ACC and SEC Updates
Well, the ACC finally broke out of their slump in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, as they won 9 of the 14 games. From a strictly ACC perspective, Virginia Tech’s road win at Michigan, and Pittsburgh’s win in College Park were the most impressive performances, team wise. Individually, Florida State’s Freshman Jonathan Isaac continues to impress, putting up another double-double in the Noles win over Minnesota.
North Carolina simply looked disinterested against Indiana, but I’m willing to write it off as a post Maui hangover, and see what happens over the next month. Duke did what they had to do and beat a decent Michigan State squad, while NC State was a tad disappointing, giving up 56 points in the second half in a loss at Illinois.
The schedule slows down a bit over the next few weeks with Holiday type tournaments taking a backseat to Final Exams, but there are a few games to watch this upcoming week. West Virginia heads to Charlottesville to take on UVA on Saturday, while an old Big East rivalry takes place on Monday the 5th, with Connecticut traveling to Syracuse. Tuesday night features an SEC/ACC battle with Florida taking on Duke at the Jimmy V classic at MSG.
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I admittedly slacked in my SEC duties, and didn’t even write up a full preview. Here’s a quick version:
Kentucky’s really good, and they’ll win the SEC. Otherwise, it’s a pretty boring conference with a bunch of schools who only care about Football.
Okay, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch, but man, Kentucky is loaded, and these Freshman rank right up there with the best the Cats have had under Calipari. They’ll face UCLA, Louisville, and North Carolina over the next few weeks, and we’ll see if any of those talented clubs can knock them off.
Frank Martin has his South Carolina squad playing really well, with big wins over Michigan and Syracuse last week. Perhaps they’re the second best team in the conference. Florida has a few nice wins as well, beating Seton Hall and Miami, Florida, and look like a tourney team for sure.
There are literally zero expectations this year at LSU, after the Tigers were by far the most disappointing team in the country last year. Johnny Jones has his crew off to a solid 5-2 start, with wins over two good teams in Old Dominion & Houston.
Just for a keepsake, here’s my predictions for the SEC standings this year (since I didn’t do a preview):