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ACC Roundup - Florida State, Miami Both On Five-Game Win Streaks

The Southern leg of the ACC is doing well

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NCAA Basketball: Miami-Florida at Clemson
 Dec 31, 2019; Clemson, South Carolina, USA; Miami Hurricanes guard Chris Lykes (0) attempt the shot while being defended by Clemson Tigers guard Al-Amir Dawes (2) during the second half of the game at Littlejohn Coliseum.
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In New Year’s Eve ACC action, Florida State took Georgia Tech 70-58 and Miami dumped Clemson in overtime, 73-68.

Want to sum up FSU’s win? Here you go: 20 turnovers, 11 steals, nine blocks. That’s Georgia Tech getting pushed around on defense.

Even so, the Yellow Jackets kept it close, trailing by just six with 7:27 left. The Yellow Jackets have had a trouble all season with turnovers and that’s not likely to change suddenly against the ‘Noles - and it didn’t.

Moses Wright continues his recent solid play with 13 points and ten boards. Unfortunately he also had six turnovers by himself. Michael Devoe had 19 points - and four turnovers. Jordan Usher, playing in just his fourth game for Tech, had 11 points. So far he’s shooting 37.8 percent overall, hitting just 1 of 13 threes but 12 of 13 FTs, and 4 rebounds and 3.5 turnovers per game - including three in this game.

Devin Vassell led FSU with 14 points. Patrick Williams had 12. No one else broke double figures. Balsa Koprivica came off the bench in this one but only played two minutes. We haven’t heard any explanation for that. He seemed to be advancing nicely.

We’ve noted before that Miami’s Chris Lykes tends to score right at 16-18 points quite often.

Not this time.

In Miami’s overtime win over Clemson, Lykes racked up 27. Good thing because these teams were pretty evenly matched. Miami shot 43.8 percent; Clemson 43.5. Three pointers? 32 percent for Miami, 27.3 for Clemson. The Tigers had one more turnover at 13.

DJ Vasiljevic hit a three with :59 seconds left in overtime to put Miami up and Clemson’s Clyde Trapp and Curran Scott had chances but couldn’t hit a three. Vasiljevic hit a pair of free throws with :01 left to give Miami a five-point margin.

Don’t look now, but like FSU, Miami is on a five-game roll and Illinois, Temple, and Clemson are quality wins (Alabama A&M and Coppin State are less so).

Next up: Duke this Saturday night. There are no other games until Saturday when we’ll see fourteen teams in action.

No Wednesday ACC Games

Tuesday’s Results

  • Duke 88 Boston College 49
  • Florida State 70 Georgia Tech 58
  • Miami 73 Clemson 68

ACC Standings