Inside the ACC

Destination College Basketball

Atlantic Coast Conference -- Nation

February 01, 2006|By PAUL MCMULLEN

GAME TO WATCH

Maryland at No. 18 N.C. State

When -- Sunday, 2 p.m.

TV -- Comcast SportsNet

The point -- Back in 1973, an enterprising TV programmer whipped up a Super Bowl Sunday appetizer. No. 2 Maryland had Len Elmore, John Lucas and Tom McMillen. No. 3 North Carolina State came to Cole Field House with sophomore forward David Thompson. One of the most indelible moments of his brilliant career remains his soaring putback that beat the Terps by two. A few hours later, the Miami Dolphins beat the Washington Redskins in the Super Bowl. They were perfect, but neither as spectacular nor as sublime as Thompson. Now two of the ACC's top teams go at it again on Super Bowl Sunday. Sure beats the pre-game blather.

REDICK WATCH

The point -- The Blue Devils' senior guard has 2,360 career points, sixth all-time in the ACC. He'll need another week or two to catch Christian Laettner, in fifth at 2,460. Redick has 397 three-pointers, and is closing in on the NCAA record of 413, set by Virginia's Curtis Staples in 1998. His scoring average, 27.8, is the highest by an ACC player since the aforementioned Mr. Thompson averaged 29.9 in 1974-75, his final season at N.C. State.

CONSISTENTLY BAD

Clemson free throws

The point -- Clemson coach Oliver Purnell doesn't know whether to laugh or cry about the Tigers' ineptness at the free-throw line. They made just 21 of 37 (56.8 percent) in a double-overtime loss to N.C. State. It actually raised their season percentage to .580. The second-worst free-throw team in the ACC is Georgia Tech, at .657. The Tigers take a 3-4 league mark to Florida State tonight and would have a solid NCAA at-large resume if they could just finish the deal at the line.

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