- I have never seen so many ACC teams play zone as this year. miami, fsu, VT, uva, bc, and more have used it at times. Simple fact is the ACC doesn’t have the shooters we are used to like Redick, Ellington, McClinton, Oglesby, and others that scared you away from zones.
- VT is more or less tied for 4th in average home attendance in the ACC with 9636 (uva moved ahead by 12). Pretty impressive considering VT has just the 8th biggest seating capacity. And while I know that counts seats sold, not butts in seats, I’m pretty sure that’s how every other school counts attendance so at least we are selling our tickets.
- unc moved to 55-0 at home against clemson this week. And it isn’t like the tigers are that bad, they win 33% of the time at home against unc over the last 40 years. What are the odds of going 0-55? Has to be in the gazillions.
- unc finally benched Larry Drew in favor of Kendall Marshall and nc state finally benched Javi Gonzalez in favor of Ryan Harrow.
- georgia tech fell to 1-18 in ACC road games over the last 3 seasons with their loss at uva Saturday. They are 6-37 over the last 6 seasons in ACC road games.
- Sidney Lowe is 6-28 in ACC road games in 5 seasons. Who’s worse? Hewitt or Lowe? I’ll at least give wake’s coach a year before I put him at the bottom.
WHERE DID THIS HOKIE OFFENSE COME FROM???!!!…
- The Hokies are #1 in the ACC in FG% in conference games at 47.5%. Quite the up-swing since they were shooting 43% overall a few weeks ago.
- Tech is #1 in the ACC in FT% in conference games. Can you believe that? 81%.
- VT is #4 in 3-Pt% in ACC games at 40%. (Thanks Manny Millions)
- VT is averaging over 70 ppg in ACC play (remember when we couldn’t score 60?).
- Tech has the 2nd highest scoring margin in ACC games at +10.4 (the 5-1 blue devils are barely ahead at +11.2). Shows VT should not be 3-2, but that’s the breaks and Tech needs to roll this week.
VT Defense – Tech is #1 in 3-Pt% defense, #2 in the ACC in steals (thanks, Erick), and #3 in FG% defense. Tech is still #2 in the nation in FT% ‘defense’.
ACC Power Poll (1.23.11) – Team, ACC record, ranking in last poll:
- duke (5-1, #1)
- florida state (5-1, #5) – Since looking awful at VT, the noles are riding the gravy train with biscuit wheels. They’ve won 4 straight, including giving duke their only loss and taking down a 4-1 bc team.
- VIRGINIA TECH (3-2, #4) – With Tech’s win over longwood, the Hokies have won 9 of 10 since starting 4-4. Their win at maryland was huge. Tech has led by double digits in the first half of 6 straight games. VT needs to take care of business at gt and home against miami this week to stay in the top 4.
- boston college (4-2, #3) – Can you believe bc, who is in 4th in the ACC, would be last in the Ivy League (0-2)? Despite their 16 point loss to fsu (it was just 2 at the half), I still like the eagles. They have a lot of veterans, which is huge in this league. And Reggie Jackson is a stud. He shot 63% from the field in their first 4 ACC games, but has cooled off this week in their 2 games (8/25 – 32%).
- north carolina (3-1, #2) – Even with bc’s loss to fsu, I’m not impressed enough with the heels to put them ahead of bc. The eagles have veteran leadership, the heels have youngsters that seem to have no style and they continually come out of the gates slow.
- maryland (2-3, #9) – Everyone was hating on the terps after the whoopin’ they took from VT, but they responded less than 48 hours later with a huge win over clemson. This is a good team that plays hard, and they have the ACC’s best player (though they seemed to forget about him against VT).
- clemson (2-3, #7) – The tigers had a tough week, falling to 0-55 all time at unc and then losing at maryland where they had a shot at the buzzer to win it. but winning on the road is hard in the ACC (ask Hewitt or Lowe). They get nc state and fsu at home which should help show how good they really are.
- nc state (2-3, #6) – Who can blow a 17-point second half lead at home? Sidney Lowe can! But they found a way to pull out a tough win against miami thanks to Tracy Smith’s heroics at the end. Can Lowe win more than 5 ACC games this season? Eh, I’ll wait for him to win a road game (not counting wake) first — he’s 6-28 in ACC road games at state and 0-2 this year.
- miami (1-4, #8) – I don’t know why I picked miami to move up from 12th place last year to the upper half of the league. I guess I bought into their ACC Tourney run too much. But they are still too young (no senior starters). Could be pretty good next year, but way too streaky now and still can’t close close games — lost to fsu by 2 blowing a huge first half lead and lost at nc state by 2.
- virginia (2-3, #10) – uva is like LA Gear was in the late ’80s (unstoppable!) against teams with ‘Tech’ in their name. uva won at VT, then waxed gt on Saturday. The problem is they are 0-3 against everyone else and won’t have Mike Scott, their star, for the rest of the season.
- georgia tech (2-3, #11) – The good news is gt is 7-1 (overall) and 2-0 (ACC) at home. The bad news is they don’t play all their games at home and they are 0-6/0-3 on the road this year. Seriously, with their loss at uva Saturday, gt is 1-18 in ACC road games the last 3 years and 6-37 the last 6 years. The good news is both their games are at home this week (VT, md). The bad news is they let the ACC’s worst offense score 43 first half points on them (uva).
- wake forest (0-5, #12) – wake almost covered the spread against duke! It was ‘only’ 22.5, which I thought was awfully low considering the deacons have now lost by 21, 19, 29, 35 (to gt, no less), and 24. Their loss to gt was epic – they scored just 13 second half points (39 total), shot 26%, and 35% from the foul line (9/26!!!).