Saturday’s ACC action was split between explosions and thrilling back-and-forth games.
On the blowout side, Virginia handled BC 76-57, Notre Dame scored Louisville 76-62, and Virginia Tech edged Syracuse 85-70.
back to them.
Meanwhile, North Carolina State lost to Wake Forest 79-77, Pitt beat Miami 71-68, and Clemson edged Florida State 82-71.
Let’s start there.
I thought FSU could beat Clemson for two reasons. First, the FSU has improved and remains competitive despite the issues. And second, Clemson is missing Alex Hemenway, who is out with plantar fasciitis, and Blevin Galloway, who says his ball and ball sack exploded.
His words, not ours.
He had a testicular torsion, which could have cost him one or both testicles. Luckily, the surgery fixed the problem and he is fine and should be back soon.
And Chase Hunter was also limited by an ankle injury – or at least probably limited. looked like
Cam Corhen made a layup to put FSU ahead by 3 with 1:09 remaining. He then fouled a hunter who was split in line.
PJ Hall got to the Tigers’ line with 27 minutes remaining and missed one to make it a one-point game at 78-77.
Caleb Mills hit him for FSU to make it 80-77.
Hall came back and made two more to make it a 1-point game at 80-79.
Cohen hit another to put Florida up two with :08 remaining. Then, after a timeout, Hunter made one of his greatest plays in Clemson history, moving from one end to the other and fouling him Matthew He made an amazing ray against Cleveland. up.
Looking at replays, that seems impossible. But somehow he made it. and made a free throw. And Florida State stayed true to form and couldn’t make a clutch play.
The hunter in question finished with 26. And fun for his family, he and his brother Dillon started together in the backcourt.
North Carolina wasn’t far behind either.
When the pack lost Dusan Mahorucic to a knee injury, it seemed like death knell.
DJ Burns made that unlikely. He had his 31 points and his nine boards to lead the state in a thrilling win over Wake Forest.
Wake was pulled away in the first half and State took time to catch up. They finished with 6:32 left, but it was nobody’s game with about two minutes left.
Burns missed every free throw until splitting the pair with 1:49 to put the state up 73-71.
He blocked the shot before Damari Monsanto tied the game at 73-73.
Barnes then hit a pair of free throws, fouled Tyree Appleby on the next play, and hit one of two to make it 75–74.
Terquavion Smith hit a jumper to put State up by three points, followed by a free throw by Jarkel Joiner to put State up to 78-74. Andrew Carr: With 02 remaining, he hit a 3 to make the final score 79-77 for him.
Since beating Duke on January 4, North Carolina State is 6-1 and very likely to beat Florida State and Georgia Tech at home before going to Virginia.
Miami and Pitt were tied 7-3 heading into Saturday’s game. Pitt pulled off a very courageous win against a very good Miami team.
Keynes was up 17-15 and stayed up until 33 when Blake Hinton tipped a missed layup by streaking Jamalius Burton.
Miami called in a timeout and Burton stole the ball from the normally stable Isaiah Wong.
Then — this one is a little dizzying — Greg Elliott had a pit turnover and he stole it back from Uga Poplar who fouled him. , with 01 remaining, Wong missed a three.
Pitt is currently in 3rd place in the ACC and is eligible for NCAA bids. It has to be a sweet time for Jeff Capel, who is struggling to build a program, and most of his players, many of whom have transferred.
BC hung around for about 15:00 minutes before Virginia strangled him for doing Virginia’s thing. The Eagles recorded his 16 turnovers and on threes he only shot 4-14. Only six offensive rebounds. Add that in and it wasn’t good.
Quentin Post continues to impress. Here he scored 24 points and he had 6 rebounds. This follows Armando Bako and his 17-point performance against UNC and a 29-point blowout against Notre Dame. He appeared quite late as Earl Grant’s true power in his BC.
However, Jaeden Zackery was almost shut out and held to just 2 points. Makai Ashton Langford scored 12 points. No one else has scored four or more of his at Boston College.
Given Ireland’s recent poor form, we thought Louisville might have a chance at the Grand Prix of Notre Dame, but it didn’t.
JJ Sterling had 22 to lead Notre Dame. Dane Goodwin had 10 rebounds.
Freshman Mike James is in Louisville. Here he scored 14 at 6-8. But El Ellis, who has done more than carry the burden during a harrowing year, was restrained by Edith, Jae’lyn Withers when he was 10.
Louisville once had an extraordinary record of winning at least 10 games in a season for decades. 2-17 and if it’s still active, it’s now a terminal.
Finally, Virginia Tech seems to be turning things around. They beat Duke last Monday, of course, but before that, they nearly scored Clemson with a 51-50 loss at Littlejohn.
On Saturday they blew up Syracuse. They beat him by 15, but not by much. Virginia Tech was much sharper, moved the ball beautifully and got pretty much whatever they wanted on offense: Jim Boeheim’s 2-3 zone?
Shredded. Virginia Tech achieved 13 threes (40.6%) and overall he achieved 53.3%.
It reflects their excellent ball movement. Not surprisingly, the Hawkeyes have him shooting 32 and he has 26 assists, which is staggering. Joe Girard only hits he went 2-8. Judah Mintz he scored 21 points but only he was 5-12.
It was a really impressive performance.
A favorable schedule is approaching at Virginia Tech. Miami roads get tough and Virginia is not a beach day. But we also have BC, Notre Dame and Georgia Tech. We also get Louisville and Florida later. There are chances for a really strong finish.
There are no more games until Monday when Pitt visits UNC, Georgia Tech heads to Louisville, Florida’s Jets head to Raleigh, and visits the Wolfpack.
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