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ACC Daily Links, Jan. 13

Monday, January 13, 2014 8:41am
By: Carlos Collazo

Boston College
Former basketball coach Al Skinner is still hurt by the way he was fired years ago, but he's returned to coaching as an assistant at Bryant University. The Boston College basketball team is taking on one of the top defenses in the nation tonight in Syracuse.

Clemson
Junior forward K.J. McDaniels performed well and turned a few heads with his 24-point, 10-rebound game against Duke. Cris Ard takes a look at the top running backs that Clemson has recruited.

Duke
In Andrew Beaton's Duke basketball panic guide, he recommends playing Marshall Plumlee a bit more often. In 12 games, Plumlee is averaging just 5.8 minutes. After its loss to Clemson Saturday, the Duke basketball team only has two days to prepare for a talented Virginia team.

Florida State
The Seminoles hit 16 of their 24 three-point shots to rout Maryland 85-61 Sunday night. Matt Murschel writes that Jimbo Fisher should help FSU win another national championship next season. It will be a tough task, but Florida State is coming in with a strong class and will return Heisman quarterback Jameis Winston.

Georgia Tech
Justin Thomas is one of the five players that YellowJackedUp.com says should step up his game next season for Georgia Tech. At the moment, Thomas is the favorite to be the team's starting quarterback. Carder Gravitt takes a look at the numbers to see if head coach Paul Johnson should stick around or pack his bags.

Maryland
ESPN's Jay Williams criticized Mark Turgeon and the Maryland basketball team after its embarrassing loss to FSU. There have been a few rumors about new assistant football coaches at Maryland, but the school said on Sunday that they weren't making any announcements just yet.

Miami
Running back Brandon Powell and corner Nigel Bethel both decommitted from Miami recently. Powell flipped to Florida, and Bethel gave Texas Tech his commitment. Tonight, the Miami basketball team is going to be storming dorms on campus to raise awareness for its next stretch of home games.

North Carolina
P.J. Hairston was claimed by the Texas Legends of the NBA Developmental league Sunday night. Hairston will play with the Legends for the rest of the season and then be available in June's NBA draft. After a loss to Syracuse, the Tar Heels fell to an 0-3 conference start for the first time since the 1996-97 season.

N.C. State
The Wolfpack had a terrible game against Virginia Saturday, putting up some of its worst numbers of the season and losing 76-45. BackingThePack.com takes a look at former N.C. State players who are still involved in the NFL playoffs. With the Chargers falling to Denver, Russell Wilson is likely the highest profile player of the group.

Notre Dame
Notre Dame's tournament hopes took a big hit after falling to Georgia Tech 74-69 Saturday. Marcus Griffin and Michael Sawyers are two defensive tackles that Notre Dame is going to be after as signing day approaches.

Pittsburgh
Durand Johnson is out for the season after tearing the ACL and meniscus in his right knee during the Panthers' game against Wake Forest Saturday. Pitt and Syracuse will collide this weekend as two of the top ACC basketball teams. Ron Cook writes about this surprising shift of power.

Syracuse
Jim Boeheim and C.J. Fair talk about how good their Syracuse basketball team is. Trevor Cooney's shooting will be something to look out for during the Syracuse's game tonight against Boston College. During three ACC games, Cooney's three-point shooting has been a cool 21.8 percent--a far cry from his non-conference 50 percent from behind the arc.

Virginia
Joe Harris is starting to look more like himself after a rough start to the season.  The entire Virginia basketball team is confident in the offensive changes that Tony Bennett has made with the team. 

Virginia Tech
The Boston College Eagles dropped the Hokies to 0-2 in conference play by three points in their game Saturday. GobblerCountry.com takes a look at former Virginia Tech athletes in the NFL playoffs.

Wake Forest
Robert Reinhard and Riley Johnston talk about the start of ACC play for Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons are 1-2 after a going through a tough first three games. Their most recent loss came from an 80-65 beat down from Pitt over the weekend.