In Sunday’s ACC action, NC Central lost to Louisville, 87-58, Clemson beat Detroit Mercy 87-65 and Wake Forest....oh, Wake Forest.
The end of the Bzdelik era appears to be returning as Wake Forest lost to Charlotte 67-65 in overtime and Wake fans, who know how to run off a coach, appear to be gearing up to get rid of Danny Manning. He summed his team up thusly:
“Charlotte had a good and excited home crowd and they were able to feed off that energy. We did some things to fight and claw back into the game late and take it into overtime. But we didn’t have enough juice to finish it like we needed to... We have to put more pressure on teams. We didn’t have our first free throw until 5 1/2 left in the first half... We’ve got to have more paint touches. Then when we get our paint touches, we have to reward ourselves. We missed 11 layups throughout the course of the game and three in overtime.”
At times we sympathize with fans being angry and sometimes running off a coach seems okay but fundamentally it’s a bad idea. First, there are people involved and families. Second, the kids are always working and trying and you don’t need to humiliate them.
That said, Manning has been at Wake Forest since 2014-15 and he’s only won more than 13 games once. He’s also had heavy player defections.
If he’s been there that long and his team still has trouble with layups, being soft, and making bad decisions in crunch time, well, you can’t blame people for being unhappy. There’s no reason why Wake Forest can’t be good at basketball.
And lest we forget, he has a new and possibly less patient boss in AD John Currie.
We repeat our previous suggestion that the Demon Deacons keep a careful eye on Northwest Missouri State coach Ben McCollum who has certainly proven that he’s a winner. While Wake has struggled, he’s taken his team to a three-year record of 105-5 and two national championships. Leave aside the D-II. The guy is a tremendous talent.
LeVelle Moton took his NC Central Eagles to Louisville and realized he could stop them inside or stop them outside but not both. So he chose to stop them inside.
Louisville ended up with a tremendous night, shooting 66.7 percent overall and hitting 47.6 percent from deep.
It was a mismatch but being a well-coached team, Central only had 10 turnovers. You’ll hear from them again.
As for Louisville, they may not be #1 in the polls Monday but they look like the best team in Kentucky and that’s something.
Down in Clemson, the Tigers got Detroit Mercy and star guard Antoine Davis. Averaging 28 ppg, Davis was close with 26 but Clemson harassed him into a 6-20 night.
Hunter Tyson came off the bench to hit 20, basically neutralizing Davis’ output, and Clemson won going away. He hit 5-10 from three point range which is really good for anyone, much less someone off the bench.
Aamir Sims and Terrence Mack had 19 and 18 respectively. We’ll be curious to see how the Tigers do from here. They may be better than most of us thought.
Incidentally, Detroit Mercy is where Brad Calipari went in search of playing time. He got 14 minutes.
Two games Monday as Notre Dame hosts the Blue Hose of Presbyterian and Pitt welcomes Monmouth.
Monday’s ACC Action
- Presbyterian @ Notre Dame || 7:00 || ACCNX
- Monmouth @ Pitt || 7:00 || ACCN