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Feb
12
2015

Who’s Hot, Who’s Not? #ACC Basketball Edition – Feb. 12, 2015

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First and foremost, I would like to say R.I.P. to #UNC head coach Dean Smith who was a legend and good person. He impacted a lot of lives on and off the basketball court and I wish more coaches like him existed.

Without further adieu…

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Virginia (22-1 Overall, 10-1 Conference)

Last 10 games: 9-1

The #UVA Cavaliers are surviving, which is a good thing. Despite their one-loss, they’ve managed to win a few close games without the energy guy Justin Anderson. But if anything, this is a good thing for #UVA. It allows players to step up and accept bigger roles as #ACC play gets into the tougher part of the schedule.

The #UVA defense definitely hasn’t fallen off as they still remain first in the nation in points allowed (50.5 ppg) and second in defensive field goal percentage (35.4%). Another very intriguing statistic this late in the season is the total amount of points #UVA has allowed (1162 pts). #UVA is second to only Harvard University, who is currently 15-5.  If #UVA can keep this run going, which they should given their favorable schedule, it should set up for an interesting postseason for them come March. They’re capable of making the Final Four. It may be sloppy but they’re 22-1.

 

Terry Rozier

Conference Stats: 18.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.5 apg, 2.0 spg,  44.7 % FG

Sophomore guard Terry Rozier has seemed to figure out #CardNation’s offensive issues as of late. Rozier is averaging 21 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.6 spg in #CardNation’s last five games, including a double-double in their last game against #Pitt.  Rozier also shot 10-10 form the free throw line. While he does put up a high volume of shots, it’s Rozier’s ability to get to the free throw line that seems to keep teams in check. Rozier is tied for first in free throws made with #Syracuse’s Rakeem Christmas with 104 made free throws.

#CardNation and Rozier have a pretty interesting slate of games left on their schedule as well too. If they can string together some wins, look for Rozier to be the man who gets Montrezl Harrell going first. They close the season agains #NotreDame and #UVA as well so stay tuned.

 

 

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Boston College (9-14 Overall, 1-10 Conference)

Last 10 Games: 2-8

Things have gone cold, if not numb, for the #BCEagles. They’ve lost five straight games and after their last loss to Syracuse, one has to wonder how much worse things could get for the #BCEagles. In Jim Christian’s first season, the #BCEagles are 9-14 overall and 1-10 in the #ACC. He’s overachieved if you consider the #BCEagles record of 8-24 last year, but if you look at Steve Donahue’s first year as the #BCEagles head coach, you’ll see a different picture.

You almost feel for guys who play their heart out like Olivier Hanlan too. He scored 30 points against #UNC and 28 points against #NotreDame, granted they lost, but imagine how much effort goes into performances like that. It goes without saying, the #BCEagles need help and hopefully it comes soon in the form of recruiting.

 

Angel Rodriguez, Miami

Season Stats: 13.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 4.3 apg, 2 spg, 2 tpg  32.8 % shooting

It seems as though the #Canes Angel Rodriguez has been tamed as of late. Since the #Canes defeated then #4 #Duke in Cameron Indoor led by Rodriguez’s 24 points, Rodriguez has only averaged 8.5 ppg on just 20.9 % shooting from the field. The #Canes are 3-5 since the #Duke game on January 13. Turnovers or foul trouble have also limited Rodriguez’s play. Against Georgia Tech he was 0-8 with 4 turnovers. Against Louisville, he fouled out to the tune of 2-9 and 6 points.

This recent loss to Wake Forest has a lot of us confused as well. With only a handful of games left, Rodriguez needs to get it together or the #Canes could end up on the wrong side of the bubble conversation. There’s time for him to redeem himself but consistency is key.

 

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