By Dave Glenn and Staff
March 18, 2005
Today's Best ACC Links:
Ken Tysiac* of the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer offers an excellent summary of Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski's 2004-05 body of work, which some rank as his best job in his 25 seasons with the Blue Devils.
Ron Green Jr. of the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer offers an excellent summary of the two-year-long process of North Carolina coach Roy Williams and his players developing a healthy relationship based on communication, trust and respect.
Neil Amato* of the Durham (N.C.) Herald-Sun writes that North Carolina coach Roy Williams thinks UNC's players and fans should "enjoy the moment" during the NCAA Tournament rather than worrying about which Tar Heels will turn pro early.
John Delong* of the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal offers details on the return of point guard Sean Dockery, whose quick recovery from a knee injury will give Duke more depth than the Blue Devils originally anticipated.
Bob Sutton* of the Burlington (N.C.) Times-News notes that today's N.C. State-Charlotte matchup involves a reunion of sorts for old high school buddies Ilian Evtimov of the Wolfpack and Mitchell Baldwin of the 49ers.
Rana L. Cash* of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes that hard-nosed Georgia Tech guard Will Bynum wears the team's lofty ambitions -- literally.
Doug Doughty* of the Roanoke (Va.) Times believes that, strange as it may sound, he wouldn't totally discount the idea of Kentucky coach Tubby Smith being interested in the vacant Virginia job. Also, Doug's weekly Notebook Plus column will be posted by 5 p.m. today.
Adam Davis* of the Greenville (S.C.) News offers a eulogy for the 2004-05 Clemson basketball season, which didn't register on the national radar but nevertheless gave the Tigers reason to smile.
More Top ACC Links
Jeff Carlton* of the Greensboro (N.C.) News & Record writes that while North Carolina is a popular pick for the Final Four, the Tar Heels' postseason future depends largely on three factors: focus, defense and the return to full-time play of star guard Rashad McCants.
Dan Collins of the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal notes that the NCAA Tournament's one-and-done nature has special meaning for Wake Forest seniors Taron Downey, Vytas Danelius and Jamaal Levy, who came in with coach Skip Prosser four years ago and now have a chance to go out as the best team in school history.
Josh Robbins* of the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel profiles Duke's J.J. Redick in the aftermath of the Duke star's selection as the 2004-05 ACC player of the year, noting that Redick was booed whenever he handled the ball at the ACC Tournament.
Ken Tysiac* of the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer writes that N.C. State's painful loss to Vanderbilt in last year's NCAA Tournament had a profound impact on this year's Wolfpack, which opens NCAA play Friday.
- -- writer has contributed to the ACC Sports Journal and/or ACCSports.com
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