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ACC Roundup - Pitt Keeps Improving, Notre Dame Moving On Without Pflueger

And one departure

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Crossroads Classic
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 15: Head coach Mike Brey of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish reacts against the Purdue Boilermakers in the first half of the Crossroads Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on December 15, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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Things are slowing down for Christmas and there won’t be many games between now and the day after Christmas.

There were a couple Thursday night, basically cupcakes although Pitt last year was much more the cupcake.

Not so much anymore.

Pitt is now 9-3 with Thursday’s win over New Orleans. And it wasn’t just a win, it was a resounding win: the Panthers topped New Orleans 99-57. It’s pretty clear at this point that most of Pitt’s power is in the backcourt: freshmen guards Xavier Johnson, Trey McGowens and AuDiese Toney combined for 65 points with none of them scoring less than 20.

They may struggle in ACC play still, but there’s no question that, in short order, Jeff Capel has given Pitt an identity again and something to build on.

In the other game, Notre Dame hammered Jacksonville 100-74. Since Rex Pflueger was injured against Purdue, Notre Dame has won twice. That may not last but on the other hand the team is not falling apart.

Jacksonville’s days of playing UCLA for the national championship are long gone but right now, for the Irish, it’s about measuring themselves against themselves. So far so good.

Notre Dame hit nearly 60% overall and 18 three pointers. That’s something to work with. DJ Harvey appears to be back in form after last season’s knee injury and may be able to replace

Boston College’s Chris Herren may have set a record: Herren came to BC as a walk-on and after just 10 games, he’s earned a scholarship. Usually a walk-on needs at least 3-4 years to earn that - if then.

And why not? He’s a regular at this point. He’s in the rotation - not something you see often from a walk-on - and playing 13.5 mpg. In his last game, he had 22 points.

Some walk-on. His dad, Chris Sr., whose BC and subsequent basketball career collapsed under the weight of addiction, must be hugely proud.

Things are a bit different at Wake Forest, where Jamie, after being given two leaves, took the hint and announced his transfer.

Lewis is the eighth player to leave Wake Forest voluntarily in the last year. Danny Manning may have a great basketball mind but it’s looking more and more fair to question his people skills.

Robert Morris @ Louisville 7:00 ACCNE
Thursday's Results
  • Duke 69 Texas Tech 58
  • Pitt 99 New Orleans 57
  • Notre Dame 100 Jacksonville 74

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