By Dave Glenn and Staff
March 12, 2005
Today's Best ACC Links:
Michael Wilbon of the Washington Post doesn't need any statistics or computer rankings to tell him, because he knows just by watching: ACC basketball is simply the best in the nation.
Tom Knott of the Washington Times gives N.C. State's Herb Sendek credit for again having his team well-prepared for the ACC Tournament, but the writer obviously isn't impressed with the coach's style or his overall results. "Sendek is where he always is, almost relevant, a strong win or two short of real sizzle."
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Lenox Rawlings of the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal provides a glimpse into the world of Maryland coach Gary Williams, whose frustration was obvious Thursday after the Terps were eliminated -- from the ACC Tournament and perhaps NCAA consideration -- by Clemson in front of hometown fans.
John Feinstein of the Washington Post catches up with victorious Clemson coach Oliver Purnell, who talks about growing up in Maryland, the Tigers' commitment to basketball, his memories of the day Len Bias died and other matters.
Bob Lipper of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch notes that Pete Gillen has guard J.R. Reynolds and forward Jason Cain to thank for the fact that the coach will get at least 40 more minutes in charge of the Cavaliers.
Rob Daniels* of the Greensboro (N.C.) News & Record writes that Wake Forest senior Taron Downey is tailor-made for the starting point guard duties he'll handle tonight because of the one-game suspension of star sophomore Chris Paul.
Bart Wright* of the Greenville (S.C.) News celebrates Clemson's first ACC Tournament victory in -- count 'em -- 1,463 days. "It shows us the truth of what our coaches have been saying," senior Olu Babalola said.
John Feinstein of the Washington Post reminds us of the many reasons why one conference tournament is different from all the rest: "Every conference except the Ivy League stages a postseason tournament. The only ones that truly matter now are those in which only the tournament champion will go to the NCAAs, the so-called one-bid leagues. The rest are just made-for-TV and corporate America events. The exception is the ACC tournament."
Mark Berman of the Roanoke (Va.) Times offers his version of the ACC "Bubble Watch," led by an analysis of a Virginia Tech team that finished 8-8 in the conference but is considered the least likely of the league's second-tier teams to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Jeff White* of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch looks at the various directions Virginia officials may consider in the very likely event that they part ways with coach Pete Gillen at the end of this season.
Bob Lipper of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch says everyone should take a close look at the ACC's impressive collection of talent this weekend in Washington, because a variety of factors (especially the NBA) makes a look ahead to next season a fruitless exercise.
David Teel of the Newport News (Va.) Daily Press notes that, historically speaking, if Virginia Tech loses Friday (and thus finishes 15-13 overall) the Hokies have absolutely no chance of receiving an NCAA Tournament bid, despite their 8-8 ACC record and fourth-place conference standing.
Rana L. Cash* of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution shares the results of a recent Q&A session with Georgia Tech's Paul Hewitt, including the coach's move away from golf as his favorite escape from basketball.
Tony Barnhart of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ranks the NBA potential of the ACC's elite underclassmen, heading into a weekend on which every pro team will have a scout on hand at the ACC Tournament.
Jack Wilkinson* of the Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat offers a unique look at Florida State's defensive principles by dissecting a single possession with the help of the Seminoles' coaching staff.
Paul McMullen of the Baltimore Sun visits the ACC's headquarters in Greensboro to analyze the league's North Carolina-centric reputation, with comments from ACC commissioner John Swofford, former ACC commissioner Gene Corrigan, Maryland coach Gary Williams, former Georgia Tech coach Bobby Cremins and former Clemson (now Texas) coach Rick Barnes, among others. "Everyone always felt there was a double standard," Barnes said.
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