2007 FAN'S GUIDE: QUARTERFINAL NOTES (afternoon session)
March 9, 2007
All four of the upper seeds today were undefeated during the regular season against their quarterfinal opponents. North Carolina was 1-0 against Florida State, Boston College was 2-0 versus Miami, Virginia was 2-0 against N.C. State, and Virginia Tech won once vs. Wake Forest. UNC and FSU played their sole contest at Chapel Hill on Jan. 7. Virginia Tech beat Wake at Blacksburg on Dec. 17.
Virginia Tech is the only member of the conference that has yet to win a game in the ACC Tournament.
HOW LONG IT TAKES First ACC Tournament Victory, By Number Of Tries
The Miami-Boston College game matches, for the first time in an ACC Tournament, teams that joined the conference from the Big East. The Hurricanes became members in 2004-05, the Eagles in 2005-06.
N.C. State coach Sidney Lowe is the only coach in the quarterfinals who played at an ACC school. He won the Everett Case Award as the most valuable player of the 1983 tournament, won by N.C. State en route to a national championship. He and North Carolina coach Roy Williams are the only graduates of ACC institutions coaching in the quarterfinals.
The 15 assists by Wake Forest's Ishmael Smith against Georgia Tech in last night's double overtime contest were the most ever recorded by an individual in an ACC Tournament game. The previous record was set by North Carolina's Larry Brown, who had 13 in the 1963 quarterfinals.
Wake Forest and Georgia Tech combined to make 74 of 125 field goal attempts in their first round game, their combined 59.2 percent accuracy the best ever in the tournament by two teams. On the other hand, the Demon Deacons and Yellow Jackets combined for 48 turnovers, fifth-most in the event's 54 years.
Wake Forest had seven players in double figures against Georgia Tech, a tournament record. Harvey Hale had 22 points, Kyle Visser 20, L.D. Williams 18, Michael Drum 17, Ish Smith 13, Jamie Skeen 10 and David Weaver 10. The previous record was six double-figure scorers, a feat achieved by six squads, most recently by Duke against North Carolina in winning the 1992 finals.
Wake and Georgia Tech combined to make 25 3-pointers, matching the record set by Duke and Clemson in the first round in 2000.
Georgia Tech and Wake combined for 74 field goals, fourth-most in an ACC Tournament game. See last night's notes for more records set in the marathon contest.