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ACC Daily Links, Nov. 27

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 8:10am
By: Brian Geisinger

Boston College
Four-man Ryan Anderson slapped up a double-double - 28 points, 11 boards - and every little bit of it was needed as the Eagles slipped pasted Sacred Heart (Turk plays point guard for them, I'm assuming) last night in OT, 75-67. My word, Andre Williams has been a beast this year. If you've somehow missed #Andre2000 do his thing this season - which is basically run all over your favorite team - then check this out; this dude is a Heisman candidate - the proof is in the pudding.

What will be key for the Tigers to defeat their in-state rival South Carolina and the OBC this weekend? Well, the answer may rest in the tape from last season's 27-17 loss in Memorial Stadium. A day after being named one of the three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award, stud wideout Sammy Watkins said how this weekend's showdown with the Gamecocks is a statement game for him: "I have to have a dominant game, and go out and make some plays."

On the offensive side of the ball, it'd be difficult to find a team more dynamic than the Blue Devils (who are averaging 1.31 points per possession, good for No. 1 in the nation), but if Coach K's squad is contend for a title this season, then their defense will have to improve. Duke returns to action tonight against Alabama, which is coached by Anthony Grant - who was the man running VCU's program when Eric Maynor and the Rams knocked the Blue Devils out of the 2007 NCAA Tournament. Which recruiting class is the greatest in the history of Duke hoops?

Florida State
During the preseason a matchup between Florida State and Florida in football would've been pegged as a battle between two top-10 teams; that, however, is no longer the case: the Seminoles have opened as a 27-point favorite on the road against their disappointing (4-7) in-state rivals. According to what the Florida state attorney told CBS yesterday, Jameis Winston will have to wait another two weeks before finding out if he'll receive any charges.

Georgia Tech
Paul Johnson and the Yellow Jackets play host to their bitter rivals - UGA - this weekend in the ATL, where they haven't defeated the Bulldogs since Joe Hamilton was under center. Here's a breakdown of what is a broken down Georgia offense (remember, kids: no Aaron Murray, either). Big man Robert Carter Jr. goes for 13 points and 15 rebounds, and last night, Tech downed Mississippi Valley State by 17 points.

And to the surprise of absolutely to no one, head coach Randy Edsall isn't second-guessing some of his questionable late game decisions from last week against Boston College.

Defensive end David Gilbert returned to his home state for his fifth and final year of college football; last week on senior day, Gilbert found a way to cap off his career, perfectly. Talks are only in their infant stages, but the Hurricanes are beginning to discuss resuming their series with Florida International in football.

North Carolina
Larry Fedora and UNC know the stakes for this weekend: if they can't defeat their 15-501 rivals, then the Blue Devils are headed to the ACC championship game. Marcus Paige has been the best guard in the ACC so far this season, but really, he's just meeting his own expectations. Also: Eric Ebron is good at football.

N.C. State
T.J. Warren went for 30, and senior center Jordan Vandenberg returned to the lineup last night, and played, perhaps, the best game of his college career - seven points, 10 rebounds, two blocks, and two assists - as the Wolfpack ran all over #DunkCity, 82-62. Six players from Dave Doeren's 2014 recruiting class signed financial aid agreements and will enroll early.

Notre Dame
Junior wide receiver DaVaris Daniels is finding consistency in his game and finally becoming the player everyone thought he could be. Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish are preparing for a top-25 class with No. 8 Stanford this upcoming weekend.

Hey, speaking of Stanford: last night, Pitt jumped all over the Cardinal in the championship game of the Legends Classic, winning 88-67. Lamar Patterson continued his strong play, as he paced the Panthers with 24 points. Juantez Hollins has returned to the Panthers' offensive line this season, and head coach Paul Chryst is surely pleased with that development, because they've needed the senior lineman.

The Orange shoot 53% from the field - and get 28 points from freshman point guard Tyler Ennis - as they down the Cal Bears last night by 11 points last night in the Maui Invitational semifinal. Next up for Jim Boeheim's squad: a championship showdown with the 6-0 Baylor Bears. During the game against Cal, Jerami Grant took to the sky for a phenomenal slam-dunk. A win over Boston College this weekend would make the Orange bowl eligible, but first, they need to figure out some offensive line issues.

Senior wing Joe Harris led the way with 20 points, including 4-4 shooting from the Land of Milk and Honey (behind the three-point line), and Virginia dominated Hampton last night 69-40. Brent Urban will try to have a repeat performance of what he did last season against Virginia Tech - a game that had a profound impact on his career trajectory.

Virginia Tech
Let's start with hoops: five Hokies score in double figures and Tech rolls over Furman 75-54. It's rivalry week in college football if you hadn't heard - welcome back to Earth if this is you - words are already being thrown around between the Hokies and Cavaliers. However, once the two teams finish yapping, there's a game to be played - one that will require strong play along the lines.

Wake Forest
After losing at home to the Blue Devils last Saturday, the Demon Deacons hopes of playing in a bowl game flatlined, but Jim Grobe's men are still preparing to close out their season against 7-4 Vanderbilt this weekend. After a disappointing season in Winston-Salem, and the departures of two of the better Deacs in recent memory - Michael Campanaro and Nikita Whitlock - expectations for the Fightin' Grobies in 2014 will be, well, a little tempered.