Top 5 Performances In ACC: Weekend Of 2/7-2/9
ACC Top Performers: Weekend Of February 7-9
While the February 7-9 weekend in the ACC wasn't one that featured many top matchups, there were still no shortage of top performances to look back on. The weekend almost seemed like the undercard for the schedule that awaits this week. Tonight, Virginia hosts Maryland in the next-to-last ACC meeting between the old rivals and the final one to be played in Charlottesville. Also tonight, state and conference rivals Miami and Florida State battle in Tallahassee. On Wednesday, the ACC once again takes center stage to national audiences with two great games making up an ESPN doubleheader. It starts at 7 p.m. as undefeated and top-ranked Syracuse visits Pittsburgh, followed by Duke at North Carolina.
Over the weekend, there were nine players who earned consideration for this week's top five. The honorable mentions included Miami's Rion Brown, who scored 20 points and added five rebounds and three assists in a 56-55 loss to NC State. Boston College guard Olivier Hanlan netted 25 points, four rebounds and four assists, but didn't get a lot of help as the Eagles were whacked by Duke, 89-68. Clemson's K.J. McDaniels, seemingly a regular to this list each week, scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the Tigers' 59-44 loss at Syracuse Sunday night. Meanwhile Orange forward C.J. Fair had 19 points and seven rebounds in the win.
All of those were impressive efforts, but they weren't good enough to get into this week's top five. Who did enough to make it? Here's the list of the top five performances in the ACC this weekend.
5. Cameron Wright, Pittsburgh Panthers
Cameron Wright delivered when Pittsburgh standout Lamar Patterson couldn't Saturday, scoring 18 points to go with six rebounds, three assists and two steals in the Panthers' 62-57, double-overtime win over Virginia Tech. With Patterson hindered by an injury and only scoring five points, Wright assumed the lead scoring role and helped the Panthers avoid what would have been a truly embarrassing home loss to the Hokies.
4. James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina Tar Heels
Expected for most of the season to be North Carolina's leader in the absence of P.J. Hairston, James Michael McAdoo delivered on Saturday in North Carolina's 73-62 win at Notre Dame. McAdoo scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds with two assists. He also stood out defensively, with four steals. The Tar Heels have quietly won five straight to get to 6-4 in the ACC and have boosted their NCAA Tournament chances. McAdoo is averaging 17 PPG and 8.2 RPG in that winning streak.
3. T.J. Warren, NC State Wolfpack
T.J. Warren scored 27 points on Saturday, and the NC State Wolfpack needed every one of them Saturday in a 56-55 win at Miami. Warren also had seven rebounds and a steal. Since missing a game vs. Maryland on January 20, Warren has averaged 24.5 PPG and 7.0 RPG in four games, during which time the Wolfpack have gone 3-1. Warren is averaging 22.6 PPG and 7.3 RPG for the season.
2. Seth Allen, Maryland Terrapins
Seth Allen didn't meet a shot he didn't like in Saturday's 83-71 Maryland win over Florida State, and that turned out to be a great thing for Terps' fans. Allen went 11-of-15 from the field, including 7-of-10 from 3-point range on his way to 32 points. Allen also had four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Allen, who missed the first 12 games of the season, hadn't scored more than 18 in any game this season prior to Saturday, and had only gone 7-of-22 from 3-point range before finding the zone vs. Florida State.
1. Jabari Parker, Duke Blue Devils
Remember that time when Pitt's Lamar Patterson was going to be the ACC Player of the Year? Not so much anymore. Duke freshman forward Jabari Parker probably put an end to that storyline with his performance in Duke's 89-68 win at Boston College on Saturday. Granted, it was against a poor BC team (6-17, 2-8), but Parker exploded for 29 points and 16 rebounds (and one assist, for good measure). Parker hit 12-of-17 from the field and interestingly, did all his damage inside the 3-point line. Parker, who has taken as many as seven or eight 3-point attempts in games this season, has only taken but two in the last two games. Focusing on his post play, Parker is 20-for-27 (74 percent) from the field in those two games.