ACC: Top 5 Performances for March 1-2
The 5 Top Performances in the ACC for March 1-2
On Saturday afternoon, the ACC took center stage with the fourth-ranked Syracuse Orange visiting No. 12 Virginia in a battle for the conference's regular season championship. After a close game for 30 minutes, Virginia does what it has done so often this conference season, pulling away late to roll Syracuse 75-56 and clinch first place in the ACC.
The matchup was justified in getting all the national attention that it got, but it by no means featured the only impressive performances in the ACC over the weekend. While you could give one of this week's spots just to Virginia's defense alone (Syracuse was held to just 36 percent shooting from the field, including 5-of-22 from 3-point range), there were a tremendous number of individual efforts that are worth noting this week. In fact, 12 players received consideration to be included among this week's honorees, a record for this list.
One of the honorable mentions only scored three points. That would be Virginia senior Thomas Rogers, who hit a fall-away three in the final minute vs. Syracuse. Why the mention? Rogers, who rarely sees any playing time, scored his first-ever points in a conference game with the three -- one that touched off wild celebrations on the UVA bench and in the crowd. More traditional nominees included Miami center Tonye Jekiri (14 points, 13 rebounds in win at N.C. State), North Carolina forward James Michael McAdoo (15 points, three rebounds, three steals, three assists vs. Virginia Tech), Virginia Tech forward Jarell Eddie (18 points, seven rebounds), Notre Dame guard Eric Atkins (17 points, nine assists in overtime loss to Pittsburgh), Maryland guard Seth Allen (20 points, six rebounds in double-overtime loss to Clemson) and Georgia Tech forward Robert Carter, Jr., who went 11-for-11 from the free throw line and finished with 20 points and six rebounds in the Yellow Jackets' loss to Florida State.
Here are the top five performances in the ACC for the weekend of March 1-2.
Ed Morgans is an ACC Basketball Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @writered21 and add him to your network on Google.
5. Talib Zanna, Pittsburgh Panthers
Pittsburgh's big man Talib Zanna was one of the keys to Pitt's overtime win over Notre Dame on Saturday. Zanna put up 17 points and 14 rebounds in the victory. Most impressively from Zanna, 10 of his 14 rebounds were offensive boards. Zanna is Pitt's leading rebounder with 8.3 PPG.
4. Ryan Anderson, Boston College
It's not that often that Boston College wins an ACC game, and with the Eagles' season made after winning at then-No. 1 Syracuse, it may have been a surprise to some to see the Eagles beat Wake Forest on Saturday. Ryan Anderson played a big role in the win, posting 24 points and seven rebounds as the Eagles claimed a victory in Winston-Salem.
3. Lamar Patterson, Pittsburgh Panthers
Pittsburgh guard Lamar Patterson continued to make his case for first-team All-ACC honors with a strong performance against Notre Dame. Patterson, who leads the Panthers in scoring (17.2) and assists (4.5), had 20 points, seven rebounds and seven assists on Saturday.
2. Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia Cavaliers
Another player who should now be on the conference's first team is Virginia guard Malcolm Brogdon. Brogdon shook off some early shooting woes to put up the kind of all-around game he's been showcasing throughout the ACC season. Against Syracuse on Saturday, Brogdon finished with 19 points, five rebounds and five assists. While others have put up flashier numbers, Brogdon may be the ACC's most consistent player. Brogdon has scored in double figures in all of Virginia's 17 ACC games this season.
1. K.J. McDaniels, Clemson Tigers
Clemson junior forward K.J. McDaniels is a regular in this list, and he even topped his usual effort Sunday in a double-overtime win vs. Maryland. McDaniels played 48 of a possible 50 minutes and scored 26 points, added 14 rebounds, blocked six shots and dished out three assists. For all the time he had the ball to put up those numbers, McDaniels had only two turnovers. McDaniels' 14 rebounds were a season-high.
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