ACC Basketball News and Notes

Weekend number two of conference play is about to begin. Here’s a look back at the first week of play.

Virginia’s Kyle Guy was named ACC Player of the week. He averaged 25.5 points and six and a half rebounds as the #4 Cavaliers posted wins over Marshall (100-64) and # 9 Florida State (65-52). Guy set a Virginia school record with eleven straight 3-pointers over the two-game span. He shot 68 percent from the field (17-25), 88 percent from behind the arc (12-15), and was a perfect five for five from the free throw line in those two wins.
Zion Williamson of Duke is the freshman of the week. He dropped 25 points on eight of eleven shooting with 10 rebounds, two steals, and two blocks in 22 minutes of play against the Clemson Tigers. It was his third 20-10 game this season. Williamson already has six of Duke’s seven double-doubles this season including three straight.
Boston College’s  Ky Bowman has scored in double-figures in 23 straight games. Bowman is second in the league in scoring at twenty points a game.
Miami DJ Vasljevic has made at least one 3-point field goal in an ACC-best 28 straight games and in 67 of 78 career games.
Louisville Sophomore Jordan Nwora leads all conference players in per season scoring. Nwora has improved by (+11.5) from a year ago.
This past Wednesday night the Pittsburgh Panthers defeated the Cardinal 89-86 in OT. It was the Panthers first league win in nearly two years and the first of Jeff Capel’s career as the head coach at Pitt.
Two reasons why Pittsburgh was able to win might be a pair of freshman. Trey McGowens set a school freshman record by scoring 33 points in the win while fellow freshman, Xavier Johnson, had a double-double of 21 points and 10 assists. These two have combined to average 42.5 points, 7.5 assists, and nine rebounds. Johnson is the first Pittsburgh freshman to open the season with thirteen consecutive double-figure scoring games.
Blue Devils junior Javin DeLaurier has made eighteen consecutive field goals. It’s two shy of the ACC mark set by another Duke great, Alaa Abdelinaby during the 1988-89 season. The Blue Devils also lead the nation in blocked shots at 8.21 per game. If Duke can keep this going, they will eclipse the existing ACC single-season mark of 6.72 set by Maryland in 1999.
Virginia has won eight straight games against AP-ranked opponents tying for the sixth-longest streak in league history.
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