Inside the ACC

Destination College Basketball

Atlantic Coast Conference

December 21, 2005|By PAUL MCMULLEN

Game to watch

No. 5 Florida @ Miami

When -- Tomorrow, 7 p.m.

The lowdown -- You'll need a sat ellite dish to pick up this sold-out in-state rivalry. A year ago in Gainesville, Anthony Harris scored a then career-high 23 points to spark a 72-65 upset win over the Gators. The 6-2 junior from Chicago averaged 12.4 points and 4.6 assists last season but missed the first seven games, all in November, with a hairline fracture in his right foot. During a 4-3 start, Guillermo Diaz and Robert Hite missed the point guard who makes the Hurricanes go. Harris' minutes have increased in each of his three games, and he's back in the starting lineup.

Newcomer to watch

Jeremis Smith, Georgia Tech

The lowdown -- Technically, Smith isn't an ACC rookie, but a year ago he missed most of the season with a dislocated kneecap. He re turned to the Yellow Jackets last Feb ruary for an abbreviated freshman season, and the 6-foot-6, 232-pounder from Fort Worth, Texas, has come up extremely big after a slow start this time around. Smith has averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds in Georgia Tech's past four games. He and 6-9 classmate Ra'Sean Dickey are both pounding the offensive glass, a must for a team that is shooting just .438 from the field.

Freshman school record

Greg Paulus, Duke

The lowdown -- Top-ranked Duke made 57.6 percent of its field goal at tempts in Sunday's 104-77 rout of Val paraiso, an ability to finish that allow ed Greg Paulus to notch 15 assists. It was a school record for freshmen and one off the Blue Devils' single-game re cord, which is shared by Bobby Hurley, Jason Williams and Chris Duhon. The Valparaiso game, which made Duke 10-0 for the fifth time in the past six seasons, raised Paulus' average to 5.1 assists per game. Virginia Tech junior Jamon Gordon leads the ACC with 5.36 per game.

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