Top 5 ACC Basketball Performances of the Weekend
ACC High Five: The Weekend's Top Performances
Any given weekend provides quality matchups and notable performances in the ACC. But this past weekend was big even by ACC standards, with the top four teams all playing each other and providing a level of excitement and drama nothing in the Super Bowl could come close to matching. With third-place Duke visiting conference leaders Syracuse and fourth-place Pittsburgh hosting second-place Virginia, one game went to overtime and the two contests combined were decided by a total of five points
So it's no surprise that multiple players from this weekend's super doubleheader are featured in the top five performances of the ACC weekend, but there are stars throughout the conference and that was totally on display this past weekend, as well. No less than 11 conference players earned consideration to be included in this week's top five, a record so far. Even three players from losing teams were considered for a berth in this week's top five.
You'll have to read on to see if any of those three made the final cut. But if you missed out on all the great ACC action over the weekend, find the highlights or the full replays online and get yourself caught up. Short of that, take a look at these top five performances from a tremendous weekend of ACC college basketball.
5. Travis McKie, Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Wake Fores's Travis McKie is the only player from a losing team to make this week's top five. McKie earned the recognition with a big game in a 79-70 defeat at the hands of Georgia Tech. The loss certainly wasn't McKie's fault, as he scored 26 points on 6-for-10 shooting from the field, while going 11-for-11 from the free-throw line. McKie also had four steals. McKie's 26 points and 11 free throws were season highs.
4. Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia Cavaliers
Strictly from a numbers standpoint, Virginia guard Malcolm Brogdon might not necessarily belong on this week's top five. But when you consider his three-pointer with 0.4 seconds left that decided the Cavaliers' game at Pittsburgh on Sunday, he's earned his spot here. Brogdon finished with 16 points, five rebounds and four assists. The performance marked Brogdon's fifth straight game with at least 16 points -- all Virginia wins as the Cavaliers improved to 8-1 in the ACC.
3. C.J. Fair, Syracuse Orange
C.J. Fair of Syracuse is the kind of standout player that could be in the weekend's top five almost every week. He was particularly excellent on Saturday in the Orange's 91-89 overtime win over the Duke Blue Devils. Fair had a season-high 28 points (and five rebounds) for Syracuse, hitting 12-of-20 shots from the field. Fair is averaging 17.2 PPG this season. Against Duke, Fair played all 45 minutes, the only player for either team to do so.
2. K.J. McDaniels, Clemson Tigers
If it wasn't for the two big games in the ACC with Syracuse hosting Duke and Virginia at Pittsburgh, Clemson's K.J. McDaniels would probably be getting much more run for his performance on Saturday in the Tigers' victory over Florida State. On a day when Clemson only scored 53 points, McDaniels was amazing, scoring 26 points, grabbing seven rebounds and dishing three assists. McDaniels was responsible for more than 60 percent of Clemson's offense between his points and assists.
1. Jerami Grant, Syracuse Orange
While Fair might have scored more points, Syracuse forward Jerami Grant wins top honors for having the best game of any player in the ACC over the weekend. In the Orange's victory over Duke, Grant scored 24 points and added 12 rebounds. The Blue Devils often had no answer for Grant and Fair as a frontcourt tandem. Grant hit 7-for-11 from the field and all 10 of his free throws. Grant's 24 points were a season-high.