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ACC Roundup - Pitt Wins A Championship

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FORT MYERS, FL - NOVEMBER 27: Pitt guard Xavier Johnson (1) talks with officials during the Rocket Mortgage Fort Myers Tip-Off Championship Game between the Pitt Panthers and Northwestern Wildcats on November 27, 2019 at Suncoast Credit Union Arena in Fort Myers, FL.
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In Wednesday’s ACC Action, Virginia Tech fell to BYU 76-60, UNC topped Alabama 76-67, BC was dropped by St. Louis, OK State deflated Syracuse 86-72, Pitt took out Northwestern 72-59 and Virginia....

Well they did it again.

Maine is hardly a powerhouse but holding them to 24 points is pretty impressive. Vilgot Larsson had nine points and no one else had more than seven. Virginia held the Black Bears to 8-43.

Long night.

Virginia is down one player: Braxton Keys is out with a wrist injury. That’s a hit.

The Hokies have lost two in a row after upsetting Michigan State: first to Dayton by 27 and then to BYU by 13.

Still doesn't take away the sense that Virginia Tech did something great in Hawaii. We’re looking forward to seeing what they do when they get back.

Landers Nolley is playing like an All-ACC lock and averaging about 22 ppg.

Roy Williams is probably thrilled that Cole Anthony got just 13 points. In the first few games the freshman was really carrying UNC’s offense. In this game at least it diversified. UNC also absolutely killed Alabama on the boards, winning that battle 60-31.

Freshman Armando Bacon got 15. UNC is still not shooting well but with that many second chances (23) it doesn't matter as much.

With the victory, Roy Williams ties Adolph Rupp on the all-time wins list. With his next win, Williams, Dean Smith and Coach K will all have surpassed the Baron.

Jeff Capel had to compete against good friend and former teammate Chris Collins in the Fort Myers Tip-Off Classic Wednesday and you can imagine that Duke’s loss to Stephen Freakin’ Austin came up.

So did Pitt freshman Justin Champagnie, who won the MVP award. Also good news for Pitt: Xavier Johnson played well. He may be moving past his early season yips.

Grad transfer Eric Hamilton finally paid off with 10 points and 12 boards.

This was the first championship of any kind for Capel’s Pitt program.

After the game he talked about his close relationship with Collins, pointing out that his kids had an Uncle Chris and the Collins kids have an Uncle Jeff.

All in all it’s a sweet sidebar or could be anyway.

When we pay attention to BC we tend to focus on former Blue Devil Derryck Thornton and he had a nice game here: 18 points, seven boards, five assists and two steals.

Unfortunately the Eagles still lost to St. Louis and are now 4-3.

Oklahoma State threw a big wet blanket over the Boeheim/Girard backcourt, holding Buddy and Joe to 20 points, 5-22 overall and 2-14 from behind the line. Good thing Elijah Hughes had 28. Syracuse shot just 33.9 percent for the game.

Coach Jim Boeheim summed it up this way: “I thought just the difference between their veterans (and Syracuse’s underclassmen).” (We) have two young guards (who) are trying to figure out what they’re doing out there.”

Three games tonight as UNC takes on Michigan in the Bahamas, NC State gets Memphis and Wake Forest will see Charleston.

Wednesday’s Results

  • UNC 76 Alabama 67
  • Virginia 46 Maine 26
  • St. Louis 64 Pitt 54
  • OSU 86 Syracuse 72
  • Pitt 72 Northwestern 59
  • BYU 90 Virginia Tech 77

Thursday’s ACC Action

  • UNC vs. Michigan || 1:30 || ESPN
  • NC State vs.Memphis || 4:00 || ESPN2
  • Wake Forest vs. Charleston || 4:30 || ESPNN