State, Carolina in ACC semis Saturday
Posted March 16, 2013
Greensboro, N.C. — Two Triangle teams face one more hurdle apiece to advance to the ACC Tournament title game, and a rubber match to claim season supremacy.
North Carolina State University (24-9, 11-7 ACC) cruised through their quarterfinal match-up with Virginia Friday, 75-56. Scott Wood led the way with 23 points and C.J. Leslie added 17 points and 11 rebounds. State also got strong performances from freshman T.J. Warren (18 points) and senior Richard Howell (12 rebounds).
The Wolfpack have a greater challenge Saturday at 1 p.m. when they meet ACC top seed Miami (25-6, 15-3). The Hurricanes are ranked No. 9 in the nation and beat State by a point in the teams' only meeting this season.
The University of North Carolina (23-9, 12-6) will be looking for a third straight berth in the tournament final when they meet Maryland at 3 p.m. The Tar Heels face seventh-seeded Maryland, which upset second-ranked Duke on Friday.
The third-seeded Heels took control of their quarterfinal game with a 13-0 run early in the second half to beat the reigning champion Florida State Seminoles in a rematch of last season's championship game.
Maryland (22-11, 8-10) dominated the Blue Devils by shutting down Ryan Kelly and holding the league's best team from 3-point range to 4-of-25 shooting from beyond the arc.
Both games air on WRAL-TV, 99.9 FM The Fan ESPN Radio and via stream on the WRALSportsFan app.