The ACC Hot List

Jan. 12, 2010

MEN'S BASKETBALL

  • Florida State's Chris Singleton leads the ACC in steals per game (2.2) while Clemson's Demontez Stitt is one steal shy of 100 for his career.
  • Miami's Adrian Thomas has made at least one 3-point field goal in 32 of his last 35 games and over that span has 10 games with three-or-more treys, while the Hurricanes have held eight straight opponents to under 40 percent from the floor and have now won 11 consecutive home games.
  • With Saturday's victory over Wake Forest, Miami improves to 15-1 for the second time in school history, matching the 1959-60 squad that went on to finish 23-4 en route to the school's first ever NCAA Tournament appearance.
  • Al-Farouq Aminu has pulled down 10 or more rebounds in 10 of Wake Forest's 14 games and leads the ACC in rebounding (11.6) and over his last three games his Wake Forest teammate Ishmael Smith is averaging 17.3 points and 7.7 assists.
  • Georgia Tech's Derrick Favors leads all ACC freshmen in scoring (11.7) and rebounding (8.7) and North Carolina sophomore Ed Davis has five double-doubles in his last seven games and over that span is averaging 18.3 points and 11.3 rebounds per game ... Davis leads the ACC in field goal percentage (.631) and blocked shots (2.9).
  • Florida State has held 52 consecutive opponents below 50 percent shooting from the field and leads the ACC in field goal percentage (.346).

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

  • The ACC is 132-42 (77 percent) against non-conference teams this season, including an impressive 86-14 (86 percent) record when playing on our league's home courts. Last year the ACC set a record with 155 non-conference wins and looks to improve on that number this season.
  • The Hurricanes are 13-2 on the season, with their only losses coming to the now No. 11 Nebraska Cornhuskers and the No. 19 Texas Longhorns. Miami features the ACC's top scorer, Riquna Williams (22.1 ppg) - eighth in the nation - and second-best rebounder, Diane Barnes (9.7 rpg). In addition, Miami won its first game against a top-15 team since 1991 with a 78-70 win over the then-No. 11 Florida State Seminoles on Jan. 10. The Canes' last win against a top-15 opponent came on Dec. 19, 1991 in a win over No. 10 Purdue.
  • Boston College junior center Carolyn Swords notched her sixth-consecutive double-double performance and an ACC-leading ninth of the season, a 17-point, 16-rebound outing in an 83-66 win over NC State last week. It marked Swords' seventh consecutive game to reach doubles figures in boards and 10th time this season.
  • Monica Wright became Virginia's all-time leading scoring with 2,140 career points, passing Dawn Staley's 2,135 mark from 1989-92 in No. 23 Virginia's 61-60 loss to Maryland (Jan. 11). The senior matched a game-high with 20 points and sits in 11th place in scoring in league annals, needing four points to take over 10th place (Tonya Stinson, NC State, 1989-91).
  • The ACC unveiled a new, high-energy version of the league's women's basketball theme song, "She Can Play." The song, written and composed by Nashville singer/songwriter Damien Horne, first aired on Jan. 11, 2009. This year Horne decided to produce a new version, one that the fans and athletes alike can better attribute to the fast-paced action of the ACC. Fans can hear the remix as well as follow along with the lyrics on: www.theACC.com/SheCanPlay.

WRESTLING

  • NC State posted a pair of wins on Saturday, including a 22-17 win over Duke in the ACC opener for both teams. The Wolfpack also scored a 28-10 win over VMI. Double-winners for State included Mike Moreno (125 pounds), freshman Dale Shull (141 pounds) and the brother combination of Bobby Ward (149 pounds) and Ray Ward (165). The Wolfpack also got a lift from heavyweight Eloheim Palma, whose 10-1 major decision over Andrew Fulk accounted for the winning edge in the Duke match.
  • Duke redshirt freshman Diego Bencomo (184 pounds) owns a team-best 16 wins on the season, including a pin of NC State's Cedric Moore at the 2:53 mark of last Saturday's match. Bencomo has won seven of his last nine and is 2-0 in dual matches.
  • Virginia Tech posted a sixth-place finish in the Virginia Duals at Hampton, Va., the Hokies' best-ever showing in the event, and the top showing by a Virginia school this year. Virginia Tech's seventh-ranked Jesse Dong (157 pounds) was named Outstanding Wrestler for the National College Division after posting a 5-0 record and wins over two fellow ranked foes, including No. 2 Cyler Sanderson of Penn State.
  • Maryland placed seventh in National Wrestling Coaches Association National Duals at Cedar Falls, Iowa. Sixth-ranked Mike Letts (174) led the way with a 4-1 showing that included a 5-3 win over fourth-ranked Duke Burk of Iowa State. Letts' only loss was an 8-2 decision to top-ranked Mack Lewnes of Cornell.
  • Virginia's fourth-ranked Chris Henrich (174) swept his five matches at the Virginia Duals, including a major decision against No. 8 Jeff James of Oklahoma. He also scored two wins against Justin Zeerip of Michigan, who is ranked No. 20 in one national poll.

SWIMMING & DIVING

  • Virginia junior Scot Robison, this week's ACC Men's Swimming and Diving Performer of the Week, recorded the top time in the ACC this season in the 100-yard freestyle when he clocked a 44.25 in the ninth-ranked Virginia men's team's victory over No. 11 Tennessee (Jan. 9).
  • Five men have qualified for the Zone Diving Championships in all three diving events (three-meter, one-meter, platform): Duke freshman Nick McCrory (447.50, 395.85, 474.30); Florida State juniors Landon Marzullo (452.31, 404.80, 454.75) and Mike Neubacher (352.15, 357.37, 340.95); and Virginia Tech senior Mikey McDonald (427.65; 394.28, 474.30) and freshman Logan Shinholser (372.45, 349.42, 334.20) have each accomplished the feat in all three dives.
  • The Boston College men's team finished in second place out of a six-team field at the Terrier Invitational in Boston, Mass. As a team the Eagles finished with 751.0 points while BC's John Maloy earned the award for the most outstanding performer of the tournament.

  • Two individuals and two relay teams have clocked national "A" cut qualifying times to date this season in women's swimming 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.
  • North Carolina junior Ashley Miller recorded the ninth-best time in the conference this season in the 1,650-yard freestyle with a 16:40.88 showing in No. 15 North Carolina's 187-106 win over Clemson (Jan. 9). Miller's teammate, freshman Carly Smith, clock in at 1:58.28 in the 200-yard backstroke, notching the third-fastest time in the event this season.

FIELD HOCKEY

  • North Carolina's Karen Shelton named National Coach of the Year following a season in which she coached North Carolina to its sixth NCAA field hockey championship. On Friday Shelton was named the 2009 Division I National Coach of the Year by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA). This marks the fifth time in her career and second time in the past three seasons that Shelton has been honored as the national coach of the year. The 2009 Tar Heels finished the year 20-2, beating previously-undefeated Maryland 3-2 in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Nov. 22 to claim the national crown.