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ACC Daily Links, Jan. 28

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 12:33am
By: Brian Geisinger

Boston College
Over this past weekend, 2016 RB recruit Moe Neal, who plays his prep ball for Gastonia (N.C.) Forestview, was in Boston with three other NC prospects - Robert Washington, Aapri Washington and Elijah Deveaux - checking out BC's facilities and campus. UNC and NCSU have expressed interest in Neal, too.

Well, uh, things didn't go well Sunday evening in Chapel Hill - the Tigers have now lost back-to-back games for the first time all season. But Brad Brownell's squad still sits at 4-3 in conference play - they need to regroup starting Saturday at Florida State. Later today, Clemson QB Tajh Boyd will participate in the 2014 Quicken Loans All-Star Football Challenge, which airs this evening on ESPN2.

Four Blue Devils scored in double figures - Amile Jefferson, Jabari Parker, Rodney Hood and Andre Dawkins - and Duke picked up a big 80-65 win on the road over No. 18 Pitt. Parker's defense could still use some serious work, but no one is questioning his ability to score or rebound the ball; the freshman slapped up another double-double last night - 21 points, 11 rebounds.

Florida State
Ira Schoffel and Corey Clark break down several of the most recent events to come out of the Florida State football program, including QB Jacob Coker's departure for greener pastures at Alabama. 2014 WR C.J. Worton committed to the Seminoles way back in August 2012, but there are rumors floating around that the three-star receiver could be headed elsehwhere.

Georgia Tech
Later this week, forward Robert Carter - who was leading the Yellow Jackets in rebounds when he tore the meniscus in his left knee last month - will be tested to see if he's fit to rehab and hopefully return to the team.

Ugh, this is brutal. Of the 29 times Maryland fouled Pitt during their four-point loss Saturday night, only one - repeat... ONE - didn't result in a turnover or free-throws for the Panthers. They will need to play smarter tomorrow night against Miami.

Unfortunately for the Hurricanes, they'll likely be without combo forward James Kelly for the next two games, as he recovers from a badly sprained ankle. Two members of Miami's incoming freshmen class - both offensive linemen - have strong family ties to the Hurricanes football program.

North Carolina
Rising junior QB Marquise Williams got his feet wet during the second half of 2013, which should pay off next season for what could be a very explosive offensive unit. Three-star defensive tackle Lee Autry (2015 class) remains a big-time in-state priority for Larry Fedora's Tar Heels.

N.C. State
Baseball America released its preseason poll yesterday, and the Wolfpack - led by the dynamic duo of Carlos Rodon and Trea Turner - checked in at No. 5. Three-star defensive back Troy Vincent, Jr. committed to NCSU two weeks ago; this past weekend, the DB took his official visit to Raleigh - which only further reinforced his decision.

Notre Dame
It's been a rough inaugural season into the ACC for Notre Dame basketball, but can senior forward/center Tom Knight help them get out of their season-long slump

The Panthers put forth an impressive first half effort, but Duke's barrage of second session threes was too much for Pitt - who fell, 80-65. Jamie Dixon's squad will have to regroup going forward as they appear to be just a cut underneath the conference's top two teams, No. 2 Syracuse and No. 17 Duke.

No. 2 Syracuse will be in Winston-Salem tomorrow night to take on a Wake Forest team that is coming off back-to-back wins, and they're making sure to not take the Demon Deacons lightly, especially at Lawrence Joel Memorial Coliseum. Syracuse football will have a new look in 2014.

Despite being ranked No. 16 in Ken Pomeroy's ratings, the Cavaliers failed to land inside the top 25 for both the AP and Coaches Polls. Tony Bennett's Cavs can improve their odds of being ranked next week if they can scoop up a win tonight at Notre Dame.

Virginia Tech
The Hokies struggle to score (68.8 ppg, 252nd in the nation), and things won't get any easier for them now. Forward C.J. Barksdale will likely miss tomorrow's game against Boston College with a sore groin, according to head coach James Johnson. After leaving the VT football program in August, offensive lineman Adam Taraschke has returned to the team, and what will already be a very deep OL group; he will have three years of eligibility remaining.

Wake Forest
The Demon Deacons have already won 14 games this season, which guarantees them to have their best record in the four years of Jeff Bzdelik's tenure at the school. Sophomore forward Tyler Cavanaugh is really looking forward to tomorrow night's game against Syracuse.