With one more week left in the ACC regular season its becoming clear that the champion will be decided this Saturday, March 8th in Chapel Hill as #5 Duke takes on #1 North Carolina. Both teams are currently 12-2 in conference and each need to get through one more game (Duke plays at Virginia and UNC hosts Florida State) to ensure that the winner on Saturday wins the regular season crown outright. With this said, both teams are likely to go into Saturday night's game 13-2 and ready to bring it from the tip off. There's always been a bit of bad blood between these teams....
March 4, 2007
In addition there has been a war of words between Duke Coach Krzyzewski and UNC's Roy Williams. Coach K, discussing how Nolan Smith had been playing with a bad knee, mentioned that "unlike other schools we (Duke) don't release our injuries." The very next day coach Williams, in response to the Coach K's comments that he feels were directed at him chimed "Coach their own damn team, and I'll coach mine." Coach K definitely got under Roy's skin in this situation. Wouldn't be surprised if everyone of the injured UNC players who can return are playing on Saturday.
....Meanwhile ACC Sunday night hoops again lived up to expectations last night. On what was supposed to be a pleasant fair well to James Gist and Bambale Osby turned out to be a horror story for the packed house at Comcast Center (almost called it Cole Field House, I'm getting old). Everything was going the Terrapins way for the entire first and a good portion of the second half. Vasquez hit shots, Gist had a few monster blocks, The Terps were up something like 20 points with just over 11 minutes left. What happened after that I'm not so sure I can really explain....and I watched the game. What I did notice was that Clemson Senior forward James Mays, who had been suffering with an injury to his hand all year, began to dominate at the head of the press. Down 68-55, Clemson went on a 9-0 run in which Mays, who scored 7 of the 9, threw down a huge dunk to bring the Tigers within 4 with a bout 3 minutes left. Mays' athleticism sets him apart from most big men as Maryland clearly had no answer. He, along with Trevor Booker came alive in the second half and really beat up the Terrapins down low. A steal here, missed free throws there and Clemson had the game tied up at 70-70, and the ball, with about 14 seconds left....Clemson Freshman Terrence Oglesby does the rest.
Clemson 73 - Maryland 70
Fan Pick: Maryland
.....in other news Tyrese Rice of BC went for 46 in Saturday's loss at home to North Carolina. Rice had 23 in the first 7 minutes. Yea that's right, 23 in the first 7 minutes. Crazy, somehow BC still lost this game by 10.
ACC Ballers Dunk of the Week....
NC State Freshman J.J. Hickson gettin' up without lookin'