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ACC Basketball Report: Super Bowl family

IT’S HARBAUGHS, PLUS A GOTTFRIED

BY NATHAN WARTERS

Jim and John Harbaugh have their hands full as head coaches of Super Bowl-bound NFL teams. N.C. State men’s basketball coach Mark Gottfried can relate literally.

Gottfried is a second cousin to the Harbaugh brothers. He doesn’t get to talk to his cousins much, because they’re all so busy.

“We do [talk] some, but not a lot because obviously they’re swamped,” Gottfried said during Monday’s ACC teleconference. “I mean, they’re obviously as busy as I am.”

The San Francisco 49ers, coached by Jim Harbaugh, will take on the Baltimore Ravens, coached by John, in Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3.

“I’m really proud of them. I know [their parents] Jack and Jackie have got to be tremendously proud,” Gottfried said.

Gottfried’s oldest son, Brandon Gottfried, is a junior tight end at Stanford. He was recruited there by Jim Harbaugh, who was head coach of the Cardinal before taking the 49ers job two years ago.

Gottfried, who said he took his four sons to Baltimore to see the Ravens host the New York Giants on Dec. 23, is happy to see his cousins enjoying great success in the NFL.

“They’ve just grown up around it,” Gottfried said. “They’ve watched it. They’re both very good. They’re both very competitive. They’ve always been that way.”

ANDERSON TAKES CARE

OF LITTLE THINGS

Virginia freshman guard Justin Anderson found his shot in the Cavaliers’ home win over Florida State on Saturday, but what pleased Virginia coach Tony Bennett most was Anderson’s impact in other areas of the game.

Anderson, a Westmoreland County native, scored eight points and was 2 for 3 from 3-point range—after going 4 for 24 from long range to start the season—and had three rebounds and a career-high three blocked shots in 21 minutes.

“You want him to impact the game in as many areas as you can, and being young, learn how to be real sound and not have the breakdowns on either end of the floor,” Bennett said.

“And we talk to our team a lot about the stats that are unnoticed that you want to be good at—the pass that leads to an assist, or being in the right position and just taking care of the little things that you need to.”

HOKIES, CAVALIERS

STILL NURSE INJURIES

Virginia Tech coach James Johnson said freshman forward Marshall Wood (broken foot) is doing more in practice, but he said Wood is a “long shot” to return to action Thursday night against Virginia.

Meanwhile, Bennett said sophomore forward Darion Atkins (stress reaction in shin) will probably not fully recover from his injury until after the season, but he could play through the injury if he feels up to it.

“His [prognosis] is now based on his symptoms,” Bennett said. “It’s kind of how he feels and what he can do. And you test it, so it’s really how he’ll respond.”

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

North Carolina junior forward Reggie Bullock was named ACC player of the week and Boston College guard Olivier Hanlan was named the conference’s rookie of the week.

Bullock scored a career-high 24 points in a 62–52 win over Maryland on Saturday. He was 7 for 15 from the floor (4 for 7 from 3-point range) and grabbed five rebounds.

Hanlan won rookie honors for the second straight week. He had 17 points, four rebounds and four assists in a 60–59 loss to Miami on Wednesday.

Hanlan has scored in double figures for nine straight games and leads all ACC freshmen in scoring with 13.6 points per game.

Nathan Warters: 540/374-5442

nwarters@freelancestar.com

    WHO’S RISING?

    REGGIE BULLOCK

    The North Carolina senior scored 21 first-half points against Mary land Saturday and is shooting nearly 50 percent on 3-pointers.

    WHO’S FALLING?

    MICHAEL SNAER

    Florida State’s senior preseason all-ACC guard managed just nine points in each of the Seminoles’ two losses last week.

    —UPCOMING GAMES—

    WEDNESDAY

    DUKE AT MIAMI

    WHEN: 7 p.m.

    TV: ESPN

    NOTABLE: The league-leading Hurricanes will get their stiffest ACC test yet from the top-ranked Blue Devils.

    THURSDAY

    VIRGINIA AT VIRGINIA TECH

    WHEN: 8 p.m.

    TV: ACC Network

    NOTABLE: It’s a in-state clash of styles: the Cavs’ patience vs. the Hokies’ frenetic pace.

    SATURDAY

    NORTH CAROLINA AT N.C. STATE

    WHEN: 7 p.m.

    TV: ESPN

    NOTABLE: For a change, the Wolfpack has the edge on paper in talent and experience.

    SUNDAY

    FLORIDA STATE AT MIAMI

    WHEN: 6 p.m.

    TV: ESPNU

    NOTABLE: The Seminoles will try to shake off a recent scoring slump in this in-state rivalry.

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