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One Shining ACC Moment

Thursday, March 10, 2005; Page G11

N.C. State's 103-100 overtime victory over Maryland in the 1974 ACC tournament final is arguably the greatest college basketball game ever played. The stakes were high: The winner went to the NCAA tournament, the loser did not. Six all-Americans and 10 future NBA draft picks competed in the game. Both schools had routed their opponents in the ACC tournament en route to the championship game.

State's David Thompson and Tom Burleson, the tournament's MVP, combined for 67 points. The Wolfpack later won the 1974 national title on the same Greensboro, N.C., court where it captured the ACC title.

Tom Burleson, shooting, and State edged Maryland in a classic in 1974. (AP)

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Honorable Mention: 1983. North Carolina State's improbable run through the 1983 ACC tournament was just a prelude to the Wolfpack's dramatic NCAA tournament title march. The fourth-seeded Wolfpack, which entered the league tournament with an 8-6 ACC record, needed a few wins just to feel comfortable about earning an at-large bid.

The Wolfpack beat Wake Forest by one point, then overcame a six-point deficit in overtime to upset top seed North Carolina, which The Post's John Feinstein wrote "messed up the anticipated Game of the Century III" between North Carolina and Virginia. The next day, State toppled Virginia, 81-78.

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