ACC Hoops Week 2 Preview Nov 14-Nov 20

No. 23 Virginia Tech, Miami, and the Terps play ranked teams this week

Boston College (1-0): The strength of the Eagles defense will go up against Yale at home Thursday.

Senior Joe Trapani will have his hands full slowing down forward Greg Mangano for Yale, who is averaging 20 points and seven rebounds. The experienced Eagles team should continue their strong defense.

Clemson (1-0): The Tigers can’t easily overlook their home game Monday against Wofford, a team that beat a strong South Carolina team last year in the early weeks.

Friday, the Tigers host Long Beach State where juniors forward T.J. Robinson and guard Casper Ware carry the offensive load scoring 34 points combined.

1 Duke (0-0): The defending champions, No. 1 Blue Devils start their season this week with home games against Princeton (Sunday), Miami (OH) (Tuesday), and Colgate (Friday).

The new look Blue Devils will be missing big men Jon Scheyer and Brian Zoubek, but will look to Kyle SIngler and Nolan Smith to control the floor.

Florida State: The Seminoles have a busy week with three games, and their early season endurance will be on display.

The Seminoles play their first road game at UNC Greensboro Sunday. Junior guard Luke Loucks will have his hands full with the Spartans Brandon Evans, who scored 26 points and had 4 assists.

Tuesday, the Seminoles host the undersized Gardner Webb. Devin Booker should be able to have his way in the paint. Then FSU travels to Florida International Thursday. Guard DeJuan Wright leads the Panthers in scoring with 21, and could make it interesting with his precise 3-point shooting.

Georgia Tech (1-0): The Yellow Jackets play their first road game Monday at Kennesaw State. The Yellow Jackets will need to shoot a higher percentage than their first game, but will need to try to force bad shots from an Owls team that shoots just over .500 percent from the field.

Wednesday, the Yellow Jackets host Albany, and they will have to stop the speedy guard Tim Ambrose for the Great Danes. Friday they host Niagara from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

TERPS (2-0): Maine Sunday, then prepare for No. 4 Pittsburgh Thursday.

Miami (1-0): The Hurricanes can make some noise for the ACC on the road against No. 19 Memphis Monday on primetime, and then host North Carolina Central Friday. The Canes can score, but so can both of their opponents this week.

Sure it might be one week, but Memphis is 10th in the nation in scoring, and 8th in assists. Freshman guard Antonio Barton can shoot and pass for the Tigers, so this one should be high scoring.

9 North Carolina (1-0): Harrison Barnes and the Tar Heels will be seeing 6’3’, 220-pound senior guard Charles Jenkins who leads Hofstra in scoring, 26, and assists, 8 Thursday.

N.C. State (1-0): The Wolfpack’s trio of freshman, C.J. Leslie, Ryan Harrow, and Lorenzo Brown should get a lot of practice this week, and a game against East Carolina Thursday should be the same.

Virginia (1-0): The Cavaliers start Monday against USC Upstate from the Atlantic Sun Conference, then travel to Stanford Thursday who no longer have scoring leader Landry Fields, thanks to graduation.

23 Virginia Tech (1-0): The Hokies have one game this week, and it’s a big one against No. 3 Kansas State. Seniors Malcom Delaney (Baltimore), Terrell Bell and Jeff Allen will have to win against a pumped up K-State crowd.

The Wildcats have guys that can score, including guards Jacob Pullen and Nick Russellm so the Hokies will have to keep up.

These two teams could meet again in the Tournament.

Wake Forest (1-0): Jeff Bzdelik and his Demon Deacons look for their first win when they host Hampton on Monday. The Deacon freshmen will need to get it going against Hampton’s young players who are replacing their class of seniors.

Saturday, Wake travels to Elon where freshman guard Jack Isenbarger is leading the Phoenix in scoring.

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