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2014-15 Syracuse Orange Basketball Preview

There aren't many teams across the nation that lost more talent than the Syracuse Orange, but Jim Boeheim reloads with a team that is ranked in the Top 25 in most preseason polls.  Gone are CJ Fair, Tyler Ennis, and Jerami Grant, a trio that accounted for 62% of the offense a season ago.  The good news is Boeheim has a number of talented, albeit unproven options. Record...
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Jamie Dixon talks injuries at ACC Media Day

I wanted to get to this a little sooner, but Pitt attended the ACC basketball media day this week. As JD mentioned, the Panthers finished sixth in the preseason poll, which, realistically, seems about right. Not only is the conference expected to be better than last season, but the team will be playing this year without their top two scorers in Lamar Patterson and Talib Zanna, who...
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Virginia vs Georgia Tech: Game Preview

Theoretically, the Coastal race could hardly be more wide-open; five out of seven teams have two losses, and the other two have one and three.  The mood isn't one of a title race, though; blowing a game to a rival in way-too-familiar fashion will do that.  Getting to a bowl game remains a plausible, if growing distant, goal, however.  If the Hoos are to do that, this...
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Will's Week Ten Predictions

Last Week:  3-2  Overall: 60-20   Florida State vs. Louisville For the third straight Thursday, the ACC gets the national spotlight on Thursday night. This time, Virginia Tech isn't involved. But this will be a much better matchup. It's Jameis Winston against the number one defense in the ACC.  FSU's defense is middle of the pack (sixth) in the ACC in yards allowed...
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Game Sim's college football week 10 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.  Last week was an off week picking againts the odds, beating the spread just 45% of the time.  On the season, Game Sim has beat the spread in 55% of games. Don't forget, the predictions change with...
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Backlash for the perceived SEC Bias from ESPN is real and growing

Something is happening to ESPN that I don’t think they expected when they signed on to do the SEC Network. The blacklash for perceived SEC Bias from ESPN. The backlash is real and it is growing.The examples of the backlash are significant in number. The twitter account @SECExposed has nearly 5,000 followers. Two weeks ago we told about the movement by Florida State fans to boycott...
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Duke picked ACC preseason favorite; Paige, Okafor claim honors

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (theACC.com)– Duke will enter the 2014-15 season as the Atlantic Coast Conference favorite, according to a vote of media in attendance at the league’s annual “Operation Basketball.” The Blue Devils, who return guards Quinn Cook and Rasheed Sulaimon, along with starting forward Amile Jefferson from last year’s team that finished 26-9 and tied for third...
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Pitt down but not out in the mediocre ACC Coastal Division

Admittedly, it's hard to think that highly of Pitt football right now. The team is not only coming off of an ugly Homecoming loss to Georgia Tech, but has lost four out of their past five games. Pitt's win against Virginia Tech seems a bit like a distant memory and at only .500 on the season, it's difficult to see them going on a run to close out the season. But as bad...
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2014-15 Pittsburgh Panthers Basketball Preview

A strong (16-1) start and a strong finish sandwiched a weak stretch through the middle of the ACC season for the Pitt Panthers in 2013-2014. After losing Lamar Patterson and Talib Zanna, ups and downs may occur again for Jamie Dixon's squad. Last season's secondary players will need to take the next step in their development if Dixon is to guide an 11th team to the NCAA Tournament...
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Watch the 2014 ACC Men's Basketball Media Day Live

ACC Basketball Media Day is being held in Charlotte today and you can watch LIVE here.  Enjoy and comment below. Check out the schedule of events courtesy theACC.com below.
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2014 ACC Hoops Preview: Returners by "Impact Score"

Admit it: you saw that header and went OH GOODY.  And, "why can't it be basketball season RIGHT NOW?", followed by a prayer of thanks to all the baby angels for Tony Bennett.  I know how you roll. Well, you can't have actual basketball for another three-ish weeks, but you can have previews.  I won't be doing full-fledged team previews anymore, so I've...
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College Football Playoff Rankings Released; 4 ACC Teams represented

The initial College Football Playoff rankings have been released and 4 ACC schools are represented. View the College Football Playoff Rankings 2) Florida State 21) Clemson 24) Duke 25) Louisville Mississippi State takes the top spot in the poll, while the Seminoles rank 2nd as both teams are currently undefeated.  Partial ACC member, Notre Dame, is ranked 10th in the initial poll.
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Articles from around the ACC Blogosphere 10/28

This week is highlighted by one of the biggest ACC games of the year when Florida State heads to Louisville this Thursday night. You know Louisville and Florida State bloggers will have something to say about that game. What other topics are the ACC bloggers covering this week? Louisville blog CardSportsZone has a prediction for the FSU/Louisville game. Seminole fans you aren...
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ACC Announces Football Players of the Week for October 27

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Three student-athletes each from Miami and Clemson were recognized as the Atlantic Coast Conference announced its Football Players of the Week following the games of Thursday night and Saturday. Miami running back Duke Johnson earned ACC Offensive Back of the Week honors following his stellar performance in last Thursday night’s 30-6 win at...
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Will's Week Nine Rankings

Here are my rankings after week nine of ACC football. 1. Florida State (7-0) One of the last big tests of the season coming up Thursday against Louisville. 2. Duke (6-1) The Blue Devils were on a bye last week. 3. Clemson (6-2) The defense really stepped up against Syracuse. 4. Louisville (6-2) The national spotlight will be on them this week. 5. Georgia Tech (6-2) The Yellow Jackets...
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ACC Football By The Numbers: Week Nine

Here are the numbers that stood out in week nine of ACC football. 1.8-A.J. Long's QBR against Clemson, per ESPN. 6-Fumbles by Pitt. They lost all of them. 60.0-Yards per catch average by UNC's Mack Hollins. 249-Rushing yards by Duke Johnson, a career high. 364-Rushing yards by Miami against Virginia Tech. 465-Rushing yards by Georgia Tech against Pitt.
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Jahlil Okafor shines at Countdown to Craziness

Duke held their Countdown to Craziness event which is highlighted by Duke's Blue/White scrimmage.   The scrimmage consisted of just two 12 minute periods, but it was plenty of time for Jahlil Okafor to set expectations extremely high. Okafor scored 27 points on 12-14 shooting and grabbed 8 rebounds in the scrimmage.  According to the N&O's Laura Keeley, it was the...
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2014-15 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Basketball Preview

The inaugural season for Notre Dame in the ACC did not go as planned. It started off a little slow, then losing star guard Jerian Grant to academic suspension turned things from bad to worse for the Fighting Irish.  They never seemed to recover, stumbling to a 15 win season, and a 6-12 record in the ACC. With Grant back, the expectation is for Notre Dame to be better this season...
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Rules to Build a Rivalry

With the recent addition of Louisville to the ACC many have wondered, “What rivalries will the Cardinals develop in the conference?” It is difficult to say, as many general factors can go into developing a rivalry. Clearly you would think that things like being near each other regionally help, along with cultural similarities, and level of competition must play major roles in...
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10 quick takes on the ACC after week 9

The ACC Coastal continues to be an absolute roller coaster. Who stepped forward this week, and what the heck is going on at Virginia Tech? Let’s get right into that and several other takes on the ACC after week 9. 1) Beamer’s last stand?  After Virginia Tech’s disastrous 30-6 home loss to Miami Thursday night, you have to wonder where the Hokies program is headed. I wrote...
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Pitt crushed by Georgia Tech on Homecoming, 56-28

Before the Pitt-Georgia Tech game, I opined where I typically do, on Twitter, about an interesting prospect: With all of the script hype, a loss to Georgia Tech would be utterly deflating. Sounds ridiculous, but even more pressure for Pitt to win. — Anson Whaley (@AnsonWhaley) October 25, 2014 The hype was through the roof for this one. It was already a big game - Pitt was playing...
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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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