The ACC Hot List (Bonus Men's Basketball ACC Hot Ticket)

Feb. 9, 2010

MEN’S BASKETBALL

  • In the first 52 ACC games, the teams that lead at half are 40-11 (there has been one halftime tie) and 26 of the 52 games (.500) played to date have been decided by eight points or less, including 18 by fewer than four points, or in overtime.
  • Over its last four games, Georgia Tech is shooting 56.6 percent from the floor (116-of-205) while Maryland has allowed opponents to shoot only 35.1 percent from the floor (136-of-388) over its last seven games.
  • Maryland’s Greivis Vasquez became only the 13th player in ACC history with 700 or more career assists (702) while Miami’s James Dews is three points shy of reaching 1,000 for his career.
  • Virginia is averaging a league-low 10.7 turnovers per game and Wake Forest is 4-0 in overtime games this season, including a 3-0 mark in Lawrence Joel Coliseum.
  • Virginia Tech’s Malcolm Delaney made 20 of 23 free throws in Saturday’s 70-59 win over Clemson, putting him into a tie for the second-most in ACC history while also leading the ACC in free throw attempts per game (8.2).
  • Clemson’s Jerai Grant has turned in back-to-back double-doubles and over those two games is averaging 14.5 points, 13.5 rebounds, 4.0 blocked shots and has made 11-of-18 from the floor (.611).
  • Virginia Tech’s Jeff Allen is seven rebounds shy of 700 for his career and his teammate Malcolm Delaney is averaging a league-best 23.0 points per game in conference games only.

BONUS: ACC HOT TICKET: NC STATE @ GEORGIA TECH

  • Our ACC cameras were at the Thriller Dome for a game that saw the Yellow Jackets jump out to a big lead over the NC State Wolfpack but then have to hold on for a narrow victory.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

  • The ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament is the longest-running NCAA women’s tournament in the country, dating 32 years and counting. The league’s first conference tournament was held in 1978, while the SEC followed closely behind in 1980.
  • Clemson senior Lele Hardy tallied a season-high seven steals in Clemson’s 68-53 loss to No. 21 Georgia Tech (Feb. 8), which moved her into a tie with Tonya Cardoza (Virginia, 1987-91) with 375 thefts on the ACC’s all-time list. Additionally, Hardy is just seven steals away from entering the NCAA’s all-time top-25. She is currently seventh in school history with 1,468 career points and is four rebounds shy of reaching the 900-board plateau.
  • The Blue Devils have won 13-straight games at Cameron Indoor Stadium. In addition, Duke has been ranked in 201 consecutive AP polls, the longest such streak in the ACC and the third longest nationally.
  • Eighth-year head coach Brenda Frese is eight wins away from her 200th career victory at Maryland (196-68, .742) and is one win shy of her 250th career victory (249-98, .718). Meanwhile, Virginia’s Hall of Fame head coach Debbie Ryan is looking for her 300th victory in ACC competition when the Cavaliers visit Miami on Thursday at 7 p.m.
  • Virginia senior Monica Wright notched a game-high 34 points, her ACC-leading fifth 30-point game and 15th 20-point game, to lead Virginia to an 82-68 victory against Maryland (Feb. 8). The ACC Preseason Player of the Year moved into fourth place on the league’s all-time scoring list with 2,327 points. Wright also stands 10th all-time with 18.6 points per game, and is just 30 points away from tying Genia Beasley (NC State, 1977-80) for third in league history.

WRESTLING

  • With most of last week’s ACC wrestling schedule falling victim to postponements and cancellations due to a winter storm, North Carolina’s Mike Rappo helped his team to victory in the lone conference match of the week. The 141- pound redshirt junior from Holland, Pa. defeated NC State's Dale Shull, who was previously 2-0 in the ACC, via major decision by an 18-8 score in UNC's 34-12 victory. Rappo improved to 9-8 on the season.
  • The Terps hold a No. 10 ranking this week, while Virginia Tech checks in at No. 14 and Virginia continues to hold a no. 24 national ranking.
  • The ACC continues to have several wrestlers ranked among the top five nationally in their respective weight classes, included Virginia Tech’s 157-pound Jesse Dong (fifth), Virginia’s 174-pound Chris Henrich (third), Maryland’s 174-pound Mike Letts (fifth) and Maryland’s 197-pound Hudson Taylor (third).

SWIMMING & DIVING

  • North Carolina sophomore Jim Flannery won the 100-yard backstroke in a career-best time of 49.04 in No. 14 North Carolina’s 182-111 win over NC State.
  • Several Tar Heel women clocked career-best times in No. 15 North Carolina’s 175-118 win over NC State. Freshman Jackie Rudolph won the 1,000-yard freestyle, and in the process set a career-best with a 9:56.05 showing. Sophomore Katie Keel clocked a career-best and NCAA “B” cut qualifying time of 1:01.97 in winning the 100-yard breaststroke. In the 100-yard freestyle, sophomore Sarah List finished in third in a career-best time of 51.40.
  • Junior Ashley Richter, senior Patrice Dason, sophomore Meg Thompson and freshman Marifrances Henley posted the third-best 200-freestyle relay time in school history with a 1:34.83 clocking, good for first-place, in NC State’s 175-118 loss to North Carolina.

MEN’S TENNIS

  • Second-ranked Virginia will be the host team for the ITA National Men’s Indoor Championship, which gets under way Friday. The Cavaliers, who are the defending tournament champions, will be seeded second and will face 15th-ranked Alabama in the opening round. The quarterfinals will be played on Saturday, followed by the semifinals on Sunday and the championship match on Monday.
  • Virginia Tech’s Yoann Reeasily won both his matches last weekend in leading Virginia Tech to wins at Boston College and at Brown. Re, who defeated the No. 8 player in the nation last week in the Hokies’ season-opening 5-2 upset of No. 14 Kentucky, is playing at the top of the lineup for the second consecutive season He teamed with Sebastien Jacques to win both doubles matches as well. Virginia Tech’s No. 20 national ranking this week is the highest in the program’s history.
  • Florida State’s Vahid Mirzadeh Has won 6 straight matches in singles and doubles combined. Now 3-0 at No. 1 singles. 7-1 in singles and 5-1 in doubles. Only losses have come to No. 3 team in doubles and No. 6 player in singles.
  • NC State’s Dominic Hodgson went 2-0 in singles play at the No. 2 spot and 2-0 in doubles play at the No. 2 spot with partner Dave Thomso last week. On the year, Hodgson is 5-1 in singles, playing at the 1-3 spots. He’s also 5-1 in doubles play with D. Thomson.
  • North Carolina’s Ryan Noble played a large role in a doubleheader sweep of Charlotte and Richmond last week, and je won the lone UNC team point against the nation’s 34th-ranked player in a 6-1 loss to Ohio State.

WOMEN’S TENNIS

  • Duke’s Reka Zsilinszka did not drop a single game at the top singles position in her lone match last week, defeating her Indiana opponent 6-0, 6-0. In doubles, Zsilinszka paired up with Liz Plotkin at No. 2 to win 8-4. The 20th-ranked player nationally, Zsilinszka is 3-1 in singles dual matches this season and 4-0 in doubles play.
  • Irina Falconi led Georgia Tech to its fifth win of the season, a 7-0 shutout of No. 31 Kentucky. She teamed with Sasha Krupina to pull off a important come-from-behind win in doubles over Carolina Lilley and Minnette Pienaar to clinch the doubles point for the Jackets. After falling behind 7-4, the Yellow Jacket tandem stormed back to win the match 9-7 at the top doubles spot. In singles, Falconi quickly dispatched Lilley, 6-0, 6-0, to give Tech a 2-0 lead over the Wildcats.
  • NC State’s Sandhya Nagraj continues to be the Wolfpack’s most consistent player during the young season. She dominated both No. 1 players from No. 37 DePaul and Wisconsin. She is currently ranked No. 45 in the country and has yet to lose in singles and doubles play with partner Daria Petrovic.
  • Boston College’s Katharine Attwell went 4-2 on the weekend, and played a big role in the Eagles’ 5-2 victory over Memphis. Attwell carried an eight-match winning streak into the match against Harvard but had the streak snapped as she had to move up one singles spot to No. 3 in a loss to the Crimson’s Kristin Norton.
  • Florida State senior Lauren McCreless helped the Seminoles clinch a 4-3 win over 32nd-ranked Illinois with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 win over No. 33 Rachael White. McCreless is 4-2 against fellow ranked opponents this season.

INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • North Carolina freshman Clayton Parros finished in second place by .01 seconds in the 400-meter dash in an ACC season-best time of 46.36 for an automatic qualifying time.
  • Clemson senior Zach Berg broke his own school record in the 35-pound weight throw by placing third with an NCAA provisional mark of 66 feet, 11.50 inches.
  • In the 35-pound weight throw Virginia Tech freshman Alexander Ziegler—performing in his second collegiate meet—posted the third-best toss in school history and automatically qualified for the 2010 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship with a heave of 72 feet, 5.75 inches.
  • Maryland sophomore Dwight Barbiasz won the high jump with a career-best leap of seven feet, 3.25 inches. That mark is the third-best indoor jump in Maryland history and ranks atop the 2010 ACC performance list.
  • Boston College junior Carolina King won the 800-meter run (2:10.43) and guided the distance medley relay team to an eighth place showing (11:17.64) at the Battle of Beantown.
  • Clemson junior Patricia Mamona fell just one inch shy of eclipsing former NCAA indoor champion Gisele Oliveira’s school record in the triple jump, but established a personal best of 45 feet, 0.50 inches.
  • Virginia Tech senior Queen Harrison became the first Hokie to break eight seconds in the 60-meter hurdles when she ran to a 7.99 finish in the preliminary round, then clocked a 7.96 in the finals. Harrison also broke her own school record in the 400-meter dash with a 53.54 showing in the preliminary, but did not compete in the final.
  • Wake Forest sophomore Michelle Lange set a school record and finished in sixth place in the pole vault by clearing 12 feet, 2.50 inches, bettering the previous school mark (Jill Ahrens, 2008) by one inch.
  • Demon Deacon freshman Myesha Barr—competing in her first collegiate 60-meter dash—broke the school record (Diane Anderson, Carolina Vaughn) with a 7.78 time in the preliminary.

MEN’S GOLF

  • Georgia Tech and Florida State competed in the Mauni Lani Invitational in Hawaii and both teams placed in the Top 15 – Georgia Tech finished in sixth place as a team while Florida State finished T10th.
  • Individually, FSU sophomore, Brooks Koepka shot a career-low tying 65 in the third round and finished in second place in the individual standings. Georgia Tech’s Kyle Scott and James White tied for sixth in the Mauni Lani Invitational. James White, a sophomore, matched his career-low round of 67, while junior Kyle Scott put together a bogey-free round of 2 under par 70, establishing a new best. Overall, the ACC fared very well by placing five players in the Top 10 individually from just those two schools – Georgia Tech and Florida State.
  • Wake Forest and Clemson placed second and third respectively in a field of 15 teams at the JU Invitational. Wake Forest’s Brendan Gielow earned medalist honors with a two-over par 218 score while Clemson’s Ben Martin tied for third individually with a six-over 222.

WOMEN’S GOLF

  • Florida State tied for 6th place in a field of 16 at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic. The top Florida State players included Macarena Silva – T19 individually and Jessica Negron T21 individually.

SOFTBALL

  • ACC softball will begin the 2010 campaign on Thursday, February 11 when Florida State opens the Sunshine State Classic against Mississippi at 5 p.m. with five other teams in action over the weekend.
  • North Carolina 19th-year head coach Donna Papa will begin the 2010 campaign needing just 11 wins to tie former Florida State head coach JoAnne Graf (1992-2008) for the league record for head coaching victories. Papa is 117-76 (.606) all-time in league play at UNC. Additionally, she is the ACC’s active leader in ACC winning percentage, and is second all-time.
  • Boston College 15th-year head coach Jen Finely will start the 2010 season just 19 wins shy of 400th victory at the helm of the Eagle program. Finley is 381-336-1 (.531) at Boston College and averaged more than 27 wins per season over her first 14 campaigns in Chestnutt Hill.
  • Three ACC teams---Florida State, Georgia Tech, and North Carolina—are ranked in both the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Top-25 and the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegeiate preseason top-25 polls. The Yellow Jackets are ranked 13th in the USA Today/NFCA poll and 14th in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll, while the Seminoles are ranked 23rd and 19th, and the Tar Heels are tabbed at 19th and 22nd, respectively.