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The Duke Blue Devils are the 2011 ACC champions. Duke won the 2011 ACC Tournament with a 75-58 win over North Carolina in the championship game, and likely clinched a No. 1 seed when the 2011 NCAA Tournament field is announced on the Selection Sunday show.
Nolan Smith scored 20 points and won the tournament's Most Valuable Player award to lead the Blue Devils. Smith suffered a toe injury in the quarterfinal win over Maryland, but rebounded with two outstanding games to lead Duke. The Blue Devils' defense was stifling, holding North Carolina to 34 percent shooting.
The Tar Heels couldn't pull off a third straight miracle comeback, and fell relatively meekly in the end. Harrison Barnes had 16 points to lead the Tar Heels, but shot just 6-15 and could not replicate his 40-point performance in the semifinals. The Tar Heels will likely still be a very high seed in the NCAA Tournament, but it has to sting to see their rival celebrating winning the ACC title.
The Duke Blue Devils are in complete control at halftime of the 2011 ACC championship game. The Blue Devils lead North Carolina, 42-28, at halftime, and now the Tar Heels need to rally again like they have in previous ACC Tournament games.
Nolan Smith has 10 points (on 11 shots, though), and Andre Dawkins has come off the bench to score nine to lead the Blue Devils. Duke scored the first eight points of the game and has led by as many as 18 points in the game. Tyler Zeller has nine points on five shots to lead the Tar Heels.
The Blue Devils have held Harrison Barnes in check in this game. One day after scoring 40 points in a semifinal win over Clemson, Barnes has struggled, shooting just 1-6 from the field. It honestly could have been worse for the Tar Heels had they not scored the final six points of the half.
The winner has the inside track for a No. 1 seed in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
The 2011 ACC Tournament championship game pits two longtime rivals and the only two ACC teams that are legitimate on the national stage this season. Top-seeded North Carolina survived a couple of tough games and will now face No. 2 seed Duke for the ACC title. The game is at 1 p.m. and is broadcasted on ESPN and FOX.
This will be the 11th time the two teams will face each other in an ACC Tournament championship game. The last time was in 2001, when the Blue Devils routed the Tar Heels behind Shane Battier. North Carolina has won six of the previous 10 matchups.
The Tar Heels reached the ACC Tournament final with two comeback wins against inferior opponents. They rallied from a 19-point deficit to beat No. 9 seed Miami, 61-59, then rallied from a 12-point deficit to top No. 4 seed Clemson, 92-87, in overtime. Harrison Barnes scored 40 points in that game to carry the Tar Heels. Duke reached the ACC Tournament final by defeating No. 7 seed Maryland, 87-71, then topping No. 6 seed Virginia Tech, 77-63.
The winner will likely earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, so there are important ramifications on the line.
Virginia Tech's run in the 2011 ACC Tournament has ended. The Hokies fell meekly to Duke, 77-63, and will now wait to see if they have done enough to secure an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Nolan Smith shook off a toe injury to score 27 points to lead the Blue Devils, who trailed for only one minute and 12 seconds in the entire game. Malcolm Delaney led Virginia Tech with 19 points, and Erick Green added 17. Jeff Allen struggled mightily against Duke's front line, shooting just 1-7 from the field, fouling out early, throwing an elbow in Kyle Singler's face and throwing a ball off Andre Dawkins' head.
The Blue Devils advance to face North Carolina in the ACC Championship Game on Sunday. The Hokies fall to 21-11 and now must sweat it out on Selection Sunday. Many felt their quarterfinal win over Florida State was enough to get them into the field, but that remains to be seen.
Just like they did last game, the Virginia Tech Hokies trail at halftime in the ACC Tournament. This time, they trail Duke, 39-28, at halftime of an ACC Tournament semifinal. The Blue Devils took their largest lead of the half on a three by Seth Curry on the half's final possession.
Nolan Smith, who is playing despite a toe injury suffered against Maryland, is leading the way with 16 points for the Blue Devils. Either Smith is playing heroically through pain, or Smith's injury just wasn't very serious in the first place. Depending on your opinion of Duke, either interpretation works.
Malcolm Delaney has 12 to lead Virginia Tech, but nobody else has stepped forward. Nobody on the Hokies besides Delaney has more than four points. Jeff Allen in particular is struggling, shooting just 1-5 from the field and having his troubles with Duke's big front line.
The winner will play North Carolina in the ACC championship game. The Tar Heels topped Clemson in overtime, led by 40 points from Harrison Barnes.
It took another rally and some overtime, but North Carolina will play in the 2011 ACC Tournament Final after defeating upstart No. 4 seed Clemson 92-87. Harrison Barnes was unbelievable, pouring in 40 points, as the Tar Heels scored 16 points in a row over the end of regulation and into overtime to get the win.
The Tar Heels will face the winner of the second semifinal game between Duke and Virginia Tech. Clemson falls to 21-11 and must sweat out the NCAA Tournament bubble on Selection Sunday.
Barnes' point total is the most for a freshman in ACC Tournament history and the most anyone has scored since Randolph Childress dropped 40 in 1995. He scored 11 of those points in overtime to push the Tar Heels to the win.
Clemson led 38-28 at halftime, but North Carolina rallied to eventually take the lead with 10 minutes left. Clemson pushed back ahead by eight, but North Carolina rallied again and tied the score when Barnes hit a three and Tyler Zeller followed with a jump hook with 32 seconds left. Demontez Stitt missed a fadeaway jumper at the buzzer, and the two teams went into overtime.
Barnes and Marshall gave North Carolina the lead for good with consecutive threes, and the Tigers couldn't get anything going offensively in the end. Barnes then grabbed a rebound and stuck it back in while drawing the foul to complete North Carolina's 19-0 run that began in regulation.
If North Carolina wants to advance in the 2011 ACC Tournament, they will need to pull off a second large comeback. The Tar Heels trail No. 4 seed Clemson, 38-28, in the semifinals at halftime, one day after pulling off a miracle rally to stun No. 9 seed Miami in the quarterfinals.
Demontez Stitt continues to be the catalyst for the Tigers, with 10 points already in the first half. Overall, Clemson is shooting 56 percent from the field and has hit six of its eight three-pointers. North Carolina's defense needs to pick up if it wants to win.
Harrison Barnes has been the only bright spot for the Tar Heels, carrying them with 16 points on 6-9 shooting. After a slow start to the season, Barnes is finally flashing the kind of talent that made him a consensus No. 1 draft pick coming into the season. Unfortunately, the rest of the Tar Heels have just 12 points combined.
Clemson is a No. 12 seed in the latest SBNation.com bracket projection, remaining squarely on the NCAA Tournament bubble. A win would certainly push the Tigers off it.
After a thrilling quarterfinal round at the 2011 ACC Tournament, semifinal action gets underway early this afternoon with four key games with important ramifications. The action starts at 1 p.m. and will continue through the afternoon leading up to Sunday's final.
In Friday's quarterfinal action, No. 1 seed North Carolina got the day going with an improbable 64-62 comeback winover No. 9 seed Miami. Tyler Zeller scored a layup at the buzzer to give the Tar Heels their first lead of the entire game. No. 4 seed Clemson advanced too, routing No. 5 seed Boston College, 70-47, in a game with bubble implications. Later, No. 2 seed Duke, despite an injury to Nolan Smith, topped No. 7 seed Maryland 87-76, while No. 6 seed Virginia Tech probably punched its NCAA Tournament ticket with a 52-51 win over No. 3 seed Florida State.
That sets up these semifinal matchuos.
No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 4 Clemson, 1 p.m., ESPN/ACC Network: The Tigers probably ensured an NCAA berth for themselves with Friday's win over Boston College, but a win here certainly would seal it. The Tar Heels, meanwhile, are going to have to play bette to beat a Clemson team that has won four of its last five games.
No. 2 Duke vs. No. 6 Virginia Tech, about 3:30 p.m., ESPN/ACC Network: Derwin Kitchen's shot came just after the buzzer, allowing Virginia Tech to survive Florida State and probably punch its ticket to the Big Dance. Like Clemson, though, Virginia Tech would really solidify its place in the field with a win over Duke. The status of Smith, who hurt his left toe in the win over Maryland,is still unknown.
The Virginia Tech Hokies' NCAA Tournament hopes literally came down to hundredths of a second and the tip of a finger.
The Hokies defeated the Florida State Seminoles 52-51 in the second round of the ACC Tournament in a wild turn of events in the final minute of action. They will move on to the Semifinals to face the Duke Blue Devils.
With the Seminoles clinging to a one-point lead, Jeff Allen stole the ball from Michael Snaer to give his team one more chance with 17 seconds left in the game. The Hokies took advantage, temporarily. As expected, they put the ball in the hands of Malcolm Delaney, who drove to the baseline before kicking the ball out to sophomore Eric Green. Green made a long two-pointer to give the Hokies a 52-51 lead with 4.7 seconds remaining.
And then, craziness. Derwin Kitchen sprinted down the court with the ball and made a jumper at the buzzer from the right corner to seemingly give Florida State the win. The Greensboro Coliseum erupted. The crowd went wild. The players celebrated on the court. Until the referees reviewed the replay, that is. In as close a call as will ever be made, the officials correctly ruled that the ball was still touching Kitchen's fingertips as the clock read 0:00. Virginia Tech was declared the winner.
A tearful Seth Greenberg spoke after the game about how proud he was of Green and the rest of his team. They deserved the win. And they probably deserve to go to the Big Dance.
The Maryland Terrapins entered the ACC Tournament needing to win it all to reach the NCAA Tournament. Not so for the Virginia Tech Hokies. They likely needed only to beat the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Florida State Seminoles to make it to the big dance. So far tonight though, that second step is proving very difficult.
The Hokies scored only 19 points in the first half, and trail the Seminoles by eight heading into the locker room. They are shooting under 20% from the field, and have made only two of 11 three-point attempts so far.
In order to have a chance in this important game, Virginia Tech will need a larger contribution from senior star Malcolm Delaney. The guard is averaging 18.6 points per game this season, but has only five points so far tonight while making only one of his nine field goal attempts.
No player on either team has yet reached double-figures as Florida State's Ian Miller leads all scorers with eight points.
The Maryland Terrapins came back to make this second round game in the ACC Tournament interesting early in the second half, but ultimately the Duke Blue Devils pulled away late to prevail. And so ends the NCAA Tournament hopes for Gary Williams and his promising young team.
This game had the feeling of many other Maryland games this season. They kept it close. The even narrowed Duke's lead to just one point towards the start of the second half. Things were looking up for the Terrapins when Nolan Smith left the game with a jammed toe and the team was only down 65-60, but they couldn't hang with the ACC regular season champions in the end.
Kyle Singler led all scorers with 29, passing Mike Gminski for eighth place on the ACC all-time scoring list. Duke had four other players scoring in double-figures as Mason Plumlee, Miles Plumlee, Ryan Kelly and Seth Curry all scored 10 or more. Jordan Williams collected 16 points and 16 rebounds in the losing effort for the Terrapins.
Missed free throws were a big problem for Maryland throughout the night. The Terrapins made just 15 of 28 attempts. That will get you to the NIT, but not much further.
Duke will move on to the ACC Tournament Semifinals, where the team will take on the winner of the Florida State vs. Virginia Tech game later tonight.
The Maryland Terrapins are doing their best to keep up with the Duke Blue Devils tonight in the second round of the 2011 ACC Tournament. The Terrapins are playing the game at their own pace, pushing the ball quickly up the floor whenever they see an opportunity, but they trail the Blue Devils by nine points at halftime.
Maryland has had trouble guarding Duke's big men however. Mason Plumlee had eight points, eight rebounds, and three assists in the first half. Ryan Kelly has 11 points off the bench for the Blue Devils, converting all five of his field goal attempts, while Kyle Singler leads are scorers with 14.
Cliff Tucker has been an important component for Maryland in the first half, entering off the bench early as Dino Gregory and Sean Mosley each picked up fouls. Tucker has five points and has held Nolan Smith to just two points on 0-4 shooting. Meanwhile, Jordan Williams is well on his way to another double-double. He has 10 points and seven rebounds at halftime.
A surprising and somewhat unfamiliar face appeared on the floor during workouts tonight ahead of the ACC Tournament game between the Duke Blue Devils and Maryland Terrapins. It was the face of Kyrie Irving, the highly touted and highly recruited freshman guard.
Irving entered the season as Scout.com's No. 2 rated player in the high school class of 2010, but has only played eight games for the Blue Devils due to a ligament injury. Irving was averaging 17.4 points and 5.1 assists per game prior to the injury, but has not played since Dec. 4.
According to Dan Wiederer of the Fast Break, Irving was on the court ahead of the ACC Tournament game working out with the Blue Devils, but he is not expected to play tonight.
Duke sports information director Matt Plizga reports that Irving will not be in uniform for tonight’s game. But just the sight of the talented freshman point guard in uniform has sent quite a buzz through the Greensboro Coliseum. At several points in the last few minutes, Maryland forward Jordan Williams glanced over with wide eyes and a look of curiosity as he watched Irving work out.
Are the Blue Devils just playing mind games with the Terrapins? Do they even need to? Or could this be a sign that Irving is almost ready to return to action.
The freshman star returning just in time for the NCAA Tournament would be a great story. We hope that that story distracts Duke just long enough for them to lose tonight.
The Maryland Terrapins have only one option if they want to keep their season alive. They must upset No. 2 seed Duke in the quarterfinals of the 2011 ACC Tournament Friday night. The two teams will do battle at 7 p.m., with a berth in the tournament semifinals on the line.
Maryland is looking for its 20th win of the season, but even if they win, they will likely still miss the NCAA Tournament because of a lack of quality wins. They advanced to this point by defeating N.C. State on Thursday in the first round. That said, a win over Duke would go a long way toward possibly getting the Terps in the conversation, especially after fellow ACC bubble team Boston College was blown out by Clemson earlier in the day. A loss almost certainly cements an NIT berth.
The Terps have lost twice to the Blue Devils this season, falling in a tight one at Cameron Indoor Stadium in January and in a blowout in College Park a few weeks later, but they are also 7-9 against Duke in the ACC Tournament under Gary Williams, so maybe something will give.
In a battle of two NCAA Tournament bubble teams, Clemson left no doubt that they belong in the field. The Tigers routed Boston College, 70-47, in the quarterfinals of the 2011 ACC Tournament, further improving their position and potentially popping the Eagles' bubble.
The Tigers jumped on the Eagles early in both halves, jumping ahead 11-0 to start the game and quickly opening up a double-digit lead in the second half after Boston College cut the lead to 35-27 at halftime. The Tigers were very clearly the better team throughout the game, holding the Eagles to 34 percent shooting. All-ACC first-teamer Reggie Jackson shot just 5-13 from the field and had just 11 points.
The Tigers move to 21-10 and will now face No. 1 seed North Carolina after the Tar Heels escaped against Miami earlier. Boston College falls to 20-12, and its postseason fate will now be determined by the NCAA Selection Committee.
Clemson has jumped ahead of Boston College, 33-25, in a key 2011 ACC Tournament quarterfinal game in Greensboro. Both teams are squarely on the NCAA Tournament bubble, and the loser may see their hopes of making the field end.
Clemson scored the first 11 points of the game, and the Eagles have been playing catch-up ever since. Clemson's defense was on point early, holding the Eagles to just 36 percent shooting in the first half. It certainly could have been much worse for Boston College after the slow start, but they have held their own outside of the fast Clemson start. Joe Trapini of Boston College leads all scorers with 12 points, while Demontez Stitt leads Clemson with eight points.
Both teams are fighting for an NCAA Tournament berth. Boston College is 20-11 after routing Wake Forest in the opening round on Thursday, while Clemson is surging at 20-10. The winner will face No. 1 seed North Carolina, who survived against No. 9 seed Miami, 64-62, on Tyler Zeller's buzzer beater.
The North Carolina Tar Heels led just one time in their 64-62 ACC Tournament quarterfinal win over Miami. Luckily for them, it was the final score. Tyler Zeller's buzzer-beater gave the Tar Heels the lead for the very first time in the entire game and completed a comeback from a 16-point second half deficit.
As you can see on this play, Zeller barely got the shot off before the buzzer sounded. Kendall Marshall penetrated into the lane and drew two Miami defenders before dropping the ball off to Zeller for the lefty layup just in the nick of time. The play occurred after Adrian Thomas fumbled a pass on the previous Miami possession. After the Hurricanes committed their two fouls to give, six seconds remained on the clock for Marshall to drive and Zeller to hit the game-winner.
It's a fitting ending for Miami in the way after its rally to defeat Virginia in the first round on Thursday. For North Carolina, it was far too close for comfort, but at least they won the game.
Miami has been a part of two completely improbable games so far in the 2011 ACC Tourament. They won the first one against Virginia yesterday, but they were not as fortunate against North Carolina. With the game tied at 59, North Carolina's center Tyler Zeller scored a layup as time expired for a 61-59 victory. It was the Tar Heels' first lead of the game.
For 75% of this game, UNC looked absolutely horrible. They were turning the ball over an incredible amount, and they were having trouble putting the ball in the hoop. But late in the second half they started to find their range from deep, and they slowly crawled back into the game. Kendall Marshall, not typically known as a three-point shooter, hit two huge shots from beyond the arc to help spur their run. He also finished the game with eight assists.
As for Miami, they just weren't making the shots in the second half that they were in the first half. Frankly they looked about as bad on offense in the later part of the second half as UNC looked in the first half. When the game was on the line, both of these teams played like the teams we were expecting coming in. Even if UNC was only the better team for ten minutes of game time, it was good enough to advance in the ACC Tournament.
The first quarterfinal game of the 2011 ACC Tournament has been a little bit of a snoozer so far, that is of course unless ou are supporting the Miami Hurricanes. In what will be a major upset if it stands, Miami is leading North Carolina 31-22 at the half.
I don't know if it is the Miami defense, or if North Carolina is just taking a little while to get into their rhythm, but as of right now, the Tar Heels couldn't throw a grape into the ocean. They are shooting just 30.4% from the field in the first half. John Henson, Dexter Strickland and Kendall Marshall (three of North Carolina's starters) have combined to go 1-8 from the floor. They also have a ridiculous 13 turnovers. To be honest, they should be losing by much more than they are.
Meanwhile, Miami isn't shooting the lights out either, but they have made some timely shots and have done just enough to keep the Tar Heels at bay.
We'll keep you updates on this potential upset as the game goes on.
Now that the first round is over, and the top four teams will join the fracas, the 2011 ACC Tournament is officially underway. Save for the outrageous Miami win over Virginia, all of the games went pretty mush as expected yesterday, and in pretty boring fashion. Maybe the games will be a little bit more hotly contested today. here is the schedule.
Miami Vs. North Carolina, Noon, ESPN2: Can Miami ride the wave of yesterday's overtime win over Virginia? Can North Carolina shake off the rust from their first round bye? Will anyone be able to watch this game at Noon? Who is going to answer these questions? Can I just move onto the next game now?
Boston College Vs. Clemson, 2, ESPN2: Boston College is probably in the tournament as of now, but if they lose to Clemson, they make it possible that they could get bumped out of the tournament by a surprise automatic qualifier. The Eagles need to win to keep their tournament resume in tact.
Maryland Vs. Duke, 7, ESPN2: I'm going to be watching this one with my hands over my eyes, peering through my fingers. I'm not expecting a whole lot, but it would be nice for the Terps to be competitive.
Virginia Tech, Vs. Florida St., 9, ESPN2: Virginia Tech is the definition of a bubble team, and they could probably secure their spot in the tournament with a win over Florida St. If they can't pull this one off, then they may need some help.
We'll be updating you on all the games and scores from this stream.
The Virginia Tech Hokies have advanced to the quarter finals of the ACC tournament after defeating Georgia Tech 59-43.
The game was dominated throughout by the Hokies, as Georgia Tech simply couldn't keep up as Virginia Tech got out to a big lead that they never relinquished.
The Hokies will now be moving on to face Florida State in a game that could be provide the final victory they need to clinch an NCAA tournament berth. It remains doubtful that FSU's best player,Chris Singleton, will be available to return from injury and play in tomorrows game. He was seen taking light warmups with the team today still in a walking boot and unless he has a miraculous recovery, the Hokies will not have to worry about him.
Virginia Tech has had it's share of bad losses this seaosn, and they knew coming into this game that if they had another to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, they'd be in trouble. After a half mostly dominated by the Hokies, both teams head into the locker room with Virginia Tech up 36-19.
The Hokies started the first half well, as they came out of the gate with a 22-7 early lead over the Yellow Jackets. Virginia Tech's being paced so far by Malcolm Delaney's 11 points, along with steady play from Erick Green and Jeff Allen.
After their initial run, the Hokies got a little stagnant against Georgia Tech, and allowed them to go on a mini run that cut the lead back to 12. But the half ended with a 5-0 Hokie run to make the score 36-19 going into halftime.
For the Hokies, they must keep the pressure on as they need to win this game to clinch a probably NCAA berth.
The Terps four game march to a potential NCAA tournament bid has started off on the right foot, as Maryland has defeated the N.C. State Wolfpack 75-67 in the first round of the ACC Tournament.
The second half of this game saw the Terps come back to take a 14 point lead in which they were able to capitalize on all of the Wolfpack mistakes, while the Wolfpack were unable to make the Terps pay for theirs. N.C. State made the game close in it's final moments, but Sean Mosely came up with a huge block on a Scott Wood attempted three pointer, essentially ending the game for Maryland.
So for Gary Williams and company, here comes the hard part: The Duke Blue Devils. Maryland will move on to face their arch rival tomorrow night with their season on the line. If Maryland has any chance at beating Duke for the first time this year, they will have to get some good contributions from everyone on the roster.
Today, the team got some contributions from each player, as all Maryland players (both starters and bench players) scored, with each player scoring at least 5 points.
Tomorrow night will be no different if the Terps are to complete an unlikely run to an ACC championship.
The Terps go into the locker room 42-33 against N.C. State in the first round of the ACC tournament.
Maryland knew coming into this game that they had to win four in a row in order to gain an NCAA tournament bid, and it showed in the first few minutes of the half. Maryland shot 4 for 4 from the field and held an early 12-2 lead over the Wolpack.
But as the half went on, Maryland got a little careless and gave some ground to Sidney Lowe's team. Late in the half the Wolfpack went on an 8-0 run in order to cut the Maryland lead to just six points. But The final possession of the half provided a little momentum swing for the Terps. Freshman Terrell Stoglin found James Padgett in the paint with less than ten seconds to go in the half, and Padgett finished the play off with a bucket and getting fouled. With that, the Terps extended their lead back to nine going into halftime.
Maryland's leading scorer, as usual, is Jordan Williams with 10 points. What's interesting in this game so far is that Gary Williams is giving his players more balanced playing time in an effort to preserve each player so that they are fresh for a four game run (if they get that far).
But an epic ACC tournament run will be all for naught if they do not finish off N.C. State in the second half.
The 2011 ACC Tournament got underway on Thursday, and it featured four matchups that might not immediately catch your attention. That is, of course, unless you are a fan of the Maryland Terrapins, and your team's NCAA Tournament hopes rely on the Terps winning the whole thing. Then their game against N.C. State on Thursday is an important first step, however improbable the destination may be.
The Terps played against the Wolfpack just about two weeks ago, and even though it wasn't the easiest win ever, they were still able to pull out an 87-80 victory. But that was on their home court, and they won't have that advantage. This is a neutral court in Greensboro, but it is in North Carolina, so the Wolfpack might travel a little bit better than the Terps. What say you, Testudo Times?
Gary Williams teams don't quit. I don't know if the same can be said about Sidney Lowe's squad. Of course, now that I'm thinking this, N.C. State will run away with it. For now, I'm thinking Maryland gets a much-needed win; just don't go reading too much into it. Maryland by 6.
Their keys to the game are Maryland's senior leadership, forcing North Carolina St. to the perimeter, and just plain showing up. If the Terps play hard and play well, they have the talent to advance rather easily. But they haven't always been able to do that this year. Let's hope they can put it all together today.
Boston College, as expected, had little trouble with Wake Forest in the first round of the 2011 ACC Tournament. The Eagles built an early 15-point lead with a 20-4 run and never led by fewer than 11 points thereafter in defeating the Demon Deacons, 81-67.
This will set up a key NCAA Tournament bubble showdown between the Eagles and No. 4 seed Clemson. Clemson is 20-10, while Boston College is 19-11, but the Eagles have played much better recently. The winner may have their NCAA ticket punched.
Reggie Jackson scored 27 points to lead the Eagles, who shot 54 percent from the field. Joe Trapani added 22 points and Biko Paris added 21 to aid the cause. Travis McKie scored 16 points to lead Wake Forest.
Wake Forest ends its season at 8-24, with just one win in conference play. It's safe to say that the Demon Deacons are one of the worst ACC teams in recent memory.
Boston College has wasted little time to jump ahead of lowly Wake Forest in the first round of the ACC Tournament. The Eagles rode a 20-4 run midway through the first half to break the game open, and they now lead 47-31 at halftime of what essentially amounts to a gimmie game.
The Eagles are on fire from the field, nailing 58 percent of their field goals and 52 percent from three-point range. Biko Paris leads the way with 15 points, while ACC all-first team performer Reggie Jackson has chipped in with 14. The two players are a combined 11-14 from the field, with all five of Paris' field goals coming from behind the three-point line. Joe Trapani added 11 for the Eagles on 4-7 shooting.
Travis McKie leads Wake Forest with 13 points, but unless the Demon Deacons can get it in gear in the second half, their dreadful 2010/11 season will end. They only have one ACC win and are 8-23 on the season.
The winner will face No. 4 seed Clemson in the quarterfinals on Friday.
It didn't take long for there to be some madness early in the 2011 ACC Tournament. It looked like No. 8 VIrginia was well on its way to a relatively easy win over No. 9 seed Miami, but thanks to a shocking display of ineptitude, the Hurricanes rallied from a 10-point deficit with 42 seconds left and eventually won 69-62 in overtime.
The Hurricanes move to 19-14 and will play No. 1 seed North Carolina on Friday at noon. Virginia falls to 16-15 and now must hope for an NIT or CBI bid.
The rally began with a three-pointer from Durand Scott, followed by another three from Malcolm Grant after two missed free throws. Sammy Zeglinski then turned the ball over on the baseline, and Miami took advantage by getting Julian Gamble a dunk from an out of bounds play. Jontel Evans then shockingly threw a bad pass right underneath his own basket that was stolen by Scott, who hit a layup as he was fouled by Mustapha Farrakhan. He missed the free throw, but Will Sherill fumbled the rebound out of bounds, giving Miami one last chance. Unfortunately for the Hurricanes, Grant turned it over and the game went into overtime.
The Hurricanes took the lead for good in overtime on a Grant free throw, then scored the next seven points to pull away. Garrius Adams nailed a three-pointer to put Miami up four, which was followed by a Reggie Johnson layup and jump hook. The Hurricanes were able to close the game out with free throws, which Virginia could not do.
Prior to the comeback, Miami's offense was totally out of sync in the second half, hitting just four of its first 24 shots from the field in the second half. The Hurricanes had taken a 31-25 lead at halftime, based on the strength of an 11-2 run to close the first half. The second half, however, was clearly a different story until the rally.
Grant led all scorers with 16 points, though he only shot 4-16 from the field. Farrakhan had 14 points to lead Virginia, while Zeglinski added 13.
The next game will pit No. 5 seed Boston College against dreadful No. 12 seed Wake Forest.
The 2011 ACC Tournament is underway in Greensboro, with No. 8 seed Virginia taking on No. 9 Miami in the day's first game. Virginia led for much of the way early, but Miami rallied late and leads by a score of 31-25 at halftime.
The Cavaliers led 23-20 with eight minutes remaining, but their offense really struggled in the final eight minutes. Miami went on a 11-2 run to close the half, holding Virginia to just one field goal during that stretch.
Rion Brown is leading the way for Miami with nine points on 3-3 shooting from three-point range. The freshman guard hit all of his threes early, and has already doubled his points average. His shooting opened up the inside for backup center Julian Gamble, who scored seven points. Mustapha Farrakhan and Sammy Zeglinski lead Virginia with seven points apiece, but the rest of the team has scored just five field goals combined.
Miami is winning on the strength of its three-point shooting, hitting 6-14 from beyond the arc. This is a surprise, given the interior strength of Reggie Johnson, who has just two points.
The Cavaliers enter the game with a 16-14 record overall, while Miami is at 18-13. A nice run in this tournament should easily solidify an NIT berth for either team.
The 2011 ACC Tournament might not have the same luster as it has in the past years, but it should still be a pretty good display of competitive hoops from teams that absolutely need to win. The first round gets underway today, and while the best teams have a bye and won't be playing, we might see some of the best basketball.
Here is how the schedule looks for today:
Miami Vs. Wake Forest, Noon, ESPN3: Neither of these teams have a legit shot at making the tournament. But these guys are still playing for pride, I'd imagine. Get an advanced look the team that probably won't cause many problems for the top seeds late this weekend!
Wake Forest Vs. Boston College, 2:30 p.m., ESPN3: Boston College is still on the bubble, sort of. they won't get any points with a win over Wake, but it won't look good for them if they lose. This is a no win situation, in that nothing but a win will do.
North Carolina St. Vs. Maryland, 7 p.m., ESPN2: The road to the ACC Tournament title sarts here for the Terps!!! What, you're not excited? They can totally pull it off. Ok, maybe they can't, but every game still counts.
Georgia Tech Vs. Virginia Tech, 9:30 p.m., ESPN3: Virginia Tech seems to be on the bubble every single year. They are in the same boat as BC on this one. They can't afford to lose this game so much as they need to win.
You can follow these results here in this StoryStream.
The Maryland Terrapins need to win the 2011 ACC Tournament to make the NCAA Tournament. There is no way that they are going to make the field as an at-large team. But they don't have to win for Gary Williams to keep his job, according to Jeff Barker at the Baltimore Sun. He spoke to Maryland AD Kevin Anderson, who said that Gary's job is safe, "barring unforeseen circumstances."
"His job, based on what happened this year, is definitely not [in] jeopardy," said athletic director Kevin Anderson, who took over at Maryland last fall after nearly six years in the same position at Army. He said Williams, who recently passed the late John Wooden for 22nd on the all-time wins list, would be back, barring unforeseen circumstances. "Gary and I have a good relationship. I like what he's doing on the court."
I know, I know, they just ran Ralph Friedgen out of town after an even better season than Gary just had. But I don't think that Gary's job is on the line at all. He has a pretty good recruiting class coming in and I'm sure the administration would like to have him see that class through. Also, he has a National Championship, which certainly helps.
The Terps need to win the ACC Tournament for a lot of reason, but job security for their head coach is apparently not one of them.
The Maryland Terrapins' horrendous loss to Virginia on Saturday on Senior Day ended up not making a significant difference with their seeding for the ACC Tournament. The Terps remained in the No. 7 spot with a 7-9 league record and will play No. 10 seed North Carolina State (15-15, 5-11 ACC) in the first round Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 and the ACC Network.
The Terps ended up tied with Virginia for seventh place in the conference, and the two teams split their two matchups this season. However, the Terps ended up with the higher seed due to their record against No. 3 seed Florida State. The tiebreaker is determined by record against the top of the ACC, working down until a difference can be found. Both teams were winless against Duke and North Carolina, but the Terps picked up a win against Florida State on February 23, while the Cavaliers fell on February 2. Due to that, the Terps leapfrogged the Cavaliers and earned the No. 7 seed.
Maryland pretty much must win the ACC Tournament if they want to make the NCAA Tournament, and that means winning four games in four nights. If they defeat North Carolina State, they will face No. 2 seed Duke on Friday at 7 p.m. Should they somehow win that game, they will then have to defeat either No. 3 seed Florida State, No. 6 seed Virginia Tech or No. 11 seed Georgia Tech in the semifinals Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
The ACC Tournament bracket and schedule has been finalized, and thanks to its win over Duke on Saturday, North Carolina will be the No. 1 seed. The Tar Heels finished the regular season 14-2 in the ACC, one game ahead of the Blue Devils. North Carolina has won seven games in a row and 12 of its last 13.
Duke (No. 2), Florida State (No. 3) and Clemson (No. 4) also earn first-round byes in the tournament, which begins on Thursday. Maryland earned the No. 7 seed, while Virginia Tech, a team squarely on the NCAA bubble, will be the No. 6 seed. Truthfully, only Duke and North Carolina are definitive locks for the NCAA Tournament, so there is a lot on the line when things get underway in Greensboro on Thursday.
Here is a complete ACC Tournament schedule.
Noon, ACC Network: No. 8 Virginia (16-14, 7-9 ACC) vs. No. 9 Miami (18-13, 6-10 ACC)
2:30 p.m., ACC Network: No. 5 Boston College (19-11, 9-7 ACC) vs. No. 12 Wake Forest (8-23, 1-15 ACC)
7:00 p.m., ESPN: No. 7 Maryland (18-13, 7-9 ACC) vs. No. 10 North Carolina State (15-15, 5-11 ACC)
9:30 p.m., ACC Network: No. 6 Virginia Tech (19-10, 9-7 ACC) vs. No. 11 Georgia Tech (13-17, 5-11 ACC)
Noon, ESPN2/ACC Network: No. 1 North Carolina (24-6, 14-2 ACC) vs. Virginia/Miami winner
2:30 p.m., ESPN2/ACC Network: No. 4 Clemson (20-10, 9-7 ACC) vs. Boston College/Wake Forest winner
7:00 p.m., ESPN2/ACC Network: No. 2 Duke (27-4, 13-3 ACC) vs. Maryland/North Carolina State winner
9:30 p.m., ESPN2/ACC Network: No. 3 Florida State (21-9, 11-5 ACC) vs. Virginia Tech/Georgia Tech winner
1:00 p.m., ESPN/ACC Network: North Carolina/Virginia/Miami winner vs. Clemson/Boston College/Wake Forest winner
3:30 p.m., ESPN/ACC Network: Duke/Maryland/NC State winner vs. Florida State/Virginia Tech/Boston College winner
1:00 p.m., ESPN/ACC Network: ACC Championship Game
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