In ACC tournament, history beckons for Terps

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Sports,Campus Confidential,Kevin Dunleavy

Maryland has a chance to make history on several levels if it can win Saturday and Sunday in the ACC tournament. No team has won four games on its way to the ACC championship. And no team seeded worse than sixth has ever captured the title. The Terps are seeded No. 7.

Three teams have reached the title game by winning three games, but none have closed the deal. In 2010, No. 7 Georgia Tech fell to top-seeded Duke 65-61. In 2007, No. 10 N.C. State lost to top-seeded North Carolina 89-80. In 1997, No. 8 North Carolina State fell to No. 3 North Carolina 64-54.

Here are the No. 6 seeds who have won the ACC tournament and the teams they beat and where they were seeded:

Virginia (1976) – N.C. State (3), Maryland (2), UNC (1)

Duke (1980) – N.C. State (3), North Carolina (2), Maryland (1)

N.C. State (1987) – Duke (3), Wake (7), UNC (1)

Georgia Tech (1993) – Duke (2), Clemson (7), UNC (1)

Maryland (2004) – Wake (3), N.C. State (2), Duke (1)

Perhaps a good omen for the Terps: In its last two ACC championship seasons, Maryland’s path to the title went through the state. In the 1984 tournament in Greensboro, coach Lefty Driesell and MVP Len Bias beat No. 7 North Carolina State, No. 3 Wake Forest, and No. 4 Duke in the title game. In the 2004 tournament in Greensboro, coach Gary Williams and MVP John Gilchrist beat No. 3 Wake, No. 2 North Carolina State, and No. 1 Duke.

Beating three teams from North Carolina in the tournament has happened eight times, all by championship teams. Maryland is the only school from out of the state to do it and has a chance to become the ninth on Saturday. Here are the teams that have done it:

1954-N.C. State (No. 4 seed) – UNC (5), Duke (1), Wake (3)

1964-Duke (No. 1 seed) – N.C. State (8), UNC (5), Wake (2)

1966-Duke (No. 1 seed) – Wake (8), UNC (4), N.C. State (2)

1967-UNC (No. 1 seed) – N.C. State (8), Wake (5), Duke (2)

1984-Maryland (No. 2 seed) – NCS (7), Wake (3), Duke (4)

1987-N.C.State (No. 6 seed) – Duke (3), Wake (7), UNC (1)

2002-Duke (No. 2 seed) – UNC (7), Wake (3), N.C. State (4)

2004-Maryland (No. 6 seed) – Wake (3), N.C. State (2), Duke (1)

Maryland also is trying to become the fourth team to beat the No. 1, 2, and 3 seeds in the ACC tournament. Here are the teams – all No. 6 seeds.

Virginia (1976) – N.C. State (3), Maryland (2), UNC (1)

Maryland (2004) – Wake (3), N.C. State (2), Duke (1)

Duke (1980) – N.C. State (3), North Carolina (2), Maryland (1)

Kdunleavy@washingtonexaminer.com

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