ACC M5: 10.30.12 Edition
Posted by mpatton on October 30th, 2012
- Streaking The Lawn: Streaking The Lawn did it big to kick off basketball season. And I mean big. The Virginia blog released 30 articles yesterday including using statistics to predict wins, comprehensive player profiles, exclusive (satirical) “interviews” with Bennett, and much more. Seriously, go check it out. It’s a little intimidating, though I highly suggest reading the statistical analysis (part 2) on the BENNETT system, where an attempt is made to figure out how many games this Bennett-coached team will win based on his previous seasons.
- Soaring To Glory: It probably surprises you that Boston College lost seven players from last year’s team of mostly newcomers. But two transfers and several senior walk-ons and graduate transfers led to a high perceived roster turnover for the Eagles. The good news is that the core of the team is totally intact minus Matt Humphrey (whose inefficiency hurt the team as much as his points helped it) and John Cahill, who i staying on as a graduate assistant. There are no seniors on this year’s team.
- Tallahassee Democrat: Florida State is ranked in the Top 25 in both major preseason polls for the first time in school history. The Seminoles also have a shot to become the first school not named Duke or North Carolina since Wake Forest in 1995 and 1996 to win back-to-back ACC titles. Those Wake Forest teams featured a couple of future NBA players like Randolph Childress (in 1995) and Rusty LaRue. Oh and they had a sophomore and junior named Tim Duncan. Maryland was the only other school with a chance to break the Tobacco Road streak, winning the ACC title in 2004 but falling short in 2005 (losing in the first round).
- The Dagger: Jeff Eisenberg took a look at the ACC’s most interesting non-conference games. If this doesn’t get you excited about basketball season, I don’t know what will. The ACC-Big 10 Challenge features a lot of great match-ups, especially among the top conference teams; Duke and Maryland both get shots at Kentucky on neutral floors; and Florida State will take on in-state rival Florida. Other than the juicy storyline of Tony Bennett returning to the Kohl Center where he coached under his father Dick Bennett (who also mentored Bo Ryan), I’ll probably miss Virginia at Wisconsin.
- The State: Clemson settled on Dan Radakovich as its new athletic director, following the news that Terry Don Phillips will retire this year (he will remain at Clemson through June 30, though). Radakovich is no stranger to the ACC, having worked at Georgia Tech for six years, but his tenure is marred by the scandal that led to the school vacating several football victories, including the ACC championship, for using an ineligible player.