No.1 Duke Blue Devils Travel to No. 20 NC State in Early ACC Clash: Preview And Where To Watch Online
On Saturday, the No. 1 ranked Duke Blue Devils travel across the research triangle to play in-state rival, No. 20 NC State Wolfpack.
Hall of Fame coach, Mike Krzyzewski has the Blue Devils 15-0 and atop the college basketball world. They are standing undefeated thanks to impressive wins over three top 5 teams: Kentucky (UK was #3 at the time, though now it doesn't look like as impressive), Ohio State and Louisville. Their average margin of victory is 19 points and are coming off of a 68-40 drubbing of fellow ACC member, Clemson.
The UNC Tar Heels make their first trip to Tallahassee this season to face fellow ACC rival Florida State.
North Carolina (10-5, 0-2), hasn’t played well in their past five games going (2-3), including two straight losses (Miami & Virginia) to ACC opponents for the first time since the 2008-09 season.
Florida State (10-5, 2-0), which is (4-1) in their last five games. Unlike the Tar Heels, the Seminoles have pulled out two close gritty wins over fellow ACC rivals Maryland and Clemson.
Even though the Tar Heels don’t possess a dominant offensive low post presence they are ranked fourth in the Nation in Rebounds Per Game (43.3) and Assists Per Game (18.5).
If North Carolina wants to avoid going 0-3 in the ACC they are going to need big games from sophomore James Michael McAdoo and junior Reggie Bullock. Many critics and fans are awaiting another dominating performance from McAdoo much like the first two games of the season.
Xavier Henry, Josh Selby, Drew Gooden and the Morris twins never approached the rock-star status that awaits Ben McLemore leading up to March Madness and spilling into the NBA Draft.
In his second career Big 12 conference game, the possible top pick in the 2013 NBA Draft made his grand entrance onto college basketball’s big stage. Trailing Iowa State in the waning seconds at home against Iowa State, Kansas’ redshirt freshman Ben McLemore who is Internet-ionally famous for his exploits above the rim came flying off a high screen, reeled in pass from senior Elijah Johnson, turned and calmly banked home a trey from well behind the line to tie the score at 79 with a second to spare.
NCAA Men’s College Basketball News: The UCLA Bruins Take Care of Business At The House Against Missouri: Shabazz Muhammad Steps Up Big For The Bruins:
The UCLA Bruins pulled off a gusty, overtime win 97-94 against the No. 7 ranked Missouri Tigers at Pauley Pavilion. UCLA and Missouri started out the game strong with both teams scoring at a high percentage. The Bruins continued their good shooting, rebounding and overall play building their lead to double digits. Shabazz provided some consistent scoring during the Bruins early first half run.
The Wear twins David and especially Travis, who scored a career high of 22 points for the game, seemed unstoppable for the Tigers big men. Their rebounding, hustle plays and high percentage shooting caught Missouri off guard and created some foul problems for the Tigers big men, 6’8’ Laurence Bowers and 6’9’ Alex Oriakhi.
Missouri fought on the back of Phil Pressey’s scoring and his 12 assist, which was Missouri’s entire first half assist total. Along with Keion Bells outburst in the first half, the Tigers intensified their defense, began playing more physical and took control of the boards on the offensive end and the game overall.
OK, let’s run it down.
Temple topped No. 3 Syracuse on Saturday, a week after Butler bumped off No. 1 Indiana. Back around Thanksgiving, Virginia Commonwealth went on a Tour de Oh So Close against a trio of ranked teams in the Bahamas, taking out then-No. 19 Memphis before scaring the bejesus out of Duke and Missouri, ranked No. 5 and 13, respectively, at the time, before succumbing late.
Just what in the name of “national” programs is going on here?
It’s almost enough for the Big East’s Catholic 7 members to step away from preaching about their forever relevance in college basketball circles and take notice of what’s going on in that lowly Atlantic 10. You know, the conference Georgetown, Villanova, Marquette and their “our hoops are holier than thou” brothers about to break out on their own scoffed at for having the audacity to think its offer to join forces would be met with more than, well, some serious scoffing.
After all, that conference has no cachet, no substance. There is nothing “national” about it. That’s the general consensus, ain’t it?
Pardon me whilst I upchuck from the blinders-wearing BCS bigots out there …