Wake Forest and Boston College are at the bottom of the ACC standings and they both play Tuesday night. The odds suggest that neither will improve, but things don't always follow the odds, especially in the ACC.
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As for Wake, coach Danny Manning says things are getting better: "To me we’re close to hitting our stride and reeling off some wins. We’ve just got to continue to stay at it."
Certainly Wake Forest has talent, though it's young and at times unpolished.
Well, most if it anyway. Devin Thomas is emotionally explosive and fellow senior Codi Miller-McIntyre is still not completely back from his foot injury. He's playing, but it's been erratic.
Virginia, however, is still winless on the road and Wake represents a good chance to break through.
As always in ACC games, we put a lot of weight in who is more desperate or angry.
Incidentally, this game was originally scheduled for Sunday and was moved because of the weather. We have no idea about where it might be broadcast, so check your local schedules.
As for BC, the Eagles have been completely outclassed to date in the ACC. However, as we have said before, we think that Jim Christian is a solid coach and his players generally respond well to his coaching. They're just young and mostly less talented.
Coaching can only take you so far.
There's no question that FSU is more talented, but Florida State is also fairly young and under Leonard Hamilton, the Seminoles have periodically not shown up for lesser opponents.
It's not much, but it's BC's best hope.
Notre Dame won't play again until Thursday when the Irish visit Syracuse, and when they do, Demetrius Jackson won't be playing as his hamstring is still problematic.
It's a key game for Mike Brey's Irish: after some shaky moments, Notre Dame is 14-5 and 5-2 in the ACC. Only UNC and Louisville are above them in the standings.