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This past weekend, we saw yet another “upset” in the ACC. The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame showed how competitive the ACC is this year by beating the mighty Tar Heels of North Carolina, who were ranked #2 in the country and at the time were sitting atop the ACC. Notre Dame has been bouncing in and out of the top 25 rankings this year, and showed that they can compete with the bigger boys of the ACC.
With the help of all 5 starters scoring in the double digits, Demetrius Jackson led with 19 points and Zack Auguste added a double-double with 15 points and 10 boards. Mike Brey preaches defense again and again for the Irish and it clearly paid off the other night. Notre Dame wasn’t a big underdog due to the game being in South Bend and their plethora of experience throughout their lineup. The size of the Irish matches up well with almost anyone in the country, with Zack Auguste and Bonzie Colson’s big bodies banging around down low.
Demetrius Jackson is one of the top point guards in the country and has the experience with Mike Brey at the helm to do some special things once March comes around. Do we say the Tar Heels aren’t as good as advertised? Absolutely not. Marcus Paige is as polished of a point guard as any in the country and Brice Johnson is a force not to be reckoned with, no matter who they play. And how tough is it to go to Tobacco Road and beat UNC on their own court? Oh, and not to forget, that old guy with some grey hair roaming the sidelines has had a pretty damn good career at UNC.
“Upsets” have been the common theme of the 2015-2016 season, especially in the ACC with Duke having a below average year and Virginia losing to teams like VA Tech and Georgia Tech. So who wants to win the ACC? I don’t see a sure fire winner yet this season with how well everyone is playing and the good amount of parity in college basketball this season in general. I guess we’ll just have to wait until March, right?
– M. Gress