Inside the ACC

Destination / College Basketball

Atlantic Coast Conference / Maryland

November 30, 2005|By PAUL MCMULLEN

Game to watch

North Carolina @No. 10 Kentucky

When -- Saturday, noon

TV -- Ch. 13

Outlook -- The winningest programs in college history meet for the sixth straight season. Roy Williams isn't going to slow the pace for the most inexperienced North Carolina team ever, but it may have trouble finishing against a Kentucky team that always defends well. Tyler Hansbrough needs to be active for the Tar Heels to have any chance to win at Rupp Arena.

Newcomer to watch

Tyrese Rice, Boston College

The skinny -- At Richmond's L.C. Bird High, Rice set a Virginia prep record for career three-pointers (314), and was named the state's co-Player of the Year. Boston College lured him north to boost its perimeter game, and the early returns are impressive. He shot 10 of 18 from long distance in three wins last week, and scored 21 in an eight-point win over Oklahoma State. The 6-foot Rice won't turn 19 until May.

Jury's out

Miami

The skinny -- The Hurricanes are 2-0 against the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference but have lost their three biggest games, including last night's ACC/Big Ten Challenge trip to Michigan. Minus point guard Anthony Harris, who has been out all month with a hairline fracture in his right foot, the Hurricanes' three-guard attack struggled in losses to Miami and Temple. The junior from Chicago averaged 12.4 points and 4.6 assists last season, when Miami went a surprising 7-9 in its conference debut.

Jury's in

Georgia Tech

The skinny -- How bad are the Yellow Jackets? Paul Hewitt had to replace Jarrett Jack and five other experienced players. He wondered if his sophomores would work hard enough on defense, but evidently they forgot to work on their jump shots. Heading into tonight's game at Michigan State's Breslin Center, one of the toughest places to play in America, the 2-1 Yellow Jackets have made just 42.2 percent of their field-goal attempts, 24.4 percent from three-point range.

Breaking out

Trent Strickland, Wake Forest

The skinny -- Strickland spent his first three years at Wake Forest as a role player, getting eight starts and recording nearly as many charges as he did dunks. The 6-5 swingman moved into Skip Prosser's starting lineup this season, and is embracing his opportunity. Strickland opened the season with a career-high 18 rebounds against Texas Tech, and scored a career-high 25 points against Appalachian State last week.

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