TWO DUKIES PICK THE ACC
Volume XIII, Episode 25 (TD Micro)
February 2, 2010
REAL COACH INVADES ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE EDITION
Matt’s comments in blue.
duhomme's comments in red.
MIAMI (FLORIDA) (16-5, 2-5) @ WAKE FOREST (14-5, 4-3)
Well, the Mime of Miami finally nailed down that elusive second conference win in his seventh try, and it took a visit from the Bald Bastard of Blackburg, in an explosive meeting of coaching titans, to get it done. That sure makes up for the sweep at the hands of the Nutcracker, to say nothing of that sparkling 0-4 conference road record, featuring losses by an average of 14.0 ppg, and wins by an average of - - well, no ppg. Weak, for its part, has (in its last four) lost by 20; won by 13; won by 12; and lost by 21. I don’t mean to break that three-sentence rule yet again here, but could these inconsistencies be the sign of a horrible coach who has no connection with his charges?
Wake Forest 79, Miami (Florida) 64.
Once again, as we get into the meaty part of the ACC schedule, we get fooled into thinking Seth Goonberg has put together a pretty good team until he rescues mediocrity from the jaws of success by needlessly handing the Frantic Bobos their second conference win. Of course, the first came courtesy of a leaderless collection Evil Religious Leaders from Winston Salem, who come into this one fresh off an effort-free trip to Atlanta over the weekend. Just thank whatever higher power you believe in that two of the most clue-free coaches are meeting in a basketball game, not a chess match.
Wake Forest 81, Miami (Florida) 70.
NORTH CAROLINA STATE (14-8, 2-5) @ VIRGINIA (13-6, 4-2)
Yeah, it’s been easy to doubt Tony Bennett, because he’s a relative kid entering a “tough conference,” and because he’s battling the recent hardwood history of UVa, which has been handily summarized in a new book, From Macrocephapete to Lameao: How Virginia Basketball Nearly Soiled Itself for Good, by Tim Brando, foreword by Tim Brando, available from Blowyourownhorn Press for only $59.95. And no, I don’t have any idea why Tim is using my cute little nicknames, either, but I smell a lawsuit, assuming I can find a competent litigator to represent my vital interests. Speaking of competent, here’s the antithesis thereof, Sweet & Lowe, who can only beat disinterested, bored teams from Durham.
Virginia 80, North Carolina State 72.
Lid Slow essentially took the weekend off, scheduling an N.C. Central squad that offered up as much competition as the synchronized swimming team would have. And, if I brought up the idea of mediocrity in the previous item, it’s time to do so again as Anthony Dominick Benedetto waltzed into a silly “dome” in Chapel Hill and exposed its residents to have overdrawn their talent account. You know, after the Duke performance on Saturday, I really needed the pick-me-up and Virginia has completely earned this pick.
Virginia 70, North Carolina State 64.