Sunday, February 18, 2007

ACC week in review: Blue Devils, Terrapins straighten up

You knew Mike Krzyzewski would find a way to shake Duke out of its slump.
He got the Blue Devils to ratchet up their defense another notch as Greg Paulus and DeMarcus Nelson shot the team to wins against Boston College and Georgia Tech.
Meanwhile, another national championship coach, Gary Williams, was getting Maryland’s NCAA tournament hopes back on firm footing.
1.North Carolina (23-4, 9-3)
2.Virginia (18-7, 9-3)
3.Boston College (18-8, 9-4)
4.Virginia Tech (18-8, 8-4)
5.Duke (20-7, 7-6)
6.Maryland (20-7, 6-6)
7.Georgia Tech (17-9, 5-7)
8.Clemson (19-7, 5-7)
9.Florida State (17-10, 5-8)
10.N.C. State (14-11, 4-8)
11.Wake Forest (13-13, 4-9)
12.Miami (11-15, 3-9)
Player of the week: Senior guard D.J. Strawberry scored 18 points at N.C. State and 22 at Clemson as Maryland won twice on the road to get back to .500 in the ACC and moved into position to secure an NCAA tournament bid.
Coach of the week: Krzyzewski won his 700th game as Duke’s coach on Sunday. He engineered wins at Boston College and against Georgia Tech to straighten out a team that entered the week on a four-game losing streak.
Play of the week: With precious seconds ticking away, Deron Washington and Zabian Dowdell double-teamed North Carolina point guard Ty Lawson on his furious dash toward a possible winning basket. Lawson lost the handle, Washington knocked the ball away, and the Hokies completed a sweep of North Carolina with an 81-80 overtime win at the Smith Center.
Dunk of the week: N.C. State’s Gavin Grant beat the defense to the rim for a two-handed slam in the second half that was the best of many highlights in an 81-56 defeat of Virginia Tech.
-- Ken Tysiac