The ACC Hot List


Jan. 19, 2010

MEN'S BASKETBALL

  • The ACC remains the top-ranked conference in the Sagarin Computer Rankings & the Pomeroy Ratings and ACC teams are 16-6 (.727) at home in league play.
  • Georgia Tech's Derrick Favors leads all ACC freshmen in scoring (11.5) and rebounding (8.6) while the Yellow Jackets' freshmen class of Favors, Mfon Udofia, Brian Oliver & Glen Rice - is averaging a combined 31.2 points, 16.2 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game.
  • Maryland's Greivis Vasquez leads all active ACC player in career points (1,818) and assists (665). Vasquez has scored 20 or more points in seven of his last eight games and is third in the ACC in scoring (18.4) and second in assists (6.3) this season.
  • Virginia's Sylven Landesberg has scored 10 or more points in 17 straight games and is the only ACC player to have scored in double figures every game this season. Landesberg has also helped the Cavaliers start ACC play 3-0 for the first time since 1994-95. UVa is 3-0 vs. ranked opponents this season.
  • Clemson's Devin and Trevor Booker have combined for 1,603 career points and rank ninth all-time on the ACC Brother Scoring List while Wake Forest sophomore Al-Farouq Aminu has had 10 or more rebounds in four straight games and in 12 of 16 games this season and leads the ACC in rebounds (11.6).
  • North Carolina sophomore Ed Davis leads the ACC in blocked shots (2.9) and field goal percentage (.594) and in two games versus ranked foes, Virginia Tech's Malcolm Delaney is averaging 27.0 points, 7.5 assists and has made 26-of-30 (.867) from the free throw line.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

  • The Atlantic Coast Conference is currently No. 2 in the RPI ratings, according to RPIRatings.com (Jan. 18)...The ACC is behind only the Big 12 and own the third strongest strength of schedule and third toughest non-conference strength of schedule. In addition, the ACC is one of only three conferences that can claim 100% of its membership has an RPI of below 100.
  • Virginia Tech, winless against ranked teams since early 2006 and winless against preseason ACC favorite North Carolina since 1984, pulled off one for the memories on Jan. 14, an impressive 79-64 victory over the 10th-ranked Tar Heels in the Hokies' conference home opener at Cassell Coliseum. Not only was the win just the squad's third all-time against the Tar Heels, but it was also their first win over a top-10 team since they beat Duke on Nov. 15, 1998. In fact, it was just Tech's fourth win all-time over a top-10 team, and the previous three all came by seven points or less.
  • In one of the most publicized races for a U.S. Senate seat, held for almost 47 years by the late Edward Kennedy, Boston College senior guard Ayla Brown's father, Scott Brown (R) defeated Martha Coakley (D), the state attorney general once considered a sure bet for the Senate.
  • Maryland guard Lori Bjork hit a career high-tying six 3-pointers in the Terrapins' 61-60 win over Virginia last week and has hit four or more treys in the last three games. Bjork, a transfer from Illinois, who already holds a degree in political science in which she completed in three years, holds the No. 4 spot in the Maryland record books for three's made by a senior (47). In addition, she leads the ACC in 3-point field goal percentage and ranks No. 3 in three's made.
  • The ACC unveiled a new, high-energy version of the league's women's basketball theme song, "She Can Play." Fans can hear the remix as well as follow along with the lyrics on: www.theACC.com/SheCanPlay.

WRESTLING

  • After beginning the season as a reserve, Virginia Tech's Brock LiVorio has battled back from a knee injury to take over at 133 pounds and now posts a 7-1 record. Last weekend, the sophomore beat UNC's Jeremy Shaw in the last match to seal the Tech's 25-16 ACC win on Saturday, and then on Sunday, he picked up two first-period pins vs. Gardner-Webb and UNC Greensboro as the No. 15 Hokies improved to 13-3 overall with a pair of victories.
  • North Carolina 197-pounder Dennis Drury posted a pair of big wins vs. ACC opponents last week. Drury pinned Duke's John Barone in 2:26 to help the Tar Heels to a 26-12 win over the Blue Devils. He followed with a technical fall (17-2) win in 6:47 vs. Virginia Tech's Chris Penny on Saturday.
  • Virginia 149-pound senior Kellon Balum continued his best season as a Cavalier, posting a pair of dominating wins vs. Appalachian State and Penn in running his record to 17-7 this season. He was the lone Cavalier to earn bonus points in both of his matches this week and earned his fifth pin of the season on Sunday vs. Penn. Chris Henrich (174) added a win Sunday to push his record to 21-2 this year. Jack Danilkowicz (heavyweight) has been one of UVa's best wrestlers of late, winning six of his last seven bouts. He won twice last week - Sunday, he scored a buzzer-beating takedown to defeat Penn's Tyler Blakely, 4-3. Derek Valenti (141) and Danny Gonsor (157) also won twice apiece lat week.
  • Duke 184-pound freshman Diego Bencomo remained undefeated in dual matches with a pair of wins over UNC and VMI. Bencomo defeated Nick Tenpenny of North Carolina with a takedown in the first overtime to improve to 2-0 in ACC action. Tenpenny was 13-8 at the time of the bout and Bencomo rallied back in overtime to earn the 6-4 win. Against VMI, Bencomo registered his seventh major decision of the year, beating Vinnie Gallo, 14-2.

SWIMMING & DIVING

  • Georgia Tech's Gal Nevo was a three time winner in the NC State meet to help lead the Yellow Jackets to a 167-131 win. Nevo's time in the 200 breast was the best of the season for Georgia Tech and his mark in the 200 fly was the best of his career.
  • Virginia Tech's Mikey McDonald had a successful senior day with two victories that pushed his season total to 10. McDonald's performances in the one meter and three meter helped propel the Hokies to a 144-87 win over Davidson.
  • Maryland's Ginny Glover racked up wins in the 100 back, 100 free and 200 free while finishing second in the 200 back. In the 400 free relay, Glover swam the final leg to pick up the win against Pitt. She combined on that relay with Laura Wright, Annie Fittin and Megan Lafferty.
  • Duke's Ashley Twichell helped lead the Blue Devils to victory with two first-place finishes. Twichell remains undefeated on the year in both the 1000 free and the 1650 free.
  • Virginia Tech's Sarah Milton broke a new school record with her performance in the three meter against Davidson. Milton followed up that performance with a runner-up finish in the one meter.

MEN'S TENNIS

  • Georgia Tech's Elliot Potvin moved up a position for each match he played last weekend due to the absence of All-American Guillermo Gomez and won all three singles matches he played vs. UAB, USC-Upstate and Georgia Southern. He teamed with Dean O'Brien in all three doubles matches, winning two easily and dropping a very close match to USC-Upstate.
  • NC State sophomore Dominic Hodgson teamed with Dave Thomson to beat the Gardner-Webb doubles team of Evgeny Slesarev and Rafael Altmayer, 8-6. At the No. 1 singles slot, Hodgson lost the first set 0-6 to Evgeny Slesarev, before recovering and taking the next two sets 6-4, 6-4 in a hard-fought match that saw both players were on the brink of exhaustion by the end. Later in the day, Hodgson teamed with Thomson to easily beat Trey Chatman and Alejandro Espitia of NC Central, 8-1, at No. 2 doubles. Hodgson then defeated Jack Waissen in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1.
  • Clemson junior Derek DiFazio made his first start at number one singles last weekend and posted two wins over Gardner-Webb and Davidson, both in straight sets. DiFazio showed significant improvement during the fall and is expected to be Clemson's number one singles player this season. Last year, the Smithtown, N.Y., native played in only six dual matches.
  • The No. 2 Virginia men's tennis team opened its 2010 dual match season with a 15-0 victory over visiting No. 75 William & Mary Monday night. The Cavaliers (1-0) won their 49th consecutive home match while handing the Tribe (4-1) their first loss of the year. The match used an alternative scoring method agreed upon by both teams. The match consisted of five doubles matches and 10 singles matches, all worth one point for a total of 15 points available.

WOMEN'S TENNIS

  • Sophomore Anna Bartenstein was named the Michigan Invitational singles champion on Monday, collecting three wins at this year's event to go 3-0 in the tournament. Bartenstein also combined with partner Bianca Eichkorn for a 2-1 record in doubles play in the event. Bartenstein improved to 10-2 on the year, picking up her first win with a 6-3, 6-2 line against Tennessee's No. 51 Maria Sorbello on Friday. She claimed the singles title with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 defeat of Michigan's Whitney Taney on Monday afternoon. This is Bartenstein's first season with UM after transferring from Tulane University just at the start of the summer.
  • Florida State's 23rd-ranked Lauren McCreless went undefeated in singles play at the UCF Tournament last weekend. The senior led the Seminoles through a sometimes trying weekend that featured several storms and weather delays.
  • Georgia Tech's Irina Falconi helped the 10th-ranked Yellow Jackets to a season-opening 7-0 win over Chattanooga on Monday. After clinching the doubles point with teammate Sasha Krupina in an 8-0 victory, Falconi earned the very important second point with her singles win. The nation's No. 1 player continued where she left off in the fall by winning in straight sets against the Mocs' top player.

INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • Maryland sophomore Dwight Barbiasz--this week's Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Indoor Track and Field Performer of the Week--set a personal best mark and the third-highest in Maryland school history when he leaped seven feet, 2.50 inches in winning the men's high jump at the Terrapin Invitational (Jan. 16), in which Maryland finished second among 19 teams.
  • Miami senior Cory Nelms clocked a 6.81 in the 60-meter finals, tied for second-best in school history. He finished in fourth among a field of 63 as Miami competed in the unscored Kentucky Invitational (Jan. 15-16).
  • Maryland junior Kiani Profit recorded a career-best time of 8.60 in winning the women's 60-meter hurdles, and another career-best five feet, 6.00 inches in winning the high jump at the Terrapin Invitational (Jan. 16), in which the Terrapins finished in first among 13 teams. Both her marks rank fifth in school history.
  • Clemson junior April Sinkler--this week's Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Indoor Track and Field Performer of the Week--set a personal-best mark in the triple jump with a 43-7.25, second-place posting at the unscored Virginia Tech Invitational (Jan. 15-16). Sinkler won an event and placed second in another and collected three NCAA championship provisional qualifying times.
  • Virginia freshman Emily Vannoy won the shot put in her first collegiate competition, landing a 49-7.25 toss to beat a field of 35 at the Virginia Tech Invitational. The mark is the fourth-best in Cavalier history.