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Feb
20
2015

Who’s Hot, Who’s Not? #ACC Basketball Edition – Feb. 20, 2015

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Well if you weren’t up all night screaming at your television Wednesday night wondering why the “UNC-Duke” rivalry is such a classic rivalry, I pity you. Tyus Jones stepped up when #Duke needed him to in the clutch. As we get in to the last couple games, it looks like the top 3 are going to be #UVA, #NotreDame, & #Duke with an abrupt shuffle in the rest of the conference.

So, without further adieu…

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Duke (23-3 Overall, 10-3 Conference)

Last 10 games: 9-1

It seems as though a #NotreDame loss and dismissal of junior guard Rasheed Sulaimon created a monster for a #Duke team that was in dire need of answers. The Blue Devils have won 6 straight games, including an overtime thriller against #UNC on Wednesday night. I’m sure the rematch will be even better as well.

It seems as though everybody is accepting their role quite nicely after the purge of Sulaimon. Jahlil Okafor is unstoppable one on one in the post as we saw numerous times against #UNC. It still remains to be seen if this #Duke will make a long tournament run. If you ask me, they still lack a consistent outside shooter. But who knows what may happen? In the #ACC, anything is possible. Also of note, against #UNC, senior guard Quinn Cook made 6 three point field goals. Maybe letting Sulaimon go was a good thing for #Duke, shaky guard play has been their Achilles heel.

 

Rakeem Christmas, Syracuse

Conference Stats: 19.0 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.2 spg, 53.2 % FG

Coming off a shoddy 5-17 shooting performance Saturday against #Duke, #Syracuse senior Rakeem Christmas bounced back nicely against #CardNation. The Orange pulled off an upset Wednesday behind Christmas’ 29 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 blocks despite a self imposed postseason ban that will keep them out of postseason competition this season. So, regardless of stipulations, #Syracuse is still playing with a chip on their shoulder. Partly thanks to Christmas.

Christmas is first in the #ACC in total points (472) and second in points per game (18.2 ppg). Christmas isn’t only a scoring option for the Orange either, he’s also second in the #ACC in blocks (66) and fourth in total rebounds (237). Christmas has been a model of consistency for a #Syracuse team that has struggled mightily at times. Despite a post season ban, Christmas still gets the nod for his stellar play under the current circumstances.

 

 

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Boston College (9-16 Overall, 1-12 Conference)

Last 10 Games: 1-9

For the second week in a row, the #BCEagles are this week’s “Not Hot” team. Why? Well, on Monday, the #BCEagles had a 4 point lead and squandered it late to go into overtime against the #Canes at home. They had the game all but won but still lost. This just aren’t looking good for the Golden Eagles at the moment unfortunately. They’ve now lost 7 games in a row and haven’t won a game since  January 25.

Olivier Hanland remains the team’s lone bright spot during this losing streak. He scored 32 points against the #Canes and against the #Noles in the team’s last two losses so one would assume something has got to give pretty soon for the #BCEagles to get out of this losing streak.

 

Justin Bibbs, Virginia Tech

Season Stats: 12.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.8 apg, 45.2 % shooting

Since returning from a concussion on January 31 and missing two games, Bibbs has had a rough go at getting back on track. Since his return, Bibbs is shooting 16-53 from the field (30.2%) with just 8.8 ppg to show for it. It’s been a building year for the #Hokies but if they want to win, getting Bibbs going early is their best bet, especially with the recent dismissal of Joey van Zegeren.

The #Hokies have a hungry #NCState team on Saturday but who knows? Maybe Buzz Williams will have these #Hokies and Justin Bibbs dialed in. It’s not easy to recover from an injury and return to where you were before an injury but let’s hope Bibbs and the #Hokies can turn it around soon.

 

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