Thursday, November 15, 2007

A Quick Spin Around the ACC

NC State picked up a win over William & Mary. I've already fawned over J.J. Hickson's spectacular debut (joining Eric Gordon and Johnny Flynn in setting a high bar for their freshman seasons). If you're a Pack fan, you really like two things about this game (besides, of course, Hickson) - offensive boards and turnovers. The Pack hit the offensive glass hard (42%), a place where they were terrible last year. Another poor point for the Pack offense last season was turnovers, and there were concerns that in the absence of Atsur, that would be an even weaker point this year. Tonight, they turned it over just 10 times for a 17% rate - not excellent, but certainly above average. Too early to tell whether those two things are sustainable, but it's a good sign for the Wolfies.

Miami continues to eat up rebounds - King, Graham, and Collins simply own the glass on both ends of the court. The team's shooting, a major Achilles heel last season, has been solid so far, with Jack McClinton doing his thing against weaker competition.

Maryland again had serious turnover problems (28.5%) and was lucky to escape with an overtime win over Northeastern. Osby had a busy night, going to the line 20 times on his own. Maryland as a team enjoyed a 46-13 edge in free throw attempts, and that certainly helped them pick up the victory.

And finally, Clemson picked up a great road win (and a great win for the ACC) in Starkville, MS tonight. Neither team was ranked, but both will be at some point this season. James Mays put up a double-double, and Terrence Oglesby had a great night off the bench. Another positive note for the Tigers is the Cliff Hammonds looks really comfortable distributing the ball. He was one of the best A/TO men last season, and so far this year he's got 10 assists without turning the ball over in two games.

No comments: