Three Triangle teams compete Friday in ACC Tournament
Posted March 15, 2013
Greensboro, N.C. — The North Carolina State University Wolfpack, winners by 17 over Virginia Tech Thursday, are the first of the Triangle trio to take the floor Friday at the ACC Tournament. Duke (7 p.m.) and UNC (9 p.m.) play in the evening session after enjoying the Thursday bye. NC State advances over Virginia Tech, 80-63
The fifth-seed Wolfpack meet the Virginia Cavaliers at 2 p.m. They will be looking to build on the poise shown Thursday by veteran leaders Richard Howell, C.J. (Calvin) Leslie and Scott Wood. Howell's 22 points and 12 rebounds were key to State's inside game, and Leslie pulled down his own 7 boards.
If State can hold serve against the Cavs, No. 1 seed Miami looms in Saturday's early semifinal. The Hurricanes start their quest for the ACC Tournament title in the noon game, facing No. 8 seed Boston College.
Virginia (21-10) actually finished in a tie with NC State for fourth in the league standings at 11-7, but won the head-to- head battle in usual fashion (58-55). Virginia doesn't have a great track record in the ACC Tournament, with a 31-58 overall record.
The Blue Devils and Tar Heels, should they advance Friday against Maryland (7) and Florida State (6) respectively, would face each other – just a week after Duke's resounding 69-53 win at the Dean Smith Center in the regular season finale.
All of Friday's games air on WRAL-TV and 99.9 FM The Fan ESPN Radio.