TWO DUKIES PICK THE ACC
Volume XIII, Episode 31 (TD Micro)
February 15, 2010
POSTPONEMENT AND POTENTIAL DETHRONEMENT EDITION
Matt’s comments in blue.
duhomme's comments in red.
VIRGINIA (14-8, 5-4) @ MARYLAND, COLLEGE PARK (16-7, 6-3)
I loved how Sweaty turned from being surprisingly complimentary about Krzyzewski and Zoubek to whining, almost immediately, about having to play two games in three days and three games in five days. Listen, DampDictatorDude: Duke has been doing scheduling stuff almost as difficult all season, and at least the road trips involved in your stretch are only between College Park and Raleigh-Durham. Also, although many Duke fans are cutting Sweaty a break these days, wearing Grievous Azzkiz T-shirts, et cetera, it’s like this: the guy, with the help of Coot Olson, almost singlehandedly launched a 2001 anti-Duke media offensive that Hemorrhoid happily inherited (along with a fully-functioning recruiting apparatus and, oh yes, a national-title-potential squad) and greedily stoked. Duke’s still suffering from it, and until the Perspirant-in-Chief apologizes for THAT - - and doesn't just make classy comments (and they were classy, and nice to hear) on Coach K’s birthday, his act cuts no ice in the blue ink on these pages. Meanwhile, this one goes into a fifth sentence to report that I suspect that Tony Bennett’s Cavs may have bit a bit of a wall - - but then, I’ve concluded that before, and I expect a close one here. Sixth sentence to note that Virginia has to play three games days as well, and this is the Hos’ second snow postponement of the season, against Maryland, College Park’s one, but if Bennett’s been carping about any of that, I missed it.
Maryland, College Park 70, Virginia 64.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Feb. 10, 2010: The Federal Trade Commission today announced the basketball game originally scheduled for tonight between The University of Maryland, College Park and The University of Virginia will be moved to Monday, Feb. 15. FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz said, “In response to a complaint filed by the whiners from College Park that ESPN was engaging in false advertising by calling that period of time ‘rivalry week,’ the Commission determined the Soggy Shells were correct, and that Duke is their true rival, not UVA.” The FTC is also investigating claims that a webpage which pretends to predict the outcome of ACC games is right less than 70 percent of the time.
Maryland, College Park 68, Virginia 64.
#23 WAKE FOREST (18-5, 8-3) @ VIRGINIA TECH (20-4, 7-3)
Wake convincingly won its fourth in a row on Saturday by swatting the fading BugThugs, and replaced Maryland as the ACC’s second ranked team for its trouble. In conference, the Deeks are perfect at home and +2 in one of my favorite metrics for intraleague performance, road wins minus home losses (RW-HL), thanks to their road victories over the ridiculous Tools and Virginia - - but their three conference road losses are a silly defeat at Miami and two blowouts at Duke (by 20) and at GIT (by 21). Seeking to exploit that potential vulnerability, and make their (ugh) case for (barf) inclusion in the NCAA Tournament will be the Greenbergoons, also owners of a four-game win streak, and the no-doubt delighted recipients of my anti-karma as I make this one appointment viewing.
Wake Forest 69, Virginia Tech 68.
After ridding Tobacco Town of some winged pests that flew in from Atlanta over the weekend, the Possessed Preachers find themselves with a nice hold on second place in the ACC. Wait, what happened to the previous occupants of that slot, the Turtles - - oh, that will have to wait for the next edition. The Ground-Birds spent the same day watching noted fine citizen, gentleman and scholar Jeff Allen nail the go-ahead three-point shot in a close one, not what anyone should expected since it was only the eighth toll call he successfully dialed all season.
Virginia Tech 78, Wake Forest 74.
NORTH CAROLINA-CHAPEL HILL (14-11, 3-7) @ GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (17-8, 5-6)
What happened to that Institutional Insect juggernaut, anyway? The Buzzers have lost three out of four, own a very poor RW-HL mark of 0 relative to their preseason hype, and just generally look like a team with some talent that is terribly coached - - go figure, right? Luckily, the Windbreakers’ one ACC road win was against the Tools, and here they are again. I’ll go into a fourth sentence to note that I strongly suspect that the Twinks will win this one or come very, very close, because it seems like it’s about time for Rrhoid to start to get “Hey, he’s suddenly winning **even without Ed Davis**” ink from UNC-CH media plants, isn’t it? The counterbalance is that Spewitt is not nearly as stupid as Sid Lowe, who, in an unrelated story, should be fired immediately.
Georgia Institute of Technology 80, North Carolina-Chapel Hill 79 (OT).
Somebody went and got themselves their third league win recently (Hint: UNC), and somebody else lost their third game in four tries, one of which was to ridiculous Miami (Hint: Paul Hewitt). Derrick Favors is exhibit 1 in my lawsuit, duhomme v. Recruiting Analysts, in which I claim that incoming players should be rated as bad until proven otherwise, and his four-point, two-rebound “performance” against the Deeks has already been forwarded to the court by my attorney. Coach Yokel spent the latter part of last week developing a winning strategy against a carnival barker who is currently collecting a paycheck in Raleigh (but hopefully for not much longer if the ACC’s reputation is to be maintained). Can he pull that off again, even given the benefit of an extra sentence or two? Not with the way they shoot.
Georgia Institute of Technology 71, North Carolina-Chapel Hill 69.