With one week left in the regular season, here is what is happening in the ACC before we head to New York.
Wake Forest Sophomore John Collins is having a terrific season for the Demon Deacons. He delivered his 11th straight 20 point game with a double-double (22 points, 13 rebounds) in Wake’s win over Pittsburgh last week. The outing earned him Player of the Week honors. The streak is the longest in ACC play and the longest since 2013-14.
The Freshman of the week goes to Duke’s Jayson Tatum, who wins the award for the second consecutive week and for the third time this season. In his last three games, Tatum has averaged 22 points.
John Gillon of Syracuse has made 43 consecutive free throws tying J. J. Redick of Duke for the fifth longest streak in ACC history. When not knocking down FT’s the graduate student has hit some timely three’s including the game winner VS Duke last Wednesday night. For the Orange, it was the second time this season a game was won at the buzzer.
Georgia Tech Freshman Josh Okogie has had five games with 20 or more points. He has scored in double figures in 23 of the Yellow Jackets 28 games, and in 14 of 15 league games. Okogie last time out was a 25 point outing as they beat N.C. State 71-69 last Tuesday night.
V. J. Beachem knocked down a career-high seven three-pointers on his way to a 27 point outing VS N.C. State last weekend. It marked the ninth time he has scored 20 this season. The seven three-pointers set a Notre Dame record for an ACC game. Beachem has scored over 20 in five of his last nine games.
The Irish have been consistent under Head Coach Mike Brey. Now 10-5 in league play, it marks the 12th time in their 17 years under coach Brey that the Fighting Irish has won 10 or more conference game.
The North Carolina Tar Heels moved to 12-3 with their win over Louisville last Wednesday night. It marks the 25th time overall and the 10th time in 14 years under Roy Williams that the Tar Heels have won at least 12 regular season games. The win over the Cardinals was UNC’s ninth win this season over a NCAA top 50 team, it ties Florida State, Duke, and Villanova for the most in the county.
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