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ACC Daily Links, Feb. 4

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 12:29am
By: Brian Geisinger

Boston College
Replacing starting quarterback Chase Rettig and All-World running back Andre Williams (#Andre2000) will be a challenge, but Steve Addazio believes the Eagles will be able to string together another winning season in 2014. He struggled shooting from the floor, but Reggie Jackson still managed to score 12 points and dish out two assists, as the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated Memphis 86-77 last night.

Brad Brownell's Tigers got back in the win column last week against Florida State, and tonight they'll look for their sixth ACC win when they play host to Georgia Tech. Can former Clemson Tiger Andre Ellington become an every-down back for the Arizona Cardinals in only his second season? Tomorrow night, Clemson will find out if they're going to land 2015 offensive lineman Mitch Hyatt - a five-star OT, who would be the highest rated OL to commit to Clemson in some time.

After a win at No.18 Pittsburgh and losing by two in overtime to No. 2 Syracuse (I know that game was three days ago but, man, that was a fun one), Duke moved up to No.11 in this week's AP Poll. The Blue Devils have won five of their past six games; they'll look to keep that strong play going tonight in Durham against visiting Wake Forest. Duke football also landed a major commitment last night when three-star WR Trevon Lee picked the Blue Devils over Vanderbilt, which should put a wrap on Duke's 2014 class.

Florida State
Jimbo Fisher and the Seminoles are one day out from putting the finishing touches on what could be another ridiculous recruiting class. Now that Jacob Coker has departed for presumably greener pastures at Alabama, Florida State is making sure to add QB depth on National Signing Day - but will dual-threat signal caller Treon Harris stay true to his previous FSU commitment?

Georgia Tech
Sophomore guard Solomon Poole is no longer with the Yellow Jacket basketball program - he's been dismissed due to conduct issues, apparently. Speaking of Tech basketball, Brian Gregory's squad is on the road tonight in Littlejohn Coliseum to take on Clemson.

The Terrapins are in Chapel Hill tonight to take on a Tar Heel team that's won three straight contests, which should put a pin on what's been, over the years, a really fun match-up.

Let's take one final look at where the Hurricanes sit in the pre-NSD recruiting rankings - pretty darn good, by the way. Three-star offensive lineman Nick Linder - likely a center at the next level - is pumped to sign with Miami tomorrow.

North Carolina
Roy Williams and his Tar Heels have a busy week ahead, but before they get on the road to South Bend, they have to take on Maryland in Chapel Hill tonight - Ken Pomeroy has UNC listed with a win probability of nearly 80 percent. Coaching against the Terps means Williams will get to go up against one of his former assistant coaches - Mark Turgeon - a man for whom he still, nearly three decades later, has profound respect.

N.C. State
Here's a more in-depth look at center Tony Adams - a January enrollee, who's coming off a fantastic senior season at Charlotte (N.C.) High (graded out at 87 percent of blocking assignments). The Wolfpack are off for an entire week - they don't play again until this Saturday against Miami - and coach Mark Gottfried wants his team ready to bounce back from their loss to rival UNC.

Notre Dame
The Fighting Irish - still struggling without Jerian Grant - played well, but fell on the road last night to No. 1 Syracuse 61-55; Garrick Sherman once again led Notre Dame with 16 points.

The Panthers lost twice at home last week - albeit both losses were against tough teams, Duke and Virginia - but they were able to remain inside the AP Top 25, sliding back seven spots and landing at No. 25. If Jamie Dixon's squad is going to improve on their ACC record, they will need to start shooting the ball better, especially from the free throw line.

Trevor Cooney went ballistic last night, connecting on a school-record nine three-pointers as No. 1 Syracuse held on to defeat Notre Dame in a close one, 61-55. The Orange are 22-0, but will a short bench, especially now without DaJuan Coleman, hurt them down the stretch?

For the first time since November - man, does that seem long ago - the Virginia Cavaliers have found themselves inside both polls: No. 20 in the AP and No. 21 in the Coaches. Here's a player-by-player mid-season grade for every member of the Cavaliers.

Virginia Tech
The Hokies' defense under coordinator Bud Foster is looking to come back next season with more depth, and even more production. Two-star recruit Shawn Payne - who was previously listed as an athlete - recently discovered he'll play cornerback when he gets to Blacksburg.

Wake Forest
The Demon Deacons are in Cameron tonight to take on the Blue Devils, but they may, unfortunately, be without star point guard Codi Miller-McIntyre, who injured his ankle in Saturday's loss to Georgia Tech.