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ACC update 20140113 / January 13, 2014
Virginia finds out much more about its current team tonight when the Cavaliers travel to Durham to meet a wounded Duke squad.

The Cavaliers currently feature a 3-0 record and a couple of valuable road wins, over N.C. State and Florida State.

Duke is 1-2 in the ACC. That’s the first time the Blue Devils, hammered at Clemson Saturday, have had a losing record after three ACC games in seven years.

North Carolina, meanwhile, is in worse shape, dropping to 0-3 in the ACC after a troubling trip to no. 2 Syracuse.

The Blue Devils have a 12-4 mark, but hit an icy road patch against Clemson, now 11-4 overall and 2-1 in the ACC.

Clemson took down the Blue Devils, ranked no. 16, 72-59. Duke will fall back in the rankings, but Mike Krzyzewski’s larger problem will be igniting a Blue Devil offense that faltered badly in the second half at Clemson. Duke was terrible in the final 20 minutes, going eight-for-32 from the field and three-of-14 from three-point range. Overall, Duke shot 33.9 percent from the field and 32 percent from beyond the arc. The Tigers demolished Duke on the boards, 48-30, including a 14-8 edge in offensive rebounding.

Clemson forward Jaron Blossomgame shredded Duke with 14 points and 14 boards, while connecting on two of four three-pointers. K.J. McDaniels had 24 points and 10 boards for the Tigers, and Clemson center Landry NNoko had 10 points and 13 boards.

Rodney Hood had 20 for the Blue Devils, but that was not enough. Jabari Parker has slowed a bit since a sensational start, although he had 15 points and seven boards against the Tigers. The other part of the leading Blue Devil threesome, Quinn Cook, finished with eight points on three-of-14 field goal shooting and a two-of-seven breakdown in 3-point attempts. Cook had seven assists.

The Blue Devils disappeared at the end. Duke failed to connect on a field goal over the final 6:23 of the game, missing 11 consecutive field goals in that span.

Meanwhile, UNC, now 10-6 and 0-3 in the ACC, needs to get better in a hurry to be a factor in the conference regular season race.

No. 2 Syracuse rolled past Carolina at the Carrier Dome Saturday, 57-45. More than 32,000 fans poured into the Carrier Dome for the largest crowd at an on-campus college basketball game this season.

In case you missed it, the Heels also had breakdowns across the board Wednesday in a home loss to Miami.

Syracuse, clearly the best team in the ACC, slapped a 21-3 run on the Heels in the first half and rolled on to a 16-0 start.

SU senior C.J. Fair led the Orange with 20 points, while sophomore Jerami Grant had 12 points and a career-high 12 boards.

The Heels had major breakdowns at critical times against Miami and clearly did not improve against SU.

UNC had a fast start against SU, but the Orange defense carried the day. Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said, “they will bounce back. You’re going to get beat up in a league like this.”

We’ll see.

The Heels had a miserable outing against Miami Wednesday, shooting just 30.8 percent from the field and allowing the restructured ‘Canes to shoot 47.6 percent in the second half.

Roy Williams may have a very tough job on his hands this season trying to get the current Heels fixed. UNC appears to have a fairly manageable slate ahead for the rest of January, but the schedule becomes more difficult in the final stretch.

Four of the next six UNC games are in the Dean Dome, but the Heels also have to go to Virginia next Monday and to Georgia Tech.

Beyond that point, however, UNC has a very difficult stretch in early February, including a four-game swing that could tell us a lot about the current season (at Notre Dame Feb. 8, Duke at home on Feb. 12, Pitt at home three days later, and FSU away on Feb. 17).

UNC also closes the regular season with three of its last four on the road.

Virginia Tech’s recent slide continued Saturday, as the Hokies dropped a 62-59 decision to Boston College. The Hokies are 8-7, 1-2 in the ACC.

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