In Tuesday’s ACC action, Wake Forest nipped Miami 76-75 and UNC took down Syracuse 93-85.
Well stop the presses: Wake Forest was down by 14 in the second half but the Deacs fought back which is not something they’ve been known for lately.
Wake won it when Brandon Childress hit a three point shot with :26 left. Miami’s Chris Lykes held the ball for a last gasp three but missed.
Childress was great in the clutch - like father like son. He had eight points down the stretch including the game winner and finished with 21. Chaundee Brown had 21 as well and 14 rebounds.
It must have been a relief for Danny Manning, who is under considerable pressure for his team’s poor performance this season.
It must have also been nice for He Who Must Not Be Named to see his son bring back a little of his ruthlessness in the clutch.
Brandon’s dads greatest moment was probably juking UNC’s Jeff McInnis to the floor waving to him to get up, then nailing a three. Talk about nervy.
In Chapel Hill, Syracuse gave UNC a tough game but in the end couldn’t control Coby White, who scored a career high 34 including six three pointers which really dented Jim Boeheim’s 2-3 zone in the second half.
The Orange did limit Luke May to nine points although he did grab 12 boards. Cam Johnson had 16 but shot just 4-11.
Syracuse certainly outshot UNC but the Tar Heels got 37 foul shots to 23 for Syracuse - and hit 34 of them.
Syracuse just hit 13.
That’s a huge advantage. Look, UNC gets all the calls!
The Syracuse paper focused on free throws heavily but didn’t seem quite as interested in UNC’s 46-25 rebounding advantage. That’s enormous. Add that to the free throws and it’s a miracle it was just an eight point loss.
After the game Boeheim said that his team is just not shooting free throws well and he’s right - the Orange are dead last in the ACC.
On the bright side, the more we see of Marek Dolezaj, the more he seems like a really brilliant passer. He needs to gain weight but he’s immensely promising. Just 180 won’t cut it against tough competition though.
Speaking of Syracuse, the local constabulary has recreated the events of last week’s tragic accident and determined that Boeheim was not speeding. The local DA expects that the case will be closed soon with Boeheim cleared, barring extraordinary developments.
We were very distressed to hear that Georgia Tech legend Kenny Anderson suffered a stroke last weekend. The stroke was described as minor, which is true to everyone except Anderson himself.
His vision was reportedly affected. Apparently his wife alertly realized what was happening and got him help. He’s going to have a week of rehab, which is much better than months of rehab, and we hope he has a full recovery and a long and uncomplicated life.
We also hope that in the future that he’s a compliant patient and that he takes his medication, which he was apparently not doing. He may get a second chance but only a fool would try for a third.
Any of you who have high blood pressure should consider getting an electronic blood pressure cuff that works with an app to track your BP. Not only do you get to see a graphical representation of your trends that you can share with your doctor, you’ll know when it shoots up on a particular day and can get help if you need it.
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- North Carolina 93, Syracuse 85: The Coby White Show drowns Orange
- North Carolina coach Roy Williams following win over Syracuse: ‘Coby made some big baskets for us’
- Coby White’s big second half helps UNC defeat Syracuse, and clinch double-bye in ACC tourney
|WEDNESDAY'S ACC ACTION|
|Georgia Tech @ Virginia||7:00||ESPN2|
|Clemson @ Pitt||7:00||ACCNE|
|Louisville @ Boston College||9:00||ACCNE|