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2014-15 North Carolina Tar Heels Basketball Preview

It's an odd time to write a North Carolina basketball preview.  There is quite a bit going on off the court at the moment, but I'd suspect that it will not affect things on the court this season.  So, let's focus on basketball for the purpose of this piece.   The Tar Heels are coming off a 24-10 season a year ago, one in which they lost in the second round of the...
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Does Virginia Tech's 30-6 loss parallel Wake's 30-0 route of FSU in 2006?

As I watched Miami crush Virginia Tech 30-6 Thursday evening, the more the game went on the more it reminded of a similar demise of a once great program. Back in 2006, the decline of Florida State was unmistakable. There were whispers that legendary coach Bobby Bowden should be replaced. After Florida State suffered a humiliating 30-0 home loss to Wake Forest to drop to drop 5-5...
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Game Sim's college football week 9 predictions

Another weekend of college football is upon us, let's take a look at what Game Sim is predicting. Last weekend Game Sim stayed consistent picking winners at a 80% clip. It's target predictions (closely picking margin of victory) are trending upward each of the last 6 weeks.  Last week it beat the spread60 % of the time and on the season, Game Sim has beat the spread...
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Will's Week Nine Predictions

Last Week: 4-3  Overall: 57-18   Miami vs. Virginia Tech For the second consecutive week, Virginia Tech is playing on Thursday night. They lost at Pitt last Thursday, but this is Thursday night in Blacksburg. There has always been a bit of a mystique with it. Unfortunately, this version of the Hokies has been depleted by injuries, especially at running back and on both lines....
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Will's Week Nine Predictions

Last Week: 4-3  Overall: 57-18   Miami vs. Virginia Tech For the second consecutive week, Virginia Tech is playing on Thursday night. They lost at Pitt last Thursday, but this is Thursday night in Blacksburg. There has always been a bit of a mystique with it. Unfortunately, this version of the Hokies has been depleted by injuries, especially at running back and on both lines....
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Wainstein report leaves 'Tarred Heels'

Our game with UNC is this Saturday, and conveniently enough, a full investigative report was released today on the academic fraud that's been taking place there.  It's been known for a while that UNC had been plagued by "irregularities" in the African-American Studies department (AFAM, as the school calls it.)  The head of that department, Julius Nyang'oro...
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2014-15 NC State Wolfpack Basketball Preview

Coming into last season, NC State was full of unknowns. Sophomore star T.J. Warren morphed into the ACC Player of the Year and carried the Wolfpack into the NCAA Tournament. Losing Warren presents a tremendous challenge, but the Pack do have some pieces in place to get them back to the Big Dance. Three top 100 freshman and a talented transfer will join up with a frontcourt that now...
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Articles from around the ACC Blogosphere 10/21

Well the ACC picked up its third OOC win over team ranked in the top 10 when they played them this year when Florida State beat Notre Dame. That leads all power 5 conferences. ESPN’s ACC coverage felt the need to rip the conference after this great win.  I’m all for fair criticism, but that article wasn’t ESPN’s um best work. Stick with us and the ACC Bloggers for your...
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ACC Announces Football Players of the Week for October 20

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Pitt leads the way with three student-athletes honored as Atlantic Coast Conference Football Players of the Week. Two student-athletes from Florida State, North Carolina and Syracuse were recognized. Pitt’s strong play on defense and special teams in last Thursday night’s 21-16 Coastal Division win over Virginia Tech was reflected in the...
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Thoughts from Pitt basketball's second Blue/Gold scrimmage

The Pittsburgh Panthers were on display for the second time at the Maggie Dixon Heart Fair and Blue/Gold Scrimmage. Pitt continued its undefeated start against itself with the second intrasquad scrimmage of the preseason on Sunday at the Peterson Events Center. First, I'd like to say I love the Maggie Dixon Heart Fair. It's a great event for families, and promotes good heart...
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Will's Week Eight Rankings

Here are my rankings after week eight of ACC football. 1. Florida State (7-0) Thanks to a penalty (which was the right call), the Seminoles escape. 2. Duke (6-1) Impressive win over UVA. The schedule is pretty easy the rest of the way. 3. Clemson (5-2) The Tigers survived thanks to a dropped BC pass that would have been a touchdown.  4. Virginia (4-3) The Cavs definitely could have...
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ACC Football By The Numbers: Week Eight

Here are the numbers that stood out in week eight of ACC football. 1-Incompletion Jameis Winston threw in the second half against Notre Dame. 1.2-Yards per carry average by Virginia Tech. 118-Rushing yards by Chad Voytik in Pitt's win over Viriginia Tech. 129-Receiving yards by UVA's Miles Gooch, a career high. 173-Rushing yards by Louisville's Michael Dyer. 463-Yards...
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2014-15 Miami Hurricanes Basketball Preview

The beginning to the 2013-14 season was not a great one for Miami, as they struggled, and occasionally lost, to inferior opponents. But as the season went on, you saw Jim Larranaga weave his magic, and the Hurricanes ended up winning 17 games, which is impressive considering the team lost 90% of their scoring from the season before. This year, change is happening again, as 85% of...
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Ranking the Power 5 Football Conferences after week 8

Are we getting a clearer picture of the playoff chase? Actually not really, there are still has many as 10 teams chasing 4 spots. We’ll give each conference a relative strength value 1-10. 1) SEC – 9 The team to keep an eye on here is Georgia. They are by far the best team in the SEC East, and their only obstacle to an 11-1 regular season is Auburn which UGA which will host...
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10 quick takes on the ACC after week 8

Somebody looks likes a favorite in the Coastal… a real favorite, well at least until next week. The Atlantic is still Florida State’s to lose, and so is that playoff spot. 1) Florida State beats Notre Dame in a classic. Florida State took as many shots from Notre Dame as they did against Clemson. Guess what they won both games. Look the Noles aren’t the 2013 team, but if they...
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Pitt bowl game hopes up after Virginia Tech win

Heading into the Panthers' game against Virginia Tech, the team's bowl game hopes were fading. Pitt had only won three of their first six games and considering the second half of the schedule is significantly harder than the first, missing out on a bowl game was a real possibility. That possibility still exists, of course, but Pitt's win on Thursday against Virginia Tech...
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NC State holds 'Throwback with the Pack'

NC State held their Throwback with the Pack event last night combining their basketball history with the present. RALEIGH - Dereck Whittenburg jogged past the sideline table and slapped hands with N.C. State's current team members, who were in a playful mood Friday night. Cat Barber used...
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Inside Duke Basketball practice notes 10/17/14

I was fortunate enough to get to attend Duke's practice this afternoon, thanks to my brother who hooked me up.  I'll give a player by player rundown in a moment, but first, it's always impressive to see how well Duke's practices are run.  We were there as part of the Inside Duke Basketball event put on by the Emily K Center.  As we entered we were handed a practice...
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2014-15 Louisville Cardinals Basketball Preview

While Louisville has already made their introduction to the ACC on the gridiron, it seems pretty clear ACC basketball is the place they'll make their biggest impact.  The Cardinals are coming off back-to-back visits to the Final Four and bring a top 10 team to the league.  They also bring a Hall of Fame coach in Rick Pitino.  Pitino's team boasts a strong frontcourt and...
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Pitt grinds out 21-16 win over Virginia Tech

It's probably too early to say Pitt turned its season around tonight, but with a 21-16 win against Virginia Tech, they're at least headed in the right direction. I figured Pitt would come out playing with a chip on their shoulder and they did. But first half mistakes really hurt the team, making the game closer than it probably should have been In the first quarter and on...
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Duke vs. Virginia: Game Preview

Duke has a good football team these days.  Eight years ago, that was the first definition in the dictionary under "unthinkable."  Right underneath was the idea that any ACC team might lose five out of six to them.  And let's be honest: I'm still not used to it.  The good news is, if we lose again, we can walk out muttering "just wait til basketball...
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Should Florida State fans boycott ESPN Gameday?

If you’ve turned on ESPN at anytime during the college football season, two things have dominated the coverage, Jameis Winston and the SEC football. As the reigning Heisman Trophy winner Winston is under a magnifying glass. His off the field issues are newsworthy, but Florida State fans feelsthe coverage of Winston is  negative and biased. The SEC is considered the best football...
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Will's Week Eight Predictions

Last Week: 4-2  Overall: 53-15 Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh The week begins Thursday night, as these two meet in a Coastal Division clash. Pitt has lost three in a row after starting the season 3-0, and desperately need a win. Virginia Tech has won two in a row, but at the same time, have been dealing with multiple injuries at running back. The key to this game is to have success...
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Game Sim's college football week 8 predictions

Another weekend of college football is upon us, and this one should be a good one.  Last weekend Game Sim stayed consistent picking winners at a 75% clip. It's target predictions (closely picking margin of victory) are trending upward each of the last 5 weeks.  Last week it beat the spread 64% of the time and on the season, Game Sim has beat the spread in 56% of games...
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ESPN: How will Coach K handle the Tyus Jones/Quinn Cook PG situation?

ESPN has an article with big questions as the college basketball season is now less than a month away.  One question raised is how Coach K will handle his point guard situation. Icon Sportswire, Getty Images Mike Krzyzewski has a great problem. Quinn Cook, a senior point guard who has been a member of three Blue Devils teams that reached the NCAA tournament, returns to lead...
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