Posted: 3:14 a.m. Friday, March 8, 2013
When Virginia upset Duke, it was seen as a great boon for their NCAA chances. Not so fast: since then, the Wahoos have lost to BC on Sunday and Florida State Thursday night in yet another Michael Snaer buzzer beater. That’s four this year and six for his career.
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The gold standard for this is Christian Laettner, but as best we can recall, he did it twice: against UConn and Kentucky.
Of course the stakes were much higher and the Kentucky shot was instantly legendary.
Still, Snaer’s ability to do this consistently is amazing.
Virginia has lost four of six now, which has considerably dinged their resume.
Give UVa credit for showing some moxie though as the Cavs came back from 11 down late before Snaer pulled off his latest heroics.
The loss also puts N.C. State in the driver’s seat for the last ACC Tournament bye, thus giving the North Carolina schools three of the four byes.
Florida State also moved into a tie with Maryland for sixth and they get the tiebreaker, if needed, as they beat Maryland twice. State and FSU play at FSU to wrap up their regular seasons. Maryland visits Virginia.
Georgia Tech and BC won’t be in a tiebreaker situation: they’ll play their only game on Saturday.
Clemson and Wake are the final tie in the standings and Clemson visits Miami on Saturday while Wake closes out with Virginia Tech at home.
Two football notes: the ACC, SEC, Big Ten and Big 12 are considering a “power bowl alliance.” Meantime, despite FSU president Dr. Eric J. Barron signing this in December…
Statement from the ACC Council of Presidents:
“We, the undersigned presidents of the Atlantic Coast Conference, wish to express our commitment to preserve and protect the future of our outstanding league. We want to be clear that the speculation about ACC schools in negotiations or considering alternatives to the ACC are totally false. The presidents of the ACC are united in our commitment to a strong and enduring conference. The ACC has long been a leader in intercollegiate athletics, both academically and athletically, and the constitution of our existing and future member schools will maintain the ACC’s position as one of the nation’s premier conferences.”
Fr. William Leahy, Boston College
Mr. James Barker, Clemson University
Dr. Richard Brodhead, Duke University
Dr. Eric Barron, Florida State University
Dr. G.P. “Bud” Peterson, Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. James Ramsey, University of Louisville
Dr. Donna Shalala, University of Miami
Dr. Holden Thorp, University of North Carolina
Dr. Randy Woodson, North Carolina State University
Fr. John Jenkins, University of Notre Dame
Dr. Mark Nordenberg, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Nancy Cantor, Syracuse University
Dr. Teresa Sullivan, University of Virginia
Dr. Charles Steger, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
Dr. Nathan Hatch, Wake Forest University
…FSU’s A.D. is talking openly about making a move. The SEC may not be practical: as we understand it there is a gentleman’s agreement that a school can essentially blackball another school in its state -but that’s clearly what they’d prefer.
The A.D.’s at both Ohio State and Michigan say expansion there is not immiment.