Observations from Greensboro: ACC Tournament Day 1

Observations from Greensboro: ACC Tournament Day 1
March 13, 2014, 7:45 am
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(Associated Press)

By Chick Hernandez 

GREENSBORO, NC - Virginia Tech wasn't in Greensboro long enough to get a 2nd breakfast at the team hotel.

The Hokies beat Miami twice during the regular season for their only two ACC wins on the year, but the third time was certainly not a charm as Miami downed Tech 57-53 to advance to the second round of the ACC Tournament.

News, notes and observations from Greensboro:

• Hit your free throws Hokies. The Canes attempted two more free throws than Virginia Tech and made seven more. Tech lost by four, hmmmm.

• Virginia Tech head coach James Johnson is rumored to be on the hot-seat after just two years. His overall record is 23-40, 6-30 in the ACC. I know there was a drop in overall and conference wins from year one to two, but if you start changing coaches every two years, who is going to come coach and how are you eventually going to win?

• Maryland plays at high noon against Florida State on Thursday. If you haven't heard this is Maryland's final season in the ACC. Really? Yep! This is also the ten-year anniversary of the Terps last ACC tourney title. The only way to get to the NCAA tourney is to win four straight here.

• Maryland held a practice on Wednesday in High Point, NC at Wesleyan Christian Academy. The boys varsity basketball coach at Wesleyan is former Maryland guard Keith Gatlin (1984-88).

• The Terps were loose but a little subdued at Wednesday's practice. They attended the candlelight vigil for former manager Zach Lederer the night before in College Park MD. Lederer lost his long battle with cancer on Tuesday. The team was going to gather Wednesday night and decide how they would honor Zach as a unit. Guard Seth Allen told me he planned on having Zach's name on his shoes for the tournament, however long that turns out to be.

• The Terps split two games with Florida State during the regular season. Maryland Head coach Mark Turgeon said "we were embarrassed" after their 24-point loss to the Seminoles in January. That game took place 2 months and a day from this meeting, the first of their last go-round in the ACC tournament.