN|
|BC @ FSU||9:00||ACCN|
|UNC @ Duke||9:00||ESPN/ACCN|
|Notre Dame 88 Wake 75|
Check this out: Notre Dame hit 27-28 from the line. What is the record for that? That's amazing.
Zach Auguste was the guy who missed one: loser!
Just kidding. He bounced back from his recent slump with 12 points and four boards.
Jerian Grant had 24 for the Irish.
Give Wake this: unlike the last few years, the Deacs compete hard. It's just that there's not enough experienced talent to really get it done.
Devin Thomas is doing his part: the junior big man had 26 points and 11 boards.
After his crushing turnover at Virginia, Codi Miller-McIntyre perhaps had trouble bouncing back. He had 10 points on 3-8 shooting, five assists and three turnovers.
Darius Leonard had 10 off the bench. This was a game where the highly promising Konstantinos Mitoglu might have made a big difference. He's not an easy matchup for the shorter Irish.
Mitoglu had eight points and missed all his threes.
Wait and see where he is in a year or so. He's exactly the kind of player we want to see Danny Manning work with. We want to know if he can teach his knowledge of the game to other skilled big men.
Not every great player can. Remember when Magic Johnson quit coaching the Lakers?
He couldn't stand how inferior the newer Lakers were.
If Manning can refine Mitoglu's game, it won't just help Wake play better. It'll be a huge recruiting advantage.
Recruiting is at heart an odd business. You can find the occasional sure bet like Jahlil Okafor or Kyrie Irving. You can come up with someone like Chris Carrawell, who was far better than anyone expected at Duke.
You might pick up someone like Greg Paulus, who came in with a huge reputation that he didn't live up to (he's still one of our favorites, simply because he never stopped trying to give his all. That guy is a winner, period).
Or, on a down side, you might get people you're not really happy with.
For Duke, that was Rasheed Sulaimon. For Georgia Tech, it's Chris Bolden, who has been suspended indefinitely.
And you can add Louisville's Chris Jones to that list.
Like Chase Benahan before him, he appears to have exhausted Rick Pitino's patience.
Pitino says that it's not basketball related and won't comment beyond that.