Tournament Tweeting: ACC Quarterfinals Recap and Semifinals Preview

Quarterfinals Recap


#1 North Carolina 88, #9 Pittsburgh 71

The Tar Heels, the ACC’s regular season champions, used a 13-2 run to close the first half, then an 11-0 run in the middle stages of the second half to propel themselves to a convincing 17-point victory over a Panthers team that likely sealed an NCAA Tournament berth just 24 hours earlier by beating Syracuse.  North Carolina’s Joel Berry led all scorers with 20 points, adding four steals, while Brice Johnson had the game’s only double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds.  Jamel Artis and Michael Young each tallied 19 points for the Panthers.


#4 Notre Dame 84, #5 Duke 79, overtime

The Fighting Irish fought back from a 64-48 deficit with 11:08 to play to defeat Duke in overtime, whose lack of depth finally showed in the second half of their second game in as many days.  Duke’s first team All-ACC guard Grayson Allen led all scorers with 27 points, but like his team, Allen cooled off in the game’s closing stages.  All five Irish starters scored at least 12 points, with V.J. Beachem and Zach Auguste leading the way with 19 each.  Beachem hit two clutch threes late in regulation, and another in overtime, while Auguste also had 22 rebounds, which ties him with Tim Duncan (Wake Forest, 1996) for the second most in an ACC Tournament game behind NC State’s Jim Richter, who had 23 in 1959.


#2 Virginia 72, #10 Georgia Tech 52

The Cavaliers used a dominant 42-24 advantage in the second half to pull away from the Yellow Jackets, as their defense showed its strength in holding Georgia Tech to just 41 percent from the floor for the game.  ACC Player of the Year Malcolm Brogdon led all scorers with 26 for the Cavaliers, while London Perrantes dished out eight assists.  Adam Smith led Georgia Tech with 16, but All-ACC guard Marcus Georges-Hunt was held to just seven points by the Cavaliers defense.  Virginia scored 22 points off of 14 Georgia Tech turnovers.


#3 Miami 88, #6 Virginia Tech 82

As in each of the earlier games, the higher seed and more rested team took over the game in the second half, as Miami turned a one-point halftime lead into a dominant second half, leading by as many as 14 in a game that was never really in doubt.  The Hurricanes won despite a tremendous 31-point performance off the bench by Virginia Tech’s Seth Allen.  Miami’s Angel Rodriguez had 19 points and nine assists, while Sheldon McClellan led the Hurricanes’ five double-figure scorers with 21, and Davon Reed added 17.


Semifinals Preview

#1 North Carolina vs. #4 Notre Dame
7:00 pm ET, ESPN/ACC Network
Stiles on Sports ACC Ranking:  North Carolina- 2nd, Notre Dame- 6th
AP Poll:  North Carolina- 7th
Regular Season:  2/6 at Notre Dame:  Notre Dame 80, North Carolina 76


#2 Virginia vs. #3 Miami
appr. 9:30 pm ET, ESPN/ACC Network
Stiles on Sports ACC Ranking:  Virginia- 1st, Miami- 3rd
AP Poll:  Virginia- 4th, Miami- 11th
Regular Season:  1/12 at Virginia:  Virginia 66, Miami 58;  2/22 at Miami:  Miami 64, Virginia 61



For what it’s worth…
My Opening Round Record:  2-0
Second Round:  3-1
Quarterfinals:  3-1
Overall Record:  8-2


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