Danny Manning said the other day that Wake still had things to play for, and Sunday night his team went out and started doing it.
|Monday's ACC Action|
|UVA @ Syracuse||7:00||ESPN|
|BC @ Virginia Tech||9:00||ESPNU|
Wake had what must have been a satisfying win over a Pitt team that had been rapidly improving, and the fact that the Deacs had to earn it was also significant. Toss in senior day and the horrible loss to Virginia last week and it was a big success all the way around.
Mitchell Wilbekin got hot early and finished with 14; Codi Miller-McIntyre scored 13 points and really was a solid leader.
It wasn't an easy win and it hasn't been an easy season. This gives Wake something to look forward to and to build on.
As for Pitt? Bad timing for a bad loss. The Panthers were on the verge of easing off the bubble. Now, like State, Pitt's back on it.
Two games on for Monday night as Syracues and Virginia clash while BC and Virginia Tech clash in the nightcap.
As Barry Jacobs points out to us, transfers have had a huge effect on the ACC this season, with almost every school having one or two (Sean Obi is sitting out for Duke, for instance).
State and Georgia Tech in particular have several between them. It's an interesting trend and not likely to ease up anytime soon.
Of course it goes both ways as Semi Ojeleye reminded us earlier this year.
For some teams, the only path to the NCAA tournament goes through Greensboro. Count FSU in that lot.
With a win at Syracuse tonight, UVA can clinch the ACC regular season again. We didn't highlight this Sunday, but here's John Feinstein responding to the arguments that UVA is hurting the college game. His response in a nutshell: balderdash.
We don't enjoy watching UVA play offense very much, but defense? Good googly moogly, those guys get it done.
College is big enough for different styles. If you don't like what they do then figure out a better mousetrap. Then people can complain about you instead.