As coaching search season cranks into overdrive, I wanted to take a quick look at some happenings around the league.
* I have it on very good authority that Duke’s best player from November/December (given that Nolan Smith is a shoe-in for POY, how f-ing scary is that?), Kyrie Irving, will definitely play in Saturday night’s showdown in Chapel Hill. Irving might even play a few minutes tonight. Irving’s return (even for 15-20 minutes per game) would make Duke a legitimate Final Four contender again. That would be a small bit of face-saving for the conference.
* Speaking of face-saving for the conference…wow, Virginia Tech. Just wow. After seemingly getting over the hump against Duke, Greenberg’s Hokies laid an absolute turd on Senior Night against reeling Boston College. Talk about schizophrenic – VT beats Duke, should have beaten UNC in Chapel Hill, but is swept by Virginia and BC. They’ve had injuries, but for a team with two senior talents like Delaney and Allen, that’s inexcusable.
* I continue to fear that the ACC could be a two bid league this year. VT’s computer numbers weren’t great before last night. Florida State is no lock, either – especially if Singleton doesn’t come back. The Noles need to beat at least one of UNC and NC State, then probably make it to the ACCT semifinals. Boston College has better numbers, but fails the “eye test” and probably will lose on ACCT Thursday. Clemson? Not unless they win in Cameron tonight. Don’t count on it.
* With Irving coming back, the Holes are going into the home stretch another man down. Reggie Bullock is out for the year, and how will Roy manage the tempo with 8 available scholarship players? I’m betting Swofford wishes he had kept his mouth shut about Florida State’s women’s soccer program, given how I expect Carolina to mail in their ACCT performance. Go ahead and crown the Blue Devils now.
* Last, and certainly least, NC State is left fighting for the 9th seed after last night’s crap-tacular loss to an undermanned UVA squad. Fittingly, the last road game on the Sidney Lowe Farewell Tour ends in a double digit loss. I saw the last 90 seconds, and the highlight was a beaming Louis Farrakhan giving a standing ovation as the clock expired. I laughed my ass off.