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  Weekly ACC WBB Digest for 2/20/2014
Volume 3, Number 14
By Rob Clough

Digest ACC Power Rankings
Through February 18, 2014

#1 Notre Dame 25-0,

#2 Duke 23-3,

#3 North Carolina 20-6,

#4 NC State 22-4,

#5 Maryland 20-5,

#6 Georgia Tech 17-9,

#7 Syracuse 18-8,

#8 Miami 13-12,

#9 Virginia 13-12,

#10 Florida State 17-8,

#11 Wake Forest 14-11,

#12 Pittsburgh 10-14,

#13 Clemson 11-16,

#14 Virginia Tech 11-14,

#15 Boston College 12-15,

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Parsing The Week's Results: Notre Dame continued in their quest to run the table in the ACC in their first season as a member as they easily dispatched a good Georgia Tech squad. The Jackets actually hung around for a bit thanks to a surprising game from guard Aaliyah Whiteside, but Jewel Loyd topped her with 27 points. She is the ACC's best closer, to be sure. Duke righted their ship (see below) as UNC continued to creep up the standings (see below). Syracuse and Georgia Tech picked up important wins to continue to bolster their postseason bids. The Orange whipped a battered Boston College team still missing star Kristin Doherty, while Georgia Tech crushed Virginia in a game delayed a day by a blizzard. Ty Marshall and Kaela Davis overwhelmed the Hoos' backcourt in that contest.

The Hoos did whip a Virginia Tech team missing wing Monet Tellier, and the Hokies were barely competitive as a result. The Hokies were nipped by a Wake Forest squad minus star guard Chelsea Douglas, and that win for Wake could well cinch a WNIT bid. Pitt defeated Clemson, 56-43, in a game whose film was no doubt immediately burned after the fact. Those are struggling programs that struggled against each other.

Best Win: Duke 84, Maryland 63. After disappointing losses against UNC and Notre Dame, Duke pulled it together in their last regular season matchup with the Terps. Duke won by controlling the boards, swamping Terp star Marissa Thomas with defenders and playing better perimeter defense. What remains to be seen is if they can replicate this intensity in other big games.

Worst Loss: Miami 76, Florida State 73. Florida State did not need a home loss for their NCAA tournament resume. They've been struggling of late, and losing to a Miami squad that they've routinely beaten at home hurt, especially since they were badly outrebounded by the smaller Canes. Miami's zone forced the Noles to shoot 6-24 from three, and the active Miami players simply caught the Noles flat-footed.

Trending Up: North Carolina. The energized Heels followed up their win against Duke with a dismantling of an overmatched Pitt squad and the sensational win over NC State. In a physical, chippy game that saw players from both teams draw technical fouls, Diamond DeShields scored 38 points as she easily shredded a box-and-one defense that was designed to stop her. NC State put up plenty of points, but they simply couldn't stop the Heels when they needed to.

Trending Down: NC State. The Pack's lack of depth was starting to show, as they barely survived Clemson, beating them in overtime, before losing to UNC. When Markeisha Gatling gets in foul trouble or their threes aren't falling, the Pack can struggle. Their defense has also had trouble slowing down the top scorers from their opponents.

Kandice Ball, Wake Forest
Kandice Ball,
Wake Forest
(File Photo by Orin Day)
Surprise Player Of The Week: Kandice Ball, Wake Forest. She had 9 points and 7 rebounds in Wake's crucial victory against Virginia Tech. With Chelsea Douglas out for a second straight game with a foot injury, the Deacs are finally starting to get contributions from the rest of the supporting cast.

Five Games To Watch:

  1. UNC @ Virginia (2/20, 6:30 pm): Time is growing short for Virginia's seniors to qualify for a WNIT bid, and a win against UNC would go a long way in helping them toward this goal. However, UNC is playing better than any ACC team not based in South Bend, and guards Diamond DeShields and Alisha Gray are destroying every backcourt they encounter. I don't expect them to face much trouble in Charlottesville.

  2. NC State @ Duke (2/20, 6:30 pm) After their close loss to UNC, the Pack finally fell off that razor's edge they've been walking of late. The Devils finally got a big win in convincing fashion against a top team. NC State is built to give Duke trouble with their three-happy attack. The winner of this game will be the team that doesn't get into foul trouble.

  3. Syracuse @ Miami (2/20, 7 pm): Syracuse is looking to solidify their NCAA tournament bid and keep up with Georgia Tech in the ACC standings. The Canes are another team looking to pick up enough wins to make the WNIT. Miami plays its peers closely, so don't be surprised if this is a close game marked by two squads trying to out-press each other.

  4. Duke @ Notre Dame (2/23, 1 pm): Duke has to run the table to even have a chance at catching up with Notre Dame in the standings. If they play defense as slack as they did in Durham and blow a dozen layups, this will be another ugly loss for Duke. If they tighten up on the perimeter and force the Irish to beat them inside, then this could be a close game.

  5. Maryland @ Georgia Tech (2/23, 4 pm): The Terps looked strangely listless against Duke but are still talented enough to win the ACC tournament and do damage in the NCAA tournament. A road game against a dangerous Tech team that's still soft inside could be just what the doctor ordered for Maryland.

The Digest will return next week, with only two more weeks remaining in the regular season. The ACC Tournament starts Wednesday March 5th, and we'll be there with wire-to-wire coverage!


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