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ACC Daily Links, Dec. 26

Thursday, December 26, 2013 6:57am
By: Brian Geisinger

Boston College
Reggie Jackson pumped in 18 points off the bench as he and Oklahoma City continued their strong play on Christmas Day. The Thunder stomped the New York Knicks, 123-94. Linebacker Luke Kuechly, who spent three years in Chestnut Hill (2009-11), is having an MVP-caliber season in 2013 for the Carolina Panthers.

After a shaky start to the season, Clemson offensive lineman Isaiah Battle has turned his sophomore campaign around. You may not have heard of it, but there is this football game called the Orangle Bowl, and, well, it's kind of important.

Seth Curry - who'd been balling in the D-League - was called up yesterday to the Memphis Grizzlies. Not a bad Christmas present, eh? 'Tis better to give than it is to receive. Here's one intrepid reporter's gift list for the Duke basketball team.

Florida State
The Auburn Tigers struggle against defending the pass, which is bad news for a team preparing to cover Kelvin Benjamin, Kenny Shaw, and Rashad Greene in the national title game. 

Georgia Tech
Next week, Paul Johnson and his Yellow Jackets take on Ole Miss in the Music City Bowl. Here's an in-depth look at the Rebels' offense, which features the dynamic air attack duo of Bo Wallace and Donte Moncrief.

The Terrapins need wide receiver Nigel King to step up and get things going for Randy Edsall's offense when they square off against Marshall in the Military Bowl tomorrow. Maryland must also put the clamps on the Thundering Herd's star signal caller, Rakeem Cato - the 2012 Conference USA Player of the Year.

Junior tight end Clive Walford - 30 receptions for 372 yards and two scores - is still unsure of whether he will turn pro after the team's final game this season, the Russell Athletic Bowl. 

North Carolina
The 42nd Annual Holiday Invitational high school basketball tournament gets going today in Raleigh.Two highly-ranked members of the Tar Heels 2014 recruiting class - Joel Berry and Justin Jackson - will participate in this year's event.

N.C. State
Pitching ace Carlos Rodon and on-base machine Trea Turner were both named to the Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American team. It would be remiss of me to not add that I hope everyone had at very merry #BattleCannon Christmas yesterday.

Notre Dame
Former Irish guard Kyle McAlarney can sympathize with Jerian Grant, who had to leave school mid-season because of an academic issue. 

The Panthers square off against Bowling Green in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl tonight, and yesterday they received some good news: receiver Dontez Ford will be able to play for the first time all season. A win today would also be a nice way to pen the final chapter for this group of Pitt seniors. Here's Lauren Brownlow's inimitable GIF-happy preview

According to sophomore wide receiver Ashton Broyld - the Orange's top pass catcher - Syracuse will look to take advantage of a suspect Minnesota secondary when the two teams meet up on Friday for the Texas Bowl. Hey, speaking of the Texas Bowl, here are five stats-based projections for the game, courtesy of Patrick Stevens.

This is pretty darn cool: Tony Bennett's Cavs are struggling to put points on the board - 65.8 ppg - so they're turning to some new technology to help their shooting woes. In fact, here's a video demonstrating this unique shooting system.

Virginia Tech
The Hokies have seen a variety of spread offenses - both good and bad - in 2013, but they haven't played against one run by a quarterback talent like UCLA's Brett Hundley. The road for Frank Beamer's teanm to the Sun Bowl has not been an easy one this season; the Hokies played one of the nation's most challenging schedules.

Wake Forest
Former Demon Deacon Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers lost a close one last night to Golden State. Hoowever, Paul finished with 26 points and 11 assists, including this dime to a streaking Blake Griffin.