Dec. 17 ACC Previews
Alabama State (1-8) at Georgia Tech (6-2), 7:00 PM, RSN
What to watch: The Poole Brothers. Stacey Poole, Jr. sat out the fall semester after transferring from Kentucky, and his brother Solomon is a freshman who graduated high school in the fall and decided to enroll early. They’re the first set of brothers to play for Georgia Tech since the Barry brothers, and while it’s probably a stretch to say they’ll have that kind of impact, they’ll certainly see minutes. Stacey Poole, Jr. – a 6-4 sophomore – averaged just 2.8 minutes a game a freshman at Kentucky in 16 games and scored just four points on 1-of-9 shooting. Solomon Poole, meanwhile, was a late addition and will play point guard. As a freshman, his learning curve will likely be steeper. But he was a top-30 2013 recruiting prospect , so he could make a difference.
Random Alabama State facts: The Alabama State Hornet mascot looks kind of strange, but that’s fine. Still a cool mascot. Although, mascots think they’re funny when they’re trying to be. But they’re funniest when they’re sad.
And your obligatory HBCU band/dance team video, of course:
Prediction: Georgia Tech, 74-45. The only reason the Poole brothers could see minutes is because this one should be a relatively easy blowout. Alabama State’s only win this year is over Troy.
Louisiana Monroe (1-5) at Florida State (5-4), 7:00 PM, ESPN3
What to watch: FSU’s defense. The Seminoles held Maine to 34% shooting, the second-lowest by an FSU opponent this year. FSU’s offense has showed signs that it could be pretty solid this year. But to see an FSU defense ranked 90th by Ken Pomeroy is startling. FSU won’t win a lot of games by outscoring teams, and they’ve lost to some bad teams by not defending well enough.
Random Louisiana Monroe facts: In the mascot power rankings, a Warhawk is near the top. Like a lot of schools, ULM had to retire its Indian mascot in 2006. The finalists to replace the old mascot? Warhawks, Bayou Gators and Bayou Hawks. I would hope Warhawks won by a unanimous vote. And it’s based on actual Louisiana history – LSU alum Major General Claire Lee Chennault led an Air Force unit in World War II that used the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk.
Prediction: Florida State, 84-51. The Seminoles will be a bit short-handed – Ian Miller is out for a few more weeks, Terrence Shannon will likely miss this game and Robert Gilchrist is out too – but ULM is awful.
Last week: 12-1