In Friday’s ACC action, three laughers as Virginia Tech beat UMES 85-40, Georgia Tech smacked Kennesaw State 87-57 and NC State rolled over Loyola 97-64.
The Wolfpack thus concludes the non-conference schedule at 12-1 which means that, after a ridiculously weak schedule, we’ll finally find out just how good State is.
Post play is still questionable but there’s no doubt that Kevin Keatts has a dynamic backcourt. How will it work at a higher level of competition? We’ll know soon.
State started four guards against Loyola and grad student transfer Wyatt Walker. That’ll be interesting in ACC play but Keatts has shown that he’s a tremendous and resourceful coach.
You know how you can tell that Virginia Tech had an easy game?
Kerry Blackshear only had two fouls.
The Hokies shot 66% and rolled all over Loyola as you’d expect. The only important news from this game is that Nickeil Alexander-Walker sat it out with an ankle injury and it made no difference whatsoever.
And it was much the same deal in Atlanta where Georgia Tech, with a very weak offense, just crushed Kennesaw State 87-57.
These games are the backside of holiday scheduling and there’s not really much to learn from them.
Saturday could be a different story for some ACC teams.
First the ones that shouldn’t much matter: Pitt should kill Colgate, Syracuse should crush St. Bonaventure, and if Notre Dame loses to 0-14 Coppin State, that’d be truly awful.
Gardner-Webb took Furman to overtime and beat Georgia Tech so you can’t rule out an upset of Wake Forest, a team that is still capable of playing a real stinker.
On the fun side though, UNC hosts always dangerous Davidson, Miami welcomes Campbell and its dynamic star 5-9 Chris Clemons. He’s averaging 30.5 ppg and the battle between him and Miami’s 5-7 Chris Lykes should be highly entertaining.
But the big deal Saturday is Kentucky at Louisville. Kentucky has been off most of the season and not as lavishly talented as it has been while Louisville has been gradually coming together and improving under new coach Chris Mack. The Cardinals are not fully healed from the scandals but have made impressive strides - as Kentucky did against UNC.
It should be a fun game.
|SATURDAY'S ACC ACTION|
|Davidson @ UNC||12:00||ESPN2|
|Coppin State @ Notre Dame||12:00||ACCNE|
|Kentucky @ Louisville||2:00||ESPN2|
|Gardner-Webb @ Wake Forest||2:00||ACCNE|
|St. Bonaventure @ Syracuse||2:00||ESPNU|
|Colgate @ Pitt||4:00||ACCNE|
|Campbell @ Miami||4:00||ACCNE|