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ACC Roundup

After a slow December, things are picking up around the ACC.

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NCAA Basketball: St. Bonaventure at Syracuse
Dec 22, 2017; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange forward Oshae Brissett (11) and St. Bonaventure Bonnies guard Matt Mobley (2) battle for a loose ball during the second half at the Carrier Dome.
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Only one game on Thursday as Virginia Tech took a breather with NC A&T, winning 76-59.

Only two players were in double figures - Ahmed Hill with 14 and PJ Horne with 10. It wasn’t a vintage game or anything but it’s a holiday game and a lot of times those are just not as good due to the lack of practice time and having just gotten past exams.

Odds are that won’t be the case on Friday as Louisville visits Kentucky. It’s one of America’s great rivalries, right up with Xavier-Cincinnati, Alabama-Auburn, USC-UCLA and Michigan-Ohio State.

It’s almost as good as Duke-UNC.

The build-up this year is a bit off though. Louisville has an interim coach after firing Rick Pitino in the wake of the FBI/Adidas scandal and Kentucky isn’t as good as it’s been under John Calipari.

Not that it’ll matter much. The players and fans will crank it up to its highest potential, whatever that is this year.

Kevin Keatts got his first State crisis when Markell Johnson was charged with felonious assault. He has some comments here on the situation but they’re pretty minimal. State has suspended Johnson of course so he’s not playing at least for now.

On the link above, there’s a picture of the alleged victim. It’s not pretty.

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