ACC Tuesday. Must wins and Platinum unis

Final week of the ACC regular season kicked off last night as Duke held off Wake Forest in Winston-Salem 79-71. The Blue Devils finished 8-0 on the road in the ACC, the third team in school history to do that. Wake rallied from a 23 point deficit to cut the game to 6, but didnt get any closer.

NC State vs Miami. This is a must win for both teams, if they have any chance of making the NCAA Tournament. Especially State,as they are trying to snap their 4 game losing streak. Reggie Johnson was reinstated by the NCAA for Miami. It is Senior Night at the RBC Center for C.J. Williams, Kendall Smith & Alex Johnson.

It is also Senior Night in Chapel Hill as UNC takes on Maryland. Last game at home for ACC POY candidate Tyler Zeller, Justin Watts and three other UNC seniors.  The Tar Heels will be wearing their Nike Platinum uniforms for the game tonight.

Also,

Georgia Tech visits Boston College.

Bitter writer (from Virginia) calls for boycott of ACC basketball games because of UNC/Duke bias.

 

Monday Morning Fodder – February 27, 2012

It is Monday, so it is time to look at the weekend that was.  Huge weekend in the ACC, with all 12 teams taking the floor, and only one game being a blowout while two went to overtime.  Hit the jump for more. Continue reading Monday Morning Fodder — February 27, 2012

ACC Round-Up – February 21, 2012

There were four games in the ACC last night.  As discussed here, UNC took down NC State.  We also saw Georgia Tech manage only 37 points in a home loss to Clemson. Virginia squeaked past Virginia Tech by two (61 – 59).  Maryland beat Miami by a score of 75 – 70.

This leaves a three way tie at the top of the league:

North Carolina 11 – 2
Duke 10 – 2
Florida State 10 – 2
Virginia 8 – 5
NC State 7 – 6
Miami 7 – 6
Maryland 6 – 7
Clemson 6 – 7
Virginia Tech 4 – 9
Wake Forest 3 – 10
Boston College 3 – 10
Georgia Tech 2 – 11

Game Day in the ACC

A lot happened last night in the world of NC State athletics.  Mark Gottfried showed up at the Free Expression Tunnel for the “Ram Roast” and had quit a bit to say, although I have yet to hear any of it.  More goodness after the jump. Continue reading Game Day in the ACC

Monday Morning Fodder – February 20, 2012

Another Monday is upon us, and this one is a holiday.  Remember when people used to get President’s Day as a paid holiday?  While those days are long gone, the days of me bitching about sports are not.  Hit the jump for my thoughts on the ACC’s weekend action, and my take on the Karl Hess situation. Continue reading Monday Morning Fodder — February 20, 2012

Monday Morning Fodder – February 13, 2012

It was a pretty blah sports weekend from my seat, but there are still some things to discuss.  Hit the jump for a few talking points. Continue reading Monday Morning Fodder — February 13, 2012

Monday Morning Fodder – January 23, 2012

It’s another Monday morning, so it looks like it’s time to recap the weekend.  Anything worth talking about happen?  Holy crap what a weekend.  NFL, Joe Paterno, ACC action…  it’s all after the jump. Continue reading Monday Morning Fodder — January 23, 2012

Monday Morning Fodder – January 16th, 2012

Well that was one hell of a weekend, was it not?  Should we start with the NFL and then work to college basketball?  I think we shall.  Hit the jump for the weekend’s talking points. Continue reading Monday Morning Fodder — January 16th, 2012

Georgia Tech Takes Down NC State – Updated

Anyone else watch Georgia Tech come into the RBC Center last night and take a game from NC State?  There really is not another way of stating it.  Tech took this one, and there was not much the Wolfpack could do about it.  With Glen Rice Jr “coming off the bench” and pouring in 22 points on 7-10 shooting, including 3-5 from behind the arc, to go along with Mfon Udofia’s ridiculous three point shots, the Pack had no chance against the Jackets.

This game was full of drama, with NC State coach Mark Gottfried getting a technical foul for a reason that is as of yet still unknown.  That was followed up by the refs refusing to talk to him.  At one point in the second half, during a time out, Gottfried was pleading with the refs for someone to come talk to him, and they responded by going to the opposite end of the floor and talking amongst themselves under the basket.  This was followed up by some questionable calls, that led to the Wolfpack getting into foul trouble.

The refs were not the reason the Pack lost that game, however.  Georgia Tech was simply on fire.  Rice Jr drained three pointers with hands in his face all night, as Tech finished the game shooting 60% from behind the arc (9-15) and 51% from the floor overall.  Even fouling Brandon Reed, who entered the game with a sub 60% free throw percentage, backfired as dude went 7-8 from the charity stripe.  Simply put, nothing worked for the Pack last night.

Just take a look at the box score and you can see that as bad as it seemed last night for the Pack, it really wasn’t as bad as it seemed.  The main negative for the Pack was its three point shooting, where it shot 26.3% (5-19).  The Pack was out rebounded by two, but had more offensive rebounds than Tech, which was due in large part to the fact that while the Jackets could not miss a shot, the Pack certainly could.  NC State had 12 turnovers (Tech had 14).  Blocked six shots (Tech blocked 5).  12 assists to Tech’s 9.

So even “playing as poorly as they did” the Pack still managed to fight hard and matched Tech’s 42 second half points with 42 of their own.  It just was not meant to be for the Pack.  Credit to Georgia Tech, who is looking better as the season goes on, and maybe will indeed finish in the middle of the ACC after all.

Update

Some good gems from Gottfried from his post game presser here.

“Let me say this clearly, the officials, they did not cost us the game, not at all,” Gottfried said. “Everybody can have an opinion but my take on all that is my team has to play better. I’m not into excuses, I’m not into that at all.”

Say what you will about Gottfried, but I for one love his approach with the media.  Also from last night:

“I can take my jacket off any time I’d like to,” Gottfried said. “That’s my prerogative. I never got an explanation. I asked repeatedly and never got one, never had any communication after that from them, and that’s a little bit frustrating on my side.”

Monday Morning Fodder – January 9th, 2012

That’s right, people.  Monday Morning Fodder is back and better than ever.  With a huge sports weekend in the books, it’s time to reset the past two days of action.  Hit the jump for NFL Wild Card and ACC opening weekend coverage. Continue reading Monday Morning Fodder — January 9th, 2012