The first month of ACC basketball conference play is almost behind us, so let’s catch up on what’s going on in the league.
The North Carolina Tar Heels are off to a great start thanks to a rebounding margin that leads the nation at 14.4 per game. It’s the highest in school history and is the second highest by any team in the country since 1980. Only Michigan State in 2011 was higher.
Sticking with the Tar Heels, Sr center Kenny Meeks is having a solid final season in Carolina Blue. He ranks fourth in the conference in rebounding at 9.7 a game. He currently leads all ACC players in career rebounds with 867, and games with 10 or more at 28.
Wake Forest has been putting up some numbers against league opponents so far this season. The latest example would be their win over Miami last week. They shot 58% from the field and 47% from behind the arc while shooting 82% from the foul line. It all added up to a 96-79 win over the Hurricanes. It’s the most points scored vs Miami this season, who entered the game with a top ten ranked defense in the nation.
Duke Sophomore Luke Kennard connected on 6-10 from the field and 1-3 from three-point territory in last Saturday’s loss to Louisville. The three gave him his league-best 21st consecutive game with at least one made three-pointer dating back to last year.
In the same game, Jr Grayson Allen’s 23 points and nine assists led his team. He now has 1,183 points which rank him 47th all-time on Duke scoring list. He has now notched 20 points for the fifth time this year and for the 25th time in his career.
Notre Dame finished 15-21 (.714) from behind the three-point line in last Wednesday’s road loss at Florida State. The 15 threes tied the ND record for most 3-point goals in an ACC game, while their .714 percentage is the highest ever posted in an ACC game.
Miami has been very good at not turning the ball over so far this year. They have had three games this season in which they have had less than 10 turnovers in a game.
Georgia Tech’s Ben Lammers swatted away eight shots in last Wednesday game VS Virginia Tech. It’s the most blocked shots since he rejected nine against Southern back on Nov.14. He is averaging 3.56 blocks a game to rank him third in the nation. In conference play, Lammers is averaging 3.17 per contest.