College football was treated to the Oprah effect (“You get a coach and you get a coach and you get a coach!”) today as four programs found out who their new leader will be. So who went where? Here’s a handy recap:
The day started with the 8-9 matchup between Maryland and Wake Forest, with the winner moving on to play top-seed North Carolina on Friday.
Maryland ended the first half on a 9-3 run to take a 36-31 halftime lead. The Terrapins carried that momentum into the second half, as they opened on a 15-4 run. They never looked back en route to their 82-60 victory.
Maryland out-rebounded WF 39-24 and they out-scored WF 44-28 in the paint. They also shot 54% from the field.
The ACC’s leading scorer, Terrell Stoglin, was unhappy about not being named to the All-ACC first team. Many said it was because he takes too many bad shots and he isn’t team-oriented. Stoglin took that to heart, especially in the first half (he had just five points prior to Maryland’s run to end the half). He finished with 25 points and made 4-of-5 shots in the second half. Nick Faust totaled 19 points and James Padgett added ten for the Terps.
Wake only had three players score in the first half: CJ Harris (13 points), Travis McKie (nine points), and Nikita Mescheriakov (nine points). That continued in the second half, as those three combined for 52 of Wake’s 60 points. However Harris only scored one point in the second half.
The ACC Tournament gets underway with first round action on Thursday at the Philips Arena in Atlanta. North Carolina won the regular season title and own the top seed. The top four seeds (UNC, Duke, Florida State, and Virginia) received a bye to Quarterfinal Friday.
*The 8-9 matchup opens up first round action at noon ET. Maryland will face Wake Forest. Maryland beat WF back in January. The Terrapins didn’t play well to finish the season, as they lost three in a row. WF lost three of their last four games.
Players to Watch: Maryland’s Terrell Stoglin leads the ACC in scoring at 21.2 points per game. Wake’s CJ Harris (16.8 PPG) and Travis McKie (15.9 PPG) rank in the conference’s top ten in scoring.
The winner will face UNC to start Quarterfinal Friday (noon ET). Maryland lost to UNC twice, while WF lost once.
*The five-seed NC State (who is sitting on the NCAA bubble) will then face 12th-seeded Boston College. NC State beat BC twice during the regular season. The Wolfpack ended the season winning two in a row, but lost four in a row prior. BC ended the season losing five out of six.
Players to Watch: NC State’s CJ Leslie averages 14.3 PPG and 7.1 rebounds a game. Scott Wood of NC State leads the ACC in three point field goal percentage (41.5%) and he makes at least two 3-pointers a game. BC is led by freshman Ryan Anderson, who averages 10.8 points and 7.2 rebounds a game.
The winner will face UVA in the second game on Quarterfinal Friday. NC State lost to UVA by just one point, while BC lost, 66-49.