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ACC Roundup - Big Game Sunday

Virginia Tech-Purdue kind of makes up for a dull Saturday

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Alabama v Virginia Tech
 PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 15: Justin Robinson #5 of the Virginia Tech Hokies reacts after fouling out against the Alabama Crimson Tide late in the second half of the game in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at PPG PAINTS Arena on March 15, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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In Saturday’s ACC action, Pitt moved to 5-0 with a 71-66 win over North Alabama, Notre Dame got past William & Mary 73-64, Miami took Bethune-Cookman 78-70 and NC State prevailed over Maine 82-63.

The Black Bears run the Princeton offense and back doored the Pack consistently.

It was still a solid win but, well, it’s Maine. So who knows.

Wisconsin, Vanderbilt, Penn State and Auburn are coming up so we’ll have a better sense soon about how good the Pack is. Inside play is an open question but guard play is likely to be pretty solid.

What can you tell from Maine though? Remember the Maine? The rain in Maine stays mainly on the - oh, never mind.

Just wait for the real teams.

After blowing it against Radford, the Irish nearly blew it against another minor Virginia team, beating William & Mary by just nine.

Notre Dame put four starters in double figures, but still shot poorly, hitting just 41.3% and 25% of their three pointers.

Bethune-Cookman is in Daytona Beach, which makes it a bus trip down to Miami for what should have been a whipping.

It wasn't. Miami was up just two with 2:19 left before the ‘Canes woke up.

Chris Lykes had his third straight 20+ point game which is pretty good for a 5-7 guard and DJ Vasiljevic added 20.

It’s really not encouraging for the conference that Syracuse, Georgia Tech, BC, Wake and Louisville have all showed significant weakness early.

Guess who has exceeded expectations?


Not that it was easy, but the Panthers are 5-0 with Saturday’s win over North Alabama.

The Lions are a newly minted D-1 team and, again, the ACC team wasn't impressive. But Pitt was a train wreck last season and this season, despite deficiencies and weak spots that haven’t been fully exploited, the Panthers are 5-0 and undefeated. There are five ACC teams that can’t say that.

Xavier Johnson is off to a nice start to his Pitt career: he’s averaging 14.3 mpg, five rebounds and seven assists.

Jeff Capel says that the only position left in basketball is the point and he may have found a good one.

On Sunday, Wake Forest plays Valpo, a dangerous basketball school in most years that would love a shot at a vulnerable ACC team, and Virginia Tech gets Purdue, which should be a great game and a great contrast in styles.

Wake Forest vs. Valparaiso 10:30 AM ESPNU
Virginia Tech vs. Purdue 8:30 ESPN2
  • Pitt 71 North Alabama 66
  • Notre Dame 73 William & Mary 64
  • NC State 82 Maine 63
  • Miami 78 Bethune-Cookman 70

ACC Standings

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