3 thoughts following the UNC and Duke flameouts Wednesday (lots more on our new page on the Duke-UNC rivalry, which can be found here):
1. This ACC basketball season is starting to remind me of the kind of ACC football seasons the league has experienced lately. Check the updated standings here. There is going to be more parity than expected, which will make every week fun. But will the league get someone in the Final Four? The chances are iffy at best.
2. Do you remember the old joke in the Matt Doherty days about how you can’t spell “North Carolina” without the letters “N-I-T”? If the Tar Heels don’t improve, that one is going to be resurrected frequently.
3. I thought the announcing team of Tim Brando and Dan Bonner – particularly Brando – was way too pro-Duke during Wednesday’s game given N.C. State’s near-complete dominance in its 88-74 win.
One example: at one point, Duke center Brian Zoubek made a decent move toward the basket but then missed his shot. Brando started talking effusively about how much Zoubek has improved (a theme he would come back to several times during the game).
Almost immediately, N.C. State’s Tracy Smith (who was easily the best player on the court Wednesday) blew by Zoubek for two more points.
“Well, he may be more confident, but he’s not any quicker,” Bonner said of Zoubek.
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