AFTER WIN OVER GA. TECH, CAN CANES UPSET DUKE?
The Canes improved to 17-7 overall and 4-6 in the ACC with a 64-63 win at Georgia Tech on Sunday.
The Canes have six games remaining in the ACC, and they have to win 4 to finish with a .500 conference record and an excellent chance at making the NCAA Tournament.
Here is how they can earn those four wins:
Wed - Home for Duke - Loss (Duke was upset by Wake Sunday and is vulnerable. Canes have a shot here - count on a fired up, sold-out crowd at UM on Wednesday - but let's call it a loss.)
Sat - Home for Maryland - Win (Terps are one of the top four teams in the ACC, so this will be tough to do. But the Canes are home for two games this week, and they need a split at least.)
Feb 27 - at Clemson - Loss (Canes beat Clemson in Miami; Tigers return favor)
March 1 - Virginia at home - Win (Canes beat the worst team in the ACC at home. A must win.)
March 5 - BC at home - Win (Canes avenge loss at Boston earlier this season.)
March 8 - at FSU - Win (Canes avenge earlier loss at FSU.)
Remember, Virginia, BC and FSU are a combined 15 games under .500 in the ACC this season.
As for Sunday's win, the Canes can thank shooting guard Jack McClinton - as usual. Jack Mack had a game-high 23 points, including the game-winning three-pointer in the final minute. He made 6 of 14 on his three-point tries.
Unfortunately, he was the only Canes player to turn in a good performance on Sunday.
The Canes can also thank G-Tech for throwing the ball away 22 times and making just 12 of 21 on free throws. In contrast, the Canes made 17 of 21 free throws.
Point guard Matt Causey, a senior who entered the game averaging just 7.3 points, led G-Tech with 20 points. He also had 3 steals and 4 assists to nearly steal the win for the Yellowjackets.
The Canes could use a point guard like Causey - or at least the way the Georgia Tech senior played on Sunday.
Going forward, the Canes will need to get more from their frontcourt and will look for more ways to get McClinton open. Teams realize he is the Canes' main threat and are going after him hard. The Canes need to set more picks and give him easier looks.