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ACC Roundup - Virginia Still In Charge

Louisville gave Virginia a game but not quite enough of one.

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Louisville v Virginia
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - January 31: Mamadi Diakite #25 of the Virginia Cavaliers reacts to a shot in the second half during a game against the Louisville Cardinals at John Paul Jones Arena on January 31, 2018 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Virginia defeated Louisville 74-64.
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Virginia’s mastery of Louisville now extends to two coaches as UVA took down Dave Padgett’s Louisville, this time 74-64.

Playing without Nigel Johnson (three game suspension) and Devon Hall under the weather, little used freshman Marco Anthony came through, scoring 10 points in 18 minutes.

Louisville played pretty well, hitting 50%, but couldn’t quite catch up. Ray Spalding shot 8-10 for 16 points and had seven boards.

For UVA, aside from Anthony, Kyle Guy finished with 22 and Ty Jerome had 16.

Playing without Bruce Brown for the first time, Miami nearly blew it against winless Pitt but held on and won 69-57. Chris Lykes filled in for Brown and had 13 points and five assists. It’ll be fun to see what Miami’s pocket rocket makes of his chance.

Pitt took 53 shots and 30 of those were three pointers.

Wake finally broke its losing streak, knocking off FSU at home 76-72. The Deacs are notably relieved. Keyshawn Woods: “It’s miserable. Losing for four straight weeks is miserable. But we’ve been through it, we went through it and now we’re in the second half of ACC play. And for us to come out and get this win versus Florida State, which is a great team, that’s a great sign leading into the rest of these games. Just keep doing what we’re doing, sticking together.

“We stick together, we can beat anybody, and I think we showed that tonight.”

Beating Florida State is a solid win. Cutting down on turnovers probably helped: after a really bad stretch, Wake cut that to 12 Wednesday.

Another upset, though smaller, as Georgia Tech took down Syracuse. Josh Okogie and Tadrick Jackson led the way with 20 and 15 points respectively. Tech got just 11 points from its frontcourt, all from big man Ben Lammers.

Blunt as always, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said that “[o]ur offense is terrible. It’s been terrible all year.”

Tech went with just six players and Syracuse just seven. Boeheim said Howard Washington is out for the rest of the season and Tech will be without Curtis Hayward II for the rest of the year as well.

Virginia Tech survived BC in overtime, winning 85-80, leading Buzz Williams to chant in Latin after the game. What’s up with that? Anyone know?

The Hokies were lucky to win - they blew a seven-point lead at the end of the game.

You won’t see this too often: Jerome Robinson scored five free throws on one trip. Three were his and two were from a foolish technical whistled by Ted Valentine. Robinson had a chance to win the game in regulation but his shot rimmed out.

Virginia Tech is moving up with three straight wins and is now in sixth place.

The ACC is on target to get nine schools in the NCAA field - Virginia, Duke, Clemson, Louisville, Miami, Virginia Tech, NC State, Florida State and UNC - but Clemson and Miami have serious injury concerns to overcome so don’t write them in just yet.

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