The sophomore guard maturation continues. A year after a predictably up and down season while playing out of necessity, Miller McIntyre has emerged as Wake Forest most capable scorer in the first month of the season.
He had 26 points on 10 for 16 shooting in the Demon Deacons 87 78 loss to Kansas. Just as impressive was his turnover free play in 34 minutes against the athletic Jayhawks. Wake Forest (5 1) didn win in its Battle 4 Atlantis quarterfinal, but Miller McIntyre play further validates the improvement he demonstrated against lesser competition in the Demon Deacons first five games.
The Hurricanes (3 3) were held to 36.2 percent shooting, got handled in the paint (34 22) and committed twice as many turnovers as they forced in a 71 63 overtime loss to George Washington.
The loss itself is not a stunner; Miami has struggled with a revamped roster while the Colonials (5 0) have former high major players Isaiah Armwood (Villanova) and Maurice Creek (Indiana) in their starting lineup. Still, the Hurricanes were not especially sharp, and their lack of depth (they used a seven man rotation in the second half and overtime) was again revealed in this setback.
Radford at Virginia Tech, 2 (ESPN3): The Hokies (4 3) welcome the Highlanders (4 1) to Cassell Coliseum in a matchup of southwestern Virginia two Division I programs. Virginia Tech is located less than 20 miles from Radford campus.
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Georgia Tech vs. Mississippi, 4:30 (NBC Sports Network): The Yellow Jackets (5 1) head to Brooklyn for a Barclays Center showdown with Marshall Henderson and the defending SEC champion Rebels (4 0).
Miami at Cal State Fullerton, 6 (ESPN3): The Hurricanes (3 3) face Cal State Fullerton (2 4) in the consolation bracket of the Wooden Legacy.
Morgan State at Maryland, 6 (ESPN3): The Terrapins (4 2) and the Bears (1 6) tangle for the David Perron Womens Jersey first time since Morgan State pulled off a 66 65 victory in 2009. This game is technically a part of the Paradise Jam; both schools participated in that event earlier this week, and this contest allows both teams to play an extra game.
Coastal Carolina at Clemson, 7 (ESPN3): A year ago, the Chanticleers drubbed visiting Clemson 69 46. The Tigers (5 1) can get a measure of payback with Coastal Carolina (2 4) paying a return trip to Littlejohn Coliseum on Friday.
Florida State at Florida, 7:30 (ESPN2): The Seminoles and the Gators, both 5 1, meet the night before the schools annual football meeting. Florida State is coming off a solid Justin Schultz Womens Jersey showing in the Puerto Rico Tip Off but has lost its last four meetings with Florida.
Virginia vs. Southern Methodist, 7:30 (CBS Sports Network): The Cavaliers (5 1) play the first of back to back nights in the Corpus Christi Challenge, meeting Southern Methodist (5 1) in the event semifinals.