Who’s Hot, Who’s Not? #ACC Basketball Edition – March 6, 2015


I have no idea where all the time went but March Madness is upon with Selection Sunday only 9 days away. It’s been an interesting ACC basketball season to say the least as well. Syracuse will miss postseason play entirely so that throws a twist into the ACC teams selected for the NCAA Tournament. Barring a total meltdown, we could see 7 ACC teams in the Big Dance which would be a stellar showing for the ACC.


Virginia (26-1 Overall, 14-1 Conference)

Last 10 games: 9-1

Not many people saw this coming. A UVA team 28-1 on the verge of making even more history and it’s been their defense that has kept the tale going all season long. The Cavaliers are #1 in the nation in scoring defense (50 ppg) and #2 in the nation in opponent field goal percentage (35.3%). If you’re an ACC fan, its hard to root against what they’ve done, especially while suffering injuries to key players like London Perrantes and Justin Anderson along the way.

This team was built over time and has learned to trust each other on the floor. Some games may be sloppy, but they get it done on the defensive end, making sure to protect the rim. Their final test is Saturday evening @ 6:30 PM on the road against Louisville. It’ll be a good road test for them that I think they will pass with flying colors.

Anthony Gill, Virginia

Conference Stats: 10.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 55.9 % FG

Anthony Gill has really stepped up since the Cavaliers lost Justin Anderson to injury. Gill has scored in double figures in the last 6 games for the Cavaliers, including a 17-pt performance against Syracuse to lead all scorers. In the same 6 game span, Gill is averaging 14.7 points and 7 rebounds per game while shooting 65.3% from the field.

Gill gets a lot of his points around the rim and they come when UVA needs them most. Keep an eye on him with recent news of Justin Anderson possibly missing more time after an appendectomy. When Gill takes the focus off point guard London Perrantes, this UVA squad becomes a lot harder to defend.


 Virginia Tech (1020 Overall, 2-15 Conference)

Last 10 Games: 19

It was anything but spectacular in Blacksburg for Buzz Williams in the Hokies. They close out the season against Miami on Saturday and its a good thing its at home. The Hokies went 0-11 on the road in the ACC. Every team in the ACC has at least 2 road wins except for Virginia Tech.

The wheels pretty much fell off before the season even started. Five players transferred: Forwards CJ Barksdale, Trevor Thompson (Ohio State), Marshall Wood (Richmond) and Maurice Kirby (Coffeyville Community College) and guard Ben Emelogu (SMU). This gave the Hokies 5 scholarship players to work with. Five players wasn’t enough though, cause then the Hokies best defender, Joey van Zegeren, was suspended indefinitely before being dismissed in January. So it’s been anything but great in Buzz Williams’ first year, but there’s hope.

The Hokies return next season with transfers Zach Leday (South Florida) and Shane Allen (Maryland) and add highly touted guard Chris Clarke to a team desperate for talent. Two seniors graduating this senior, Will Johnston and Christian Beyer, were both walk ons.

Tadric Jackson, Georgia Tech

Conference Stats: 4.2 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.0 apg, 25.0% shooting

In the recent drubbing the Yellow Jackets took at home, it was the stat line of Tadric Jackson that stood out the most. Jackson shot 3-15 to the tune of 9 points. He was also 1-7 from the 3-pt line. What is going on in Atlanta? In his last 5 games, Jackson has 8.6 points a game, 2.2 assists per game and is shooting just 30.4% from the field.

You have to expect changes are coming soon for the Yellow Jackets as we conclude Brian Gregory’s fourth season as head coach. Jackson is a freshman as well so it really makes you wonder as a basketball how he ended up taking so many shots.


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