by DeMarco Williams
Day 1 of the ACC tourney saw the NCAA tournament hopes of one team (Miami) dashed and those of three others (Maryland, Virginia Tech and Boston College) carry on for another day. Today, that trio, along with the Cinderella Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, face the big boys. And while we can’t promise any six-overtime thrillers at the Georgia Dome today, UNC, Duke, Wake and all the rest battling for seedings and invitations promise a good day of action. SLAM will do its best to keep up…
Previous ACC Tournament Posts: Day 1
Game 5: No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 8 Virginia Tech
-Know how you can tell that today is different than yesterday? Well, besides the sea of baby blue in the audience, ESPN’s Jimmie Dykes is in the building! Nah, but seriously, the atmosphere is much more lively today than yesterday. I can only imagine how the Deam Dome feels in late February.
-Okay, Ty Lawson. I see him. He’s shadowed by a trainer. He is in uniform. But he is not in the starting lineup… We’ll see how this one plays out.
-It’s amazing how much livelier today’s action is compared to yesterday’s. Every move on the floor, every whistle, is getting some sort of reaction from the clearly UNC-slated crowd.
-I don’t see any early lulls in UNC’s action without Lawson in there. They look okay. Just as long as they find an answer for A.D. Vassallo. He’s got five early. 11-4 Va Tech.
-The Hokies appear confident that they can give the country’s top-ranked team a game. I like this guard Michael Delaney a lot. He’s got a nice, composed game about him. He just found Cheick Diakite, who’s holding his own too, for two quick scores. 18-13 Hokies.
-Tyler Hansbrough hasn’t done much yet. Bobby Frasor, Ty’s replacement, gets the ball into him but he loses it. The next time down though, Hansbrough knocks one down. 23-15 Hokies with 8:19 left.
-There’s a controversial charge call against VA Tech. The crowd doesn’t just erupt; half of the reporters do too. It was a very suspect call. Not a minute later, the Heels are called for one of their own. Aaah, karma. Timeout on the floor. 23-17, Hokies.
-Frasor isn’t Lawson, but he isn’t expected to be either. Score a few points. Get the ball into Hansbrough and Wayne Ellington. Don’t make any mistakes. Move outta the way. Kinda simple, really. And he’s doing just that. UNC’s only down five with five minutes left.
-Delaney drops another one. He’s got six.
-Carolina’s found another answer, freshman Ed Davis. He’s got six too. 34-29, Hokies.