The N&O’s ACC Blog continues to impress me.
I thought that I would just hit some quotable highlights from what’s over there right now for the archive:
===> Dave Braine is retiring as Athletics Director at Georgia Tech.
I’ve always respected what Braine was able to do in Atlanta. Consider this…just in the 2004-2005 Athletics Season, Georgia Techâ€¦
â€¦fielded teams in 17 varsity sports
â€¦14 of 17 programs made postseason play
â€¦had 8 programs ranked in the final Top 25 of their sports
â€¦had 4 programs achieve Top 10 finishes
â€¦had 2 programs (golf & baseball) reached a #1 ranking in their sport
â€¦had 4 programs reach a Top 5 ranking in their sport
â€¦won 3 ACC Tournament Titles
â€¦won 4 ACC Regular season Titles
===> Wolfpack’s Win Last Night
Fewer, more accurate words have ever been spoken:
The bottom line for the Wolfs in any sport, is they win games you don’t think they will and they lose ones you don’t think they will. That doesn’t always please their fans, but they should be used to it by now.
===> Duke’s Number
Since March 14, 2004, when Maryland earned a 95-87 overtime victory against Duke in the ACC tournament final, the Terps have won just six of 17 games against ACC teams other than the Blue Devils. Conversely, since that ACC tournament loss, Duke is 16-3 against ACC teams other than Maryland but winless against the Terps.
So much for the myth that Duke is invincible. Did you know that the Blue Devils had lost three straight games in Winston-Salem until this year’s victory. Wow. Three wins in Skip Prosser’s tenure, already? Heck…it takes some coaches a decade to achieve that kind of performance against Coach K.
===> Old Roy Can Coach
There’s a lot of hockey left, but Roy Williams sure looks like the coach of the year, and not just because of the old “they’re better than the stupid media thought they’d be” reasoning.
Williams has become Dean Smith. With less than 5 minutes left, in a tight game last night, Williams had Wes Miller, Quentin Thomas and Byron Sanders on the floor. That’s not quite the old “Blue” team but pretty close.
You might argue, “What choice does he have?” Well, compare that to what Coach K did last year with a similiarly short-handed roster. Duke ran its best four players into the ground. Sure they won the ACC title but they were gassed by the NCAA Tournament.
And Williams isn’t just throwing these backups out there. He got 22 minutes out of Sanders, and relative production with six rebounds.
…Every rational reason pointed to UNC losing last night â€” experience, location, letdown, mismatches â€” and still the Heels found a way to win.
…and you fell for the bullshit that coaching is only about recruiting and gathering talent?