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ACC Daily Links, Jan. 16

Thursday, January 16, 2014 12:10am
By: Brian Geisinger

Boston College
Former BC Eagle Jared Dudley pumped in 10 points as the Los Angeles Clippers staged a major comeback to defeat the Dallas Mavericks late last night. Tuesday night's home loss to No. 2 Syracuse was the first time the Conte Forum has been sold out in over a year (Baby footprint steps, you guys).

K.J. McDaniels once again leads the way (14 points), and Clemson took care of business on the road at Virginia Tech last night, 56-49. This is huge for Dabo Swinney's Tigers! All-American defensive end Vic Beasley (23 tackles for loss, 13 sacks in 2013) will return for his senior season.

The good folks at ESPN's Numbers Never Lie program decided to have a little fun at Duke's expense while discussing court storming - which is something the Blue Devils are all too familiar with by now. No. 23 Duke looks for the second conference win of the week when they square off against Triangle rival N.C. State in Durham this Saturday.

Florida State
Four guys scored in double figures - led by Aaron Thomas' 12 - and FSU took down in-state rival Miami last night 63-53; the Seminoles are really starting to put together a nice resume. According to Ira Schoffel, former defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt's sudden departure to UGA won't thwart a powerful Noles defense, which returns a lot of talent in 2014.

Georgia Tech
Hey, speaking of Jeremy Pruitt--how does Tech's defensive coordinator, Ted Roof, stack up against his new in-state counterpart? Pitt was the best team Brian Gregory's Yellow Jackets have played all season, but injuries to key players - Robert Carter Jr., in particular - hurt Tech defensively.

Charles Mitchell and Nick Faust (one of my favorite irrational confidence guys in the ACC) combined for 23 points off the bench, and Maryland picked up a much-needed win over Notre Dame last night, which put the brakes on a two-game losing slide. The Terps got real dunky last night, too - check it out. The likely motive behind Maryland's gigantic counterclaim against the ACC: hoping to settle out of court.

Forward Donnavan Kirk went off - 21 points (9-12 shooting), five rebounds and four blocks - but it wasn't enough as the Hurricanes fell to a tough Florida State squad at home last night, 63-53. 

North Carolina
Now that we're 16 games into the Tar Heels' season, let's check on how their forwards - led by James Michael McAdoo - are holding up. Oh, buddy. Former UNC defensive end Michael McAdoo's name returns to the headlines as investigations into Mary Willingham's "declaration" and research grow stronger.

N.C. State
There were - rough estimation - 432,489 combined fouls called (actually, there were 52 total fouls, which is still a lot) last night, as the Wolfpack lost on the road against Wake Forest, 69-70. Well, another defensive performance such as this does not please the fan base. 

Notre Dame
The Fighting Irish shot 48% from the floor (24-50), but in the end, it wasn't enough - they fell to Maryland last night, 74-66.

After losing sophomore forward Durand Johnson for the season, Pitt displayed their toughness in a road win at Georgia Tech. Everyone on the team will have to step up to replace their minutes and production. According to head coach Jamie Dixon, his freshmen will really have to up their games in the absence of Johnson. Pitt's All-Everything defensive tackle Aaron Donald has decided to participate in this year's Senior Bowl, which takes place January 25.

Two guard Trevor Cooney has a reputation as a long-range sniper, and rightfully so (42.3% from beyond the arc).  But he's a lot more than just a shooter. No. 22 Pittsburgh will be in town to take on the Orange this weekend, and Scott Shafer's staff is planning to use the game as a central event for a big recruiting weekend. It looks as though the Carrier Dome could receive some renovations and updates somewhere down the line.

Former UVa offensive coordinator Bill Lazor (LASER) - at the school from 2010-12 - has been hired by the Miami Dolphins to coordinate their offense. After a shaky start to the season, the Cavaliers have righted the ship and sit at 3-1 in the ACC; however, they still lack a win over a top 25 team.

Virginia Tech
The Hokies held a second half lead, but a Clemson run over the final 14 minutes of the game sunk the Hokies, 56-49. Frank Beamer's staff lost a good one yesterday. OL coach Jeff Grimes has been hired away to coach the same position at LSU's football factory. To say this is merely unfortunate - or bad news - for the VT's football program probably doesn't do it justice.

Wake Forest
Sophomore guard Codi Miller-McIntyre continued his strong play last night as his team-high 20 points, including the game winning floater (which, I mean, he did get away with a blatantly obvious travelling violation), lifted Wake to a last second win over the Wolfpack.