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ACC should stay at 12

In a column earlier this week, colleague Tom Sorensen wrote that the ACC needs to expand again and suggests West Virginia, Cincinnati and Louisville as targets.

Sorensen is right about 90 percent of the time, especially when
forecasting draft picks the Charlotte Bobcats should have made. As he
often mentions, he said in 2006 that the Bobcats should draft Brandon
Roy in 2006 and in 2005 that they should trade up to get Chris Paul.
Imagine how good the Bobcats would be if they'd followed Sorensen's
advice.

Devils-Spartans highlights ACC/Big Ten

Defending NCAA champion Duke will play host to 2010 NCAA semifinalist Michigan State on Dec. 1 in the marquee matchup of the 2010 ACC/Big Ten Challenge, ESPN announced today.

North Carolina will visit Illinois on Nov. 30, and N.C. State will travel to Wisconsin on Dec. 1 in two of the Challenge's other key games. Game times and TV assignments on ESPN's family of networks will be announced at a later date.

Miami, which finished last in the ACC standings last season, is the lone team from the 12-school ACC that won't compete against the (for now) 11-school Big Ten in the Challenge.

Projected hoops lineups for 2010-11

The ACC starting lineups/rotations to mull over now that we know which players will be around for the 2010-11 season.

By the way, you read somewhere in March which players would be leaving and which would be staying. You might want to listen to that guy when the Summer Hoops Preview comes out in June.

Here's the list, in no particular order (wink):

Seminoles snare another N.C. shooter

Florida State basketball coach Leonard Hamilton has come into North Carolina for the second straight year and landed one of the state's top players.

Cherryville High's Terry Whisnant, a 6-foot-3 junior guard who made 51 percent of his three-pointers last season, committed to the Seminoles this week.

Gaudio ranks among best of the ACC's departed

Dino Gaudio's unceremonious exit from Wake Forest on Wednesday left him in a unique group of former ACC coaches.

Since 1986, 16 coaches have either been fired or forced out. Gaudio
tops the dubious group in ACC winning percentage (.562) and ranks
second in overall winning percentage (.663).

Early '11 hoop thoughts: the good, the bad and the maybe

If these players leave early for the NBA — Wake's Al-Farouq Aminu, Florida State's Solomon Alabi, Georgia Tech's Derrick Favors and Gani Lawal, UNC's Ed Davis and Virginia's Sylven Landesberg — the ACC will break into three categories in 2010-2011:

Good: Duke, FSU, Virginia Tech and UNC
Maybe: Clemson, N.C. State, Maryland and Miami
Bad: Virginia, Wake Forest, Boston College and Georgia Tech

N.C. State 58, FSU 52

GREENSBORO -- Across the board, Florida State had more size and speed than N.C. State in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament on Friday. Like the rest of this tournament, logic took a backseat to emotion and will.

Despite the talent gap, there was the Wolfpack, late Friday night, still alive and celebrating a spot in the unlikeliest of final four grouping in the tournament's 57-year history after a 58-52 win over No. 3 seed Florida State.

5 things to watch in ACC quarterfinals

GREENSBORO -- After North Carolina and Wake Forest choked Thursday, N.C. State held on to salvage some of the in-state interest (along with Duke) for the quarterfinal round of the ACC tournament.

ACC open practice times announced

One of the best days of the ACC basketball season happens on the eve of the ACC tournament.

That's when teams hold a one-hour shootaround practice at the tournament site that's free and open to the media and the public. It's a good chance for fans who can't get seats for the games to see the players and coaches in a relaxed environment. Duke and North Carolina are the only teams that aren't participating in the open practices this year.

Here's the schedule for Wednesday's open practices at the Greensboro Coliseum:

FSU 77, UNC 67

CHAPEL HILL — New uniforms. Same outcome.

North Carolina donned silver-and-white Wednesday night to commemorate
the 25th anniversary of Nike’s Jordan brand, but it didn’t give anyone
anything to celebrate in a 77-67 loss to Florida State.

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