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ACC Roundup

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NCAA Basketball: ACC Operation Basketball
Oct 24, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers head coach Jeff Capel speaks to the media during the 2018 ACC Operation Basketball held at Spectrum Center. 
Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Guess who’s coming to dinner? Jim Boeheim and Greensboro might be burying the hatchet a bit as Buddy’s dad (thought we’d be the first) will be speaking at the at the 2019 Fred Barakat Banquet at Greensboro Coliseum this spring.

For free.

No truth to the rumor that the ACC will be flying food in from New York.

Actually, we’d be curious to know what Boeheim thinks of the food scene in Durham which has gotten pretty big-time in recent years. In fact, probably a lot better than Syracuse.

In Raleigh, the Technician has an ACC package up.

Buzzketball? Well okay.

Florida State’s big win over Florida may have been a bit of a surprise but that defense? Not a surprise. Duke beat Kentucky by 34 but FSU had a 35 point lead on the Gators. So: ACC>SEC.

Jeff Capel led Pitt to a nice ceremonial farewell to the Kevin Stallings era, debuting a team that has significantly more athleticism. And so does the radio crew: check out Duke legend Dick Groat, now a magnificent 88 years old, but still with great reflexes.

Seriously, that’s both quick and confident. He was ready to catch Xavier Johnson and wasn’t flinching. And he’s 88!

He even had a nice follow through on his attempted catch. You should be so lucky at 88.

Speaking of Pitt, Marcus Carr left when Stallings was fired and hoped to play for Pitt this season but the NCAA says no. Richard Pitino is widely seen as being on the hot seat with the Gophers meaning that before too long, the NCAA could be a Pitino free zone.

Now that the first Adidas trial is over, the feds are letting the NCAA pore over the evidence and least two ACC names have come up: Clemson’s Jaron Blossomgame (apparently not approached until after his eligibility expired), Louisville’s Ray Spalding and Miami’s Huell Hernandez.

Also mentioned: Kentucky’s Ashton Hagan and prospects James Wiseman and RJ Hampton. Hampton’s father’s reaction was great: “I heard [Christian Dawkins’] name a lot, but I’ve never met him. I’m taking my ass to work everyday to make ends meet. I haven’t found the land of milk and honey yet, and I probably won’t find it anytime soon.”

Only two games Thursday as tune ups continue: Notre Dame hosts Chicago State and Louisville welcomes Nichols.

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