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MLK Edition of the ACC Basketball Notes

With the MLK holiday weekend upon us, some of the conference schools will play on this special weekend. They may also don uniforms to commemorate the day. Let’s see how things are going five games into the conference schedule.

Georgia Tech may be a team that is hovering around the .500 mark, but if you are going to get these guys you better do it when they are the road team. Second-year head coach John Partner has made the Yellow Jackets a tough out when they are the home team. Georgia Tech is 8-2 in ACC home games and 4-1 against top-15 league opponents. It helps when you have the active leader in blocked shots on your side.  Ben Lammers also ranks 24th in the ACC in career blocked shots with 218 rejections. Offensively, the Yellow Jackets are getting a big boost from Josh Okogie, who has returned to the lineup after missing time with a finger injury. In his six games back, the sophomore has averaged 20 points a game and reached double-digits in all six including his season-high 30 VS Miami.

In Louisville, the Panthers started five freshmen in that game and it was the first time in program history this had been done. It was the 11th different lineup used to start a game this season, and it was the fifth time that Pittsburgh had started at least four freshmen in a game. Parker Stewart recorded his sixth career double-figure scoring game with 12 in that road loss at Louisville. He added six rebounds and a pair of assists.

 

The Virginia Tech Hokies have been playing good defense this season. They have held their opponents to under 50% shooting this year. In a loss last week at home to Virginia, they held the Cavaliers to 49.2 percent shooting. That was the best percentage than any team had against the Hokies so far this campaign.

Last Wednesday, Wake Forest did something they had not done in their last six meetings, beat Syracuse. This was accomplished with the sharpshooting of Bryan Crawford, who knocked down a season-high four three-pointers in the contest. The makes give him 133 for his career and it moves him into 10th place on Wake Forest’s all-time list.

 

Louisville’s senior Quentin Snider recorded his 47th career double-figure scoring performance, including his 10th this season with last Tuesday night’s 19-point outing vs Pittsburgh. The win over the Panthers was the eight conference-season opening win in their last 10, and five of the last six.,

 

Boston College’s big three of Jerome Robinson, Ky Bowman, Jordan Chatman have been lighting up the scoreboard over the Eagles last ten games. Since the Hartford game when this stretch began, they have combined for 72.8% of the offensive output for BC. Individually the numbers are Robinson 27.8, Bowman 22.7, Chatman 22.3. Chatman also leads the league in FT PCT at .925% (37- 40), and he ranks 6th in three-point FG’s made at 2.50 (14- 35).

 

More to come from the Atlantic Coast Conference next week.

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