Weekend Preview: January 21-22
As is often the case this time of year, there are a number of ACC games this weekend in college basketball.
In an unusual 11:00 a.m. start, Maryland will ride its relative hot streak into Temple for an out-of-conference game. Both teams are 12-5. As Maryland seeks to overcome its 3-3 start by getting itself onto the bubble, a road victory over a decent Temple team would do the trick.
At noon, Wake Forest will look to rebound from its loss to Duke when it travels to Boston College. Wake Forest is 10-8 and Boston College is 7-11. However, Wake has lost 4 of its last 5 games. Boston College is a surprising 2-2 in ACC play after a 5-9 start to the season.
In the battle for 10th place in the conference standings, Georgia Tech heads to Clemson for a 2:30 pm matchup. Clemson is looking to stay above .500 with a win, while Georgie Tech is looking to get within striking distance of .500.
In the premier matchup of the day, Florida State will try to work its Saturday magic for a second week in a row–this week at #4 Duke. Last week, Florida State demolished North Carolina at home. As impressive as last week was, if Florida State can upset Duke, this week will be even more impressive. Tipoff is at 4:00 pm.
#1 Syracuse will take its 20-0 record into Notre Dame on Saturday at 6:00 pm. Notre Dame always plays Syracuse tough at home, as they usually have the outside shooters to give the 2-3 zone fits.
At 9:00 pm, Pittsburgh tries to stop the bleeding when it hosts #23 Louisville. After starting 11-1, the Panthers have lost seven in a row. Louisville has its own bleeding problems. After starting 12-0, Louisville has lost 5 of 7 games. One of these teams will get back on track in a big way tomorrow.
North Carolina State looks to make it three wins in a row as they take on Miami. The host Hurricanes are a disappointing 10-6 so far, but they have the talent to beat the Wolfpack. Both teams need momentum, as North Carolina State would like to crack the top 25 and Miami would like to make a run for the Big Dance. Game time is noon.
At 6:00 pm, Virginia Tech heads to #15 Virginia in a matchup of bitter rivals. Before the season, one would have thought that the Hokies would have been the ranked team, if any. At this point, they are just looking for the first conference win. The Cavs are 2-1 in conference so far.