Tournament Tweeting: ACC Second Round Recap and Quarterfinals Preview

Second Round Recap

#9 Pittsburgh 72, #8 Syracuse 71

In what many considered an NCAA Tournament play-in game, the Panthers were simply better, although Syracuse did come from down 66-54 with 4:22 left to tie the game with 1:58 to play before falling just short when Trevor Cooney missed at the buzzer.  Cameron Johnson led Pittsburgh off the bench with 24 points and six rebounds.  Michael Gbinije led Syracuse with 24, while DeJuan Coleman scored a double-double, with 11 points and 11 rebounds.  The Panthers are now considered to be safe in the NCAA field, and can further solidify that today against North Carolina, while Syracuse will now have to sweat out CBS’s two-hour long Selection Show.

 

#5 Duke 92, #12 NC State 89

This instant classic was the highest scoring regulation game in the ACC Tournament game since 1990, although it was later matched by the Virginia Tech-Florida State contest.  After the Wolfpack turned an 86-77 deficit with 5:13 to play into an 89-89 tie, Marshall Plumlee, who had broken his nose earlier in the game, put the Blue Devils on top for good with an old-fashioned three-point play with 1:14 to go.  Four Blue Devils scored in double figures, including freshmen Brandon Ingram and Luke Kennard with 22 each, while Grayson Allen had 19 points and six assists, and Plumlee had 17 points and 10 boards.  Anthony “Cat” Barber led the Wolfpack, who also had four double-figure scorers, with 29.

 

#10 Georgia Tech 88, #7 Clemson 85, overtime

With 9:25 left, it appeared Clemson would cruise to a win, as the Tigers led Georgia Tech 65-47.  The Yellow Jackets methodically crawled back into the game, and found themselves tied at the end of regulation, before keeping their momentum in the overtime session on their way to stealing a win.  Marcus Georges-Hunt led the Yellow Jackets with 28 points, six rebounds, and six assists, while Adam Smith scored 23.  Clemson first team All-ACC forward Jaron Blossomgame, who eventually fouled out in overtime, led the Tigers with 22.

 

#6 Virginia Tech 96, #11 Florida State 85

The Hokies, playing in front of a virtual home crowd in Washington, D.C., never trailed, on their way to a convincing win over the Seminoles.  The game’s two leading scorers were both off the bench, with Seth Allen scoring 20 for the Hokies, and Devon Bookert scoring 19 for the ‘Noles, leading them in scoring off the bench for the second straight game.  Justin Robinson scored 18 for Virginia Tech, while Justin Bibbs netted 16, and Zach LeDay had 15 points and 12 rebounds.  While Florida State’s three outstanding young guards all scored in double figures (Xavier Rathan-Mayes, 13; Dwayne Bacon, 13; Malik Beasley, 10), Jarquez Smith had a double-double with 11 points and 14 boards. The Hokies extend their league-high winning streak to six games.

 

 

Quarterfinals Preview

#1 North Carolina vs. #9 Pittsburgh
12:00 pm ET, ESPN/ACC Network
Spread:  North Carolina by 7.5
Stiles on Sports ACC Ranking:  North Carolina- 2nd, Pittsburgh- 12th
AP Poll:  North Carolina- 7th

 

#4 Notre Dame vs #5 Duke
appr. 2:30 pm ET, ESPN/ACC Network
Spread:  Duke by 2.5
Stiles on Sports ACC Ranking:  Duke- 5th, Notre Dame- 6th
AP Poll:  Duke- 19th

 

#2 Virginia vs #10 Georgia Tech
7:00 pm ET, ESPN/ACC Network
Spread:  TBA
Stiles on Sports ACC Ranking:  Virginia- 1st, Georgia Tech- 8th
AP Poll:  Virginia- 4th

 

#3 Miami vs #6 Virginia Tech
appr. 9:30 pm ET, ESPN/ACC Network
Spread:  TBA
Stiles on Sports ACC Ranking:  Miami- 3rd, Virginia Tech- 7th
AP Poll:  Miami- 11th

 

For what it’s worth…
Opening Round Picks:  2-0
Second Round Picks:  3-1
Tournament Total:  5-1

 

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