First Round - Thursday, March 8
Maryland 82 Wake Forest 60
The Day session to the First Round is in the books and North Carolina knows who their opponent in the next round will be. The Maryland Terrapins ran past Wake Forest and will face the Tar Heels on Friday at noon.
The conference leading scorer Terrell Stoglin had 25 points and Nick Faust added 19 as the Terps defeated the Demon Deacons 82-60. The game was close at half but Maryland out scored Wake Forest 46-29 in the second half on their way to the win.
Maryland will face UNC who defeated them twice in regular season. They improve their record to 17-14. They must win the tournament to advance to the NCAA Tournament.
N.C. State 78 Boston College 57
In the second game, N.C. State played a solid game in route to a 78-57 win over Boston College. The Wolfpack need a run in the tournament to secure a chance to play in the NCAA Tournament. With the victory, they will have another opportunity to build up their resume as they face Virginia, a team who should be in the field of 68.
Scott Wood had a big game for State scoring 22 points. He went 5 for 9 from three's. Three other Wolfpack players reached double figure scoring.
The win moves the Wolfpack to 21-11 on the season. You would have to believe a win against Virginia on Friday would secure their place in the Big Dance.
Virginia Tech 68 Clemson 63
In a match up of two teams who have to win the ACC Tournament to get to the Big Dance, Virginia Tech came back from a halftime deficit to defeat the Clemson Tigers. 2nd Team All-ACC Erick Green scored 24 points to lead the Hokies into the quarterfinals where they will face Duke in the first evening game on Friday. Dorenzo Hudson had 19 in the game for Virginia Tech.
The Hokies trailed Clemson by 5 at halftime but finally took the lead for good at the 6:03 mark in the second half after the two teams traded lead most of the game. Devin Coleman led Clemson with 15 points who end their season with a record of 16-15 after finishing 8-8 in conference play this season. Virginia Tech moves to 16-16 with a lot of work left to reach the NCAA Tournament.
Miami 54 Georgia Tech 36
In the final game of the opening round, Miami defeated host Georgia Tech in a low scoring affair. Much like N.C. State, the Hurricanes are looking to solidify their chances to enter the NCAA Tournament with a nice run in the ACC Tournament. They took a good first step by holding the Yellow Jackets to their lowest scoring total since 1961, abruptly ending their season.
The Hurricanes were led by Shane Larkin (Son of former MLB player Barry Larkin) who finished with 12 points on the evening. Miami held Georgia Tech to 31.8% from the field on the game. With the win they move to 19-11 and will have a very good shot of helping their case for the NCAA Tournament as they face Florida State on Friday.