2. Duke [23-5] vs. 7. N.C. State [19-12]
Regular Season Meeting: Duke 86, (at) N.C. State 74, Jan. 13.
Leading Scorer: Shelden Williams, Duke, 22 points.
_____ ACC Tournament _____ • In what could be his last game coaching Virginia, Pete Gillen, pictured, and the Cavaliers lose to Duke, 76-64.
• Michael Wilbon: There's evidence that tells us the ACC is the best league right now.
• Georgia Tech pulls away to oust Virginia Tech, 73-54.
• North Carolina survives a scare from Clemson and escapes, 88-81.
• Playing without Chris Paul, Wake Forest falls to N.C. State, 81-65.
• On Basketball: Expectations may be the most difficult thing coaches and their players face.
• Full-Court Press: News and notes
__ Saturday's Schedule __ • UNC vs. Georgia Tech, 1:30 p.m.
• N.C. State vs. Duke, 4 p.m.
__ Friday's Results __ • North Carolina 88, Clemson 81
• Georgia Tech 73, Virginia Tech 54
• N.C. State 81, Wake Forest 65
• Duke 76, Virginia 64
_____ Thursday's Results _____ • Clemson 84, Maryland 72
• N.C. State 70, Florida State 54
• Virginia 66, Miami 65
__ Multimedia __ • Video: Post's Matt Rennie talks about Maryland's loss, Virginia's win.
_____ On Our Site _____ • Friday's photos
• Images from Maryland's loss to Clemson, a defeat that likely keeps the Terps out of the NCAAs for the first time since '93.
• Talk about Maryland's loss.
• ACC in D.C.: Dan Steinberg reports from the ACC tournament.
• Where to go: Check out the best places to watch all the action.
• An interactive guide to the hot spots around the MCI Center.
__ Tournament Preview Section __ • The MCI Center plays host to the ACC tournament, considered by some to be the biggest event in college basketball.
• John Feinstein: The tradition of the ACC tournament is what makes it so special.
• Bracket and schedule
• Although he is one of the ACC's best players, Tar Heels freshman Marvin Williams remains humble.
• News Graphic: Freshman who might play big roles this week.
• The improved play of center Eric Williams gives the Demon Deacons a potent inside-outside game.
• Lee Melchionni has taken advantage of increased playing time and given Duke a major boost.
• News Graphic: Tournament information, map and records.
_____ Team Capsules _____ • Clemson
• Florida State
• Georgia Tech
• North Carolina
• North Carolina State
• Virginia Tech
• Wake Forest
Leading Rebounder: J.J. Redick, 7.
Records in ACC tournament: Duke, 73-37; N.C. State 77-41.
Vs. each other in ACC tournament: Duke leads, 13-8.
Back courts: The Wolfpack was able to take advantage of Wake Forest's Chris Paul-less back court in Friday's night's 81-65 upset. Julius Hodge had 22 points, and North Carolina State got a stellar performance from reserve guard Cameron Bennerman, who replaced Georgetown transfer Tony Bethel (groin) in the starting lineup. Bennerman scored 17 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had five assists. He scored 20 points in the teams' only meeting during the regular season, Duke's 86-74 win in Raleigh on Jan. 13. Duke's J.J. Redick struggled against N.C. State in the regular season, scoring eight points on 1 for 5 shooting. He had averaged 20.5 points and shot 50 percent on three-point attempts in his previous four games against the Wolfpack.
Front courts: Against Wake Forest, the Wolfpack managed to break even on the boards despite missing senior center Jordan Collins, who played only two minutes because of a shoulder injury. Hodge and Bennerman each had eight rebounds, and reserve forward Andrew Brackman had 16 points and four rebounds. The freshman had scored only nine points in his previous four games and hadn't scored 10 or more since January. Forward Ilian Evtimov continued his torrid shooting, making five three-pointers for the third game in a row. All-ACC forward Shelden Williams of Duke had 22 points and six rebounds against the Wolfpack during the regular season, after averaging only seven points and 5.5 rebounds in his previous four games against them.
Coaching/Intangibles: With Wake Forest losing in the quarterfinals, the Blue Devils could possibly steal a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament -- if they advance to tomorrow's ACC championship game. The Blue Devils have dominated N.C. State, winning 22 of the past 25 games. Duke has won the last four games they've played in the ACC tournament.
-- Mark Schlabach