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ACC Roundup - Virginia Rolls, Wake Forest Fizzles

The anti-Manning sentiment is ramping up.

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NCAA Basketball: NC-Greensboro at Virginia
Tony Bennett working his magic
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Clemson had a nice opportunity to beat Temple and start building a good case for NCAA consideration but fell short, 67-60.

Basically the difference was three point shooting: both teams hit 23 shots but Temple hit more: 10 to Clemson’s seven.

Clemson held Temple to 37.1% but also had 18 turnovers.

Shelton Mitchell had 16 to pace the Tigers.

In Atlanta, Georgia Tech got a scare from Bethune-Cookman, winning by just 65-62. The Yellow Jackets had 18 turnovers

Bethune-Cookman is ranked about as far down as you can be or was last season - 347 out of 351 in last year’s RPI - and could have won if they hadn’t had a nightmare at the foul line (10-25).

Nice game for Ben Lammers as the big man nearly got a triple double the hard way: 19 points, 13 rebounds and eight blocks.

We’re not sure what the heck is happening with Wake Forest but the Deacs fell to 1-4 with Sunday’s loss to Houston. This is not the Houston of Phi Slamma Jamma either.

For undisclosed reasons, Danny Manning held Keyshawn Woods out against Quinnipiac but he did play Sunday.

Over in the Winston-Salem Journal, Conor O’ Neill, who took over for Dan Collins as the main Wake guy, had this to say: “This was the following sequence: blow-by layup by Gray, Woods dribbled down and ignored an open Terrence Thompson on baseline, drove and missed a runner, committed a foul on a loose ball, Devin Davis made two free throws, Bryant Crawford committed an offensive foul, Gray nailed a 3-pointer.”

The game was tied with 3:35 left at the start of that; Houston was up by seven when it was over. It took 35 seconds.

Houston’s Rob Gray hit a backbreaker over, guess who: Woods.

Woods and Bryant Crawford combined to shoot just 8-23.

Virginia held Monmouth to 33.3% from the floor. Coach King Rice, who was a Dean Smith point guard back in the day, said this: “That’s why I like how these kids [at Virginia] play,” Rice said. Then they start the second half doing the exact same thing, and you take a breath and they get you again. I feel like [Bennett] showed me some things as a coach that I have to get better at.”

Redshirt freshman Deandre Hunter had 23 points and eight rebounds. Kyle Guy had 13.

The starters scored just 23.

Jerome Robinson’s slump appears to be over: the Raleigh native scored 25. Ky Bowman had 13 points and seven assists. All the Eagle starters scored in double digits as BC moved to 4-1. BC has a modest chance at coming into the ACC opener with Duke at 8-1.

In the FSU-CSU game, PJ Savoy took an elbow in the face from an interesting guy: former Seminole Robbie Berwick. That must have been a very odd moment for everyone involved.

Didn't matter: FSU won by 17. MJ Walker had 22 and Terrence Mann had 20 for Florida State.

The most interesting game Monday is probably UNC at Stanford. It’s not that great a game; it’s just that nothing else is as good.

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