The ACC High 5: Top Performances of Feb. 22-23
The ACC High 5 For February 22-23
It's a careful task writing the ACC High 5 this week, as no one wants to make Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim any angrier than he already was at the end of the Orange's loss to the Duke Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium. After a charging foul on C.J. Fair denied the Orange the game-tying basket with 10 seconds left, Boeheim went nuts, failing in a crazy attempt to shed his blazer, storming the court faster than North Carolina students after beating Duke while getting two technical fouls and an ejection. Syracuse lost the game 66-60, the Orange's second consecutive loss after winning 25 straight games to start the season.
After losses to Duke and Boston College (really, Boston College?), there are no Syracuse players in the High 5 this week. In fact, none even earned consideration from the Duke loss. It wasn't the greatest weekend for ACC individuals as this week there were only seven entrants for consideration into the High 5, the fewest since this feature started about a month ago. But don't confuse that by thinking there wasn't some greatness in the conference over the weekend. While the overall number of tremendous performances were small, the ones we got were pretty excellent.
A word on a couple players who didn't make the list. One was Pittsburgh senior Lamar Patterson, who scored 22 points, had eight rebounds and five assists against Florida State on Sunday. However, the Panthers lost the game at home, and Patterson was just 8-for-21 from the field. We've seen far more efficient performances in the conference this season (and this weekend) than getting 22 points on 21 shots. The other player who just missed the cut was Miami's Rion Brown. In a blowout win over Boston College (that same team that won at Syracuse), Brown had 22 points and five rebounds.
But that wasn't quite enough this week, and here are the top five performances in the ACC for this past weekend
Ed Morgans is an ACC Basketball Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @writered21.
5. Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia Cavaliers
Tied with Notre Dame late in the second half, Virginia scored an almost unfathomable 25 straight points to blowout Notre Dame for the second time this season, the Wahoos' 11th straight win. Guard Malcolm Brogdon continued to stuff the stat sheet, putting up 13 points with seven rebounds and six assists. Brogdon was clutch during the big Virginia run, posting eight points, three rebounds and three assists.
4. North Carolina Tar Heels' Entire Offense
For the second consecutive week, the High 5 includes an entire team's unit, and North Carolina more than earned it in a 105-72 demolition of Wake Forest on Saturday in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels had a 19-point lead by halftime and scored 52 points in the first 20 minutes. For the game, 10 different North Carolina players scored, including double-figure scoring on the part of all five starters (and 14 from reserve Brice Johnson). The Tar Heels assisted 24 of their 35 field goals and shot 57 percent from the field.
3. Okaro White, Florida State Seminoles
If the Florida State Seminoles had any remaining at-large bid hopes for the NCAA Tournament, they got a boost on Sunday when FSU went into Pittsburgh and notched a 71-64 victory over the quickly fading Pitt Panthers. Okaro White was a big key in the Florida State win, scoring 22 points and grabbing eight rebounds. White added three blocks and a steal, contributing at both ends of the court in the critical victory.
2. Jabari Parker, Duke Blue Devils
The more games Duke plays, the more it appears that Jabari Parker might not only be the best freshman in the country but he will also be ACC Player of the Year. Parker delivered yet another strong game in Saturday's win over then-No. 1 Syracuse with 19 points and 10 rebounds. The 6-foot-8 forward from Chicago has seven double-doubles (points, rebounds) in his last 10 games, and he had no fewer than eight rebounds in the three games where he failed to grab 10. Since only scoring eight in Duke's win over Virginia, Parker has averaged 19.5 points and 11.2 rebounds per game.
1. T.J. Warren, NC State Wolfpack
If the ACC Player of the Year award was determined on scoring alone, NC State's T.J. Warren would have made a great case for himself in Saturday's win over Virginia Tech. Warren scored 31 points as the Wolfpack held off the Hokies 71-64. Warren went 12-for-21 from the field and added six rebounds and four blocks for good measure. Warren is averaging 23.3 PPG on the season, and in his last seven games that average jumps to 26.6.