TWO DUKIES PICK THE ACC
Volume XIII, Episode 18 (TD Micro)
January 16, 2010
FIVE-GAME SWOFFORDAY EDITION
Matt’s comments in blue.
duhomme's comments in red.
#24 CLEMSON (14-3, 2-1) @ NORTH CAROLINA STATE (12-5, 1-2)
First, condolences to the friends and loved ones of Southern Indiana senior center Jeron Lewis. RIP.
This is not the season to be halfassedly attempting forecasts of this league, which is as wacky and zany as any in the nation right now - - but here we sit, for whatever reason. The Tiggers try to build on their extraordinarily impressive, long-overdue destruction of the tiny Tools on Wednesday, while NCSU stopped traffic on freeways everywhere with its road win (yeah, *road win*) over the Noids in TeeHee. I choose to assume that the Nulls are really quite bad, and also guess that the Wolfpack will have difficulty doping out Purrrrrrrrrnell’s full-court press.
Clemson 74, North Carolina State 73.
There is certainly the chance Clemson is still getting recovering from the “Holy crap, we managed to build, then not choke away, a lead against the Hoots” hangover. However, the Wookiees come into this one after finding themselves on the unusual winning side of the scoring column down in Tallahassee the other day. Ollie may not be the best game manager around, but he’s not nearly the nitwit that Sid is.
Clemson 77, North Carolina State 70.
#20 GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (12-4, 1-2) @ #12 NORTH CAROLINA-CHAPEL HILL (12-5, 1-1)
Someone needs to start a website (yeah, a website) where they track this Personal Super Bowl Against Duke phenomenon; it’s real and it wants to talk to you. GIT had never participated in it before, but this season, the BugThugs have dropped their other two ACC games and honestly looked pretty bad doing so. Meanwhile, Tyler Zeller decided to take the next four to six weeks off, which is unfortunate for Todd Toolfan since Zeller actually showed up this season, unlike Drew MMX and Rrhoid’s almost impossibly bad freshman class.
North Carolina-Chapel Hill 67, Georgia Institute of Technology 66.
Oh sure, Paul, draw up a masterful gameplan against Duke then get run out of Charlottesville by league-leading Virginia (did I just type that?). Coach Cleatus and his fun bunch will be safely home in this game, where are much more comfortable because in those road arenas, the fans just make too much dang noise, daggummit. Even with something like 13 players hurt, the Yokel should be able to manage the on-floor action better than Clueless (just barely).
North Carolina-Chapel Hill 88, Georgia Institute of Technology 71.
MARYLAND, COLLEGE PARK (10-5, 1-1) @ BOSTON COLLEGE (10-7, 1-2)
Watching Sweaty’s sideline behavior during overtime in Winston made me wonder how any self-respecting young man and his parents or guardians could make the decision to play for this disheveled, irascible, unbearable-to-watch-for-ten-seconds pecker. Is he ever happy - - about anything, Dewey Beach company/wings/electric cattle prods to the crotch aside? Meanwhile, remember that Duke Super Bowl thing, because that was it on the part of the Greater Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker on Wednesday night - - although organizers forgot to ensure that it would be more than 20 minutes long.
Maryland, College Park 78, Boston College 72.
That was some fun last week when the Wet Whiner complained to anyone who would listen (all brave souls) that his team had to play two games in three days because that NEVER happens to anyone else and it was allllll Debbie Yow’s fault. Then, oh no, my goodness, they were forced to stay in Winston Salem for five extra minutes before losing a contest in which the Venezuelan Voicebox took an “I can’t believe that’s not a typo” 27 shots, making nine. As for Bee Cee, try playing a full 40 the way you did in the first half against Duke, and maybe I’ll rule on your motion requesting to be a relevant part of the league.
Maryland, College Park 70, Boston College 60.
VIRGINIA TECH (13-2, 1-1) @ #25 FLORIDA STATE (13-4, 1-2)
Whenever VPI finally gives the Bald Bastard of Blacksburg his walking papers, and many of us are cheering wildly, one compelling reason will be that the guy just has to have been paid off (and handsomely, too) by UNC-CH; the world is starting to run out of rational explanations for his teams’ total laydowns against the Tools. Just ask the Hurryclowns of Miami, who went into Blacksburg on Wednesday night expecting a tasty matchup against the same idiot who executed the only possible gameplan that could allow the Dirty Footmen to win the previous Sunday on Faux Sports Galaxywide - - and instead emerged on the business end of a 15-point blowout that wasn’t that close. In other news, it’s “#25” FSU’s turn to explain why losing its last two ACC games to mediocre squads (the Droplets and the Woofers) by 8.0 ppg on average should force us to pay them any mind this season.
Virginia Tech 71, Florida State 69.
Somehow the Blacksburg Berserker managed to get himself a double-header in the state of Florida, cruising upstate this weekend after dispatching Miami Wednesday in A GAME WE GOT RIGHT!!!! As a side note, if you haven’t seen this year’s ACC institutional ad featuring the basketball coaches, our boy Seth pokes fun at himself for his “you’d have to be certifiably insane” comment from a couple of seasons back, showing he might actually be human. I’m pretty sure Lamilton is not, and don’t know what he is, but I am increasingly frustrated by his team’s erratic play and inability to win at home.
Virginia Tech 75, Florida State 74.
#23 MIAMI (FLORIDA) (15-2, 1-2) @ VIRGINIA (10-4, 2-0)
The Associated Guess voters will probably be rethinking that strategy of loading down the bottom quintile of the Top 25 with ACC-affiliated teams receiving their mail in America’s Dong. Meanwhile, pop crooner Tony Bennett may have left his heart in Pullman, but I left most of my organs even farther away when I totally failed to take him seriously. Former academic All-America, very good collegiate point guard, NCAA all-time leader in 3PFG%, son of a damn good coach, AP/Naismith/Iba COY in 2006-2007 at Wazzu, and brought longtime friend Ritchie McKay (Seth Curry’s first college coach) with him to give him tips as the associate head coach - - yeah, this guy gets it, is an improvement of dimension-shifting proportions over Dave Lameao, and is figuring out how to use Landesberg to good advantage.
Virginia 79, Miami (Florida) 73.
The league-leading Whose? (did I just type that again????) are off to a hot start, but several questions remain. Have they found themselves are diamond-in-the-rough coach, or is it simply a matter of a guy with previously unseen tactics the rest of the league will get wise to soon, allowing us to watch them fade down the stretch (see The ACC v. Dino Gaudio). But, for the time being, why not start picking them to win some games?
Virginia 78, Miami (Florida) 64.