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ACC Roundup - State Gets By Pitt

But the Panthers fought

NCAA Basketball: Florida State at Pittsburgh
Feb 20, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers head coach Jeff Capel reacts on the sidelines during the first half against the Florida State Seminoles at the Petersen Events Center. 
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In Sunday’s sole ACC game, NC State outlasted Pitt 65-62 to move to 12-9. Pitt led briefly but after State moved ahead 7-4 the Panthers never led again.

This was the first game, after all, that Pitt has played after leading scorers Xavier Johnson and Au’Diese Toney departed last week and all things considered, Pitt did well.

Didn't win, true, but the Panthers played hard and freshman Femi Odukale, taking over for the departed Johnson at point guard, the only position Capel believes matter or even exists anymore, did very well.

He finished with 18 points and had five rebound and five assists to just one turnover.

On the other hand though, Justin Champagnie shot just 4-11 and that with just one three point attempt.

Part of that was no doubt Manny Bates, who six blocks and who changes things near the basket for the Pack, but part of it may also have been that he was dealing with a new point guard who may not get him the ball the same way that his predecessor did. It’s something to keep an eye on moving forward.

And while Pitt was very credible, the Panthers still lost. That’s five straight and eight of nine.

Two games coming Monday as Miami abandons the warmth and heads up to Charlottesville for what will most likely be a loss (and a chance for Virginia to get moving again) and UNC goes to Syracuse for an intriguing game.

Syracuse lost in Chapel Hill earlier but the rematch should be quite different.

For one, Walker Kessler has emerged for the Tar Heels.

And in the first game, UNC shot just 39.7 percent and hit 5-24 on threes.

UNC won on the line, hitting 18-23 free throws to Syracuse’s 9-12.

Monday Night’s ACC Action

  • Miami at Virginia || 6:00 || ACCN
  • UNC at Syracuse || 7:00 || ESPN

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