Thursday, January 21, 2010

Hot: Bobcats, Nicklaus. Not: Heels, Devils

While trying to make sense of the ACC men’s basketball season, here are five things to consider:

1. Get Outta Town

Maybe that’s what it will take to slow down the Charlotte Bobcats.

After blowing through a perfect 6-0 homestand and climbing into fifth place in the Eastern Conference, the Bobcats head next to Atlanta for a Friday night game.

But don’t hurry. Enjoy this moment.

2. A New ACC World Order

In case you hadn’t noticed, the ACC world doesn’t revolve around Duke and North Carolina right now.

It wasn’t a shock that North Carolina lost to Wake Forest – the Deacons are dangerous – but seeing the Blue Devils get handled at N.C. State on the same night raised some questions about whether Duke really is the ACC’s best team this season.

If nothing else, it’s made things much more interesting this season.

3. Happy Birthday, Jack

Today is Jack Nicklaus’s 70th birthday. He’s spending it fishing on the far side of the world. Funny how his record looks more impressive than ever these days.

4. It’s Kobe vs. LeBron

The NBA’s two biggest stars go at it tonight in Cleveland. It doesn’t happen but twice during the regular season so you might want to pay attention.

5. It’s Still January But…

The Charlotte 49ers have put themselves in good position in the Atlantic 10 race with their 13-5 start. Next up: A game at LaSalle on Saturday.

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