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ACC Roundup - Ted Valentine’s Stunt May Have Backfired A Bit

Pretty much everyone has turned their back on him too.

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NCAA Basketball: Big Ten Conference Tournament-Michigan State vs Purdue
Mar 13, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Referee Ted Valentine calls a foul on Michigan State Spartans forward Matt Costello (10) in a play involving Purdue Boilermakers forward Vince Edwards (12) during the Big Ten conference tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Michigan State defeats Purdue 66-62. 
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No games Friday, no results from Thursday so no ACC At Glance today. Here are the standings.

Ted Valentine’s moronic stunt in the UNC-FSU game Wednesday night seems to have gotten a lot of attention. If you didn’t see it, Joel Berry wanted to ask about a non-call and Valentine literally turned his back to Drew and crossed his arms.

What you might not have seen in the most popular clip is that Berry, rather than handing him the ball, placed it on the ground: good for him. Valentine turned around and looked irritated but what could he do? The idiot had his back turned. Drew wasn’t obliged to walk around and hand it to him.

The reactions have been interesting. Twitter isn’t impressed of course. Over at The Sporting News, Tom Gatto wasn’t impressed either. CBS’s Kyle Boone has some thoughts.

UNC refused to comment on the situation and for their part, the ACC issued this statement via Associate Commissioner for Communications Brian Morrison: “We are aware of what occurred and are addressing it internally.”

Kind of weasel words really but that’s no surprise.

Down in Miami, Jim Larranaga is not happy with his team. At the halftime of the Georgia Tech game he said this: “A comedy of errors I would say. I’m appalled by the way we’re playing.”

He wasn’t much happier after: “We went cold and stayed cold as far as I was concerned. We turned the ball over needlessly. When we cut the lead to 4, we had 3 straight turnovers. We dribbled into the lane and threw it, they took it right off of our guy and then we had the ball right in the 3-second lane and they stripped us. That’s not good basketball. We should play a lot better than that.

“[When] the game is on the line, you need to take care of the ball. You can’t be turning it over.”

But he’s right. They’re not playing very well and haven’t been since the Hawaii trip. Florida State is up Sunday so we’ll see how things go there.

Up in Roanoke Aaron McFarling of the Roanoke Times says Virginia Tech better hope the loss to UVA is the bottom. We ran a picture of Hokies coach Buzz Williams yesterday because he had That Look.

You know the one. It’s the look people get when they can’t figure out what the hell to do against UVA’s Pack Line defense. Pitino, who never beat Tony Bennett, had a lot of these. The worst though was one of Tommy Amaker’s players. Virginia just throttled the Crimson and the poor kid was about to break down and cry.

Both Miami and Virginia Tech have some work to do. The Hokies have Pitt this weekend and at home, so that’s probably a good chance to straighten some stuff out.

Already missing Bonzi Colson, Notre Dame will apparently go to Syracuse this weekend without guard Matt Farrell due to a sprained ankle.

And in one other note, Syracuse nearly redshirted Bourama Sibide but now won’t.

Hey Brian Kelly - the winningest coach in college basketball is Mike Brey’s former boss, not Mike Brey.

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