Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

ACC Extra

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

ACC Extra

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Byline: Bob Thomas, The Times-Union

ROOKIE WATCH

Virginia Tech freshman forward Deron Washington is contributing 9.2 points and 4.9 rebounds a game for the Hokies. He's the son of NFL veteran and Green Bay Packers assistant Lionel Washington.

QUOTABLE

"I liked the attitude on the bench prior to the overtime period. It was a very confident, determined, focused, eye-of-the-tiger-type attitude that they had."

Leonard Hamilton, FSU coach, on his team prior to its overtime dismantling of No. 3 Wake Forest on Tuesday night.

WORTH WATCHING

On the surface, Saturday's Duke-Florida State game (6 p.m., ESPN) may look like a train wreck -- and it could be. Or, it could play out more like the last three meetings between the teams in Tallahassee. The Seminoles have won two of those, and nearly pulled off a third in last season's 75-70 loss to the Blue Devils. If you're going, get there early to watch Duke's J.J. Redick (left) and FSU's Von Wafer trade bombs in the shoot-around.

POWER POLL

Men's basketball rankings

1. WAKE FOREST (1)

Record: 15-2, 4-1 ACC.

Saturday: at Cincinnati.

Update: Deacs forget to bring effort to Tallahassee.

2. DUKE (3)

Record: 14-0, 4-0 ACC.

Wednesday: defeated Miami 92-83.

Saturday: at Florida State.

Update: Williams is carrying the load for Blue Devils.

3. NORTH CAROLINA (2)

Record: 15-2, 4-1 ACC.

Wednesday: defeated Clemson, 77-58.

Saturday: vs. Miami.

Update: May inexplicably vanishes in loss to Wake.

4. BOSTON COLLEGE* (5)

Record: 15-0, 4-0 Big East.

Wednesday: defeated Villanova 67- 66.

Saturday: at St. John's.

Update: One of four unbeaten teams left in Division I.

5. GEORGIA TECH (4)

Record: 11-4, 2-2 ACC.

Saturday: vs. Virginia Tech.

Update: Turnovers lead to two-game slump.

6. MIAMI (7)

Record: 12-4, 3-2 ACC.

Wednesday: lost to Duke, 92-83.

Saturday: at North Carolina.

Update: Haith has found chemistry in paradise. …

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