Duke has won two consecutive ACC championships, and seven of the last eight. The Blue Devils have been in every ACC Tournament finals since 1998.
Duke is now alone in first place with 16 ACC Tournament titles, one more than North Carolina. Coach Mike Krzyzewski won his 10th championship, leaving him three behind leader Dean Smith of North Carolina.
Duke became the sixth team in 30 years, and third in the last eight, to finish alone in first during the regular season and proceed to win the ACC Tournament. Duke also turned the trick in 1986, 1992, 1999, and 2000. Three of those four previous teams reached the national championship game.
Duke's two-point margin of victory in the finals was the smallest since Wake Forest beat Georgia Tech 75-74 in 1996, and was the smallest by Duke since it defeated Georgia Tech 68-67 in 1986 for Mike Krzyzewski's first ACC title.
Duke won its three contests in the 2006 ACC Tournament by a combined 18 points, tying the 1988 Blue Devils for the 10th-smallest cumulative margin of victory (6.0) for an ACC champion.
The No. 1 seed is now 25-13 in the finals. Duke is the first top seed to win the ACC Tournament since 2000. The loss by Boston College makes third-seeded teams 6-9 in the finals. Duke won in 2005 as the No.3 seed.
J.J. Redick became the third man in ACC history to repeat as both the conference player of the year and the most outstanding player of the ACC Tournament. Redick won both awards in 2005 and 2006. He joined Wake Forest's Len Chappell (1961, 1962) and North Carolina's Larry Miller (1967, 1968).
Fifteen Duke players have now been named the ACC Tournament MVP, tying North Carolina for the most by any school.
Redick set a number of career records in today's finals. Redick's 26 points gave him 225 in his 12 ACC Tournament games, allowing him to pass Wake Forest's Len Chappell as the event's all-time leading scorer. The Demon Deacon senior had 220 points in eight games from 1960-62.
Redick broke a pair of tournament shooting records set by another Demon Deacon, Randolph Childress, with 101 3-point attempts and 40 made 3-pointers. The previous marks were 71 tries and 36 made, respectively. Redick's 15 threes in 2006 were second-most by a player in an ACC Tournament, after the 23 made by Childress in 1995. The Duke senior's 34 attempts in three games are second only to Childress' 44 in '95, and surpassed the 29 he attempted last year.
Redick tied his own Duke single-game ACC Tournament record by making seven 3-pointers in 11 attempts against Boston College. He made 7 of 12 against N.C. State in 2005.
Redick scored 71 points in three games, the sixth-best total in a tournament by a Duke player. The Blue Devil leader was Art Heyman, who had 80 points in the 1961 tournament.
Redick made 10 of 14 free throws in the 2006 ACC Tournament. He had missed four free throws combined in his previous three tournaments. He finished making 51 of 59 at the line, 86.4 percent accuracy that ranks third all-time behind Georgia Tech's Mark Price (92.0 on 50 tries) and Wake Forest's Charlie Davis (90.4 percent on 52 tries). His 51 made free throws tied North Carolina's Phil Ford for fifth-most in ACC Tournament history.
Duke's Shelden Williams finished his ACC Tournament career with 110 rebounds, fifth-best in tournament history. The leader is Wake's Tim Duncan with 139 in 10 games.
The 11 assists by Boston College's Louis Hinnant in a semifinal victory over North Carolina tied the senior guard with eight other players for fifth place among single-game leaders. Three players tied for the lead with 13 each, most recently Georgia Tech's Drew Barry in 1993. Barry was honored on Saturday as an "ACC Legend."
The 53rd ACC Tournament concluded the ACC's first season with 12 members, and saw the first finals in which the contestants met only once during the regular season. Duke and Boston College played at BC's Conte Forum, with the Blue Devils winning 83-81. Last year, in an 11-member league, the finalists were Duke and Georgia Tech, which met twice during the regular season.