ACC Basketball

The Morning After…

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The Hokies nearly pulled out a miracle, Wake Forest had no ability and Xavier Rathan-Mayes just became a one-and-done candidate…that’s one hell of a Wednesday.

DUKE OVER VIRGINIA TECH
For most of the game, the Hokies were unstoppable, scoring on 16 of 18 possessions at one point in the first half, opening up a seven-point lead over potential 1-seed Duke in the second half. However, behind Duke’s Jahlil Okafor (30 points) and Quinn Cook’s deep ball (26 points), the Blue Devils were able to force overtime.

In the extra period, Virginia Tech managed just one bucket, as Cook sealed the deal to a 91-86 victory with a three-point shot from the corner with one minute left on the clock. In defeat, the Hokies hit 53% from the floor, including 12-for-22 from three. Jalen Hudson came off the bench to lead the team in scoring with 20.

VIRGINIA CRUSHES WAKE FOREST
It amazes me that people are still considering moving the Cavaliers down if they lose another game this year. It’s almost like they want to punish Virginia for being a great defensive team. Anyhow, lucky for them they just keep winning as Wake Forest didn’t provide much of a challenge.

Without both Justin Anderson and starting point guard London Perrantes, the Cavaliers completely shutdown the Demon Deacons. Wake had just six baskets in the first half, falling behind 36-15, then went nearly nine minutes without a bucket in the second, trailing by 35 with seven minutes to play, before Virginia finally took their foot off Wake’s neck and allowed a trio of threes to make it look not quite as bad, 70-34. Think about that for a minute…Wake Forest played more minutes than it scored. This is why I want Virginia to face Kentucky in the tournament.

Wake Forest shot 21.8% from the floor, as Konstantinos Mitoglou was the only player to make more than two shots (he made 4-11), finishing with 10 points. The Cavaliers were as balanced as always. Anthony Gill was their top scorer with 11, as seven players scored at least seven. Virginia improves to 26-1, 14-1 in conference. Two more wins or a Duke loss will seal up a second straight ACC regular season title. Wake Forest has dropped three straight, falling to 12-18 on the year, 4-11 in conference.

MIAMI (FL) OVER FLORIDA STATE
In a game that featured two teams barely hanging onto slim NCAA Tournament hopes, only the Miami Hurricanes walked away with their dreams intact. The Canes came out hot, led by Angel Rodrigues (25 points) and a pair of 19’s by Sheldon McClellan and Davon Reed, Miami rolled out to a 18-point lead, before barely holding on to a 81-77 win over Florida State.

Yet, the only thing people will be talking about is freshman Xavier Rathan-Mayes, who suddenly got the eyes of some NBA scouts. With the Seminoles trailing 62-44 with just under five to play, Rathan-Mayes took over, scoring 30 points. He shot 8-for-10 in that stretch and after a four-point play, the Noles were within three. Yet, Miami’s Rodriguez kept the Canes ahead for good by hitting 14-16 from the FT line, holding off XRM and the Seminoles.

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