ACC Hoops Week in Review: Nov 28/Dec. 4

The ACC dropped the ACC/Big Ten Challenge 6-5 this week.

Boston College (6-2): The Eagles won all three of their games this week, including their matchup with Indiana in the ACC/Big East Challenge.

Sunday, B.C. beat California, 68-46, in the consolation game of the Old Spice Classic in Orlando where the Eagles went 2-1 in the tournament.

Against Indiana on Wednesday, Reggie Jackson scored 27 points for the Eagles in a game they never trailed. With the win, the Eagles are 5-0 against Big Ten foes in the Challenges; the only undefeated team in either conferences remaining.

Saturday, the Eagles went on the road and beat Massachusetts, 76-71, where Jackson and Joe Trapani both scored 17 points each.

Clemson (5-2): The Tigers lost their only game this week, 69-61, at home against their Challenge opponent Michigan in a game they led by 20 points at one point.

Andre Young led the Tigers with 14 points, including four 3-pointers as Michigan moved to 4-0 against the Tigers all-time.

1 Duke (8-0): The top-ranked Blue Devils anchored the ACC with a win against No. 6 Michigan State Wednesday, 84-79.

Freshman Kyrie Irving dropped 31 points, Nolan Smith add 17 and Kyle Singler scored 15 as Duke shot 47 percent from the field and 44 percent from beyond the arc.

A 12-2 spurt midway in the second half put Duke ahead, and they ended it shooting 9-of-12 from the free throw line in the final 1:15. The win is Duke’s second against a top-10 team in eight days (Kansas State).

The Blue Devils played a rematch of their championship game last year against Butler at the IZOD Center in New Jersey Saturday. Irving got 17 of his 21 points in the second half and Coach Krzyzewski got his 876th win (tied for 3rd all-time) as Duke won 82-70.

Florida State (5-2): The Seminoles lost to in-state rival No. 16 Florida, 55-51, on Sunday, and they lost their ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchup against No. 2 Ohio State Tuesday, 58-44.

Against No. 2 Ohio State, freshman Jared Sullinger recorded a triple-double for the Buckeyes as he held FSU’s Chris Singleton to eight points with his defense in a game OSU never trailed.

The Seminoles came within 1 point three times in the final 2:30 against Florida but struggled to score as Singleton went 2-of-12 shooting.

Georgia Tech (4-3): The Yellow Jackets were trounced by Big Ten challenger Northwestern, 91-71, Tuesday as Northwestern shot 65 percent from the field and 63 percent from 3-point land.

Glen Rice Jr. led the Jackets with 16 points, six rebounds and four assists.

TERPS (6-2): Maryland represented the ACC with a Challenge win on the road against Penn State, 62-39.

Miami (6-2): The Hurricanes were the only ACC team not paired up with a Big Ten foe, but they stayed busy beating Mississippi Tuesday, 86-73, and Big East opponent West Virginia Saturday, 79-76.

The ‘Canes held a 30 point halftime lead against Mississippi at home, but a 26-6 run made things interesting. Durand Scott scored 27 points and Reggie Johnson had 10 rebounds with his 17 points.

Malcolm Grant scored a career-high 26 points at home against West Virginia as the Hurricanes overcame a 13 point deficit with 12 minutes remaining. They got hot from the field scoring on 14 of their final 15 possessions, making eight of their last nine shots and making four straight free throws in the last nine seconds.

The Mountaineers were 77-3 under Coach Bob Huggins when leading by 10 or more points.

North Carolina (5-3): The Tar Heels can’t overlook any game, and they didn’t as they beat a Charleston team that beat them last year behind John Henson’s career-high 19 points Sunday at home in the 74-69 win where they trailed by five points at halftime.

In their ACC/Big Ten Challenge game against No. 21 Illinois, Tyler Zeller drew three early fouls and was limited to only nine minutes in the first half of the 79-67 loss. Five Illinois players scored in double figures.

Zeller responded Saturday with a career-high 27 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks against visiting No. 11 Kentucky. The game saw five lead changes in the final three minutes as Zeller scored 12 of the Tar Heels’ final 16 points. The Heels kept freshman stud Terrence Jones in check with nine points, 11 shy of his average.

N.C. State (4-3): The Wolfpack lost their Challenge matchup on the road against Wisconsin Wednesday, 87-48. They were outscored 52-21 in the second half, and missed eleven straight shots at one point as they shot 31 percent from the field.

The road trip continued against No. 7 Syracuse Saturday where they lost 65-59. After hanging close all game, the Wolfpack didn’t make a basket in the final 7:20 of the game against Syracuse’s zone defense that forced two shot clock violations during the span.

Virginia (4-3): The Cavaliers instilled hope for the ACC as the opened the challenge with the Big Ten Monday with an 87-79 road win against No. 13 Minnesota. Mustapha Farrakhan scored a career-high 23 points.

The Cav’s trailed by 10 at halftime, but made 10-of-13 from beyond the arc in the second half. Mike Scott added 17 points and 12 rebounds.

Virginia Tech (4-3): The Hokies lost their Challenge in dramatic fashion Wednesday against No. 18 Purdue at home in overtime, 58-55. The Boilermakers JuJuan Johnson tied the game with nine seconds left in regulation and hit the go-ahead jumper in overtime.

On Sunday, the Hokies lost the 76 Classic Championships in Anaheim to UNLV, 71-59. Malcolm Delaney scored 30 points, but the Hokies struggled from the free throw line, shooting 9-for-21.

Wake Forest (5-3): Freshman J.T. Terrell scored 32 points, including the go ahead 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds left against visiting Big Ten opponent Iowa in Tuesdays 76-73 win for the Demon Deacons.

Terrell made seven 3-pointers and his 32 points are the most of any ACC freshman this season. Wake trailed by 18 in the first half, but the 3-pointers helped bring them back.

Saturday, Wake beat visiting Holy Cross, 75-64, for their third straight win. Travis Mckie scored 18 points with 11 rebounds and it took an 8-0 run in the second half to pull away.

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