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Looks like the Mocs are on a roll in the Southern, pushing their conference record to 6-0 with their win over Wofford. They’ve got back-to-back challenges coming up: Appalachian State (5-0) on the 21st and Davidson (6-1) on the 23rd.

I’ve got some wonderings about the strength ACC: Florida State, which is just barely above .500, went in to Cameron and shot over 50%. Liston (20pts) helped push #6 Duke to a 7pt win. Notes DWHoops:

In a game where Duke was only up a possession or two for much of the time, it took a flurry of jump shots down the stretch to pull away from a rugged Florida State squad. The duo of Haley Peters and Tricia Liston helped turn a 4 point lead into a 10 point bulge with six minutes to go. FSU could do little more than trade baskets after that. Florida State was impossible to stop once they got ball in the low block, outscoring Duke in the paint by a 42-34 margin. Of course, that was only when they weren’t turning the ball over against Duke, as the Devils had a 26-7 edge in points off turnovers.

As always, it’s hard to find the transcript of Mechelle’s chat (C’mon, maaan!), but this past Thursday she had this to say before the Terps/Hurricanes game:

Craig (Salisbury, MD) Maryland-Miami tonight. What are the keys for each team???

Mechelle Voepel: Maryland needs to avoid careless turnovers (few too many of those vs. UNC almost cost them a win), and really establish their inside game. The Terps are very strong on the boards and should try to pound away inside if they can. By the same token, Miami has quite a winning streak going at home, and we know how good the Hurricanes’ perimeter can be when it’s on. This is big game for Maryland to prove that it can assert itself on the road like it ultimately did in beating Carolina. (Although that took OT.)

Speaking of UNC, they get to going in to CT (Mon. 7pm EST, ESPN2)after UConn plays Villanova – always a frustrating experience. If the Tar Heels aren’t careful, it could get ugly (sorta like it’s been).

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Friday:

#3 Duke stays undefeated after their 87-70 win over #15 FSU.

#25 Miami won their 16th straight as they took out Clemson, 77-48.

#4 Stanford dismissed Washington, 80-51.

The #11 Tar Heels are trying to give coach Hatchell heartburn, all but blowing a 24pt. lead, but escaping with  a 83-76 win over North Carolina State.

Saturday: The stompers and the stompees pretty much held serve.

#1 Baylor over Oklahoma St., by 31.

#2 UConn over Louisville, by 23 (but they made it interesting when Moore’s Abs of Steel knock Hayes out of the game 45 seconds in).

ESPN viewers saw #6 Vols dispatch Vandy, by 12. (Check out Summitt by the numbers and an interview with coach Summitt.)

The #5 Aggies over Missouri, by 45.

The #9 Bruins over Oregon, by 30.

The #12 Irish over Pittsburgh, by 32.

Temporarily #22 St. John’s over Seton Hall by 10.

#18 Green Bay over Illinois-Chicago, by 9.

#7 West Virginia over Syracuse, by 9.

Squeak! Georgetown escaped Providence, 49-45.

Obviously, Colorado didn’t get the memo: they took advantage of overtime to upset #16 Iowa State, 66-60.

Other games I noticed:

Duquense got a nice win over the Flyers.

FGCU is still undefeated.

American looks to be the class of the Patriot League, but Navy seems to be making noise.

North Dakota may not have a great record, but they have state-v.-state braggin’ rights as they took down South Dakota.

I have no idea why Maine is sticking with Blodgett.

Maybe this is the year BU returns to being a player in the America East. (That’s win #200 for coach Greenberg.)

What does Texas Tech at 16-1 (3-0 in the Big 12) mean?

Remember when George Washington was a team you noticed?

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Well, you’ve got to believe that this was Georgia Tech’s biggest win in the Joseph era: nipping #8 (and no longer undefeated) UNC 71-70. The Tar Heels has a 7-point lead with 1:40 left. Oops. That’s three straight at home for the Yellow Jackets, and just third victory in the last 17 meetings vs. UNC.

#10 Kentucky didn’t have much time to recover from their loss at Duke — and Arkansas may have given some “pushover no more” notice — as the Razorbacks knocked off the Wildcats.

Duke was in a Terp-fight with Maryland, but (as they seem to do in close games) clamped down and pulled away in the end for the 71-64 victory.

Michigan St. took care of business against Wisconsin, while the WHB Jinx did its work on Michigan v. Purdue. Virginia Tech was no match for Florida State, and Green Bay dispatched a stubborn Youngstown State.

I think it would be an act of kindness not to discuss the masacree that was the Tennessee/Alabama game, or the 30pt-answer Stanford gave to Tom’s question in the Mechelle chat.

tom: Pac 10 questions. What do you think of Niya Butts and the Arizona program? They seem to be winning solidly. As things stand, could they be the fifth Pac 10 team (behind Stanford, UCLA, USC and ASU) to get in? Cal is a bit of a question mark at this point, correct?

Mechelle Voepel: The Wildcats lost to Texas A&M in November but kept the game pretty close, which was a good sign. Another sign will be how they fare against Stanford tonight – not whether they win, which is unlikely, but how well they play. As for Cal, the vast majority of teams are still NCAA tournament “question marks” now, so they have plenty of time to make their case for a tournament bid. Will need to show more determination and fight than they did against Stanford over the weekend, which I’m sure Coach Boyle has been talking to the Bears about this week.

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Clay Kallam has often argued that wbball conference tournaments are a waste of time and money and athletes because they don’t really mean anything and that they just happen because the men do’em.

So, it’s interesting to follow Graham’s (and others) reaction to the following women’s soccer news:

Florida State women’s soccer coach Mark Krikorian has been suspended and the university fined after he left his team’s starters at home to rest instead of bringing them to this week’s Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Cary.

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Krikorian defended his actions after the game, saying he made a coaching decision that he felt was in the team’s best interest. The decision was made in advance of the NCAA tournament. Brackets for that tournament will be released Monday, with FSU expected to receive an at-large bid.

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“I’m highly disappointed in the decision Florida State made and the integrity of our championship should never be compromised,” Swofford said in a statement.
Where’s the “integrity” of asking Florida State players to play potentially five games in nine days from Maryland to Boston to N. Carolina?
For that matter, where’s the “integrity” in playing your conference tournament in Duke and UNC’s backyard every year?

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