I keep waiting for Miami's Jack McClinton, perhaps the ACC's most underrated player, to take over the game. While I wait, Virginia Tech keeps going to the foul line. If the Hokies continue to shoot free throws, McClinton will have no chance to take over.
The Hokies are playing with great intelligence, taking good shots, going to the basket and drawing fouls.
The first game of the ACC tournament is always strange. It's like a warm-up band taking the stage before the big dogs play. Thursday is a warm-up day.
The game I most want to see is Maryland and N.C. State at 7 p.m. The second game, Clemson and Georgia Tech, is interesting only because it will be played in Atlanta. Clemson is a tough team to figure. But I'm a fan of senior guard K.C. Rivers, so I'd like to see the Tigers make a nice little run.