2007 FAN'S GUIDE: FIRST-ROUND NOTES (evening session)Previewing the first round.
March 10, 2007
This is the first time in ACC Tournament history the first four games, or even the first three games, were won by the lower seeded teams. The lower seed won two of the first three games in 1973, 1977 and 1978 when the ACC was a seven-team league, and in 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001 and 2005.
The 114-112 double overtime victory by Wake Forest set a number of records. The two teams combined for 226 points, most ever. The previous combined scoring total for two teams in a game was 217 by Maryland and N.C. State in triple overtime in the 1978 quarterfinals.
The 114 points by Wake and the 112 by Georgia Tech became the first- and second-highest totals for a team in an ACC Tournament game. The previous high was 109 by Maryland against N.C. State in '78, and the 108 by N.C. State was the second-best.
The Wake-Georgia Tech contest was the sixth in the history of the ACC Tournament to extend to multiple overtimes. Other than the triple overtime of 1978, the longest game ever in the event, there were five double overtime contests, most recently a pair in the 1987 semifinals involving first North Carolina and Virginia, then N.C. State and Wake Forest.
This is the second time there were two overtime games in the same round of the ACC Tournament. The other time occurred in that 1987 semifinals.
There have been two or more overtime games in an ACC Tournament on seven previous occasions - 1954 (3), 1955 (2), 1975 (2), 1983 (2), 1987 (3), 1995 (2) and 2004 (2).
Wake Forest is 6-6 in ACC Tournament overtime, with its most recent win coming in the 1995 finals against North Carolina.
N.C. State beat Duke for the first time since 1997, when the eighth seeded Wolfpack upset the No. 1 seed Blue Devils in the quarterfinals. Since then, Mike Krzyzewski's squads had gone to nine consecutive finals, winning seven ACC Tournament titles, including the last two. The N.C. State team that won in 1997 advanced to the finals, and remains the only squad that played four games in the same ACC Tournament.
N.C. State's 60.8 percent shooting was the best against Duke this season, and best by the Wolfpack in the ACC Tournament since a 2000 win against Virginia in the quarterfinals.
The 30 points by Brandon Costner were the second-most by an N.C. State player who technically qualifies as a freshman, after Ernie Myers, who had 35 in a victory over Duke in 1983. The total also is the ninth-most ever scored by a Wolfpack player in an ACC Tournament game.
Thaddeus Young had 30 points for Georgia Tech, the fifth-most ever by a Yellow Jacket in an ACC Tournament game.
Prior to today, the last player to score 30 or more points in an ACC Tournament game was Duke's J.J. Redick, who had 35 against N.C. State in the 2005 semifinals. That year three players scored more than 30 points in a game - Redick, Georgia Tech's Will Bynum (35) and Virginia's J.R. Reynolds (32).
Duke is now 0-3 in overtime this year and 2-5 in ACC Tournament overtimes. N.C. State is 8-1 in extended play in the ACC Tournament.
Duke had five players in double figures, yet lost. Wake Forest had five players in double figures in last year's tournament and won, defeating N.C. State.