Here’s a recap of last week’s action and a look ahead to this week in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Junior guard/forward Pat Connaughton’s play in his home state helped lift the Irish to a 73-69 win at Boston College to mark the first time Notre Dame has won consecutive ACC games this season.
1. Syracuse 12-0 (25-0)
2. Virginia 12-1 (21-5)
3. Duke 9-3 (20-5)
4. North Carolina 7-4 (17-7)
5. Pittsburgh 8-5 (20-6)
6. North Carolina State 6-6 (16-9)
6. Clemson 6-6 (15-9)
8. Florida State 6-7 (15-10)
8. Maryland 6-7 (14-12)
10. Notre Dame 5-8 (14-12)
11. Wake Forest 4-8 (14-11)
11. Georgia Tech 4-8 (13-12)
13. Miami 3-9 (12-13)
14. Virginia Tech 2-10 (9-15)
14. Boston College 2-10 (6-19)
• North Carolina junior forward James Michael McAdoo earned ACC Player of the Week honors after scoring 24 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in the Tar Heels’ 75-71 win over Pittsburgh in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Saturday. It marked his fifth double-double of the season. The Heels’ other scheduled matchup from last week — a home game against Duke — was postponed due to weather and rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 20.
• Duke freshman forward Jabari Parker earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors for the eighth time after recording a game-high 23 points and eight rebounds in the Blue Devils’ 69-67 win over Maryland, the final regular-season matchup between the programs before the Terrapins move to the Big Ten next year. Parker’s 15 20-point games are tied for the third most by a freshman in ACC history.
• The ACC featured several excellent games last week, including No. 1 Syracuse’s 56-55 win over North Carolina State at the Carrier Dome on Saturday and the Blue Devils’ 79-77 defeat of Maryland in what marked the end of a rivalry due to conference realignment. The conference game of the week, however, goes to a matchup of old Big East foes, Syracuse and Pittsburgh. The Orange remained undefeated with its first of two tight victories of the week when freshman point guard Tyler Ennis sunk a buzzer-beating three-pointer from between halfcourt and the three-point line to lift Syracuse past the Panthers 58-56 on the road.
No. 1 Syracuse is now six regular-season games away from finishing its inaugural ACC season undefeated. During that stretch, the Orange will face both Virginia (12-1 in league play) and Duke in a rematch the overtime classic the programs played earlier in February.
• Seven teams are within two games of each other in the middle of what continues to be a jumbled ACC. The 10th-place Irish, winners of two straight in league play for the first time, are just one game behind Maryland and Florida State in the ACC standings for a first-round bye. The Terrapins and Seminoles own the tiebreaker over Notre Dame after winning the only meetings of the regular season.
• A 2-5 stretch has dropped Florida State (15-10, 6-7 ACC) from ESPN bracket expert Joe Lunardi’s field of 68. The ACC now has five teams in his latest projection, which trails the Pac-12, Big 12, Big Ten and Atlantic 10 for most squads (six). The Seminoles are now one of the first for out of the bracket.
Week in Review (Home team in CAPS)
Miami 77, FLORIDA STATE 73
VIRGINIA 61, Maryland 53
NOTRE DAME 68, Clemson 64 (2OT)
NORTH CAROLINA STATE 82, Wake Forest 67
Syracuse 58, PITTSBURGH 56
GEORGIA TECH 74, Boston College 71
Virginia 63, CLEMSON 58
NORTH CAROLINA 75, Pittsburgh 71
DUKE 69, Maryland 67
VIRGINIA TECH 52, Miami 45
SYRACUSE 56, North Carolina State 55
Florida State 67, WAKE FOREST 60
Notre Dame 73, BOSTON COLLEGE 69
*Duke at North Carolina postponed and rescheduled for Feb. 20
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North Carolina at Florida State (Monday, 7 p.m. ESPN)
Wake Forest at Maryland (Tuesday, 7 p.m. ESPN3)
North Carolina State at Clemson (Tuesday, 7 p.m. ESPNU)
Duke at Georgia Tech (Tuesday, 7 p.m. ESPN3)
Virginia at Virginia Tech (Tuesday, 9 p.m. ESPN3)
Boston College at Syracuse (Wednesday, 7 p.m. ESPN2)
Notre Dame at Miami (Wednesday, 9 p.m. ESPN3)
Duke at North Carolina (Thursday, 9 p.m. ESPN)
Boston College at Miami (Saturday, 12 p.m. ESPN3)
Wake Forest at North Carolina (Saturday, 12 p.m. ESPN3)
Clemson at Georgia Tech (Saturday, 12 p.m. ESPN3)
Notre Dame at Virginia (Saturday, 2 p.m. ESPN2)
North Carolina State at Virginia Tech (Saturday, 2 p.m. ESPN3)
Syracuse at Duke (Saturday, 7 p.m. ESPN)
Florida State at Pittsburgh (Sunday, 6 p.m. ESPNU)
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