Sending out the Happies
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North Carolina, led by the top offense (89.9 points a game) in the conference, is outscoring teams by an average of 21.2 points a game. The Tar Heels lead the ACC in shooting (.506), three-point percentage (.408) and assists (20.3).However, one of the reasons Carolina shoots so well is Raymond Felton's ability to compromise a defense off the dribble. Carolina has a roster filled with good open floor shooters. But if they are forced to put the ball on the floor before shooting... who knows? So, what's at stake?
Meanwhile, the Terps are second to last in the ACC in defense, allowing 75.8 points a game. Last year, the Terps' perimeter and transition defense was maligned at times, yet they were holding teams to 72 points.
Could Maryland, now 16-9, receive an at-large bid with a record of 16-12? Yes, it's possible. But the Terrapins would be crazy to bank on it, especially since a loss to Virginia Tech, with an RPI of 100, would drop Maryland's own RPI. While a loss today doesn't torpedo Maryland, a victory over North Carolina would put the Terrapins into the tournament for certain.Win today and Maryland can relax against Virginia Tech. Lose today and the season may ride on their ability to win on the road in Blacksburg next weekend.
Kid: "What are you going to do today, Napolean?"That in mind, I nearly spit out my coffee this morning when I read this statement from Maryland's anguished starting point guard:
Napolean Dynamite (annoyed): "Whatever I feel like I wanna do. Gosh!"
"I don't know how everybody else feels, but it's just a game," [Terps G John Gilchrist] said. "It always should be a fun thing. It's not like you walk out on the floor and it's like, 'I must win this game' or 'We need to go to the NCAA tournament.' Putting all this pressure on it, it's downright silly, in my opinion."[Insert spit take here.]
DURHAM, N.C. - Duke guard Sean Dockery is out indefinitely because of a knee injury sustained Wednesday night in a victory over Georgia Tech.Thanks for the tip. We're getting this to you only five hours after it was announced. Don't forget to check here first for up-to-date ACC basketblog news.
Dockery, who played in Duke’s first 24 games, tore the medial collateral ligament in his right knee, the school announced Thursday.
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John Feinstien of the Washington Post says that Pete Gillen is in a tough spot. Indeed.....I don't know if he can save himself at this point short of finishing 7-9 in the conference and getting a win in the ACC and an invite to the Dance. That seems unlikely at this point.
The Hokies think they can hang their hat on the Duke win as they build their program. This is the ACC, guys. You are looking at about 85% losses against the Dukies going forward, if not more. It is kind of like Carolina beating Miami in football this year. You have angered the Empire.Wake Forest is winless against Duke at Cameron under Skip Prosser. I'm not confident that streak will end after Dukes loss to Virginia Tech.
Walking on at UNC is a family tradition for the Everett household.
Adam Lucas of Tarheelblue.com says that Sean May's game reflects the meaning of his body art: "He Can". Interesting......
It seems that the loyal readers of the ACCBasketblog are not the only people who hate my idea of keeping the Big 4 together. Caulton Tudor is on your side as well. I can't say that I agree with his reasoning that putting strong against strong and weak against weak would somehow hurt the ACC's chances of getting more teams into the tournament. I don't get that reasoning. Help!
Roy Williams says that he wants no part of Kansas in the NCAA tournament for a variety of reasons. We know how you must feel, coach. We also know that if the NCAA tournament committee can set up a Kansas v. UNC Final Four match-up....they will! Brace yourself, Roy.
Gregg Doyal says : " Powerful people are gathering behind the scenes at Virginia to throw their weight behind the following four men, one of whom they'd like to see become the Cavaliers' next coach: Michigan's Tommy Amaker, George Washington's Karl Hobbs, former St. John's coach Mike Jarvis and former Ohio State and Philadelphia 76ers coach Randy Ayers." Is Virginia a better job then Michigan? I don't really think so. Tommy, stay were you are for once and don't leave another program in a mess like you left the 'Hall.
Hoopsville's Jeff Ullman says that North Carolina is primed for a championship run. Perhaps, but are they primed not to turn the ball over 23 times against great D (see Duke loss).
It's a murderer's row.Indeed. And then there's this priceless line about 90210:
Again, Ian Ziering was one of the stars of this show. The man had a blonde mullet perm. Repeat: Blonde mullet perm.Good point.
Ed,To clarify the issue further, I took the liberty of putting words in my fraternity brother’s mouth. I stripped his inquiry to the most relevant and, admittedly, volatile core. The essence of the question is this: Do White people blow the actions of Black players (or, white players who “act” black) out of proportion? Aren’t these actions just a natural expression of emotion and culture i.e. you dunk on your boy in the hood, you give him the throat slash and a little trash talk to take home with him?
Have you ever written about how today's college athletes are often misunderstood i.e. players doing things that, to their peers or culture, aren't a big deal but to a lot of majority Americans may seem very disrespectful i.e. the throat slash, talking trash, being overly confident (even when they back it up), the “UNC is like being in jail” comment, etc. It just seems that a lot of their actions are blown out of proportion and they want these players to be like the All-American white guy? What do you think?