ACC Hoops Week Preview (Dec. 5-Dec. 11)

TSR previews this week's games in ACC college basketball.

Virginia and Virginia Tech open ACC play against each other.

Boston College (6-2): The Eagles host a Providence (8-1) team Tuesday that can score and rebound. Senior Marshon Brooks averages 19 points and nine rebounds for Providence. Reggie Jackson leads the Eagles scoring attack scoring 19 points and dishing five assists per game. Senior Joe Trapani averages six rebounds and will have to be active on the boards.

Clemson (5-2): The Tigers are coming off the road loss to Michigan and will travel to play South Carolina (5-1). The Gamecocks have won four in a row and are 3rd in the nation in rebounding pulling down 47 per game. Senior Demontez Stitt leads the Tigers offense scoring 13 points per game and they will look to contain freshman Bruce Ellington who leads the South Carolina offense that averages almost 80 points.

1 Duke (8-0): The Blue Devils welcome in Bradley (4-4) on Wednesday and Saint Louis (3-3) on Saturday.

Bradley have lost four in a row and senior guard Andrew Warren can score, averaging 19 points and shooting 43 percent from 3-point range. It might not be enough against Kyrie Irving, Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler and the Blue Devils offense averaging 89 points (4th in the nation).

Saturday, Duke hosts a Saint Louis team with only one player scoring in double figures, junior guard Kyle Cassity. They will have to stop the high powered offense of Duke to have a chance because they struggle to score points.

Florida State (5-2): The Seminoles look to bounce back from their previous two games against No. 16 Florida and No. 2 Ohio St when the host Hartford (2-5) Sunday. Chris Singleton averages 15 points for FSU and looks to bounce back after scoring below average the two games prior. Hartford has only scored more than 64 points once this year, so if Singleton can get the offense going they should come away with the win.

Georgia Tech (4-2): The Yellow Jackets host in-state rival Georgia (5-2) Tuesday and then welcome Savannah St. (1-8) Saturday.

The Jackets lost to Northwestern and No. 10 Syracuse last week, and Trey Thompkins averages 16 points for the Georgia offense that rarely scores over 70.

Saturday, the Jackets host a Savannah St. team that has lost eight straight and are averaging 54 points per game (342nd in the nation), 32 rebounds (302nd in the nation) and 10 assists (320th in the nation).

Brian Oliver and Iman Shumpert average nearly 30 points combined for Georgia Tech and will have to keep putting points on the board to beat these teams.

TERPS (6-2): Maryland opens the BB&T Classic Sunday against Temple in Washington D.C. and host UNC Greensboro after the tournament on Wednesday.

North Carolina (5-3): The Tar Heels travel to Evansville (3-2) Wednesday to play the Missouri Valley Conference foe that is coming off their win against No. 23 Butler. Evansville shoots 48 percent from the field (37th in the nation) and are led by Colt Ryan shooting 52 percent from beyond the arc.

Saturday the Heels host Long Beach St. (4-4) who are led by T.J. Robinson who averages a double-double. Tyler Zeller scores 16 points per game and John Henson averages a double-double for the Heels.

N.C. State (4-2): The Wolfpack host USC Upstate (1-6) and are 2-0 at home this season while Upstate is 0-3 on the road. USC Upstate lost to Virginia, 74-54, earlier in the year and have one player scoring in double figures. The Wolfpack look to rebound after losing their last two games to Wisconsin and No. 7 Syracuse.

Virginia (4-3): The Cavaliers host a Radford (2-5) team Tuesday that averages less than 59 points per game. The Cavs are averaging 70 points and shoot 46 percent from the field.

Virginia Tech (4-3): The Hokies host Virginia Sunday to open ACC play. The Cavs are coming off their win on the road against No. 17 Minnesota and the Hokies lost their last two games. This in-state rival should be exciting. Malcolm Delaney averages 20 points for the Hokies and Mike Scott anchors the Cavs offense scoring 17 a game.

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