The ACC has five players listed on the 2010-11 Naismith Trophy Midseason 30 announced on February 11. They are Malcolm Delaney of Virginia Tech, Kyle Singler of Duke, Chris Singleton of Florida State, Nolan Smith of Duke and Jordan Williams of Maryland.
Florida State (17-7, 7-3) is assured of having at least seven ACC wins for the sixth straight year, a first since joining the league for the 1991-92 season ... the Seminoles’ win at Georgia Tech on Thursday night gave them 11 ACC road wins in the last three seasons - the third highest total of road wins by any team in conference play since the start of the 2008-09 season ... after allowing North Carolina to shoot above 50 percent on Sunday, FSU’s stifling defense was back in form on Thursday night ... Georgia Tech shot 29.9 percent from the floor, and became the 90th opponent in 92 games to shoot below 50 percent against the Seminoles.
Junior guard Iman Shumpert surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career with his 25-point effort against Florida State on Thursday night ... Shumpert now has 1,019 career points ... Shumpert added 10 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season ... Shumpert and Glen Rice Jr. (24 points) accounted for 49 of Georgia Tech’s 63 points vs. Florida State (77.7 percent) ... Rice scored 20-plus points for the fifth time this season, the second time in his last three games and the fourth time in his last seven games ... Shumpert (354 assists) and Maurice Miller (323) rank 11th and 12th on Georgia Tech’s all-time career list.
Tonight’s ACC match between Maryland and Virginia at College Park will match the two most recent conference champions … After winning 22-11 in Charlottesville last season, Maryland owns a 39-20 edge in the series and has won four straight duals against UVa.
Virginia has competed against six top-25 teams this season and has wins against then-No.25 Arizona State and No.15 Kent State.
ACC leader Virginia Tech will try to complete a perfect 5-0 record in ACC play on Saturday …the sixth-ranked Hokies will play host to 25th-ranked NC State at 5 p.m., followed by a match with Duke right after … Tech has won 13 consecutive ACC dual matches dating back to 2008
The crowd of 3,378 that witnessed Virginia Tech’s 20-12 ACC win over visiting Virginia last Saturday night was the largest ever for a wrestling match at the Hokies’ Cassell Coliseum
Swimming & Diving
Three ACC teams - Virginia, North Carolina and Florida State - are currently ranked in both the men’s and women’s CSCAA Division I Poll. Two men’s squads and six women’s are also receiving votes.
ACC teams wrapped up dual meet competition with a 108-49 record against non-conference opponents, which is good for a .688 winning percentage.
Indoor Track & Field
The ACC currently boasts 15 student-athletes - six males and nine females - who rank in the top five nationally in their respective events.
Three men’s teams – Florida State (No. 9), Virginia Tech (No. 10), North Carolina (No. 23) – and two women’s teams – Clemson (No. 4) and Florida State (No. 10) – are currently ranked in the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Top-25 polls.
Miami senior Ti’erra Brown and Florida State senior Kim Williams have been named to the watch list for The Bowerman, announced Thursday by The Bowerman watch committee and the USTFCCCA.
Virginia sophomore Robby Andrews has been named to the watch list for The Bowerman, announced Wednesday by The Bowerman Men’s Watch Committee and the USTFCCCA.
Georgia Tech All-American Guillermo Gomez, who won his 101st career singles match last weekend, will look to continue his climb up the Tech career singles wins chart when the 21st-ranked Yellow Jackets play host to No. 11 Georgia on Saturday … The senior from Alicante, Spain, who is ranked 12th in the nation and has a 16-5 overall singles record at the No. 1 position, is tied with Bryan Shelton, Tech’s current women’s coach, on the school’s singles victory chart … Men’s coach Kenny Thorne, who played at Tech from 1985-88, tops the list with 112.
The unranked Florida State doubles duo of senior Vahid Mirzadeh and sophomore Connor Smith have defeated three ranked teams and are off to a 9-0 start to the 2011 spring season.
Wake Forest and Tennessee will be meeting for the 28th time when the Demon Deacons travel to face the 11th-ranke Volunteers on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Demon Deacons hold a 16-11 advantage in the series and have won the last three matches, with the last meeting coming in Winston-Salem in 2008.
The Virginia Tech women’s tennis team will spend the weekend in New England with matches at No. 64 Dartmouth today and the ACC opener at Boston College at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Boston College currently sits alone atop the early ACC standings after defeating Maryland 4-3 last weekend. It marked the third straight season in which the Eagles have won their conference opener.
Virginia enters the weekend with a 4-0 record, tied for the best start to a season in school history. The Cavaliers have begun a season 4-0 four times before, the last time in 2006, but have never won the first five games of a season. Last week Virginia posted a 5-2 win at No. 28 Illinois. The No. 25 Cavaliers play No. 55 Marshall at 11 a.m. on Saturday, followed by No 66 Winthrop at 4 p.m.
Sixth-ranked Duke is 3-0 on the road so far during in the 2011 spring season, including last weekend’s sweep of two Top-45 ranked Big Ten opponents ... six ACC teams are included among the top 15 of the Feb. 8 ITA rankings.
Two ACC student-athletes – Florida State senior Sarah Hamilton and Georgia Tech sophomore Hope Rush – were included on the Amateur Softball Association of America’s initial watch list for the 10th Annual USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award.