Saturday, March 01, 2008

Quick Saturday Preview

Playing teams on the road on Senior Day is always a recipe for possible upset. The fans are excited, the players are a little extra motivated, and emotions are generally running high. For the Pack, Gavin Grant's last game at the RBC gives him a chance to go out with a "remember when" game - as in, remember when Gavin Grant beat Duke in his last home game?

NC State gave the Devils a good run for a half at Cameron. Then the problem of the season reared its ugly head - total lack of effort, care, etc. on the defensive end. Duke's second half was as efficient a half as any team has had in conference play this year, and NC State went home with another loss. For NC State to win this afternoon, they absolutely need to play 40 minutes of defense.

Around the ACC

Two absolute must-wins - Wake at Georgia Tech and Miami at home against Virginia. The latter is more likely to happen (it's a must win only in the sense that this is the wrong time of year to be losing at home to a team like Virginia). The former is Wake Forest's only chance of staying in the at-large picture. Oh, and UNC plays at BC - should be a yawner.

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