Well, as it has always done, the ACC quietly released the 2009-10 basketball schedule today.
I’m not sure why the conference doesn’t make a bigger deal out of the schedule of its marquee sport. I would think the build-up would be pretty danged interesting, at least in terms of people talking about college hoops just before college football and the NFL take over until January.
But, as I’ve said many times, what the heck do I know?
Anyway, in talking with Paul Hewitt today he discussed how the pending trip to the Great White North will help his Jackets.
He said that the three-game exhibition tournament in Canada that the team will play Oct. 2-5 will help him continue to evaluate the returning players, as well as the freshmen. NCAA rules allows teams 10 extra practices when they play in an international exhibition. Those practices will start on Sept. 19.
“I’m anxious to see what kind of impact will the Canadian Tour and these 10 practices have on the team for the rest of the season,” Hewitt said. “It really gives us a chance to give us a head start.”
When your team is as deep as Tech’s will be this year, and you are mixing in four freshmen, the more practices the better. As I said about football a few weeks ago, this could be a special season for basketball, as well.
And the schedule is tough. Including home-and-home games against North Carolina and Duke, the Jackets get Wake twice, Clemson twice, not to mention the potential matchup against Villanova.
It’s good stuff. What games are you most looking forward to?
Now, back to football.
Quentin Sims said his move from wide receiver to quarterback is going well. He said he’s getting more comfortable after spending the week and a day in his new role.
“I knew a lot of this stuff, but I’m learning the checks and things they do. It’s a lot faster,” he said.
He said the easiest part has been the basic triple option, which is similar to what he did in high school in Cincinnati, Ohio.