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ACC Roundup - A Busy Saturday

Lots of activity around the conference

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NCAA Basketball: Duke at Pittsburgh
Jan 22, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; The Pittsburgh Panthers mascot ROC shoots during the second half time-out against the Duke Blue Devils at the Petersen Events Center. Duke won 79-64.
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It’s a busy Saturday for the ACC with six games scheduled.

Georgia Tech kicks things off with a visit to Durham. Virginia visits Notre Dame in what would usually be a fun matchup but might not be this year with Notre Dame struggling. Clemson heads up to Raleigh for a Stubborn Bowl game with the Wolfpack (both teams are gritty and tough-minded although State is doing better this season), then Jeff Capel takes Pitt to Louisville, where two resurgent programs will tangle. Boston College and Wake meet in Winston-Salem which gives Wake a chance at least. And in the night cap, Syracuse visits Virginia Tech.

Normally Notre-Dame and Virginia would be a fun contrast of styles. Mike Brey is a genius at ball movement and spacing while Tony Bennett just loves to jam offenses up.

Notre Dame is a year away though due to injuries and other problems so don’t expect a tight game and even if you get one, don’t expect the Irish to win.

There’s no indication that State will have Markell Johnson back for the Clemson game. He’s missed several now since injuring his back. We would take State in this game anyway. Clemson has struggled and we like where Kevin Keatts is taking his program.

Pitt is off to Louisville and while we wouldn’t rule out an upset, it’s had to see with how well Louisville has been playing. And people have figured out that you can zone Pitt and they still don’t have answer for that.

We don’t have much faith in Wake Forest but they could definitely beat BC. We’d still go with the Eagles though if only for experience. The talent is not bad either. Wake is just too erratic to put any faith in.

Georgia Tech @ Duke 12:00 ACCNE
Virginia @ Notre Dame 1:00 CBS
Clemson @ NC State 2:00 ACCNE
Pitt @ Louisville 2:00 ACCNE
Boston College @ Wake Forest 4:00 ACCNE
Syracuse @ Virginia Tech 8:00 ESPN

ACC Standings

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