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ACC Daily Links, Dec. 4

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 8:42am
By: Brian Geisinger

The ACC goes 4-2 in the opening night of their challenge with the Big Ten. So, in case you were wondering, #goacc.

Boston College
Steve Donahue's Eagles came into the season with high expectations; so far, though, it's been a struggle. They look to get back to .500 with a win tonight over Purdue. Barry Sanders' record for rush yards in a single season (2,657) is no longer in jeopardy, but BC's Andre Williams - or, as I like to call him, #Andre2000 - still has a chance to eclipse 2,300 yards - which, ya know, still pretty good.

While the ACC-Big Ten Challenge was taking place elsewhere, the Tigers welcomed South Carolina State into Littlejohn Coliseum last night: Clemson wins, 65-49. Sophomore guard Devin Coleman - in his first career start - paced Brad Brownell's club with 16 points; forward Larry Nnoko slapped up a double-double, too - 13 points, 13 rebounds. As of right now, it looks as though Dabo Swinney's Tigers are headed to the Orange Bowl.

Quinn Cook has his best game of the young season - 24 points, nine assists, 10-for-10 from the charity stripe - as Duke rolled over Michigan last night in Cameron 79-69. The most promising takeaway for the Blue Devils last night was their improving defense; freshman wing Matt Jones was the catalyst for an impressive defensive effort. The 2013 Blue Devils - winners of the ACC Coastal Division - had 11 player named to one of the All-ACC teams yesterday.

Florida State
In the nightcap from Day One of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, the Seminoles got 16 points and eight rebounds from senior forward Okaro White but lost to Minnesota 71-61. Florida State is preparing their defense to handle Duke's two-headed quarterbacking monster of Anthony Boone and Brandon Connette. Four-star WR Josh Malone will announce his college decision today; FSU and Clemson will both be paying close attention.

Georgia Tech
Brian Gregory's squad rallied, closing last night's win over Illinois with a ferocious 19-4 run, which was led by sophomore wing Marcus Georges-Hunt (20 points). Notre Dame cornerback Lo Wood is looking for a destination to play his senior season of football, and Georgia Tech, which recruited him out of high school, appear to be the likely landing spot.

The Terrapins travel into the belly of the beast tonight when they go to Columbus to take on No. 5 Ohio State and its dynamic backcourt duo. (For the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, shouldn't Maryland just play, like, and intrasquad scrimmage or something?) Randy Edsall and the Terps (sweet band name?) will be bowling this holiday season, but where?

At 9-3, Al Golden's Hurricanes will get to play in their first bowl game in three years; here are some possible postseason scenarios. Andy Katz and Seth Greenberg - what's up, guys? - are back for another video preview; this time it's for tonight's Miami and Nebraska matchup in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

North Carolina
What's already been an up-and-down season for the Tar Heels takes another interesting turn tonight when they head up to East Lansing - and enter the Izzone - to take on No. 1 Michigan State, which is led by, perhaps, the most talented backcourt in the entire country. North Carolina needs junior forward James Michael McAdoo to get on track this season. UNC will participate in next season's Battle 4 Atlantis, where the Tar Heels will be a part of a very talented field: Florida, UCLA, Georgetown, Wisconsin, Butler and more.

N.C. State
Mark Gottfried and Co. are working on finding ways to improve his team's offense versus a zone defense. (Scott Wood, where have you gone?) Speaking of Gott, the Wolfpack is in action tonight as State welcomes the Northwestern Wildcats, who are now coached by long-time Duke assistant Chris Collins, back to Raleigh for another chapter in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge - the two teams met during the 2009 event, too. Here's a bio breakdown of one of Dave Doeren's early enrollees in the 2014 recruiting class: WR Bo Hines.

Notre Dame
Mike Brey and the Irish fall last night in their inaugural ACC-Big Ten Challenge to a rapidly improving No. 23 Iowa Hawkeye team, 98-93. Garrick Sherman led the way with 29 points and nine rebounds, and Jerian Grant chipped in 13 points and 10 rebounds.

After a lackluster first 20 minutes, Pitt received a monster second half from their two senior leaders - Lamar Patterson and Talib Zanna, both scoring 16 points - to prevail over Penn State, 78-69. Here's an in-depth look at last night's game against the Nittany Lions, which includes some very interesting quotes from PSU's coach Pat Chambers. 2014 needs to be a year of improvement for Paul Chryst.

The backcourt of Tyler Ennis and Trevor Cooney paved the way for an easy victory over the Indiana Hoosiers last night, 69-52. The most important question stemming from last night's win has to be: who was the dude sitting next to Yankees first baseman (and Georgia Tech alum #goacc) Mark Teixeira? Fingers crossed, you guys. Dual-threat QB recruit - rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports.com - Alin Edouard is ready to make a difference at Syracuse - starting Day One.

Tonight offers a rematch from last season's Challenge, which the Cavaliers won 60-54, when Joe Harris and Virginia welcome No. 8 Wisconsin into the confines of JPJ Arena. The matchup between the Cavaliers and Badgers will feature a great deal of physical play around the rim.

Virginia Tech
Have you been a pins and needles waiting for a GIF recap of the Hokies beating of rival UVa in last week's showdown? Well, the Key Play has you covered, because of course. Forward Jarrell Eddie was sizzling last night - 34 points on only 18 shots (well done, sir) - as the Hokies roll over the Eagles of Winthrop last night, 81-63.

Wake Forest
No one has covered Jim Grobe during his tenure at Wake Forest more than the Winston-Salem Journal's Dan Collins, who was a guest on the David Glenn Show to discuss the departure of the greatest coach in school history. Here's more from Collins on Grobe as he compares the recently departed football coach to former Wake basketball coach Dave Odom. The Battle 4 Atlantis didn't go so hot for the Deacs last week, but tonight they'll try to get back on track at home against Tulane.