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ACC Daily Links, Jan. 21

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 1:18am
By: Brian Geisinger

Boston College
The good news is that the Eagles basketball season can't get much worse. The bad news is that it won't be getting any better anytime soon. Steve Donahue announced that center Dennis Clifford will miss the remainder of the season due to ongoing knee issues and will seek a medical redshirt. This means the 7-foot-1 big man won't be able to help a team that is last in the conference in rebounding margin.

Clemson
Sammy Watkins and Martavius Bryant are gone, but Clemson's receiving corps should be just as good, if not better, than last year's. After a surprising 4-1 start in conference play, the hoops team is not looking foward to their upcoming schedule.

Duke
Coach Cut received some good recruiting news, as Edgar Cerenord became the 17th commit in the 2014 class. After a game-winning basket against UVa and another solid performance in a runaway victory over the Pack, Rasheed Sulaimon was named ACC Player of the Week. Let the Jabari Parker speculation - will he, or won't he, return? - start now.

Florida State
Four Seminoles will hope to improve their draft stock this week at Senior Bowl practices. Christian Jones, Telvin Smith, Terrence Brooks, and Bryan Stork will all be competing for the South team on Saturday, all of whom are expected to be selected in May's NFL Draft.

Georgia Tech
The Jackets hosted ten football prospects this past weekend-nine of whom are already committed. The days were mostly spent bonding with future teammates, and trying to convince one recruit to become a future teammate. 

Maryland
The Terps were taunted with "A-C-C! A-C-C!" chants upon falling to the Pack Monday Night. Although Maryland built a solid lead by the half, they ended up falling to a shorthanded NC State team, 65-56.

Miami
Duke Johnson's fractured ankle won't be ready for spring practice, but he's very excited by the progress he's made and should be ready for fall. The Canes also picked up a 2015 commitment from offensive lineman, Kevin Feder. The 6-foot-9, 305 pound Jersey native becomes the second pledge of the class.

North Carolina
The Heels suffered a 15-point loss in Charlottesville. The disappointing setback came after what players thought had been a season turnaround victory over Boston College. In other news, the football team hired a new offensive coordinator to replace Blake Anderson. Anderson left to take the head coaching position at Arkansas State.

N.C. State
According to Mark Gottfried, because of an ankle sprain suffered Saturday against Duke, the team decided to sit T.J. Warren - the ACC's leading scorer - last night against Maryland. After an ugly first half (the Pack had 20 points at intermission), Cat Barber and Ralston Turner (five second-half threes), especially, took things over in the second half, as NCSU blew past Maryland for a 65-56 win.

Notre Dame
The Fighting Irish - who have really struggled shooting the basketball this season - are in Tallahassee to take on a tough Florida State team tonight. Sophomore power forward Austin Burgett's numbers may be modest, but his increasing role has been a recent bright spot for Mike Brey's club.

Pittsburgh
This should be a fun one in the ACC this evening: No. 20 Pitt - who, and you don't see this often, moved up in the polls despite a loss (granted it was No. 2 Syracuse) last week - plays host to Brad Brownell's red-hot Clemson Tigers.

Syracuse
Ugh, this is brutal - sophomore center Dajaun Coleman - who started 12 games this season - is out for the rest of the campaign after undergoing surgery on his left leg. The Orange have frontcourt depth to help neutralize the loss, but no matter how you look at it, this removes some margin of error for the team going forward, according to Mike Waters. Scott Shafer's staff heads south, and nabs Juwan Dowels - a three-star DB from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Virginia
A 12-2 run to end the first half helped propel the Cavaliers to home win last night over North Carolina, 76-61. Tony Bennett's team is now 5-1 in ACC play, which is their best start to a conference season since 1994-95. After the win last night, big man Akil Mitchell - a native of Charlotte, N.C. - was most pleased.

Virginia Tech
Three-star OT Brady Taylor committed to the Hokies last summer, but after receiving an offer from Urban Meyer and his hometown Buckeyes, Taylor quickly flipped his decision. Frank Beamer will look toward what will be a very deep backfield to hopefully produce a more prolific running game in 2014 - here's a look at one of Tech's incoming freshman backs, Marshawn Williams.

Wake Forest
Sophomores DeAndre Martin and Sherman Ragland III have been dismissed from the Wake Forest football program. C.J. Harris is having a terrific season playing for MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg of the Beko Basketball Bundesliga - averaging 13 points per contest, and knocking down 50 percent of his threes. Over the weekend, the former Demon Deacon won the league's three-point shooting contest, too.