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ACC Roundup - State Renames Reynolds

Well sort of anyway.

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VMI v Virginia Tech
BLACKSBURG, VA - DECEMBER 05: Isaiah Wilkins #1 of the Virginia Tech Hokies shoots the ball during the game against the VMI Keydets at Cassell Coliseum on December 5, 2018 in Blacksburg, Virginia.
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In Wednesday’s ACC action, UNC walloped UNC-W 97-69, Virginia Tech gobbled up VMI 89-68, State stuffed and mounted the Catamounts 100-67 and Louisville more than doubled up on Central Arkansas 86-41.

UNC’s score looks like a blowout but Wilmington was in that game for a reasonable stretch. The Tar Heels ran off an imposing 30-3 run in the second half to put it out of reach though.

UNC got Seventh Woods back from a concussion but lacked freshman star Cody White, out with a sore ankle.

It might matter in a more challenging game but not this one. Cameron Johnson had 21 to pace the Heels. Alleged first round draft pick Nassir Little, still coming off the bench, had 14 points and five boards.

Virginia Tech no doubt saw the video of VMI’s three point fest from Rupp Arena and decided not in our casa Cassell: the Keydets shot 6-25 for the game and just 2-11 in the first half. The Hokies held the visitors to 43.3% for the game.

Justin Robinson had 18, Nickeil Alexander-Walker had 15 and Isaiah Wilkins had 13. It was an easy win but Virginia Tech still showed up and punched the clock.

Well you don't see this every day: NC State forced 33 turnovers by Western Carolina. We know West Virginia forced 40 turnovers against Manhattan once. We can’t recall a 30+turnover game lately though.

Utah transfer Devon Daniels had 21 points to pace the Pack. Worth noting: CJ Brice, who followed Kevin Keatts from Wilmington, has moved into the starting lineup.

NC State played in Reynolds which was dedicated as James T. Valvano Arena at William Neal Reynolds Coliseum which sounds kind of weird. According to Wikipedia, an arena is defined as “an enclosed area, often circular or oval-shaped, designed to showcase theatre, musical performances, or sporting events.”

A coliseum is defined as “a large theater or stadium.“

It just seems redundant. Maybe they could name the floor the Norman L. Sloan floor at the James T. Valvano Arena at William Neal Reynolds Coliseum. The more the merrier!

Louisville more than doubled the score on Central Arkansas. UConn transfer Stephen Enoch had 16 points and nine rebounds. Jordan Nwora left the team with 21.

The Cards held the Bears to 25% from the floor.

Basically, Louisville was bigger, stronger and more athletic and there just wasn’t much Central Arkansas could do to stop them.

Only one game Thursday as Wake takes on 2-4 Charlotte. Wake has some talent, albeit young, but with some promise. Still, this is Danny Manning’s fifth year at Wake Forest and he’s had very little to show for it. He’s only topped .500 once and as we saw in the Jeff Bzdelik era, Wake fans can get surly. Very surly indeed.

Charlotte @ Wake Forest 7:00 ACCNE
Wednesday's Results
  • Duke 84 Hartford 54
  • UNC 97 UNC-W 69
  • Virginia Tech 89 VMI 68
  • NC State 100 Western Carolina 67
  • Louisville 86 Central Arkansas 41

ACC Standings

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