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ACC Roundup - A Busy Saturday Awaits

The most interesting game is going to be in Louisville

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Duke v Louisville
 LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - FEBRUARY 12: Chris Mack the head coach of the Louisville Cardinals gives instructions to Christen Cunningham #1 against the Duke Blue Devils at KFC YUM! Center on February 12, 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky.
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In Saturday’s ACC action, UNC visits Wake Forest, Clemson journeys northwest to see if Lousville has healed or shattered after the shocking comeback that Duke pulled off earlier in the week, Notre Dame goes to Virginia for an all-but-guaranteed beating, Florida State goes to Atlanta expecting to swat the Yellow Jackets, the Hokies head up to Blitzburgh to take on the Panthers, and of course NC State zips over to Durham to take on the Blue Devils, as detailed elsewhere on DBR.

Weak Forest gets a break as Leaky Black and Sterling Manley are definitely out and Nassir Little will be a game-time decision for the Tar Heels.

Cameron Johnson, who hurt his ankle against Virginia, is expected to play.

Won’t matter and it probably wouldn’t matter if Coby White, Luke Maye and Kenny Williams were out. We’d be shocked if Wake Forest competes, much less wins.

The most interesting game may be in the Yum! Center: is Louisville traumatized? Or just mad as hell?

This game will reveal a lot about both sides.

We don't say absolute things very often but if we were likely to bet on one particular game Saturday, we’d bet on Virginia against Notre Dame. We can’t imagine a way this Irish team beats that bunch of ‘Hoos, with this exception: Virginia has an emotional letdown.

Get in the chair, Notre Dame, and get ready for your root canal.

FSU is playing too well to lose to Georgia Tech although Josh Pastner has shown a certain creativity when it comes to defense. Thing is, Leonard Hamilton’s teams play great defense too and unlike Georgia Tech, they can score.

Virginia Tech is getting better without Justin Robinson but nowhere near what they are with him. Pitt has struggled though and had trouble scoring.

Still, it’s at home and the Hokies are vulnerable. So we’ll see.

Speaking of Pitt, we’ve mentioned several times that Jeff Capel needs frontcourt help. Well he’s got some lined up now: on Friday, Pitt got a commitment from 6-9 Karim Coulibaly. The native of Mail is said to be able to defend all five positions. He is also a capable scorer so good catch for Capel. He’ll pair him with his backcourt and some wings and Pitt will be much tougher than they have been this ACC season - and recruiting is almost certainly not over for Pitt.

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