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Wednesday, January 19, 2005

This is the ACC

Wake Forest looks like world beaters against Carolina, then goes to Florida State and....

WSJ coverage

Tallahassee Democrat coverage:

"Who could have seen this coming? The Seminoles had lost three of their first four Atlantic Coast conference games and looked poised to drop back to.500 overall.....

"And now? FSU suddenly looks more formidable as No. 4 Duke get set to visit the Civic Center on Saturday."

Still, as well as FSU played, dumb mistakes nearly cost them the game.

There was, of courese, there was Ralph Mims' foul on Taron Downey that put Wake in a position to win the game.

But before that:

"The Deacons pulled even with help from two technical fouls against FSU.

"(Al) Thornton blew past Chris Ellis for a dunk but was assessed a technical for batting the ball away in celebration. (Chris) Paul hit both technical free throws. A dunk by Williams made it a four-point possession. Thornton, unfazed, answered with his first three-pointer of the season. But Adam Walekowski picked up another technical on FSU's next possession for arguing an offensive foul. Again, Wake took advantage...."

It's not enough to play well. You have to play smart.