- The Washington Times - Monday, January 5, 2009

HE SAID WHAT?

“If you look at the three best quarterbacks in the country, they came from the Big 12.” - Oklahoma cornerback Dominique Franks, overlooking his BCS title game opponent, Tim Tebow

WEEKEND REWIND ” IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Ravens advance in AFC playoffs - Sunday’s 27-9 victory against the Dolphins means the Ravens are headed to Tennessee to face the AFC’s No. 1 seed Saturday. The Ravens wore T-shirts with the question “What’s my name?” and “Ravens” written below, borrowed from the story of Muhammad Ali taunting an opponent who refused to acknowledge his Muslim name. If the Redskins had tried that this season, the word “average” would have been a fitting answer.

Wizards hold off Cavaliers - LeBron James was called for a rare travel with 2.3 seconds remaining, handing the Wizards their first win against the Cavaliers since Game 5 of last season’s playoffs. It’s a hollow win, though; the Wizards’ “rivalry” with the LeBrons is reminiscent of the Knicks’ “rivalry” with Michael Jordan’s Bulls. A meaningless regular-season win doesn’t erase the past three playoff losses. Good news for Wizards fans: They don’t have to worry about losing to the Cavaliers in the playoffs this year.

TWT FIVE ” ACC CONFERENCE-PLAY PREDICTIONS

1. Wake Forest will win more games than Duke - The Demon Deacons’ trio of Jeff Teague, James Johnson and Al-Farouq Aminu all have NBA potential; the Blue Devils rely too heavily on Kyle Singler.

2. UNC will lose at least twice - This isn’t a reflection on North Carolina, one of the most talented teams in recent years. But Sunday’s loss to Boston College shows just how deep the conference is.

3. Miami will struggle - Picked third in the preseason, Miami’s one-man team of Jack McClinton lacks another reliable scorer.

4. Clemson won’t fall apart - After going undefeated in nonconference play for the second time in three years, the Tigers are too experienced and talented to repeat the mistakes of their 2006-07 squad.

5. Virginia is in for another long season - Don’t be fooled by the Georgia Tech win - Sylven Landesberg is the only legitimate ACC starter on this team.