Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The ACC Review


Shanel Harrison, Virginia Tech

Why Shanel: The junior from Washington D.C. scored a career-high 25 points (11 of 14 from the field) and a career-high 3 3-pointers, including the game-tying 3 with 3.4 seconds left in regulation, during the Hokies' 94-78 double-overtime victory at William and Mary.


Monet Tellier, Virginia Tech

Why Monet: Tellier recorded her first career double-double with career highs of 14 points and 10 rebounds in the double-OT win at William and Mary. 

Alyssa Thomas, Maryland

Why Alyssa: In the Terps' 79-49 win at Delaware State Sunday, Thomas led all scorers with a career-high 17 points. She was 7-of-11 from the field and 3-of-4 from the foul line. She added 7 rebounds and 2 steals. Thomas also won this honor the week of Nov. 29.


Its not about how you deal with what just happened, its about how you prepare and ready yourself for what is about to happen next. - Florida State's Cierra Bravard, about an hour after the Seminoles were upset at Yale on Saturday. Florida State plays at UConn Tuesday.

Really happy another 1 of our former players became a home owner today. Amazing to think they're doing it 2 yrs out of MD. We're beaming! When I was 2 yrs out of college, I think I was a poor staff member at Kent St and waiting tables at Little Caesars to earn some extra cash. - Maryland coach Brenda Frese

We won the game by my mentor C. Vivian won over the crowd! Coach Stringer addressed our crowd after the game. Classy L - Boston College coach Sylvia Crawley after her Eagles' victory over Rutgers.


During last year's NCAA Tournament, ESPN.com's Gene Wojciechowski served up this compelling, all-access peak at Florida State preparing to take on mighty UConn. With the two teams set to meet again Tuesday, the story is worth a second look. 


Tuesday: No. 4 Xavier (10-0) at No. 3 Duke (11-0), 7 p.m. - The Musketeers have won 25 straight regular-season games; the Blue Devils have won 13 in a row at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Tuesday: Florida State at UConn, 7 p.m. (ESPN2) - Perhaps you've heard a bit about this one.


1. Duke (11-0): After a nine-day break, we kind of wish the Blue Devils were facing such a formidable foe (Xavier) right out of the box. At least it's at home. 

2. North Carolina (11-0): Tar Heels coach Sylvia Hatchell makes no apologies for her team's less-than-daunting schedule to date. "I try to plan it so they peak in March," the coach said.

3. Boston College (11-0): The Eagles haven't faced the toughest opposition, either. But remember, this was a 17-15 team a year ago.

4. Maryland (10-1): Sunday's 79-49 victory at Delaware State marked the second straight game and fifth game this season the Terps allowed less than 50 points.

5. Miami (10-1): Here's hoping the Hurricanes haven't forgotten how to pack - Tuesday's game at Ole Miss will mark Miami's first road game in nearly a month (Nov. 17). 

6. Georgia Tech (7-4): It's been a long time between drinks for the Yellow Jackets, who last took the court on Dec. 5. Tech retuns to action Tuesday at Portland State.

7. Florida State (9-2): Not saying we saw Saturday's loss at Yale coming. But with Tuesday's game against UConn looming, we can understand how the Seminoles could have taken their eye off the ball.

8. Virginia (7-5): The Cavaliers were doing a great job of winning the games they were supposed to win until Monday, when they blew a 13-point lead with less than 5 minutes to play in an 82-80 loss at James Madison. Dukes star Dawn Evans scored a school-record 42 points in the win; last year, she tied the school record with 38 in a 75-73 win at Virginia.

9. N.C. State (6-6): Thursday's 47-point pummeling of Presbyterian - their largest margin of victory since 2004 - and Monday's 26-point rout of Florida A&M had to feel good given the team's early struggles.

10. Virginia Tech (6-4): Saturday's exciting double-overtime win at William and Mary - which featured Tech rallying from a 12-point second-half deficit, was just the latest example of the post-intermission tenacity this team has shown all year. Now if they could just stop digging those early holes....

11. Wake Forest (6-5): The Deacs shot better than 40 percent for the first time since Nov. 27 in downing Maryland-Eastern Shore 60-51 to snap a four-game losing streak.

12. Clemson (6-6): A 24-point loss at home to Oakland? Good time to head to the Bahamas, right? Too bad Baylor - which hammered Clemson 82-40 Monday - and Syracuse await.  

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