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ACC Roundball Roundup 1/11

Breaking down this week in the ACC

NCAA Basketball: North Carolina at Virginia Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday, January 6th

NC STATE 96 - #2 Duke 85

For the second time this season, the NC State Wolfpack took down the #2 team in the country. Back in November, they defeated Arizona in the Battle for Atlantis. On Saturday, they knocked off visiting Duke to give Kevin Keatts his first conference win. Duke scored well around the basket, led by Marvin Bagley’s 31 points, but the Wolfpack relentless defense threw off the Blue Devils’ shooters, who made just 3 of 15 three pointers. Duke also turned it over 16 times, resulting in 22 NCST points. Six members of the Pack scored in double digits, led by 16 from C Omer Yurtseven and G Torin Dorn.

#8 VIRGINIA 61 - #12 North Carolina 49

The vaunted pack line defense showed up in a big way on Saturday, helping UVA smother North Carolina. The Tar Heels made only 29.6% of their field goal attempts, leading to their second worst scoring output of the season. UNC dominated the boards but couldn’t convert rebounds into buckets. They grabbed 19 offensive rebounds but only gained 12 points on second chance opportunities. Virginia’s defense was the story but senior G Devon Hall continued his recent strong play, leading the team with 16 points and 7 assists. Joel Berry II led North Carolina with 17 point and 8 rebounds.

#25 CLEMSON 74 - Louisville 69 (OT)

Clemson’s surprising run to start the season continued on Saturday when the Tigers defeated Louisville in overtime. This game marked the Tigers’ 10th consecutive win and marked their best start to ACC play since 1997. Clemson leaned heavily on their starters and forced Louisville into making mistakes; the Cardinals turned the ball over a season-high 21 times. Louisville played decent defense but couldn’t overcome that sloppy ball handling. G Marcquise Reed led the Tigers with 24 points. Louisville was led by F Ray Spalding’s 16 points and 14 rebounds.

VIRGINIA TECH 81 - Pittsburgh 67

Junior F Kerry Blackshear Jr. controlled the interior and led Virginia Tech past Pitt for the Hokies’ first conference win of the season. Blackshear made 12 of 16 field goals for a career-high 31 points in a dominant performance. Pitt tried a couple times to make a run in the second half but couldn’t quite erase VT’s lead. Blackshear’s performance came at a much needed time, as the Hokies really struggled from 3 point range. Aside from Blackshear’s scoring, G Justin Robinson recorded his first double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 assists. Pitt was led by Jared Wilson-Frame, who came off the bench to score 20 points.

Notre Dame 51 - SYRACUSE 49

Without senior captains Bonzie Colson and Matt Farrell, Notre Dame managed to escape the Carrier Dome with a rare road conference win. With the game tied late, C Martinas Geben stole the ball and set up G Rex Pfluger’s game winning layup with 2.6 seconds remaining. Despite missing Colson and facing one of the best rebounding teams in the conference, Geben and the Irish won the rebounding battle 42-27. G TJ Gibbs led Notre Dame with 18 points while G Tyus Battle led Syracuse with 21.

BOSTON COLLEGE 77 - Wake Forest 71

Boston College earned their second ACC win Saturday against Wake Forest behind stellar efforts from the backcourt duo of Jerome Robinson and Ky Bowman. Both played all 40 minutes against the Deacons with Robinson scoring a game-high 25 points and Bowman putting in 11 points and 10 rebounds. Wake Forest dominated the glass and made 12 three pointers but couldn’t stop fouling. BC took 35 free throws, making 26, compared to just 11 converted free throws for Wake. The Deacons were led by their guard duo of Bryant Crawford and Chaundee Brown, who combined for 44 points.

GEORGIA TECH 74 - Yale 60

Recap here.

Sunday, January 7th

#15 MIAMI 80 - #24 Florida State 74

Miami returned home for the first time in over a month and held off Florida State’s comeback attempt in a Top 25 matchup. The Hurricanes had a 16 point second half lead cut down to 4 points with 24 seconds left but FSU missed a three pointer and G Bruce Brown knocked down some free throws to seal the game. Brown led Miami with 23 points, a season high for the sophomore star, while Dewan Huell added 20. Chris Lykes, a 5’-7” freshman, came off the bench to score 18 points, including some huge shots down the stretch. Florida State rebounded well but wasn’t able to convert on second chances. Braian Angola led the Noles with 16 points.

Tuesday, January 9th

#3 VIRGINIA 68 - Syracuse 61

Syracuse pushed Virginia to their limit but couldn’t close the deal against the #3 Hoos in Charlottesville. The Orange cleaned up on the glass but struggled shooting over Virginia’s vaunted defense. Virginia’s star guard, Kyle Guy, snapped out of a shooting slump, hitting 5 threes on his way to a 22 point game. Syracuse was led in the scoring column by PG Frank Howard’s 18 points, however Howard also turned the ball over 7 times. Junior big man Paschal Chukwu had 16 rebounds at the heart of the Orange’s zone.

#20 NORTH CAROLINA 96 - Boston College 66

North Carolina bounced back after consecutive losses to blitz Boston College in the Dean Dome. Roy Williams moved Pitt transfer Cameron Johnson into the starting lineup, giving the Heels more of a small ball look. The change worked as UNC rushed out to a big first half lead and never looked back. F Luke Maye had career highs in both points and rebounds with 32 and 18 while Johnson added 14 points and 11 boards of his own. There was not much that went well for Boston College, who was led by G Ky Bowman’s 21 points.

Wednesday, January 10th

#7 Duke 87 - PITTSBURGH 52

After losing to NC State, Duke came out against Pittsburgh and had one of their best defensive showings of the season. Pitt is far from a good offensive team but holding any team to 33.3% from the field and 18.2% from three is a good defensive showing against any team. Star F Marvin Bagley III led six Blue Devils in double figures with 16 points and 15 rebounds, despite not shooting particularly well. The Panthers were again led off the bench by Jared Wilson-Frame, who put in 17 points.

Louisville 73 - #23 FLORIDA STATE 69

Louisville trailed by 13 at halftime but stormed back early in the second half and eventually upset Florida State, snapping the Noles’ 28-game home winning streak. The Cardinals shot the lights out in the second half, hitting 6 three pointers in the period. F Deng Adel led the Cardinals with 16 points, but it was G Ryan McMahon’s 11 points off the bench that provided a big spark during the comeback. Florida State was led by G Terance Mann’s 25 points.

GEORGIA TECH 60 - Notre Dame 53

Recap here.

Virginia Tech 83 - WAKE FOREST 75

It took four games but the Virginia Tech seems to have finally found their footing in ACC play. The Hokies had one of the best offenses in the nation during non-conference play but stumbled during their first three ACC games. On Wednesday against Wake Forest, Virginia Tech hit 63% of their shots in the first half (51% for the game) including 12 three pointers and 20 assists on 29 baskets. Five Hokies hit double figures, led by Ahmed Hill’s 21 points. Wake Forest was paced by Brandon Childress, who came off the bench to put in 17 points.

Looking ahead...

Clemson’s off to their best start in a while but they have a tough week ahead of them. Tonight they travel to Raleigh to play an NC State team riding high off last weekend’s upset of Duke. Then it’s a quick turnaround before Miami comes into Littlejohn Coliseum on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers will cap off a three game week on Tuesday when they travel to Chapel Hill to try and get their first ever win in the Dean Dome. The only other matchup on the schedule between two ranked teams is Monday’s Duke-Miami game.

ACC Standings as of 1/10/2018

Team ACC Record Overall Record
Team ACC Record Overall Record
#3 Virginia 4-0 15-1
#19 Clemson 3-0 14-1
Notre Dame 3-1 13-4
#18 Miami 2-1 13-2
Louisville 2-1 12-4
Georgia Tech 2-1 9-7
#7 Duke 2-2 14-2
#20 North Carolina 2-2 13-4
Virginia Tech 2-2 13-4
Boston College 2-3 11-6
NC State 1-2 11-5
#23 Florida State 1-3 12-4
Syracuse 1-3 12-5
Wake Forest 1-3 8-8
Pittsburgh 0-4 8-9