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ACC Daily Links, Nov. 20

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 12:17am
By: Brian Geisinger

Boston College
It's been a shaky start for Steve Donahue and the Eagles this season, but sophomore sniper Olivier Hanlan has been sharp, and earned ACC player of the week honors for his efforts - look at those numbers; they're bonkers. Andre Williams ran all over the Wolfpack in BC's takedown of N.C. State last weekend, which made the Eagles bowl eligible, but according to coach Steve Addazio - the #Dude chieftain - his team still has more work to do.

Dabo Swinney's Tigers are 10 days away from their showdown against in-state rival No. 11 South Carolina - a contest which will have serious BCS implications - and defensive coordinator Brett Venables is pleased with the progress and physicality his unit has recently brought. Before the Tigers square off against USC, though, they'll need to take care of business this week when The Citadel rolls into town.

Last night, the Blue Devils were once again led by forwards Rodney Hood and Jabari Parker, who combined for 51 points, but Duke, overall, didn't look too sharp at home against East Carolina. Coach K's team coughed up an 18-point lead but held on to win 83-74. Duke's football team - 8-2 on the season, ranked inside the Top 25 - now has a target on its back - which, according to DB Ross Cockrell, is new territory for the Blue Devils.

Florida State
Yesterday, Leonard Hamilton added the second juco commitment to his 2014 recruiting class - meet point guard Dayshawn Watkins. Are you curious as to what the backbone of FSU's success on the football field this season has been? Well, look no further than their exceptional recruiting class of 2011, which was ranked No. 2 nationally.

Georgia Tech
Brian Gregory and his cagers play host tonight to the Dayton Flyers - 3-0 on the young season; here's what we can expect to see the Yellow Jackets go up against this evening: a talented roster, which features to key transfers Jordan Sibert (Ohio State) and Vee Sanford (Georgetown). Dayton, by the way, was coached by Gregory for eight seasons before he left for the ATL, which makes tonight's matchup a little weird for Tech's head coach.

Last weekend against Virginia Tech, quarterback C.J. Brown was the healthiest he's been since the start of the 2013 season, and it showed: the senior signal-caller rushed for 122 yards and two touchdowns in a victory. Freshman point guard Roddy Peters was strong in the now 1-2 Terps' seven-point loss to Oregon State; according to coach Mark Turgeon, this performance likely earned him a spot in the team's starting five.

This Saturday, the Hurricanes play host to the 2-8 Virginia Cavaliers, which allows graduate transfer defensive tackle Justin Renfrow to square off against a team he played with for four years, and the soon-to-be 24-year old couldn't be more excited with the opportunity to take on the Cavaliers. Former Hurricane QB Ken Dorsey has found success in his first season as quarterbacks coach for the 7-3 Carolina Panthers.

North Carolina
According to a report from USA TODAY, the school has sent letters of "permanent disassociation" to former Tar Heel football players Greg Little, Marvin Austin and Robert Quinn. The Smith Center - now in its 27th year of existence - could be renovated in the near future, according to athletic director Bubba Cunningham. Today in Washington, former coach Dean Smith will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

N.C. State
The Wolfpack is home at PNC Arena tonight to square off against LeVelle Moton's undersized N.C. Central squad, which will need a big performance from senior wing Jeremy Ingram - averaging 27 points per game. N.C. State walk-on Jevoni Robinson was a student for two years at NCCU, where his hopes of playing basketball for the Eagles were never met. Robinson, now in his second season on the Wolfpack roster, will get a crack at his former school tonight.

Notre Dame
There's no doubting the talent or depth of Mike Brey's roster, which goes 10 deep. However, after an early shake-up/loss to Indiana State, Brey knows he needs to find which five-man rotations of his work best.

ACC newcomers Pitt and Syracuse meet in the Carrier Dome this weekend, and the Panthers - playing on the road - have opened as a slim one-point favorite. A win over the Orange, would make first-year head coach Paul Chryst's crew bowl eligible. Jamie Dixon's Panthers - 3-0 on the season - host Lehigh tonight in hoops, but after this game, Pitt's schedule really starts to pick up some steam.

The men's basketball team is 4-0 and off until it heads out to Hawaii next week for the Maui Invitational - can I come too, Coach Boeheim? - but if the Orange are going to do some damage while they play ball in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, then they're going to need a stronger offense effort from the entire team. Syracuse plays host to Pitt this week in football - and, well, lets just say we've been here before.

Senior wing Joe Harris went 7-for-8 from the field, scoring 16 points in only 24 minutes of action, as the Cavaliers cruised past Navy 67-42, for their second straight victory, which put Virginia fans at ease after last week's loss to VCU. Mike London and Co. are down in South Beach to take on the Miami Hurricanes; here's your preview.

Virginia Tech
The Cavaliers are in action this week, but Frank Beamer's Hokies have a bye this week, which means they have plenty of time to prepare for their bitter in-state rivals. James Johnson and the Hokies have put a nice little streak together, winning three in a row, but things escalate - quickly, I may add - this Friday when they play the No. 1 team in the AP Poll - the Michigan State Spartans.

Wake Forest
If the Demon Deacons are to pull off the upset and beat Duke this week, then they'll need some of their skill position guys to step up and replace some of the production lost when flanker Michael Campanaro went down with an injury. Yo, Chris Paul the Point Gawd: he has now posted a double-double in each of the Los Angeles Clippers game (through 11 games, he's averaging 19.5 points per game and 12.6 assists per game; is that good?), which ties Magic Johnson for an NBA record.