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  Weekly ACC WBB Digest for 1/9/2013
Volume 1, Number 9
By Rob Clough, Photos by Orin Day

ACC Standings, Schedule, & Results

School Conf. Pct. Total Pct.
Duke 3-0 1.000 13-0 1.000
North Carolina 3-0 1.000 15-1 .938
Miami 3-0 1.000 12-2 .857
Florida State 2-1 .667 12-2 .857
Maryland 2-1 .667 11-3 .786
Wake Forest 1-1 .500 8-6 .571
Virginia 1-2 .333 9-5 .643
Georgia Tech 1-2 .333 8-6 .571
Virginia Tech 1-2 .333 7-7 .500
Boston College 0-2 .000 6-7 .462
NC State 0-3 .000 8-7 .533
Clemson 0-3 .000 4-10 .286

Last Week's Results:
 Thursday 1/3
  Duke 67, NC State 57 - Our Coverage
  Florida State 85, Georgia Tech 78
  North Carolina 60, Maryland 57
  Virginia 52, Virginia Tech 48
  Miami 78, Clemson 56
 Sunday 1/6
  Duke 90, Boston College 53 - DWHoops coverage
  Miami 58, Virginia 52
  Maryland 71, Florida State 64
  Georgia Tech 81, Clemson 59
  North Carolina 48, Virginia Tech 45
  Wake Forest 69, NC State 56

This Week's Schedule:
 Thursday 1/10
  Boston College @ Virginia Tech, 7:00 p.m. (Hokies All-Access)
  Clemson @ Duke, 7:00 p.m. (
  Miami @ Maryland, 7:00 p.m. (TerpsTV)
  North Carolina @ NC State, 7:00 p.m. (ACCDN/YT)
  Virginia @ Georgia Tech, 7:00 p.m. (ESPN3)
  Wake Forest @ Florida State, 7:00 p.m. (ESPN3)
 Sunday 1/13:
  Boston College @ Clemson, 1:00 p.m. (RSN)
  Duke @ Wake Forest, 2:00 p.m. (
  Georgia Tech @ North Carolina, 2:00 p.m. (ESPN3)
  Maryland @ Virginia Tech, 2:00 p.m.
  NC State @ Virginia, 2:00 p.m.
  Miami @ Florida State, 3:00 p.m. (RSN)
 Wednesday 1/16:
  Virginia Tech @ Duke, 7:00 p.m. (

Editor's Note: Our schedule and results are presented in pink in
remembrance of Kay Yow

Parsing The Week's Results: In an extra-long ACC season (18 games), individual games naturally carry less weight. Still, UNC's win over Maryland was a resonant one for the Heels, who have been winning ugly but still winning. After that win, promising frosh Antoinette Bannister announced on her Twitter account that she'll be leaving Carolina to transfer to University of Florida, this to be closer to her sick mother. The Heels followed up the big win (details below in "Best Win") with an ugly grinder against Virginia Tech, a game that could have gone either way. That was the second narrow loss the Hokies went through after dropping a narrow decision to arch-rival Virginia, despite great games from forward Uju Ugoka and guard Monet Tellier. VT simply had to expend too much energy in their comebacks.

Miami (see below) and Duke joined UNC as the only ACC squads sporting 3-0 records in conference. Duke battled NC State and made key plays down the stretch to win on the road and then scored a first round KO against a scrappy Boston College team. Chelsea Gray had a triple-double in the latter game and joined Virginia's Dawn Staley as the only players with two career triple-doubles. The battles in the middle of the league continue to be intense. Florida State stormed back from a big deficit behind guard Leo Rodriguez's 28 points to beat Georgia Tech on the road, but the Noles couldn't cope with Maryland's frontcourt and a double-double from the amazing Alyssa Thomas. The Jackets turned around and beat a punchless Clemson team on the road to escape the ACC basement. These are all just opening salvos in ACC play, as we won't get a better understanding of the early shape of the league for another week.

Best Win: UNC 60, Maryland 57. The Heels have been doing it with mirrors all season, relying on a stingy defense and veterans to overcome a turnover-prone offense, inconsistency on the boards and a spate of weird injuries. Beating Maryland (albeit at home) was a big deal for an unbeaten team still looking for true confidence. The Heels overcame a halftime deficit with a huge 17-1 run to open the second half, thanks to some threes from its bench and a ferocious press that took the Terps aback. Behind star Alyssa Thomas, the Terps stormed back, aided by poor UNC foul shooting. UNC leader Tierra Ruffin-Pratt blocked a three attempt with seconds left to preserve an NCAA-resume building win.

Worst Loss: Hampton 60, Boston College 57. This was a good opportunity for the Eagles to pick up a quality road win against a low-major school. The Eagles fought hard and came back from 14 down to come within a point late in the game but couldn't get it done. As their loss to Duke made it emphatically clear, the Eagles cannot afford to lose control of the game's tempo for any length of time. If an opponent is beating their scheme, the Eagles simply don't have the personnel to execute a plan B. It's now going to be that much tougher for BC to get the 15 or 16 wins they'll need for a WNIT bid.

Trending Up: Miami. The Hurricanes quietly moved to 3-0 in the ACC after crushing Clemson and outlasting Virginia. The Canes are pretty much a fully-formed squad now. Morgan Stroman and Stefanie Yderstrom are the stars and take a lot of shots; they have to score in double figures for Miami to have a chance against good teams. Beyond that duo, there are seven role players who can step up in a variety of ways, and they all seem to have bought into playing tough defense. Miami has two rough games ahead (Maryland and FSU) that will tell us just how good they can be.

Trending Down: NC State. A game after giving #3 Duke all they wanted in Raleigh, the Pack flopped against the one team in the ACC that had underachieved more than they had to date. All it took was one second-half stretch for the Pack to lose its focus and the Deacs to pounce, building a comfortable lead. The same thing happened against Duke; the game was neck-and-neck until Duke went on a couple of small runs to establish breathing room, and NC State had to scramble hard just to stay barely competitive. The Pack don't have anything resembling a killer instinct and seem to lack motivation and focus during games.

Surprise Player Of The Week: Richa Jackson, Duke. Jackson's just returned after nearly a year of rehab for a torn ACL. She had a solid 6 points and 5 rebounds against NC State and then dropped 16 points on Boston College in just 18 minutes. Jackson is apparently sufficiently into the groove that coach Joanne P. McCallie has dubbed her a "sixth starter." She's the key to Duke becoming a great team, rather than just a very good one.

Stat Of the Week: This week, I'm starting an occasional stat feature: Anatomy of an All-ACC player. We'll begin with the reigning ACC player of the year, Maryland's Alyssa Thomas. After a slightly slow start adjusting to new personnel and injury issues, Thomas has rocketed to the top of the ACC stat list. Those injuries have put her in the unique position of being able to have an impact on the game in a number of areas out of sheer necessity. She's scoring 15.2 ppg (#4 in the ACC), 10.2 rpg (#1), 5.3 assists (tied for #4), 81.5% from the foul line (#4), 2.4 steals (tied for 8th), 2.8 offensive rebounds (#12), 32 minutes (#10) and sports a 1.3:1 assist/turnover ratio (#10). What I'm most amazed by are her rebounding numbers. Considering that she has to play a lot more in the backcourt, her ability to get after the ball is astounding, especially when one considers that she rarely leaves the game. Over the course of the season, I expect her scoring to rise slightly and her rebounding to dip as she continues to play tougher teams. Everything else should stay about the same.

Three Games To Watch (1/9 -1/15/2013):

  1. UNC @ NC State, 1/10/13. The Heels have not exactly played beautiful basketball, but the bottom line is that they're making enough plays to win. The Wolfpack have the talent to match up with them as well as the size, and Reynolds can be a significant home court advantage. I wouldn't say this is a must-win game for the Pack, but it's close to one if they want to be competitive in the ACC this year. For the Heels, it's a chance to stay at the top of the standings at the expense of an arch-rival. This will let us know if Carolina can pull together on the road against a tough team.

  2. Virginia @ Georgia Tech, 1/10/13. These are two middling ACC teams desperately battling to stay afloat and get into the top six slots. Virginia has more size while GT has better guard play. If the Jackets can get one of their shooters going (think Sydney Wallace last March), then they should be able to pull out a close win.

  3. Miami @ Florida State, 1/13/13. Both of these teams have been pleasant surprises so far this year. Miami almost never wins at FSU, so this will be a supreme test for a program looking to establish continuity against one that's trying to bounce back from a tough year. FSU's superior point guard play should carry the day for them.

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ACC WBB Digest Photos of the Week
Link to this Photo Rejection by Kody Burke (all ball)  - Duke Tags: #32 Tricia Liston - NCSU Players: #44 Kody Burke
Rejection by Kody Burke (all ball)
Duke Tags: #32 Tricia Liston
NCSU Tags: #44 Kody Burke
Link to this Photo Rejection by Elizabeth Williams - all ball  - Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams  - NCSU Players: #52 Kiana Evans
Rejection by Elizabeth Williams - all ball
Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams
NCSU Tags: #52 Kiana Evans

Link to this Photo High intensity in the low post  - Duke Tags: #33 Haley Peters - NCSU Players: #44 Kody Burke
High intensity in the low post
Duke Tags: #33 Haley Peters
NCSU Tags: #44 Kody Burke


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