With just a few weeks left, the ACC season is drawing to a close, but there are still some compelling games left, and for State, Miami, Pitt and Clemson, a chance either reach the bubble or play their way off of the bubble.
|Saturday's ACC Action|
|Pitt @ Syracuse||Noon||ACCN|
|Georgia Tech @ UNC||Noon||ACCN|
|Miami @ Louisville||2:00||ESPN/ESPN2|
|Clemson @ Duke||4:00||ESPN/ESPN2|
|Virginia Tech @ NC State||6:00||ESPN2|
Pitt's first chance comes against Syracuse in the Carrier Dome. Pitt's been there plenty of times, so no intimidation factor. Both teams have played better of late, so this should be a really good game.
Same deal for Miami at Louisville. The 'Canes have been a pain periodically but not enough. A win over Louisville would be a big plus.
A major obstacle: a revitalized (or angry) Chris Smith. Reinstated, the guard will likely want to make a statement and will certainly be doing what the staff asks. He's on a short leash as is.
We'd expect the Irish to beat BC, but as great as Jerian Grant has been, Olivier Hanlan has been nearly that good at times too. He's a great player on a rebuilding team. His time will come.
And we also think that the State-Virginia Tech game could also be good. State is still scrambling for a bid and can't afford any more brainfart games. Virginia Tech, on the other hand, is building to a much brighter future. Next year, the Hokies will add Sean Allen from Maryland, Chris Clarke, a talented mid-sized player, point guard Justin Robinson and power player Kerry Blackshear. All are well-regarded.
Buzz Williams will upgraded at almost every position. His biggest problem will be to keep people happy, but that's a better problem than the ones he's had this year.
But of course that's next year. This year, it's about guts and effort, and the Hokies have had that. State has not every time out, but the Pack is getting better too.