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ACC Roundup - Georgia Tech Stumbles Again

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NCAA Basketball: Tulane at North Carolina
Dec 3, 2017; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; Tulane Green Wave guard Caleb Daniels (10) shoots as North Carolina Tar Heels forward Luke Maye (32) defends in the first half at Dean E. Smith Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan
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In Wednesday’s ACC action, UNC had no trouble with Western Carolina (duh) winning 104-61, Virginia Tech thumped neighbor Radford 95-69, Louisville got by Siena 86-80, FSU smacked Loyola 96-71 and Georgia Tech swirled further down the drain, losing a buzzer beater to Wofford, 63-60.

Well it’s better than tipping a ball in your opponent’s basket for the winning shot.

Still, losing to Wofford? And who schedules a road game at Wofford anyway? That’s just foolish. Ask for trouble and you’re like to find it.

Fletcher McGee lit Tech up for 36 points including 8-14 from three point range.

Even worse perhaps, Tech was up 10 late and couldn’t hold the lead. Magee - naturally - hit the deciding three with 1.7 left.

Tech has now lost three in a row: Grambling, Tennessee and now Wofford. Next up? Florida A&M followed by the hated Georgia Bulldogs.

Josh Pastner only used seven players in this game. Tech shot well but had 10 more turnovers and was outscored badly from three point range.

Florida State’s (and maybe Duke’s too) win over Florida looks a bit less convincing after the Gators blew a home game to Loyola-Chicago but the Seminoles are still undefeated after beating up on Loyola-Md. FSU shot 57.1% and shut down Loyola’s three point game. FSU is just far more talented. Not much to hope for from Loyola here.

Remember when Rick Pitino mocked Anas Mahmoud? The four white guys and an Egyptian crack? Well it’s not so funny now - Mahmoud had a monstrous game against Siena, racking up 17 points, 13 boards and nine blocks. That’s pretty great. Nine blocks? That’s insanely great.

Louisville still took a while to get some separation. It was a competitive game until about 7:00 minutes or so into the second half. It’s safe to say that after recent struggles, the Cardinals needed this one.

Ray Spalding had a double-double too.

Louisville did hold the Saints to 31.1% and forced 21 turnovers. Somewhere Pitino is smiling.

In Chapel Hill there was never much question about whether or not UNC would beat Western Carolina. That was never in question.

Roy Williams praised his team’s focus afterwards. Could he be more pleased with anyone than he is with Luke Maye?

No one thought that guy would be this good, not even Ol’ Roy, who didn’t even put him on scholarship his freshman year.

He made the right decision for himself but what if Maye had taken Davidson’s offer? How good would he have been there? Fascinating to consider.

Maye had his now-standard double-double with 12 and 12 but also passed out five assists.

Theo Pinson, who has been passing at a very high level, had seven.

Really bad news for Boston College as grad student transfer

He sat out hist first year as a non-qualifier so we’re not sure if he’s eligible for a redshrit year or not. BC could presumably ask for a waiver.

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