All it took was a week for the Atlantic Coast Conference to be flipped upside down.Boston College beat Syracuse, which beat Miami, which beat North Carolina State, which beat Virginia Tech, which beat Duke, which beat Georgia Tech, which beat North Carolina, which beat Clemson, which beat Wake Forest, which beat Boston College.Deep breath.The ACC wheel of confusion continues to spin two weeks into conference play and it has no sign of stopping. Boston College, projected as the worst team in the league, is 2-2. Duke, Virginia and Louisville, projected as top contenders, have an identical 2-2 conference record. The only teams unbeaten in ACC play are Florida State and Notre Dame, which weren’t even ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 until the third and fifth week of the season, respectively.The more one tries to make sense of the ACC, the less sense the league makes. It presents Syracuse (10-7, 2-2 ACC) with a chance and a challenge — depending on how you look at it — because in the ACC this year, anything goes. And with 14 regular season conference games left, there’s no telling where the Orange will land in March.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter the Orange lost six of its first 14 games of the year, SU beat Miami and Pittsburgh back-to-back. All of a sudden, Syracuse catapulted into the middle of the conference’s pack. Word spread throughout the ACC, leaving some with only one explanation. Published on January 13, 2017 at 2:20 pm The result is a hodge podge of speculation and guessing where Syracuse will slot in at the end of the year. No one can predict the future, especially in this league. But it’s more than likely the Orange ends up somewhere in the middle, since, you know, that’s where every team in the ACC will be.“I just think it’s incredibly hard to win a game in this league,” Virginia Tech head coach Buzz Williams said. “… And I think it’s just going to stay clumped together because it’s so hard to win a game.”What’s in store for Syracuse remains to be seen. In the last 14 games, there will likely be lots of wins and lots of losses. The roller-coaster ride is sure to continue. And in a league where no one knows, you best just buckle up.Paul Schwedelson is a senior staff writer at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at email@example.com or @pschweds. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Entering Thursday, the ACC had 11 teams in the top 50 in Ratings Percentage Index, also known as RPI. It’s a ranking system used by the NCAA Tournament selection committee. The Big Ten had seven teams and the Southeastern Conference had six teams, just more than half the number of the ACC.“(The ACC) was one of the places I wanted to be,” said Syracuse’s Andrew White, who transferred this offseason from the Big Ten’s Nebraska, “just because you face the best programs, the best players and the best coaches in the country and that’s where you want to step your game up.”There’s no denying that the ACC is the best conference in college basketball. How that affects the Orange can be interpreted in different ways.SU is currently on the outside looking in based on most NCAA Tournament projections. But with seven games remaining against AP Top 25 teams, the Orange has more than enough opportunities to play its way back into contention.“Fortunately there’s a lot of tough games in this league,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said, “that you can get a chance to win if you play well.”The problem for SU, though, is that as all the ACC teams beat up on each other, the top teams in the league aren’t as highly regarded as they once were. At the start of the season, four ACC teams resided in the top 13 in the AP Poll, including two in the top six. Now, there isn’t a single ACC team in the top six. There are six ranked teams, one more than at the start of the year, but if top dogs keep losing, the quality of a win against a team like Duke, Virginia or North Carolina isn’t the same. Those top teams may still be good enough to beat Syracuse and the teams that are beating them are better than once thought.According to CBS Sports, nine ACC teams are projected to get into the Tournament. ESPN’s projection has 10. Neither include Syracuse. With a late-season surge from the Orange and others, the ACC could match the Big East’s record 11 Tournament teams in 2011. But that would mean SU has to rack up quality wins and in the topsy-turvy ACC it’s hard to distinguish which opponents actually make for those.
Corey Clement’s season of uncertainty will continue this week.The junior running back’s status for Saturday’s game against Illinois remains questionable, he told reporters Tuesday afternoon.If he were to return, it would mark a seven-week hiatus from game action. The last time Clement took the field was during the season opener against Alabama Sept. 5.“I’m still uncertain [about Saturday],” Clement said. “I’m just looking forward to the next day, not really pressing anything.”Clement said he would travel with the team to Champaign this weekend and it will most likely be a game-time decision, depending how he feels when he wakes up Saturday.As far as his health, Clement said he felt “awesome” at practice Tuesday. The remaining hurdles for Clement are both mental and physical, he said.“I think those two go hand-in-hand,” Clement said. “I can only go out each day and try to perform at my best.”Clement also said he still couldn’t reach his top speed in practice. He can usually hit above 20 miles per hour or more, but hasn’t done so yet.“I need to do that to feel comfortable,” he said.Clement announced he’d undergo surgery to repair a sports hernia Sept. 24, with the initial timetable for his recovery listed at four to six weeks. His expeditious recovery allowed him to get back to practice for last week and suit up for the Purdue game Oct. 17, but made the decision in the second half to not enter the game, calling last week a “stepping stone” to his return.During practice, Clement has put himself in situations to get hit, he said, so that when his first game action comes about, it won’t be a shock.UW offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph doesn’t expect to see a different Clement out there, regardless of when he returns.“I expect Corey to be Corey. Nothing more and nothing less,” Rudolph said. “It’ll be fun. Getting his energy back would be good.”And Clement knows it will be up to him to get the UW running game back on track.“[The running game] isn’t where it’s supposed to be at this point,” Clement said. “My job is, being a leader of that running back group, you got to have a purpose when you come back and that’s to put numbers on the board and get this thing going.”
Thirty-three-year-old Gregory Nickels was remanded to prison on Tuesday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts by Principle Magistrate Sherdel Isaac-Marcus for narcotics possession.Gregory NickelsNickels, of Lot 5 D’Urban Street, Georgetown, denied the charge which stated that on April 3, 2019, at the same address, Police ranks conducted a search and found 182 grams of cannabis.The prosecution is contending that the police ranks conducted a search on the two-storey building at D’Urban Street, Georgetown, in the presence of Nickels, when the cannabis was unearthed in the toilet area wrapped in a bag.In court on Tuesday, the miner was represented by Attorney-at-Law Damian DaSilva, who in a bail application told the court that his client is not the lone occupant of the premises.The lawyer further stated that five other persons reside at the building. He added that his client is not a flight risk and is willing to cooperate with any condition set out by the court.DaSilva also stated that when Police ranks conducted the search, other occupants of the property were at home but only his client was arrested.Police Prosecutor Dinero Jones objected to bail on the grounds that the defendant admitted that the narcotics belonged to him. The prosecutor further stated that the search was conducted in the presence of Nickels. Bail was refused and the case was adjourned to April 26, 2019.