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ACC Daily Links, Jan. 20

Monday, January 20, 2014 8:53am
By: Carlos Collazo

Boston College
Joe Micik writes about the disaster that is Boston College basketball over the past few seasons. Eagles defensive back Al Louis-Jean has declared for the NFL draft in a surprising move. Louis-Jean has two years of eligibility left and hasn't really proved a lot on the field.

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier says he isn't trying to take shots at Clemson's fanbase with the comments he's made in recent weeks. With Clemson's 61-53 win over Wake Forest, the Tigers are 4-1 in the ACC and off to their best start since 1997.

The Blue Devils destroyed N.C. State at Cameron Indoor Stadium Saturday, winning 95-60. A large part of the 35-point victory was due to Jabari Parker coming out of his slump by attacking the rim more. Parker finished the game with 23 points and seven rebounds.

Florida State
FSU fell to the Virginia Cavaliers 78-66 Saturday, and the Cavs have already swept the Seminoles for the year. However, their only losses of conference play are to Virginia, and Florida State has some room to grow as the season continues.

Georgia Tech
Former defensive back Jamea Thomas was selected to the Senior Bowl. Ken Sugiura says that this could help his draft status. Joey Weaver takes a look at the weekend's recruiting action for the Yellow Jackets.

Andrew Emmer takes an in-depth look at some of Maryland's basketball targets, including Jared Nickens and Trayvon Reed. The Terrapins have changed their mood on the court, and are now focused on figuring out how to win on the road.

Running back Duke Johnson doesn't think he is going to practice until the fall, thanks to a fractured ankle. The Hurricanes landed a huge (literally) commitment with 2015 offensive lineman Kevin Feder.

North Carolina
UNC "came out swinging" against Mary Willingham in a response to her academic accusations against the university. Today's Virginia game will show whether the Tar Heels offense has finally turned a corner, or if the team just took advantage of Boston College's poor defense (they scored 82 points against the Eagles Saturday).

N.C. State
The Wolpack's lopsided losses are building up, according to Joe Giglio. Giglio says State's struggles this season have been because of poor defensive efforts against teams who don't have great offenses in the first place. In the NFL, all alum Russell Wilson does is win, making the big play when needed to give Seattle an NFC championship victory over San Francisco.

Notre Dame
John Smith - a five-star receiver/safety - had Notre Dame listed among his top six schools. The others were Alabama, Ohio State, Oregon, UCLA and USC. The Irish picked up their second ACC victory against Virginia Tech last night, 70-63.

Pitt put up a great fight against Syracuse Sunday but had too many mistakes late in the game to pull off the comeback and upset. The Panthers added a recruit to their 2015 football class with the commitment of Alex Paulina.

After Syracuse's win over Pitt, talk about the Orange being the best team in the country finally started to come out - something that has been long overdue according to Sean Keeley. Syracuse students have already started camping out for good seats for the Duke game ... which is still over 10 days away.

The Cavaliers are preparing for a "team that can beat any team in the country tonight" according to Akil Mitchell. Malcolm Brogdon will need to have a big game if the dominant UNC team shows up. He's been developing into a multi-dimensional threat for the Cavs this season.  

Virginia Tech
The Hokies moved to 0-4 in the ACC after a 70-63 loss to Notre Dame last night. Many Virginia Tech fans may want football back because of that. While college football isn't going to be around for a while, they can take a look at some of the former Tech players who are still in the NFL playoffs.

Wake Forest
The Demon Deacons are set to take on Virginia Tech Wednesday, and that could help the team continue building momentum. Sophomore guard Codi Miller-McIntyre is leading the team with 15.3 points per game.