Boston this weekend was great, as it typically is (besides the accents). Went for a camp, celebrated one year of wedded bliss with the wife, left Nathan with my parents in Long Island. It was good to get away for a few days. Back to the grind, women's hoops tonight - Manhattan vs. Columbia. 7:00pm tip.
Team by team breakdown of what's what in the ACC the past few days.
(1)Duke - beat a feisty Marquette team last night behind a career night from sophomore Mason Plumlee. They play (4)Kansas State tonight in what's shaping up to be the premier matchup of the early NCAA season. Last Friday, they pumped Colgate. 4-0. Test tonight at 10:30pm.
FSU - beat FIU by 23 last Thursday. Mercer and (10)Florida this week. 4-0 start with a chance to go 6-0 with a quality win over the Gators.
Clemson - lost at Old Dominion, a bad loss, 61-60 on Sunday. Bounced back Monday with a win over a much maligned Seton Hall team. South Carolina St. this week. 5-1 is within reach.
NC State - defeated George Mason to go 3-0, then got smushed at Georgetown. Fairleigh Dickinson on Friday in what hopes to be a bounce back game and tune-up for Wisconsin.
Georgia Tech - Took care of the Northern NY schools, Albany and Niagara. UTEP the day after Turkey Day. 3-1 with a bad loss to Kennesaw St.
VA Tech - 2-1 after an ass-kicking of UNC-Greensboro - after getting thrashed by Kansas St.
BC - beat in state rival Holy Cross - Texas A&M on Thanksgiving Day. Respectable at 2-1 - the loss was to Yale.
Maryland - 3-2 with both losses coming to top-15 teams - (5)Pitt and (13)Illinois - a tough test early on, will certainly help them later on. Delaware St. and Elon are next to help them get back on track.
(25)UNC - 2-0 going in to this week, dropped games to the Gophers and the Commodores. 2-2, not a Top 25 team in my book, but who am I? UNC-Asheville is next - they'll feel the Wrath of Roy.
Miami (FL) - 2-2 with losses to (19)Memphis and Rutgers. Louisiana's McNeese St. is next, then Florida Gulf Coast. Good opportunity to get to 4-2.
Virginia - never known as a basketball power, 2-2 isn't bad considering their schedule (William & Mary, Stanford, (17)Washington) - Oklahoma and (15)Minnesota don't let them rest before opening the ACC season with the Hokies.
Wake Forest - they should hold a wake for this team - losses to Stetson, VCU, and Winthrop. 2-3 and they're the only ACC school below .500. MAAC foe Marist is on deck, then Big Ten middler Iowa. We'll see how it goes.
The men's Jaspers hoopsters just got to Orlando - Wisconsin on Thursday. The Badgers are coming off a tough loss at UNLV. I think it may be on ESPN2, but chances are football will be the staple on the television that day.