Saturday, January 12, 2008

Weekend ACC Hoops Schedule

The good news is there is only one conflict with the NFL Playoff schedule (FSU-Clemson) and that one is only on the web in most markets.

During football, I went to great lengths to do a writeup for each game, but there are too many games, and hoops is just too unpredictable to attempt the same during basketball season. I could guess, which is what I did during football, but I don't want to demonstrate my absolute lack of hoops knowledge. Instead, I'll just write a few observations about what's going on in the league.

So far, the home court has not meant much in league play. Going into today's action, ACC home teams are only 1-3 in conference games. Wolfpack fans certainly hope that trend continues today... They also wouldn't mind if referee, Tony Greene, works the game since home teams are 0-2 in games he has worked.

Is Miami for real this year? They are 13-1 and ranked 25th in the AP Poll this week... They've even managed to sell out BankUnited Center for this afternoon's game against a struggling Ga Tech squad. After football, 'Canes fans definitely need something to cheer about.

If any team deserves to have a good season this year, it's Wake Forest. The death of coach, Skip Prosser, was an event that could have shattered the program. Instead, the Deacs have rallied around first year coach Dino Gaudio. The Deacs are 11-3, with all three losses occurring on the road. This afternoon they travel to Chestnut Hill to face a 10-4 BC squad that has unexplainable losses to Providence, UMass and Robert Morris.

Has Clemson shifted into self-destruct mode? After dropping a heart-breaker to Carolina in the league opener, the Tigers dropped a home game to Charlotte earlier this week. Especially concerning was the 13-3 run that Charlotte had to finish the game. If Clemson falls to Florida State tonight, it might be time to go into full panic mode. FSU leads the nation in Free Throw percentage at .800... Let's mot mention what Clemson is shooting from the line.