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ACC Roundup - Pitt Crushed Again

And Wake falls short - again

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Louisville v Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH, PA - FEBRUARY 11: Anas Mahmoud #14 of the Louisville Cardinals puts up a shot over Terrell Brown #21 of the Pittsburgh Panthers in the second half during the game at Petersen Events Center on February 11, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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In Sunday’s ACC action, Wake Forest fell at Syracuse 78-70 while Louisville kicked Pitt around 96-60.

Louisville just manhandled Pitt in every way. Parker Stewart said it was “kind of embarrassing,” and Coach Kevin Stallings said this: “I don’t think that our guys are not getting better. I don’t think our guys are not playing hard. We’ve got some obvious weaknesses and those weaknesses are getting exposed a little bit. Some of those things, presently, we can’t do a whole lot about.”

For his part, Louisville interim coach David Padgett said something pretty nice: “The effort is there. As an assistant coach, I’ve been on teams that have won six total games in a season and the main thing you worry about as the year goes on is ‘Is the team giving up?’ This team hasn’t done that at all.”

That may not be true for fans and local media though.

As for Wake Forest, the Deacs didn't play all that well in the first half but were really encouraged by their play in the second.

Well until the end anyway when Wake Forest fell apart again.

The Deacs cut the lead to two with 4:24 left but couldn’t close out. They cut the lead to four again with :50 seconds but again, couldn’t get over the hump.

Bryant Crawford said that “[I]t was just a few bad possessions down toward the end of the game. A few bad turnovers.’’

Wake has a core to build on and more nice talent on the way. It’s just a bit baffling that the same things keep happening over and over.

One game Monday as the Irish visit Chapel Hill and hope to pay UNC back for the near miss at home.

Note on the Duke-Georgia Tech game: After the ugly injury Jose Alvarado suffered, Josh Pastner said there’s a “high probability” he’s done for the year.

That’s too bad in many ways but in the most basic way he’s a promising player and we like his style. We’ll miss him.

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