Destination College Basketball

March 01, 2006|By HEATHER A. DINICH

Inside the ACC

Game to Watch

No. 13 North Carolina at No. 1 Duke

When -- Saturday, 9 p.m.

TV -- ESPN

The point -- Sure, there's the obvious rivalry between these two storied programs, and the Tar Heels' revenge factor for their 87-83 home loss to the Blue Devils on Feb. 7. There are also the standings stakes: This game could determine who the Nos. 2, 3 and 4 seeds are in the ACC tournament. An underlying theme, though, could be the matchup between the top two choices for ACC - and possibly national - Coach of the Year. Do you give it to Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, , who might finish the ACC season undefeated? Or Roy Williams, the one who has done the most with the least? For some, it might come down to who wins this game.

CLEMSON CURSE

TERPS VS. TIGERS?

The point -- Let's just say everything stays how it is in the conference standings over the next week and Maryland finishes in eighth place and Clemson winds up ninth. That means the Terps would open the first round of the ACC tournament against a team that has beaten them four straight times. After defeating Maryland twice during the 2004-05 regular season, Clemson beat the Terps again, 84-72, in the first round of the ACC tournament at MCI Center, and won this season's meeting, 89-77, on Feb. 14. This year's tournament in Greensboro, N.C., begins at noon on March 9 with a game between the Nos. 8 and 9 seeds. The Tigers' only wins in February were against Maryland and Virginia.

SENIOR STATS

Garrison and Caner-Medley

The point -- Senior forward Travis Garrison needs just one rebound tonight against Miami to reach 600 for his career, and senior forward Nik Caner-Medley is just three points away from becoming the 15th Terp to reach 1,500 for his career. More importantly, though, this senior class needs a win.

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