Acc Report – Virginia soared but Miami, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech faltered

In ACC action Sunday, UNC beat James Madison 80-64, Virginia took on Illinois 70-61, Maryland took on Miami 88-70, Pitt beat Alabama State 74-53, and Wake Forest VOT lost to Loyola Marymount. 77-75 Virginia Tech lost by this exact score to Charleston. And in the late game, Tarleton (who?) beat Boston College 70-54.

UNC received some criticism for uneven play, but they seemed happy about the way things turned out on Sunday against GMU. UNC led 45-26 in the first half and fell somewhat behind in the second half.

But they play better and they know it. Armando Bacot played a monster game with 23 rebounds – eight offensive! – and 19 points. He also reached the line in 12 attempts, striking out 9.

The Leaky Back also had 12 boards, meaning two men had 35 of UNC’s 50 boards and 10 of 11 offensive rebounds.

This is a mixed blessing but what a night out by Backout.

Virginia had a warm hand against Baylor Friday, hitting 64.3 percent on three and three. against Illinois?

Not much.

Virginia scored 29.4 percent on threes and just 41.7 percent overall.

But the Cavaliers had a massive advantage from the line (see Barry’s column on this today), shooting 25-32 on free throws to Illinois’ 4-9.

Basically this would work up to eight degrees and shift. No doubt Illinois fans are excited about this discrepancy.

Reese Beckman had 17 to get past Virginia.

Should be a fun weekend for Matthew Meyer. Now playing for the Illini, he was a key part of Baylor’s National Championship team. Maybe he wasn’t happy with Virginia right now.

We mentioned the other day that Miami’s lineup is small. Donta Scott was virtually unstoppable, hitting 9-12 and grabbing eight boards. That put a lot of pressure on Norchad Oumier, who was at 6-7 and 248, trying to hang at the post – he ended up making four errors.

Isaiah Wong scored 22 points and Jordan Miller 18. Miami got just five points off the bench.

Pitt had a rocky start to the season and had a tough first half against Alabama State, going into the locker room just 34-31.

A different story in a second as Pete roared to life. ESPN offers this interesting nugget: Alabama scored four points from 18:12 to 8:28 into the second half.

In a bit of good news, John Houghley is back. He played 18 minutes off the bench.

Pitt has four upcoming winnable games and a chance to turn things around before ACC mode kicks in.

If you ask us, honestly, Wake should have won, but LMU clearly didn’t think so.

Wake had a late lead in regulation, but Tyree Appleby had two turns last: 80 seconds and Matthew Marsh two back from the line.

There were a lot of bugs in the OT, too.

Steve Forbes admitted this afterwards: “Little things are big things. They bite you and they end up getting you. That’s what happened tonight. We didn’t shoot the free throws very well. Our turnovers killed our defense. I can’t do that. Somehow we’re going to have to fix those.” .

As for hockey?

Pat Robinson hit a (sorry) prayer with three seconds left to give Charleston a win over the ACC.

We figured that playing Charleston would give the Cougars an advantage, but Tech’s talent is better — but not necessarily deeper.

The Charleston bench edged Virginia Tech reserves 40-5. This is madness.

Finally, the Tarleton Texans beat BC 70-54.

It’s still a somewhat unknown school, but once you get past his well-documented issues and keep him on the straight and narrow, Billy Clyde Gillespie is a solid basketball coach.

Tarleton forced 20 turnovers and held the Eagles to 18-41 and just 3-9 from depths.

By contrast, the total population of Texas was 51.1 percent. They weren’t much better from behind the line – just 4-11. But throw 20-25 from the line to 15-26 BC and you feel like they beat Boston College.

On Monday, some interesting games. First, Louisville faces winless Arkansas in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational. And while it seems a stretch, we wouldn’t be shocked at the discomfort.

Look, Louisville is flawed and may still be traumatized by last year. It will take a minute for everything to settle. And remember, the three losses were by 1 point.

But they have some talents, and presumably some pride. Arkansas will likely do its best.

Of course, it’s entirely possible for Arkansas to eat them alive, too.

BC gets Wyoming at Paradise Jam, Georgia Tech gets a good test with Utah, Mercer looks to send Florida State to 0-5, Syracuse gets a tough nut at Richmond and Loyola Marymount leaves Jamaica for a swing by Clemson on the way back to California .

ACC work on Monday

  • Louisville vs. Arkansas || 5:00 || ESPN2
  • Wyoming vs. Boston College || 5:45 || ESPN3
  • Georgia Tech vs Utah || 6:00 || FS1
  • Mercer v. Florida || 6:30 || ACCN
  • Syracuse vs. Richmond || 7:00 || ESPN2
  • Loyola vs. Clemson || 7:00 || ESPN+ / ACCNX

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