The Week To Be – 1/23 – 1/29/2006

First, a quick look at the standings to give the schedule some perspective:

Team
ACC
All
Duke
5-0
17-1
N.C. State
4-2
15-3
Maryland
3-2
13-4
UNC
3-2
11-4
Miami
3-2
11-7
Virginia
3-2
9-6
Clemson
3-3
14-5
BC
2-3
14-4
Florida State
2-3
11-4
Ga. Tech
2-3
9-7
Wake Forest
1-4
12-6
Va. Tech
0-5
10-8


01/24/06 Florida State @ Wake Forest Winston-Salem, NC RSN/ XM 191 7:00 PM
This could be a litmus test for how Wake Forest’s season is going to finish. Clearly things haven’t gone according to plan so far. FSU has been surprisingly game this year. If Wake loses this one at home to fall to 1-5, they might not even make the NIT this year.
01/24/06 Miami @ Virginia Charlottesville, Va. ESPNU/ XM 192 9:00 PM
Virginia’s strength is their guards. Miami’s strength is their guards. Miami’s are better. On top of that, I don’t think UVA shoots well enough to bust Miami’s zone. The Hurricanes should take this one.
01/25/06 Maryland @ Georgia Tech Atlanta, Ga. ESPN/ XM 191 7:00 PM
Maryland has had a lot of off-court drama. Georgia Tech has had a lot of on-court drama. If the Terps want to lay claim to being a top-tier ACC team this year, they need to win games like this one. I don’t know for sure what will happen, but I do know that Gary Williams likes it when his back’s against the wall.
01/25/06 Seton Hall @ NC State Raleigh, N.C. ESPN-C/ XM 192 7:00 PM
The ACC’s chance for a small bit of revenge for last weekend’s big upset. In recent years, State has sucked against non-conference foes, but this year has been different. I think the smart Pack team will methodically take the Pirates apart.
01/25/06 Boston College @ North Carolina Chapel Hill, N.C. RJ/ XM 193 9:00 PM
Boston College still considers itself at worst the ACC’s second best team. At 2-3, they need a signature win to prove it. They need a signature win to show that they belong in the ACC. This is a good chance. Carolina is wobbling a bit, but a win over the Eagles would put them right back on track.
01/26/06 Duke @ Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Va. ESPN/ XM 191 7:00 PM
Can the 0-5 Hokies get their first win against the 5-0 Blue Devils? Oddly enough, I think they can!
But they won’t.
01/28/06 Arizona @ North Carolina Chapel Hill, N.C. CBS /XM 191 1:00 PM
This is a very interesting intersectional matchup. Arizona is not quite the juggernaut of some years, but then I guess Carolina isn’t either. I think Zona’s big, experienced guards are going to cause some fits. I’d love to see the Heels get this win though.
01/28/06 Maryland @ Temple Philadelphia, Pa. ESPN2 /XM 192 2:00 PM
Temple’s always a tough game, especially in Philly. This is a tricky game for the erratic Terrapins.
01/28/06 Virginia Tech @ Wake Forest Winston-Salem, NC RJ /XM 193 3:00 PM
Is it just me, or does every Wake game seem big right now? Once again, this is a must win.
01/28/06 Virginia @ Duke Durham, N.C. ESPN /XM 191 7:00 PM
The Cavaliers have been frisky this year – a nice story. But this one could get ugly. Very ugly.
01/29/06 NC State @ Clemson Clemson, SC RJ /XM 191 1:30 PM
Hmmm. This one smells like an upset to me. The Wolfpack better be careful.
01/29/06 Miami @ Florida State Tallahassee, Fla. RJ /XM 192 4:00 PM
I’m just not used to this new ACC yet.
01/29/06 Georgia Tech @ Boston College Chestnut Hill, Mass. FSN /XM 193 5:30 PM
I don’t think Tech has a chance in this one. I think they have some good, young talent, but BC is too tough and too experienced up front.

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