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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The third match of round two of league games of the Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC) for pool A, continued on Saturday, February 21st 2015 at the Accra Rugby pitch in Legon.The first kickoff of the day was between defending champions, Idas sports and Accra Sharks. Coming from behind to win last week’s tough encounter against current log leaders Cosmos Buffaloes, Idas Sports were looking to extend their win to three in a row.Idas had a tough time getting on the score sheet at the commencement of the game but when the full back of the Idas side intercepted a ball in the middle of the pitch intended for the running back of the Accra Sharks side, he made a beautiful run to the try line scoring the first try of the game. From there on, Idas seemed unstoppable as they scored try after try winning the game by 70 points to 0.The coach of the side Abdul Samad was ecstatic about the win, having won three games in a row so far. “As defending champions, all the teams in league are looking to beat us so we can’t afford to slip up,” he said, adding that, ” We have two very tough encounters remaining this season and winning both games assures us the playoffs for the league title”.The second game of the day was between log leaders, Cosmos Buffaloes and third placed side, Dansoman Hurricanes. The Hurricanes had lost their two previous games, so they were eager to mark their first win of the second round, likewise the log leaders recording the first loss of the season last week knowing that another loss will push them out of contention for the playoffs.The encounter began with both sides displaying a lot of strength and tactical discipline, but it was the slip up by the Hurricanes scrum half that gifted the ball to the running back of the buffaloes to open the scoring. Cosmos Buffaloes RFC team prior to their match against Dansoman Hurricanes RFCThe Hurricanes lost their focus allowing the Buffaloes to score more tries to seal the win. The Hurricanes scored their only try in the dying minutes of the game. The Buffaloes won the game by 30 points to 5.The captain of the winning side, Hamza Klitsco Diaba, reiterated his coach’s words last week that no team is a walk over this season. “We knew going into this game that the Hurricanes were eager for their first win so they won’t leave anything to chance. He added that “we kept our cool throughout the game enabling us to win this very important encounter”.The final game of the day was between runners up of last season’s league, Legon Titans RFC and fifth placed team, Tema Anchors RFC. Tema Anchors registered their first win of the second round of matches, by beating Accra Sharks last week comfortably and were looking to extend their win. Legon Titans on the other hand have won all their encounters coming into this game, so were on high spirit to extend their winning streak.The Titans opened the scoring with a penalty kick after 25 minutes of play. The Anchors quickly responded by scoring a penalty, levelling out the scores. The half ended with nothing separating both sides.It was the second half that would prove a lot more exciting as Legon Titans clearly showed why they are one of the favourites to win this season’s league Title.They outrun the defence of the Anchors side by scoring 7 tries in a space of ten minutes in the second half of the game. They continued scoring try after try once they found the weak spot in the defence of the opposition. They won the game comfortably by 74 points to 3.The coach of the winning side was elated once again at his team’s performance on the pitch. “My boys were disciplined throughout the game and that was the factor that gave them an edge over the Anchors.” ”‹”‹He then added that, “Next week’s encounter with defending champions, Idas Sports will prove a tougher encounter but we will prepare very well to meet them boot for boot.”After three games in round two Cosmos Buffaloes are still sitting on the summit with 34 points, followed by Idas Sports with 31 points and in third position, Legon Titans RFC with 30 points, at fourth position is Dansoman Hurricanes with 12 points, fifth is Tema Anchors with 3 points and Accra sharks RFC still occupying the bottom of the summit with no points.