Inside The Acc

Destination College Basketball

Atlantic Coast Conference / Maryland

December 07, 2005|By PAUL MCMULLEN

Game to watch

No. 1 Duke vs. No. 2 Tex as

When -- Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

TV -- Ch. 13

Outlook -- CBS is glad that both teams have avoided the upset, as Tex as got by West Virginia, and Duke sal vaged one-possession games against Memphis and Virginia Tech. In point guard Daniel Gibson and center La Marcus Aldridge, the Longhorns have a combination every bit as impres sive as the Blue Devils' J.J. Redick and Shelden Williams. Neither team is particularly deep, but the Blue Devils will be better once DeMarcus Nelson returns.

Newcomer to watch

Julius Powell, Clemson

The skinny -- Powell, a 6-foot-7 freshman, dropped the first four three-pointers of his career on Penn State, helping the Tigers to an eight-point win at Happy Valley in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Powell is one of five Clemson players from the state of North Carolina. The confer ence made him co-Rookie of the Week, with Duke point guard Greg Paulus.

Shot of the week

Sean Dockery, Duke

The skinny -- Forget shot of the week. With four months to go, Dock ery's 40-footer that beat Virginia Tech at the buzzer may hold up as the shot of the season in college bas ketball. One of the most shocking outcomes of last season was the Blue Devils' loss in Blacksburg, and Duke looked as if it were headed to the un thinkable, a losing streak to the Ho kies, until the 6-2 senior from Chica go took one dribble and let fly. As a sophomore, Dockery made 12 per cent of his three-pointers.

Jury's out

Florida State

The skinny -- The 4-1 Seminoles don't have any good wins, but their only loss came by eight at No. 10 Flor ida. The Gators are the only oppo nent to shoot better than 42.9 per cent from the field against coach Leonard Hamilton's club. The Semi noles have nearly everyone back from last season, including senior point guard Todd Galloway (City Col lege), but the bad news is that group won only 12 games.

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