The ACC Hot List

Feb. 2, 2010

MEN'S BASKETBALL

  • Virginia Tech's Malcolm Delaney leads the ACC in scoring (19.9) ... Georgia Tech's Derrick Favors leads all ACC freshmen in scoring (11.5), rebounding (8.6), blocked shots (43) and double-doubles (7).
  • Duke's Jon Scheyer is fifth on the ACC career free throw percentage list (.863), North Carolina's Ed Davis leads the ACC in field goal percentage (.591), Florida State's Chris Singleton leads the ACC in steals per game (2.3) and Virginia's Sammy Zeglinski leads the ACC in 3-point field goal percentage (.469).
  • Georgia Tech's Gani Lawal is four rebounds shy of 600 for his career and Virginia's Sylven Landesberg has scored 10 or more points in 20 straight games and is the only ACC player to have scored in double figures every game this season.
  • Miami's Adrian Thomas has made at least one 3-point field goal in an ACC-best 15 straight games while Duke's Jon Scheyer leads the ACC in assists-to-turnover ratio (3.3:1) and is bidding to become the first Blue Devil to lead the ACC in that cetegory since Steve Wojciechowski did so in 1997-98.
  • Virginia is bidding to lead the ACC in 3-point field goal percentage for the first time ever ... the Cavaliers currently lead the ACC in long range shooting (39.6) and the Cavalier's 15-point win (75-60) win at North Carolina (Jan. 31) was the largest margin of victory for the Cavaliers in Chapel Hill, a span covering 69 games.
  • Wake Forest's Al-Farouq Aminu leads the ACC in offensive rebounds (4.4) and rebounds (11.3) and is bidding to be the first Deacon to lead the league in rebounding since Tim Duncan did so in 1996-97.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

  • Carolyn Swords of Boston College currently tops all NCAA Division I women's basketball players with a 66.8 field goal percentage, allowing Boston College to be positioned at No. 20 in the country with a team mark of 45.0. The junior was one of four Eagles in double figures in BC's 72-64 win over Miami on Jan. 31, snapping a three-game losing streak and extending its win streak against the Hurricanes to seven games. Swords tallied 14 points and pulled in a team-high seven rebounds. The tally of 14 points moved her into 10th place all-time at Boston College with 1,300 career points.
  • Shaniqua Pauldo averaged 18.0 points and 7.0 rebounds for Clemson in a 2-0 weekend for the Tigers last week. The sophomore from Macon, Ga., scored 24 points and grabbed six rebounds while helping limit BC's Carolyn Swords to only eight points and three rebounds, snapping a 14-game ACC regular-season losing streak. She then led the Tigers with 12 points, while also pulling down eight boards against NC State to help Clemson to a two-game league winning streak. She committed only two turnovers in 48 minutes of play. Pauldo has scored 20-plus points four times this season for Clemson, who has already matched its ACC win total from a season ago. The center has also made 18-of-20 free throws in ACC play, good for second among all league players.
  • The Atlantic Coast Conference celebrates its sixth annual class of ACC Women's Basketball Legends during the 2010 ACC Women's Basketball Tournament. TheACC.com will feature three members of the 2010 ACC Legends Class each week until the end of the regular season. Check out North Carolina's 2010 Women's Basketball Legend, Tonya Sampson: http://www.theacc.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/020110aab.html
  • The ACC enters its seventh year of the "ACC Community School Program," which will culminate by allowing more than 14,000 enthusiastic students--representing over 40 Guilford County schools and 11 surrounding counties--to attend the 2010 ACC Women's Basketball Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum. This educational partnership was created and developed in 2004 and now includes a broad based elementary and middle school curriculum guide. The Thursday, March 4th opening round game at 11:00 a.m. is designated as the Elementary School Day Game and the Friday, March 5th 11:00 a.m. game is designated as the Middle School Day Game.

WRESTLING

  • Virginia 174-pound All-American Chris Henrich easily won his two weekend matches. On Friday, Henrich coasted to a 7-1 win over Rutgers' Daniel Rinaldi, who was ranked No. 28 in the NCAA Wrestling Coaches Panel Rankings. Henrich then dominated Princeton's Michael Erdman by a 22-8 score on Saturday, just missing a technical fall.
  • Henrich now has won 10 straight matches and is 25-2 this year. He now has 91 career wins and has moved into an eighth-place tie on the all-time school list with current UVa head coach Steve Garland, who also won 91 mathces during his days as a Cavalier wrestler.
  • Derek Valenti (141) and Mike Salopek (184) also won both of their matches over the weekend. Brent Jones won his 100th career match on Saturday. He is the seventh Cavalier wrestler to reach the 100-win plateau. Ross Gitomer won his 86th career match Saturday and is now tied for 12th place in all-time wins at UVa.
  • Josh Asper was one of nine Maryland wrestlers to win his match against George Mason on Friday, defeating Ty Knepp by a score of 15-4 at 165 pounds. The freshman improved his record to 27-6 on the season, including an impressive 17-3 in dual meets. Asper has won seven straight matches and nine of the last 10.

SWIMMING & DIVING

  • Duke freshman diver Nick McCrory finished the regular season without losing a diving event, posting two more wins in Duke's 182-116 loss to Clemson (Jan. 30). McCrory won both the one-meter and three-meter dives against the Tigers. Additionally, McCrory set three Blue Devils records in his freshman campaign: 424.28 in the one-meter, 454.50 in the three meter, and 474.30 in the platform diving events, all of which are the top marks in the ACC this season.
  • No. 24 Virginia Tech finished the 2009-10 regular season with a perfect non-conference record (6-0), as the Hokie posted wins against West Virginia (165-130) and Duquesne (142-119) over the weekend.
  • Four ACC teams--Virginia (8), North Carolina (14), Florida State (15), and Virginia Tech (24)--are ranked among the top-25 men's teams, according to the College Swimming Coaches Association of America national ranking, tying with the Pac-10 and Big Ten Conferences for second place.
  • The Hokies concluded the 2009-10 regular season with a perfect non-conference record (6-0), as No. 20 Virginia Tech posted wins against West Virginia (156-128) and Duquesne (136-125) over the weekend.
  • Virginia Tech junior Sarah Milton--this week's ACC Swimming and Diving Women's Performer of the Week--broke her own school record in winning the three-meter diving event with 337.80 points, and posted a season-best total of 283.27 in winning the one-meter dive against West Virginia and Duquesne.
  • Four ACC teams--Virginia (11), North Carolina (15), Virginia Tech (20), and Florida State (25)--are ranked among the top-25 men's teams, according to the College Swimming Coaches Association of America national ranking.

MEN'S TENNIS

  • After a suffering a tough loss draining three-hour, three-set match on Friday against 20th-ranked Marek Michalicka of Wisconsin in the opening round of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, Florida State senior vahid Mirzadeh came back strong on Saturday to play in yet another three-set match, this time upsetting 26th-ranked Neal Skupski of LSU by a score of 6-1, 5-7, 6-1.
  • In his first-ever collegiate matches, Maryland freshman Jesse Kiuru was dominant in keying Maryland to three season-opening wins. Playing at No. 3 singles, Kiuru won all three of his matches in straight sets, only dropping eight games total on the weekend. Kiuru also paired with fellow Finnish freshman Tommy Laine for doubles over the weekend, and won all three matches at No. 2 doubles as the Terps scored 7-0 wins over visiting Georgetown, Villanova and Howard.
  • Five ACC's men's tennis teams were ranked among the nation's Top 20 heading into the ITA National Indoor Kickoff last weekend, led by No. 2 Virginia. Florida State as ranked 13th, Wake Forest 16th, Duke 18th and Miami 20th.

WOMEN'S TENNIS

  • Six Atlantic Coast Conference teams punched their tickets to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships with first-and second-round victories at campus sites over the weekend. The Championships will be held Feb. 12-15 at Madison, Wisc. The ACC will be represented by top-ranked Duke, No. 7 Miami, No. 10 Georgia Tech, No. 14 Clemson, No. 17 Miami and No. 25 Florida State.
  • North Carolina took a giant step by upsetting No. 6 Notre Dame on the road in the second round on Sunday. Florida State, which defeated two ranked teams including No. 26 ACC rival Virginia in the opening rounds, advanced to the Championship rounds for the first time in school history.
  • ACC Player of the Week Irina Falconi of Georgia Tech, who led the 10th-ranked Yellow Jackets to 4-2 wins over No. 29 Arizona State and No. 34 Kentucky and has not lost a set in four singles matches this season.
  • North Carolina's Sanaz Marand led the Tar Heels to pair of wins vs. No. 33 Boise State and No. 6 Notre Dame. Marand dropped just four games in two matches at No. 2 singles, including a 6-2, 6-1 win over Shannon Mathews in a 5-2 upset win over Notre Dame. Marand also teamed with Sophie Grabinski to score an 8-5 win over a Boise State team that was ranked 24th nationally.
  • Senior Jessica Sucupira led the Florida State at the ITA Kick-Off weekend by going undefeated in singles against ACC rival Virginia and Ohio State. Sucupira clinched the match against Ohio State's Fidan Manashirova in the championship round to help FSU earn a ticket to the National Indoor Championships for the first time in program history.
  • Clemson sophomore Keri Wong fueled a huge comeback for the Tigers, erasing a 5-2 third-set deficit and fighting off two match points to win against Texas A&M's Morgan Frank at the #2 singles slot in a 4-3 Clemson win. She then took down Karen Nijssen to help the Tigers come back against #20 Ole Miss for another 4-3 victory, Clemson's fourth vs. a ranked team this season. Wong also teamed with Ina Hadziselimovic in doubles to beat the nation's 7th-ranked duo of Kristi Boxx and Nijssen in the Tigers' win over Mississippi. Wong is now 5-0 in singles and doubles in 2010.
  • Duke's Reka Zsilinszka also went unbeaten in singles and doubles over the ITA Kickoff win as the Blue Devils defeated No. 49 Yale and No. 44 VCU. Zsilinszka's strong showing included a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Yale's 87th-ranked Stephanie Kent at No. 1 singles.
  • In non-ITA Indoors kickoff action, Sandhya Nagaraj had a solid outing against East Carolina. Nagaraj, ranked No. 45 in the country, partnered with Daria Petrovic to take down Jessica Cook and Audrey LePottier 8-4 to help get the doubles point. In singles play, Nagaraj easily beat LePottier 6-0, 6-1.
  • Boston College junior Katharine Attwell went 4-0 on the weekend, and played a big role with a singles win and playing as half of a winning doubles team in a 7-0 victory over Rhode Island.

INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • Two Tigers broke school records at the Clemson Games (Jan. 29-30). Senior Zach Berg broke a Clemson school-record in the weight throw and provisionally qualified for the 2010 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship with a toss of 66 feet, 5.00 inches. Berg finished first in the event. Junior Miller Moss established a school record in the heptathlon with 5,653 points and took first place.
  • North Carolina sophomore Zach Brown broke his own school record in the 60-meter dash when he ran a 6.72 to finish in first place at the Carolina Classic (Jan. 29-30). A total of 20 men student-athletes have either automatically or provisionally qualified for the NCAA championship in 11 events.
  • Sixth-ranked Florida State and seventh-ranked Clemson give the ACC two teams inside the US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Top-10, placing second among all Division I conferences.
  • Boston College junior Caroline King has won the one-mile run in each of the Eagles' last three events. Her winning 4:50.80 time at the Boston University Terrier Classic (Jan. 30) is the fifth fastest in the ACC this season.
  • Clemson freshman Brianna Rollins, already a winner of the ACC Indoor Track and Field Women's Performer of the Week this season, broke a 12-year old school record when she ran to a first-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles in a time of 8.17 at the Clemson Games (Jan. 29-30), provisional qualifying time.
  • Virginia junior Catherine White recorded the program's second-best 3,000-meter run at the The Armory II (Jan. 30) with a 9:24.43 clocking, just 5.63 seconds shy of the school record and provisionally qualifying her for the 2010 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship.
  • Duke senior Karolina Haraldsdottir finished second in the pentathlon at the Carolina Classic (Jan. 29-30), totaling 3,581 points--the second-highest mark in Blue Devil history--and 107 points shy of her own school record (3,688) set last season.