Another great week of college basketball in the ACC headlined by #1 Duke’s upset at the hands of Boston College last Saturday. In this league, you have to bring it every time you step on the hardwood or suffer the fate.
The weekly awards were handed out and for the second time in the young season, North Carolina junior Luke Maye wins ACC player of the Week. Maye has six double-doubles this season and has scored at least 20 points in seven games this year.
The Rookie of the Week is freshman big man Marvin Bagley III. It’s the third time in the last four weeks he has won this award. He already has 10 double-doubles in twelve games, including a 15 point, 12 rebound effort in the Blue Devils loss to BC last Saturday. He leads the conference in scoring at 21.9 a game, rebounding at 11.2 a contest, and in double-doubles with 10.
Notre Dame’s Bonzie Colson has been a double-figure scoring machine for the Irish. He has scored at least 10 points in 26 straight games. He leads all current players in the ACC with 27 career double-doubles. He is currently fourth in scoring averaging 19.6 a game and is fifth in rebounding averaging 9.3 a ballgame. Colson possesses very good defensive skills which are evident as he is third in steals with 2.11 a game.
Virginia Tech’s Justin Bibbs has been a consistent three-point threat for the Hokies. He has made at least one three-pointer in 23 straight games which is the longest current streak in the ACC. Bibbs currently ranks second among conference three-point field goal percentage leaders (.436). He is fifth in scoring in the league at 18.6 an outing and is fifth in three-point FG made at 2.57. He ranks sixth in three-point FG percentage at .462.
Wake Forest started the season by losing four of their first five games. Since then, the Demon Deacons have won five in a row. Bryan Crawford is one of the reasons for the turnaround. He has scored in double figures in 35 consecutive games- the longest current streak in the ACC and the sixth longest nationally. Free throw shooting has contributed to the double-digits games and the junior is sixth in the league at .911% ( 51 of 56), averaging 15.8 points a game good for 14th in the scoring race.
Boston College’s sophomore guard Ky Bowman has been getting it done for the Eagles all season. He is the only player in the country to average at least 15.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 5.4 assists. Bowman is also the only player in the conference to rank in the top 15 in scoring, top 25 in rebounding, and top 10 in assists. Last Saturday in the win over Duke, Bowman was one assist shy of his first triple-double in his college career.
That wraps up another week of news and happenings from around the Atlantic Coast Conference. We will be back next week with more from the ACC.