Semifinals Saturday at the #ACCWBB Tournament
March 5, 2011
#5 Georgia Tech vs. #1 Duke, 1 pm on FOX Sports Net
The Matchup: The Yellow Jackets seek their second trip to the championship game when they face Duke, which has eliminated them in three of their four previous trips to the semis.
Regular-Season Play: The Blue Devils forced 32 turnovers and held the Jackets to their second-lowest point total in 995 games with a 69-32 victory in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Jan. 21. Georgia Tech, which shot 28.6 percent from the floor in that game, is just one of five teams held under the 30-percent mark by the Devils.
On the Yellow Jackets: Tech tied an institute record for wins in a season with Friday’s 70-64 decision in the quarterfinals over No. 4 Maryland. Last year’s Jackets also won 23 games. … Tech became only the second lower seed in ACC Tournament history to win while committing 25 or more turnovers. The Jackets had exactly 25 against the Terps. … The Yellow Jackets, who entered the tournament ranked 260th out of 333 Division I teams in 3-point field-goal percentage, are 16-for-35 (.457) from downtown in their first two games in the tournament. They have already made more 3-pointers than they had in any previous tournament.
On the Blue Devils: Duke is one of only two teams to have won an ACC Tournament game in each of the past three years. The other is Wake Forest, which the Devils dispatched in Friday’s quarterfinals. … The victory was Duke’s 35th straight in the series with the Demon Deacons. … All 11 Blue Devils in uniform played against Wake, and they all scored. That’s the sixth time this year that every Duke player to see action has found the scoring column. The Devils have won those games by an average of 33 points. … Friday’s game is only the second in which all 11 Devils collected a field goal and a rebound. The other was a 92-37 win over Clemson on Jan. 26. … Wake finished with 20 field goals and 20 turnovers. That’s the 20th time in Duke’s 30 games in which the opponent’s turnover count has equaled or exceeded its field-goal total.
Tournament History: Georgia Tech is 1-4 in the semifinals, having beaten Clemson in 1992 and lost to Duke in 2000, 2003 and 2010. The Devils went on to win the championship in all of those years. … The Devils have been to the ACC Tournament’s semifinals in each of the past 17 years and have won nine of their past 11 games in that round. … No other program has made the semis in more than 14 straight years.
#6 North Carolina vs. #2 Miami, 3:30 pm on FOX Sports Net
Regular-Season Play: Miami went 10-for-24 from the 3-point line and held Carolina to 2-of-22 long-range shooting and the Hurricanes claimed a 78-66 victory in Carmichael Auditorium on Feb. 13. The visitors went on a 10-0 run early in the second half to break open a close game. Riquna Williams had 25 points for the Canes.
On the Tar Heels: UNC held Florida State without a field goal (0-for-18) for the final 10:52 in repelling a Seminole comeback bid for a 78-65 victory in Friday’s quarterfinals. The Noles cut a 15-point halftime deficit to one before the Heels’ defense halted the momentum.
On the Hurricanes: Miami broke a six-game ACC Tournament losing streak and advanced to the semifinals for the first time with a 93-85 victory over NC State in Friday’s quarterfinals. ACC Player of the Year Shenise Johnson had 25 points and 13 rebounds for the Hurricanes. … In an ongoing seven-game winning streak, the Canes have defeated four teams rated in the Top 35 of the RPI. … Riquna Williams and Johnson have both scored 20 or more points in seven games this season. They combine for an average of more than 41 a game – the highest total by any two teammates in the country.
Tournament History: Carolina is 26-7 is ACC Tournament quarterfinals. The Canes earned their first win in the tournament since their first appearance in 2005.