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2007-08 Around the ACC: February 25th, 2008

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With just two weeks remaining in the season, there are still a number of
things that have yet to be decided. Seven of the ACC’s 12 teams are still in
contention for a first round bye in the ACC tournament. Two of those teams are
NCAA tournament locks, and the other five have work to do. The roller coaster
ride that is the ACC basketball season is almost at an end, but we still have to
go through a few more twists and turns. Then we’ve got the ACC tournament. There
is a lot of basketball yet to be played.


Current ACC Standings

School

Conf.

Overall

RPI.
Remaining Games
North Carolina 11-2 26-2 3 @BC, FSU, @Duke
Duke 10-2 23-3 4 GT, @NC State, @UVa, UNC
Clemson 7-5 19-7 23 Miami, @MD, @GT, VT
Virginia Tech 7-6 16-11 68 BC, Wake, @Clemson
Maryland 7-6 17-11 65 @Wake, Clemson, @UVa
Wake Forest 6-6 16-9 62 MD, @GT, @VT, NC State
Miami 6-6 19-7 25 @Clemson, UVa, BC, @FSU
Florida State 5-8 16-12 77 @NC State, @UNC, Miami
Georgia Tech 4-7 11-14 86 @Duke, Wake, Clemson, @BC
Boston College 4-8 13-12 104 @VT, UNC, @Miami, GT
NC State 4-9 15-12 77 FSU, Duke, @Wake
Virginia 3-9 13-12 119 @Miami, Duke, MD
RPI Data from RealTimeRPI.com,
as of 2/25/08, 9:00 a.m.

Recent Games (click score
for recap)
Date Matchup Location
02/19/08 FSU
64, Clemson 55
Tallahassee, Fla.
02/20/08 UNC
84, NC State 70
Raleigh, N.C.
Miami
96, Duke 95
Coral Gables, Fla.
VT
69, Maryland 65
College Park, Md.
02/21/08 Virginia @ GT (postponed) Atlanta, Ga.
02/23/08 FSU
66, BC 63
Tallahassee, Fla.
VT
92, GT 84
Blacksburg, Va.
Miami
78, Maryland 63
Coral Gables, Fla.
Duke
86, St. John’s 65
Durham, N.C.
02/24/08 Virginia
78, NC State 60
Charlottesville, Va.
UNC
89, Wake Forest 73
Chapel Hill, N.C.

Upcoming Games
Date Matchup Location Broadcast Info Time/Stats
Tuesday,
02/26/08
Boston College @ Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Va. ESPNU 7:00 p.m.
Livestats
Wednesday,
02/27/08
Florida State @ NC State Raleigh, N.C. ESPNU 7:00 p.m.
Livestats
Miami @ Clemson Clemson, S.C.   7:30 p.m.
Gametracker
Georgia Tech @ Duke Durham, N.C. ESPN 9:00 p.m.
Livestats
Thursday,
02/28/08
Maryland @ Wake Forest Winston-Salem, N.C. RAYCOM 8:00 p.m.
Gametracker
Saturday,
03/01/08
Duke @ NC State Raleigh, N.C. CBS 12:00 p.m.
Livestats
Virginia @ Miami Coral Gables, Fla. RAYCOM
(Split)
2:00 p.m.
Gametracker
Wake Forest @ Georgia Tech Atlanta, Ga. RAYCOM
(Split)
2:00 p.m.
Gametracker
North Carolina @ Boston College Chestnut Hill, Mass. ABC 3:30 p.m.
Gametracker
Sunday,
03/02/08
Clemson @ Maryland College Park, Md. FSN 7:30 p.m.
Gametracker
CSN = Comcast SportsNet;
CSS = Comcast Sports Southeast; FSN = Fox SportsNet;
FSNS = Fox SportsNet South; NESN = New England Sports Network;
RSN = Regional Cable Partners (check listings)


A Look Around the League…


North Carolina (26-2, 11-2)

North Carolina just keeps rolling along. They knocked off NC State 84-70
earlier in the week, and beat a good Wake Forest team 89-73 on Sunday night. The
Tar Heels are playing like the best team in the ACC right now, and they still
haven’t gotten point guard Ty Lawson back from injury.

Once Lawson comes back from injury, this will be an extremely potent team
that is capable of making a deep run in the NCAA tournament, perhaps even
winning it all. Right now they are just focused on closing out the season strong
and getting that #1 seed.

UNC gets the week off, then travels to Boston College on Saturday. With the
way the Eagles are playing, that should be an easy win for he Heels.

Postseason: NCAA tournament lock


Duke (23-3, 10-2)

So much for Duke going undefeated in the ACC. The Blue Devils dropped
back-to-back conference games, including a 96-95 setback at Miami on Wednesday.
They were able to get better by playing their annual February out-of-conference
matchup against Big East bottom feeder St. John’s, whom they beat 86-56 on
Sunday.

Duke proved in the last week that just like everyone else in the ACC, they
are human, especially on the road. They will probably win their next three games
and head into their regular season finale against UNC for the #1 seed in the ACC
tournament.

Duke hosts Georgia Tech on Wednesday, and then they travels to NC State on
Saturday. The Blue Devils still have a shot at a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

Postseason: NCAA tournament lock


Clemson (19-7, 7-5)

Clemson only played one game last week, and it was one horrible game. The
Tigers suffered through a terrible shooting slump and lost at Florida State
64-55. Despite the loss, Clemson remains in third place in the ACC thanks to a
Maryland team that appears to be playing its way out of the NCAA tournament.

The Tigers get Miami at home on Wednesday night. It’s basically a must-win
game for Clemson, because two of their last three games are on the road, and
their one home game is no gimme, because they are playing Virginia Tech.

However, there’s no reason to panic. They just had a bad shooting night
against FSU. It happens. They should be okay in the long run.

Postseason: NCAA tournament


Virginia Tech (16-11, 7-6)


If
the season ended today, Virginia Tech would have a first round bye in the ACC
tournament for the third time in four years. Tech upset Maryland 69-65 in
College Park on Wednesday, and then defeated Georgia Tech 92-84 in Cassell
Coliseum on Saturday. The Hokies were in a slump, but they appear to be back.

During their three-game losing streak, the Hokies were out-rebounded in each
game. They’ve reversed course in their last two games, out-rebounding Maryland
40-36 and Georgia Tech 42-27.

The Hokies take on Boston College on Tuesday night in a game that will be
televised by ESPNU. Tech will get the weekend off.

Postseason: NIT or CBI


Maryland (17-11, 7-6)

A week ago, Maryland looked like the hottest team in the ACC and an NCAA
tournament lock. This week, not so much. The Terps blew a 14-point lead in a
69-65 home loss to Virginia Tech, then got hammered on the road by Miami 78-63.

Maryland’s biggest problem is their bench production, or lack thereof. Their
bench did not score at all against Virginia Tech, and managed just four points
against Miami. Four of the Terps’ five starters played 33+ minutes against
Miami. James Gist probably would have played that many had he not gotten in foul
trouble.

Maryland is in serious trouble of not making the NCAA tournament. They play
at Wake Forest on Thursday, and then host Clemson on Sunday. It will be a make
or break week for the Terps.

Postseason: NIT or CBI


Wake Forest (16-9, 6-6)

After upsetting Duke last Sunday, Wake Forest got the week off. They got
another chance to pull another huge upset last night, but lost at North Carolina
89-73. Despite the loss, Wake Forest could make a claim to be one of the four
best teams in the ACC right now, and they still have a fighting chance for an
NCAA tournament spot.

Wake’s freshmen continue to perform brilliantly. James Johnson had 22 points
and eight rebounds against Carolina, while Jeff Teague had 18 points. With no
seniors on their roster, Wake looks like they could be the preseason #3 pick in
the ACC next year, or better.

The Demon Deacons host Maryland on Thursday, and then play at Georgia Tech on
Saturday. Two wins this week would be huge for their NCAA tournament chances.

Postseason: NIT or CBI


Miami (19-7, 6-6)

Say hello to the new “hottest team in the ACC”. Miami has won four
in a row. Three of those wins have come against Duke, Virginia Tech and
Maryland, all teams in the top half of the league standings. The ‘Canes beat
Duke 96-95 on Wednesday at home, and then routed Maryland 78-63 on Saturday.

At one point they were competing for last place in the conference with a 2-6
record. Now they are competing for a first round bye. Most importantly, they
have a very nice schedule down the stretch.

The ‘Canes play at Clemson on Wednesday, and then host Virginia on Saturday.
With their overall record and RPI (around 25, depending upon which rating you
look at), a .500 mark in ACC play should get them in the NCAA tournament.

Postseason: NCAA tournament


Florida State (16-12, 5-8)

Florida State helped themselves out quite a bit in the last week. First they
upset Clemson 64-55, then finished off the week with a 66-63 victory over Boston
College on Saturday. Despite a lot of injuries this year, the ‘Noles are in
decent shape, for the NIT or CBI at least.

Florida State has three games remaining, and although two of them are on the
road, they are both winnable. One more win should lock up an NIT or CBI berth
for FSU.

The ‘Noles travel to NC State on Wednesday, and then take the weekend off.

Postseason: NIT or CBI


Georgia Tech (11-14, 4-7)

Georgia Tech had an interesting week. After preparing all week for a home
game against Virginia on Thursday night, the game was postponed due to a leaky
roof in Alexander Memorial Coliseum. The Jackets then took to the road, where
they lost to Virginia Tech 92-84 on Saturday afternoon.

Georgia Tech is a team that looks good getting off the bus, but they don’t
play particularly well when they step on the court. They are talented, and they
can score points, but their half court defense leaves quite a bit to be desired.

The Jackets play at Duke on Wednesday night, then host Wake Forest on
Saturday.

Postseason: None


Boston College (13-12, 4-8)

Two more games, two more losses. The Eagles are not playing good basketball
at all. They lost at home to Virginia 79-74, then lost to Florida State 66-63.
After starting 3-0 in ACC play, Boston College has lost eight of their last nine
games.

BC has three freshmen in the backcourt, and they have a frontcourt that lacks
the athleticism needed to play in the ACC. That’s a recipe for a team that could
end up finishing last in the ACC.

The Eagles travel to Virginia Tech on Tuesday, then host UNC on Saturday.

Postseason: None


NC State (15-12, 4-9)

One team that looks more and more like they can only play well when they are
playing Virginia Tech is NC State. The Wolfpack lost at home to UNC 84-70, and
then got bombed at last place Virginia 78-60. NC State committed 25 turnovers in
their loss to the Hoos.

Barring some kind of a miracle, the NCAA tournament is out of the question
for the Wolfpack. They’ll make the NIT or CBI if they finish with a winning
record, but will they be able to manage that? They have a tough schedule down
the stretch.

NC State hosts Florida State on Wednesday and Duke on Saturday.

Postseason: NIT or CBI


Virginia (13-12, 3-9)

Virginia’s Thursday night game against Georgia Tech was postponed, and then
the Cavs returned home to soundly defeat NC State 78-60. It was their first ACC
win against a team not named Boston College this season.

Now that they have a winning record again, the Cavs can start thinking about
the postseason.

UVA gets the week off and then plays at Miami on Saturday. Their game with
Georgia Tech has been postponed to March 3, which means they’ll play four games
between March 1 and March 9.

Postseason: None

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