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ACC Roundup - Virginia Gets A Close One

But Florida State can’t hold on at the end.

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Wake Forest v Miami
MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 07: Chris Lykes #2 of the Miami Hurricanes drives to the basket while being defended by Brandon Childress #0 of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons during the second half of the game at The Watsco Center on February 7, 2018 in Miami, Florida.
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Virginia pushed its luck a bit at Florida State, falling behind by 11 in the first half. At one point FSU turned the ball over three times on offensive fouls and instead of capitalizing, the ‘Hoos just gave it back each time.

In the second half, UVA came back and finally retook the lead with 6:12 left.

To remind you, BC lost by one, Duke by two and now FSU by four. Virginia is not unbeatable. It’s just very difficult to do.

We didn’t realize that Bryant Crawford and Miami’s Chris Lykes were from the same high school, D.C.’s famous Gonzaga Prep.

Crawford had the better game with 23 points and seven assists, but the diminutive Lykes had 13 points and five assists and an 87-81 win.

Wake held a two point lead with 12:08 to go before Miami ran off a 20-5 run.

Even so, the Deacs were one three pointer away from tying it with :13 left.

As so often though in the Danny Manning era, Wake failed in the clutch and lost on the road again as they usually do, having lost every road game since the Deacs played Coastal Carolina earlier.

It’s difficult to understand how it happens like this so often. How are Wake fans taking it?

Maybe kind of like this.

NC State’s three-game winning streak came to a halt in Blacksburg as the Pack’s defense crumbled.

Virginia Tech shot 63.5% from the floor and got to the basket with real ease. Justin Robinson had 32 points and a bunch of them were in the paint.

Keep in mind that Robinson is 6-2.

State had serious foul trouble: Abdul-Malik Abu, Lennard Freeman and Torin Dorn had four each; Omer Yurtseven, Markell Johnson and Braxton Beverly had three each.

After those games, the top of the ACC looks almost like you’d expect:

  1. Virginia
  2. Clemson
  3. Duke
  4. Miami
  5. Virginia Tech
  6. North Carolina
  7. NC State
  8. Louisville
  9. Florida State

There are some surprises obviously, none more so than Clemson at #2. UNC at #6 is probably a bit lower than most people expected and who knew what to expect from Louisville? Otherwise most of the top teams are within the margin of error we might have expected in October.

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