Trying to figure out ACC basketball
Posted January 24, 2013
Florida State won the ACC championship game last year and Miami currently leads the ACC with a 5-0 record. That's what ACC officials thought could happen in football but BASKETBALL?? It's a sign of the times of equality.
State was the preseason pick to win the ACC with the preseason player (CJ Leslie) and freshman of the year (Rodney Purvis). They certainly have the talent to win the league but there are a puzzling team. When engaged, they are fantastic but there are too many times when defensively they just look disinterested. Road losses at Maryland and Wake Forest have the 4-2 Wolfpack still in the strike zone. But if they can't win AT Maryland and Wake, how will they fare at North Carolina, Duke, Virginia and Florida State? The good news for Pack fans, they play Miami one time this year and it's at home on February 2. But first, they have that little get together on Saturday. ESPN's Game Day crew is in town and so is North Carolina, a team that has beaten the Wolfpack 13 straight times. "Ten hut!!!"
Twice the Blue Devils have been ranked number 1 in the nation and twice they have been beaten sitting atop the national poll. The first time they were ranked was deserving. They are not the top ranked team without Ryan Kelly,sporting a 1-2 record without the senior tri-captain. The Massacre at Miami was so bad that the coaching staff just sat there in silence. Believe me, if that highly emotional staff sits there like they are in a church pew, you know the explosion will come at practice. Contrary to a national radio report from Dan Patrick, Duke officials say they did not practice after they got back from Miami.
Early on Tar Heel Coach Roy WIlliams couldn't get what they worked on in practice to translate into the game. That is changing. It sure looks like Carolina is becoming more and more stable on the basketball court. After an 0-2 start in league play, the Heels reeled off 3 in a row and are not tied with Duke for third in the ACC. Reggie Bullock and James Michael McAdoo are playing like they were expected to play. PJ Hairston has been a big boost off the bench. Another major reason for improvement for the Tar Heels is the play of their freshmen and the defining of their roles. Defend and rebound for Joel James and Brice Johnson. Create problems with your athleticism for JP Tokoto. Point guard Marcus Paige is finding his comfort zone handing out 21 assists in the last 4 games with 11 turnovers. He is learning when and where to feed his teammates for easy buckets.
Storming the court
We have watched ACC fans storm the court four times this season but here's something to think about. After State stormed the court after beating Duke, the Wolfpack lost to Maryland. The Terps stormed the court after beating State then lost to North Carolina. Wake Forest rushes the floor after beating NC State. They head to Georgia Tech on Saturday. Miami stormed the court after beating Duke. The Hurricanes host Florida State on Sunday trying to remain unbeaten in the ACC.
This all makes sense right?? It sure has the makings of an unpredictable ACC tournament and beyond.