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ACC Roundup - Florida State, Virginia Tech Prevail

A nice night of ACC hoops

NCAA Basketball: ACC Tournament-North Carolina vs Virginia Tech
Mar 10, 2020; Greensboro, North Carolina, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies head coach Mike Young looks on during the first half against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Greensboro Coliseum.
Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

We thought that Tuesday’s ACC games might be good and the were not disappointing.

Clemson gave Virginia Tech a really good game on the road, which is not something the Tigers always do.

Virginia Tech had a 14 point lead part way into the second half but the Tigers fought back and cut the lead to 58-55 with 1:41 to go. The Hokies held on though but Clemson proved it could play on the road against a solid ACC team.

Al-Amir Dawes had 18 points, four rebounds and three assists for Clemson. Aamir Sims added 15.

Tyrece Radford had 15 for the Hokies but a light rebounding night with just two. Keve Aluma had 13 while Naheim Alleyne offered 13.

The big differences?

Virginia Tech had 33 boards to Clemson’s 25 and had 25 made free throws to Clemson’s 12.

Florida State won by 13 but it was closer than that. FSU was up 51-35 with 13:00 left.

With 9:58 left, it was 51-50 and there was some puckering going on in the Tuck.

Not to worry; the ‘Noles have Scottie Barnes and the freshman continued his terrific play so far with 16 points (6-10 but 0-3 from behind the line), six rebounds, an assist and two steals.

He’s emerging as a star rather quickly.

Georgia Tech showed some real gumption in this one but ultimately Florida State was bigger, more athletic and, well, they had Barnes and the Yellow Jackets didn’t.

Remember Parker Stewart? He left Pitt to transfer to UT-Martin to play for his dad but never got the chance: his father, Anthony Stewart, tragically died before the season began.

He’s decided to finish up at Indiana.

Three games tonight with two more postponed: Northeastern is in the Dome, assuming weather permits. We’d take Syracuse but Northeastern is one of those programs you’d better not sleep on.

Pitt goes down to Coral Gable to take on Miami’s walking wounded. And really, there’s no reason why Pitt shouldn’t win.

Wednesday’s ACC Action

  • Northeastern @ Syracuse || 3:00 PM || ACCN
  • Pitt @ Miami || 6:00 || ACCN
  • Duke @ Notre Dame || 9:00 || ESPN

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