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ACC Roundup - Forget Sunday, Look To Monday

After a tough game with Duke, Virginia gets just 48 hours to get ready for UNC.

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NCAA Basketball: Duke at Virginia
Feb 9, 2019; Charlottesville, VA, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) drives to the basket as Virginia Cavaliers center Jack Salt (33) and Cavaliers guard Ty Jerome (11) defend in the first half at John Paul Jones Arena. The Blue Devils won 81-71. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke
Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Only one ACC game Sunday night as Georgia Tech fell to Notre Dame, again failing to crack 60 points.

Jose Alvarado is a solid point guard but not a natural scorer. He’s being asked to do it though and hasn’t been able to do it very well. He’s in a major slump and hasn’t scored in double digits in five games now (he had just five points in South Bend).

For the Irish, Terrence Gibbs had 20 and DJ Harvey had 19.

With the win, Notre Dame moves to 13-11 overall and 3-8 in the ACC while Tech falls to 11-13 and 3-8.

Okay on to meaningful basketball.

Virginia travels to UNC for a quick turnaround after the Saturday loss at home to Duke. Our initial impulse was to think that Virginia is going to be tired and that could be true. Ty Jerome is not 100 percent yet and it’s not clear whether or not Mamadi Diakite will be ready after taking a hard blow to the noggin on Saturday from teammate De’Andre Hunter.

On the other hand, this is a smaller UNC team and one with a freshman point guard. Coby White has been extraordinary but Virginia’s defense is designed to frustrate and usually does. Nassir Little is also highly talented but likely to get his deficiencies thoroughly exposed.

Luke Maye has played against Virginia four times and had one good game. Last year Virginia held UNC to 49 and 63 points, both losses for the Tar Heels.

The ‘Hoos are likely to be a bit tired from the Duke game but we don't see UNC running this game up into the 70s or 80s. It’ll be at Virginia’s pace. Whether UNC can win a game like that, with this team, remains to be seen.

And of course if Virginia wins, Duke is firmly in the driver’s seat in the ACC regular season race.

Virginia @ UNC 7:00 ESPN
Sunday's Results
Notre Dame 69 Georgia Tech 59

ACC Standings

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