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ACC Roundup - Big Saturday Ahead

All the games today could be good.

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NCAA Basketball: Virginia Tech at Louisville
Jan 13, 2018; Louisville, KY, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies forward Chris Clarke (15) looks to pass under the pressure of Louisville Cardinals forward Ray Spalding (13) and forward Dwayne Sutton (24) during the first half at KFC Yum! Center.
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Three games Saturday as Florida State heads up to snowy Blacksburg to take on Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech travels to Chapel Hill and Notre Dame takes on Clemson in Littlejohn.

All three are compelling for different reasons.

Florida State has yet to win on the road which actually is kind of normal. They’ve rarely been a great road team. Still, this is a talented team that should make the NCAA field.

So should Virginia Tech. Yet the Hokies haven’t played well since December. This is a tough streak coming up: the Hokies get FSU then UNC at home, then off to Notre Dame and an improved BC. The only “easy” games left are BC and NC State and neither of those are as easy as they used to be. Okay, you could argue Georgia Tech too but that’s on the road and the Yellow Jackets are improving too. So Virginia Tech has little margin for error for the rest of the season.


Speaking of Georgia Tech, the Yellow Jackets are at Chapel Hill this Saturday and while we don’t think they will win we wouldn’t rule it totally out. Tech has a solid backcourt and something UNC lacks, which is a solid big man. Ben Lammers has had a tough time this season while working through an injury but he’s a skilled scorer and shot blocker and UNC may have at tough time containing him.

The most interesting game though is likely to be in Clemson.

Notre Dame comes with Matt Farrell now, back from his injury, but without Bonzi Colson and DJ Harvey.

Despite the serious losses, Notre Dame has been incredibly competitive. Georgia Tech upset them in Atlanta (see what we mean?), but UNC won by just one point and Louisville needed double OT.

Add to that the fact that Clemson is somewhat banged up and you have elements of desperation seeping in. This game could be incredible.

And somewhere in the back of Clemson’s mind is bound to be Zion Williamson. Presumably the Spartanburg phenom has told some people where he’s going but he’s announcing Saturday and everyone, even the most partisan Kentucky fans, expect he’ll pick Clemson over UK, Duke, UNC, Kansas and South Carolina.

If he does, he’ll be the biggest thing ever to hit Clemson basketball.

Virginia is about to start a major road swing. The Cavs are currently alone in first place but with road games against Duke, Syracuse, Florida State and Miami coming up, things could get interesting.

Just as a thought, it’ll be interesting to see Miami’s pocket rocket Chris Lykes against the Pack Line. One guy can’t beat it but it’s a shame that we can’t see Muggsy Bogues try. Lykes might be the closest we get to that.

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