The ACC and the Post-Season: Update 5
Sunday featured three ACC teams trying to make it to the Sweet Sixteen. Unfortunately, only two of them made it. And, for one, it was a bittersweet victory.
The first game of the day was a success as #11 North Carolina State upset #3 Georgetown, 66-63. C.J. Williams, Scott Wood and C.J. Leslie each scored 14 points to lead North Carolina State into the Sweet Sixteen. Lorenzo Brown had a nice game too, with 12 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 key free throws down the stretch. North Carolina State will play @2 seed Kansas.
The second game of the day was a bittersweet result for North Carolina. The #1 seed Tar Heels had little trouble defeating #8 Creighton, 87-73. John Henson returned from injury with 13 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks. But North Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall broke a wrist–putting him in jeopardy for future games. Marshall scored 18 points and dished out 11 assists. And 3 other Tar Heels scored in double-digits too. Creighton was held to 41.2% shooting and rebounded by 9. All in all, a very solid effort for the Tar Heels. Next up is the #13 seed Ohio, who defeated #12 South Florida.
The final game of the day featured #3 Florida State and #6 seed Cincinnati. Unfortunately, Cincinnati defeated Florida State 62-56, ending the Seminoles season. Poor shooting plagued Florida State as they hit only 38% of its attempts from the floor. In addition, Florida State committed 17 turnovers. Luke Loucks led the Seminoles with 14 points. Michael Snaer was only 3 for 9 from three-point range, but rebounded from his scoreless opening round game to add 11 points.
After today’s results, the ACC is down to North Carolina, and North Carolina State, as well as Syracuse.