Monday, February 12, 2007

The ACC week in review

Duke is in a free fall, having lost four in a row heading into a road game at ACC leader Boston College on Wednesday. N.C. State’s short-lived resurgence is over after an embarrassingly inept performance at Miami. And Florida State couldn’t sustain its momentum, losing to Clemson and Boston College after a huge win at Duke.

1. North Carolina (22-3, 8-2 ACC)
2. Boston College (18-6, 9-2)
3. Virginia Tech (17-7, 7-3)
4. Virginia (16-7, 8-3)
5. Clemson (19-5, 5-5)
6. Florida State (17-8, 5-6)
7. Maryland (18-7, 4-6)
8. Duke (18-7, 5-6)
9. Georgia Tech (16-8, 4-6)
10. N.C. State (13-10, 3-7)
11. Miami (10-15, 3-8)
12. Wake Forest (11-13, 2-9)

Player of the week: Boston College forward Jared Dudley could win this honor just about every week. He averaged 24.5 points and 9.5 rebounds as the Eagles held onto first place with road victories over Miami and Florida State.

Coach of the week: Winning at Duke for the second year in a row puts Roy Williams and North Carolina in control of the nation’s most celebrated rivalry.

Play of the week: Center Tyrelle Blair, who probably wouldn’t have even been on the floor if not for Sean Williams’ dismissal, sank a 15-footer with 3.3 seconds left to defeat Florida State 68-67 on Sunday and keep Boston College atop the ACC.

Dunk of the week: D.J. Strawberry’s breakaway, left-to-right, one-handed jam in transition ignited Maryland and the crowd in a win over Duke.

On deck: Nobody has dominated North Carolina this season the way Virginia Tech did in Blacksburg. Tuesday, the Tar Heels get another shot at the Hokies and senior guard tandem Zabian Dowdell and Jamon Gordon.

- Ken Tysiac