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ACC Roundup - UVA Retains Notre Dame Mastery

And Pitt got seriously nuked - at home.

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Louisville v Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH, PA - FEBRUARY 24: The Pittsburgh Panthers bench reacts during the game against the Louisville Cardinals at Petersen Events Center on February 24, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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Virginia continued its mastery over Notre Dame, winning 71-54. London Perrantes played with the flu but still managed to hit five threes and to lead his team effectively.

He better recover quickly: Virginia plays a pissed-off Villanova on Sunday. Know how Notre Dame loves the three? Well not this time: UVA held the Irish to 3-18.

VJ Beacham had a rough night, shooting just 1-10. Bonzi Colson was 8-11 but only one other player got as high as 50% (Matt Farrell was 3-6).

Virginia is the only team Notre Dame has not beaten since joining the ACC.

Wake has made progress but the basic issue the Deacs have came up again at Syracuse: the young Deacs still don’t understand how to be consistently good in winning time.

Syracuse made them pay and in particular John Gillon gutted the Deacs at the end, making several big plays.

We saw the Deacs again be in position to win a game and then let it get away from them. They’ll grow up. But it takes time for any team.

Promising big man John Collins had 23 points and 12 rebounds in 32 minutes. Foul trouble continued: he picked up four.

The good news for Pitt after a 55 point drubbing at Louisville?

It’s almost impossible for Pitt to do worse than it did in 1906 when the Panthers lost 06-13.

Pitt shot just 25.5% against Louisville and lost 106-53.

On the other hand, at least the 1906 loss was on the road. This stinker was at home.

Kevin Stallings had some comments after the game. One wonders if he’s losing his team:

“That’s about as disappointing of a performance as I could possibly imagine. There are a lot of things I could say and a lot of things I would like to say, but suffice to say, it’s embarrassing, it’s unacceptable. It’s my responsibility to have them prepared to play better than that, harder than that, smarter than that. We weren’t. Ultimately, at the end of the day, it’s my responsibility. I don’t know what short-term alternatives I have available to me. It doesn’t feel like many, honestly. From a long-term standpoint, there will be some options and we’ll get some things rectified. I think one thing this team has consistently shown is an inability to deal with adversity.”

Stallings has had success as a head coach so you have to give him time to get his own guys in place. Right now though, Pitt looks like a train wreck.

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