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ACC Daily Links, Jan. 9

Thursday, January 9, 2014 12:18am
By: Brian Geisinger

Boston College
On the recruiting front: The Eagles offered 2015 linebacker Jordan Fox a scholarship this week. He will make an unofficial visit to campus in February.

Two key members of Clemson's defense - Stephone Anthony (the Tigers' leading tackler in 2013) and Corey Crawford - announced yesterday that they would return to the program for one more season. In the lone ACC basketball game taking place tonight, Brad Brownell's Tigers welcome Leonard Hamilton's Noles into Littlejohn Coliseum - get ready to see some defense.

Freshman sensation and basketball savant Jabari Parker has been brilliant for Duke this season: 19.8 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 50.2% FG, 41.2% 3PT FG. The past two games, however, have been a struggle for Parker. This, according to Luke DeCock, should not be cause for concern. During their win over Georgia Tech the other night, the Blue Devils played their best ball when the three guard lineup of Rasheed Sulaimon - making his first start of the season, Quinn Cook and Andre Dawkins shared the court together.

Florida State
FSU has won three national titles over the past twenty years - 1993, 1999, and 2013. Time for your favorite hypothetical (I'm guessing): which of these three teams was the best? Last night, the Seminoles picked up another big 2015 commitment, four-star safety Calvin Brewton. Over the weekend, the Seminoles dropped their conference opener against Virginia; they'll look to bounce back tonight on the road against Clemson.

Running back Wes Brown - Maryland's leading rusher in 2012 - was readmitted to the school yesterday after serving a suspension for the 2013 season (he redshirted, by the way). Brown can begin taking classes this semester, and has three years of eligibility remaining. Point guard Seth Allen has just now returned from a foot injury, but the sophomore southpaw is already making his impact felt - scoring 10 or more points in three of his four games.

Thanks to a game-high 19 points from wing Rion Brown, the Hurricanes prevailed on the road, beating North Carolina last night, 63-57. Dating back to last season, this was the fourth straight time UNC has fallen to Miami.

North Carolina
The Tar Heels jumped out to an 8-0 lead to open last night's game against Miami, but after the quick start, things started to trend downward for UNC. North Carolina struggled from the field - shooting 20-65 (30.8%) - and continued to misfire from long range, too - 5-21 (23.8%). Joel James, who returned to the lineup after missing the past few games with a sprained MCL, unintentionally elbowed Rion Brown, which resulted in a Flagrant 2 Foul and ejected him from game. According to a team spokesman, though, James is eligible to play in this weekend's game against Syracuse.

N.C. State
Veteran Bryan Underwood headlines a returning wide receiving group that will look to be far more explosive in 2014 with Jacoby Brissett under center. Eric Shute had scholarship offers from Virginia Tech, Nebraska, and Arkansas, but the three-star offensive lineman decided to run with the Pack early in his recruiting process. Shute caught up with PackPride last night, and explained why he decided on NCSU so quickly, and how he will be utilized when he arrives in Raleigh.

Notre Dame
Youth and inexperience on this season's roster could prove to be a problem for the Fighting Irish. Tuesday night's loss at home to N.C. State, which followed a home win over Duke, demonstrated how inconsistent Notre Dame may be during their inaugural ACC basketball season.

After serving as the team's assistant strength coach last season, Pitt has named Ross Kolodziej as their head strength and conditioning coach. After playing his college ball at Wisconsin, Kolodziej spent several years (2001-07) playing defensive tackle in the NFL. Joe Lunardi released his most recent set of Bracketology (which, coincidentally, I minored in during college) projections yesterday, and Jamie Dixon's Panthers checked in as a No. 7 seed.

This week's position-by-position breakdowns for Syracuse continue. This time it's the secondary, which is led by star safety Durell Eskridge, who had a team-high 78 tackles in 2013. UNC comes to town this weekend, but after two losses to start their ACC season, what should the Orange make of what is still a very talented Tar Heel squad? Former QB/WR John Kinder announces he will transfer out of the Syracuse program to Stony Brook.

The Cavaliers blitzed Wake Forest at the start of last night's game, jumping out to a 22-6 lead. Well, not much changed the rest of the game. UVa. won easily over the Deacs, 74-51. Credit last night's output to a refined offense, which had one of their best games of the season.

Virginia Tech
If the Hokies want to avoid ending up in the ACC cellar for a third straight season, then their offense is going to have to drastically improve. Quarterback Logan Thomas took a lot of heat during his time in Blacksburg, but in 2013 he was basically all they had on offense.

Wake Forest
Games away from home in the ACC continue to be the downfall of Wake's Jeff Bzdelik. Last night's 23-point loss to Virginia in Charlottesville dropped Bzdelik to 1-25 (!!!) in ACC road games.