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ACC Tourney Day 1: NC State, Florida State Advance

Both face tough games on Wednesday.

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We'll have more tonight, including Al Featherston's first column from the tournament, but just a couple of quick notes on Day 1.

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First of all, poor Danny Manning, who saw the same old Wake Forest he's seen all year. The Demon Deacons were right there...until they weren't.

To their credit they did fight back but needing a three, they turned first to freshman Bryant Crawford. Crawford will become  a very good player eventually, but this year, he plays like a scared freshman, and never more so than in crunch time.

Next they turned to Codi Miller-McIntyre and frankly they should have known better.

We're not about to define his entire life by basketball, because we're quite sure he has many, many fine qualities.

But as a basketball player he's been a dud and he's particularly bad in winning time.

So it was here: with the game on the line, he missed. It's not the first time.

In his heart of hearts, Danny Manning is probably ready to move on.

Boston College fought hard against Florida State and showed again, in stretches, that they're a well-coached team. They're just outmanned. We'll be interested to see how Jim Christian does when he has better and more experienced players.

NC State moves on to play Duke Wednesday, while Florida State will see Virginia.