The ACC Hot List

Jan. 5, 2010

FOOTBALL

  • Georgia Tech will make its 13th consecutive bowl appearance against Iowa in the FedEx Orange Bowl on January 5 on FOX at 8 p.m. The Yellow Jackets, which won the Dr. Pepper ACC Championship Game, will play in their first major/BCS bowl game since Jan. 2, 1967.
  • In his last game as head coach, Bobby Bowden led the Florida State Seminoles to a 33-21 win over West Virginia in the Gator Bowl on New Year's Day. Bowden finished with a 389-129-4 record, making this his 33rd consecutive winning season. Bobby Bowden finished as major college football's second-winningest coach, second only to Penn State's Joe Paterno. In the game FSU running back Jermaine Thomas ran for 121 yards and two scores.
  • Virginia Tech defeated Tennessee 37-14 in the Chick-fil-A bowl. Despite an injury to his ankle, Ryan Williams had 117 on the ground while QB Tyrod Taylor threw for 209 yards through the air. The Hokies earned their first back-to-back bowl wins and sixth consecutive ten win season - Texas is the only other team to do that.
  • In his final college game, CJ Spiller led the Clemson Tigers to a 21-13 victory over Kentucky in the Music City Bowl. Spiller finished his college career with 172 all-purpose yards and one touchdown for the Tigers. It was the first bowl win for the Tigers since the Champs Sports Bowl in 2005.
  • North Carolina quarterback TJ Yates threw two touchdowns to Greg Little in the Meineke Car Care Bowl against Pittsburgh. Yates was 19 of 32 for 183 yards while Little caught seven passes for 87 yards and Ryan Houston rushed for 83 yards.
  • Boston College's Rich Gunnell finished with six catches for 130 yards against USC in the Emerald Bowl. Gunnell broke Pete Mitchell's school record for yards receiving with 2,659 in his career. Montel Harris finished with 102 yards on 23 carries for his fifth straight 100-yard game.
  • Miami's Jacory Harris threw for 188 yards and touchdown to Thearon Collier against Wisconsin in the Champs Sports Bowl. Graig Cooper also ran one in.

MEN'S BASKETBALL

  • The ACC is the top-ranked conference in the Sagarin Computer Rankings and the Pomeroy Ratings and ACC teams are 58-2 (.967) in games in which they shoot 50 percent or better from the floor.
  • North Carolina has 1,995 all-time wins in its 100th year as a varsity program.
  • Virginia Tech's Malcolm Delaney leads the ACC in scoring (19.8) and is third in free throw percentage (.863) while Clemson's Trevor Booker leads all active ACC players in career rebounds (922), blocked shots (222) and double-doubles (28).
  • Maryland's Greivis Vasquez leads all active ACC players in career assists (644) and points scored (1,749) and over his last five games Duke's Jon Scheyer is averaging 23.8 points, 8.2 assists and 4.4 rebounds; Scheyer is sixth on the ACC's all-time free throw percentage list (.861).
  • North Carolina's Larry Drew leads the ACC in assists (6.4), Florida State leads the ACC in field goal percentage (.340) and blocked shots per game (7.3) and Boston College leads the ACC in rebound margin (+8.9).
  • Maryland's Greis Vasquez has scored 20 or more points in five straight games and over that span is averaging 24.6 points, 6.6 assists and 6.4 rebounds while Wake Forest's Al-Farouq Aminu has had a double-double in five of his last six games and leads all ACC players with nine double-doubles on the season.
  • NC State's Javier Gonzalez has made at least one 3-point field goal in an ACC-best 10 straight games and Duke's Jon Scheyer has scored 10 or more points in an ACC-best 25 straight games.
  • Virginia's Sylven Landesberg has scored 10 or more points in 11 straight games and in 36 of 39 career games and over his last five games, North Carolina's Ed Davis is averaging 19.8 points and 10.4 rebounds.
  • Virginia Tech's Dorenzo Hudson made 20 of 21 free throws and scored 41 points in Saturday's 103-94 overtime win over Seton Hall ... the 20 free throws tie for the third-best single-game total in ACC history and are the most by an ACC player since Georgia Tech's Tom Hammonds made 19 against Iowa State on March 18, 1988. The Hokies have the ACC's longest current win streak at nine in a row.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

  • The ACC owns an impressive 85-14 (86 percent) record when playing on home courts this season, and is 15-3 (83 percent) when playing on neutral courts. League teams were a combined 146-49 (.749) when defending their home courts just one year ago.
  • Boston College's Carolyn Swords earned her fourth consecutive double-double and league-leading seventh this season with 17 points and 12 rebounds in a 69-61 victory over Boston University on Jan. 3. The junior center currently leads the ACC in rebounds, averaging 10.4 per game, and field goal percentage with a mark of 66.4.
  • Virginia's Monica Wright moved into second place on Virginia's all-time scoring list last week and is currently 45 points away from becoming the school's all-time leading scorer. The senior guard posted 19 points and tied a school-record with 10 steals to lead Virginia to its sixth-consecutive Cavalier Classic title last week. Virginia has now won 21 of the 24 Cavalier Classic team titles since the tournament began in 1976. Wright was named the Tournament's MVP after the 63-54 championship win over in-state foe Liberty.
  • The ACC leads all conferences with three league match-ups selected as part of ESPN's 2009-2010 Big Monday Presented by Bud Light schedule, beginning with Maryland at Virginia on Jan. 11 in the package's opener. Only five conferences were selected to make up the 11-game schedule.

WRESTLING

  • Buoyed by eight place-winners, Virginia led all ACC teams with a fifth-place finish in the Southern Scuffle, held Dec. 29-30 at Greensboro, N.C. The Cavaliers recorded 96.5 points, just one point outside of fourth place, held by No. 20 Edinboro. Fourth-ranked Chris Henrich notched UVa's top finish with a runner-up standing at 174 pounds. Henrich (15-2) picked up a 4-0 win over No. 10 Ryan Patrovich of Hofstra in the semifinals before dropping a 6-1 decision to top-ranked Mack Lewnes of Cornell in the championship match. North Carolina's Thomas Scotton posted a first-place finish in the 157-pound division, keying North Carolina to a ninth-pace team finish (68.5 points).
  • Maryland scored a sixth-place finish in the Midlands Championships at Evanston, Ill., its best-ever finish in the prestigious tournament. Alex Krom won the individual championship at 141 pounds The Terps had three wrestlers place, as Steven Bell finished runner-up at 133 pounds and Hudson Taylor took fifth at 197 pounds. Maryland finished sixth despite wrestling with eight entrants rather than 10, as Mike Letts and Patrick Gilmore were unable to compete. Krom had a dominant run, going 5-0 with three pinfalls and one major decision. The 10th ranked wrestler in the country, Krom took a 9-2 decision over one-seed Jimmy Kennedy of Illinois in the final, becoming the first Maryland wrestler to win a title at the Midlands. To get there, he pinned No. 19 Trevor Melde of Rutgers in the quarterfinals in 1:45 and No. 16 Ryan Prater of Illinois in the semifinals in 2:00.
  • Three ACC teams remain among the Top 25 in the latest InterMat College rankings, with Maryland holding the No. 7 spot, Virginia at No. 18 and Virginia Tech at No. 24. Duke's Konrad Dudziak continues to hold the No. 1 ranking in the individual heavyweight division, while North Carolina's Scotton (157), Virginia's Henrich (174) and Maryland's Taylor (197) are all ranked fourth in their respective weight classes.

SWIMMING & DIVING

  • A total of 42 individuals and five teams have combined to qualify for 55 national "B" cuts in men's action this season. Among the 42 individuals who have qualified for national "B" cuts this season, 11 of them have qualified in more than one event, and five have qualified in three events.
  • Virginia junior Scot Robison (50 free, 100 free, 200 free); Florida State juniors Robby Hayes (100 free, 200 free, 200 IM), Rob Holderness (100 breast, 200 breast, 200 IM), and Ian Rowe (500 free, 1,650 free, 100 breast); and North Carolina junior Tyler Harris (500 free, 1,650 free, 400 IM) have each hit national qualifying "B" cuts.
  • The Boston College men's 400-yard medley relay team currently stands as the only relay team to have ensured itself of a national "A" cut, as the Eagles posted a 3:05.14 showing at the Terrier Invitational (Nov. 20-22), hosted by cross-town rival Boston University, where it finished in second place out of six teams.
  • Florida State (200 free, 400 free, 800 free, 200 medley, 400 medley) men's relay teams lead the ACC in qualifying for five national "B" cuts.
  • Two individuals and two relay teams have clocked national "A" cut qualifying times to date this season in women's action. Florida State sophomore Stephanie Sarandos (57.43) and junior C.J. Hendry (58.49) each reached the feat in the Seminoles' fifth-place finish as the Southern Methodist University Classic (Oct. 23-24). Meanwhile, the Georgia Tech 400-yard individual medley relay team qualified with a 3:27.18 showing in the Yellow Jackets' split with Houston (179-119) and conference rival Duke (120-178) on Oct. 30, and the Boston College 400-yard medley relay team posted a time of 3:32.27 when they placed fourth of eight teams at the Terrier Invitational.
  • For the women, 34 individuals and five teams have combined for 73 national "B" cuts, including 13 who have accomplished the feat in two events, four more in three events, and Virginia Tech sophomore Erika Hajnal (500 free, 1,650 free, 200 fly, 400 IM) who has qualified in four events.
  • Both the Virginia (200 free, 400 free, 800 free, 200 medley, 400 medley) and Florida State (200 free, 400 free, 800 free, 200 medley, 400 medley) women's relay teams have qualified for a national "B" cut in five relay events.