Many of the top 25 teams in the league hold unbeaten records, but the schedules aren’t getting any easier with the conference taking place.
Here are two games I’m looking forward to watching this week:
NC State defeated South Carolina earlier this season, when Gamecocks were the nation’s No. 1 team.
Even though Wolfpack is 6-0, they had a scare last week when Boston College was not ranked and gave Wolfpack its first ACC test. Until the fourth quarter, at least.
On Thursday, the enemy in the Wake Forest state will do the same. The Demon Deacon are 4-1 – which includes the turn over No. 21 Missouri State. His only defeat was against Arkansas. The last time these two teams met, NC State defeated Wake Forest last season, 59-45.
Wake Forest will seek the best scorer Ivana Raca, who has an average of 19 points and eight rebounds, along with Gina Conti (17.4)
Wolfpack has five players with a double-digit average. They are led by Elissa Cunane – who is coming out of consecutive double-double performances against Elon and Boston College. She averages 15.3 points per game.
Kayla Jones also offers an offensive threat to the state of NC. She combined 48 points with Cunane against Boston College. NC State hosts the ACC showdown.
Tune in to see if the Demon Deacons can give Wolfpack its first loss of the season. This game is at 7 pm on the East of ACC Network X on ESPN.
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On Monday, we will have a classification clash at Pac 12, when Stanford No. 1 faces UCLA No. 11. Stanford will face Southern California on Saturday and UCLA will face Cal on Sunday, before these two teams meet.
Now 5-0, the cardinal facing the classified Bruins is probably Stanford’s first major challenge of the season. Stanford has progressed in his schedule so far, beating his opponents by an impressive 48.2 points per game.
It was an incredible comeback season for Haley Jones from Stanford. She had a year of outstanding freshman before a knee injury interrupted her freshman campaign. Jones now leads the cardinal in scoring and rebounds averaging 19.5 points and 9.3 rebounds. She also leads assists with 17 and finds ingenious ways to create open looks for her teammates.
Following behind her, Cameron Brink, the country’s No. 3 recruit, who gave the cardinal a frightening presence inside. The 1.8m striker averages 12.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.
This is the second game of the UCLA season against a qualified opponent. They lost to No. 7 Arizona, 68-65, on December 4. This is the Bruins’ first and only defeat of the season so far. American Michaela Onyenwere and Charisma Osborne have been a dangerous pair. They combined 37 points together in the Bruins’ victory in their last fight against Southern California.