Shiny happy people! I liked the new look.
Must win and the team dominated. Gotta like that. Probably the best team effort of the season. As I've been saying and as Dudley repeated in Saturday's Globe, if this team gets to 10 regular season ACC wins, they are in the Big Dance. Now they are one step closer. Here are my thoughts:
-- Jared Dudley's game. 30 points, 11 rebounds, four 3s and that is after missing long stretches with foul trouble. In the second half, anytime VTech cut the lead, Dudley nailed a momentum changer. Performances like this give me hope that we can beat anyone in the country.
-- Tyrese Rice’s handling of the offense. Much more controlled. Only three turnovers and a good job of getting people involved and using the clock in the second half.
-- Tyrelle Blair’s contributions. Three blocks and six rebounds. Great. Give us more of that down the stretch and we’ll be fine. He is leaps and bounds better than he was against Clemson.
-- Sean Marshall’s chucking it. What was that? Did he use up all of his touch in the Florida State game? I guess what disappoints me is that when his shot is not dropping, the rest of his game shouldn’t suffer. He should still rebound well and still defend well. He didn’t Saturday.
-- Oates’ production. No points...again. This guy should at least be good for an easy basket or two considering his minutes.
-- Too many 3 attempts. I know we made 12, but we have no business shooting 30. This team needs to draw fouls and get to the line. By shooting that many 3s, we get away from what we do best. It worked in this game, but will not down the stretch.
Now these guys just need to take it game by game and show up focused against Miami on Wednesday.