Originally written on SCACC Hoops  |  Last updated 11/14/14
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If you missed it last night, the big news were two injury updates from UNC and Virginia.  Virginia's Assane Sene has a fractured ankle and is out for at least 6 weeks.  UNC's Dexter Strickland has a torn ACL and is out for the rest of the season.

Without Sene, Virginia will turn to Akil Mitchell and Darion Atkins down low.  While both are better offensive players and athletes, neither provides the defensive presence or rebounding that Sene could.  Without Sene, can Virginia play as tight on the perimeter without a shotblocker guarding the rim?  If Mitchell and/or Atkins get in foul trouble who else helps down low?

For UNC there are two glaring holes that Dexter Strickland leaves.  Dexter Strickland was UNC's best perimeter defender and he was UNC's backup point guard while Kendall Marshall is sitting.  While some are concerned filling the backup point guard role, I'm more concerned with how UNC will be able to guard the quicker perimeter players.  Look no further than the Virginia Tech game where Erick Green finished 17 points. 

Today, there are 4 ACC games.  Maryland steps out of league play for a matchup with Temple.  In conference, we have Boston College hosting Wake Forest at noon, Georgia Tech going to Clemson at 2:30, and Duke hosting FSU at 4.  Make sure to check out the previews below for game sim predictions, stats, and analysis of each of the matchups.

Notable Duke/FSU Games

 Team Conf Pct Overall Pct  Duke  4-0  1.000  16-2  0.889  UNC  3-1  0.750  16-3  0.842  NC State  3-1  0.750  14-5  0.737  FSU  3-1  0.750  12-6  0.667  Virginia  2-1  0.667  15-2  0.882  Maryland  2-2  0.500  12-5  0.706  Boston College  2-2  0.500  7-11  0.389  Miami  1-2  0.333  10-6  0.625  Wake Forest  1-3  0.250  10-8  0.556  Clemson  1-3  0.250  9-9  0.500  Georgia Tech  1-3  0.250  8-10  0.444  Virginia Tech  0-4  0.000  11-7  0.611

Links

 

  • Lenox Rawlings: RPI numbers don’t look good for ACC
  • Early end to an acc game
  • Alex Len looks to shake off slump
  • ‎Len seeking form as Maryland heads to The Palestra
  • Virginia playing historically stingy defense this basketball season
  • State, UNC suffer potentially significant losses in Thursday’s ACC wins
  • Five “Guys Eyeing the Prize” For POY in the Conference
  • Clemson will never be top dog in hoops
  • UNC regains heart following FSU drubbing
  • Tar Heels charge back toward the top at Virginia Tech’s expense
  • Strickland’s season ends with knee injury
  • UNC loses Strickland for rest of season
  • Deacons badly need win against Eagles
  • Layup Lines: ACC weekend preview
  • N.C. State Wolfpack assumes look of ACC heavyweight
  • Miami Hurricanes’ McKinney Jones continues family tradition
  • Clemson big man Baciu trying to reach expectations
  • Virginia playing historically stingy defense this basketball season
  • Boston College Basketball’s Ceiling Under Donahue? And The Big Finish
  • Have team meetings been the real difference for Florida State?
  • FSU To Duke It Out In Durham
  • Rivers, Duke ready for Florida State
  • Gene Frenette: Surprising Seminoles need consistency
  • Weekend preview: How to attack Baylor, Duke
  • More on how Ian Miller’s return has helped FSU’s offense
  • FSU To Duke It Out In Durham
  • Game Notes: vs. Florida State, Jan. 21, 4 PM, ESPN
  • FSU Comes to Cameron Confident, Dangerous
  • Bigger Loss: Virginia's Assane Sene or UNC's Dexter Strickland?

 


Today's Games

Time Matchup TV    11:00:00 AM  Maryland @ Temple  ESPNU  Preview  12:00:00 PM  Wake Forest @ Boston College  ACCN/ESPN3  Preview  2:30:00 PM  Georgia Tech @ Clemson  ACCN/ESPN3  Preview  4:00:00 PM  FSU @ Duke  ESPN  Preview

 

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