Home » Conference Notes » Currently Reading:

ACC Recap

October 30, 2002 Conference Notes No Comments

Atlantic Coast Conference Recap

by Michael Protos

When last we visited the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Maryland Terrapins had just cut down the nets in Atlanta, and “Fear the Turtle” had entered the national lexicon. The ever-invincible Duke had wounds to heal from its Sweet Sixteen loss to eventual finalist Indiana, and several teams that had started the season in rough shape had built on their experience and entered the tournament season with momentum. Exhibit A: North Carolina State.

Conference Tournament
North Carolina State became the surprise team of the ACC tournament, providing the only upset of the tournament when it defeated Maryland in the semifinals 86-82. Of course, that game would be the last one Maryland would lose en route to the national championship. Following a disappointing conclusion to the 2001-02 campaign, Virginia lost in the quarterfinals, which hurt its argument for an NCAA bid.

NCAA Tournament
Maryland: National Champion as the 1-seed in the East. Along the way the Terps defeated play-in winner Siena, ended Wisconsin’s surprise season early in a second-round knockout. In the Sweet Sixteen, Maryland defeated Kentucky, followed by an enthusiastic UConn team. In what many should have been the Championship game, UMD knocked off fellow 1-seed Kansas in a high-scoring affair, and then the aforementioned win over Indiana in the finals, 64-52.

Duke: The Blue Devils, seeded No. 1 in the South, seemingly had it made, defeating Winthrop by 47 points in the first round, followed by a closer win against Notre Dame over the weekend. In the shock of the tournament (before everyone discovered that the Hoosiers had game), Duke lost by one to Indiana in the Sweet Sixteen.

Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons, seeded seventh, handled at-large bid recipient Pepperdine in the first round, before going home after the first weekend by losing to Oregon 92-87.

N.C. State: Defeated an experienced Michigan State squad in the first round, and lost to Uconn by 3 in Round 2.

Virginia: Lost in first round to NIT finalist South Carolina, 74-67.

Conference All-Stars:
Jason Williams, Duke: Drafted second overall by Chicago
Juan Dixon, Maryland: Drafted 17th overall by Washington
Mike Dunleavy, Duke: Drafted third overall by Golden State
Anthony Grundy, N.C. State: Graduated, not drafted.
Carlos Boozer, Duke: Drafted 35th overall by Cleveland

Coaching Changes:
Florida State fired Steve Robinson and hired Leonard Hamilton. Hamilton last coached the Washington Wizards in 2000-01, but his most notable coaching success was at the University of Miami from 1990-2000. He resurrected the basketball program, leading the team to six consecutive winning seasons, four consecutive postseason tournaments and a Sweet 16 appearance in 2000. In the previous four seasons at Florida State, Robinson led the Seminoles to a 46-72 overall record and 25-55 conference record.

Off-season news:
The 2003 ACC Conference Tournament will return to Greensboro, N.C. in the Greensboro Coliseum.

Nigel “Big Jelly” Dixon transferred from Florida State to Western Kentucky. During his junior at Florida State, he averaged 6.7 points and five rebounds per game.

Clemson gains 6-7 small forward Lamar Rice from Mott Community College, where he averaged 16 points and seven rebounds per game. Clemson also signed Ori Ichaki from Hertzlia, Israel. Ichaki has played on several national teams and will enter Clemson as a freshman. Now Clemson must settle his eligibility issues. These players make up for the loss of shooting guard Tony Stockman to Ohio State and forward Dwon Clifton to NC-Greensboro.

Three Georgia Tech players have been suspended for playing in an unauthorized summer league and will miss the season opener Nov. 23 against Arkansas – Pine Bluff. Georgia Tech is appealing the ruling.

North Carolina guards Adam Boone and Brian Morrison left the team after their sophomore seasons. Boone transferred to the University of Minnesota while Morrison continues to search for a new school. He was last heard considering the University of Washington, but that school has not received a transfer application from Morrison.

Clemson bids adieu to its leading scorer, senior Jamar McKnight. Two more players from last year transferred, second leading scorer Tony Stockman and role player Dwon Clifton. Duke loses three starters to the draft: Jason Williams, Carlos Boozer and Mike Dunleavy.

Florida State loses its scoring leader, assist leader and rebounding leader in Monte Cummings, Delvon Arrington and Nigel Dixon, respectively. Dixon transferred to Western Kentucky while Cummings and Arrington graduated with starting forward Antwuan Dixon. Georgia Tech’s leading scorer, senior Tony Akins graduated with forward Clarence Moore.
Maryland will defend its title without floor general Juan Dixon or his dominant supporting cast of Lonny Baxter, Byron Mouton and Chris Wilcox. X is the magic letter here – Dixon, Baxter and Wilcox will be in NBA uniforms this coming season. North Carolina’s youth movement will replace leaders Jason Capel and Kris Lang. Center Brian Bersticker also graduated while rising junior guards Brian Morrison and Adam Boone left the school.

North Carolina State must replace its charismatic guards Anthony Grundy and Archie Miller this season. Virginia’s Roger Mason, Jr. moves on to the NBA after leading the team in points and assists last season. Virginia must also replace the contributions of Chris Williams, Adam Hall and J.C. Mathis.

Wake Forest will select fresh faces to start this season as seniors Darius Songaila, Craig Dawson, Antwan Scott and Broderick Hicks graduated. Songaila, who led the squad in points and rebounds, earned a spot on Boston’s draft card.


Comment on this Article:

Subscribe to Hoopville

Enter your email address to subscribe to Hoopville


Hoopville Archives

College Basketball Tonight

We hope you enjoyed COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT during the 2016 NCAA Tournament. COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT is a comprehensive look at the NCAA Tournament hosted by veteran college basketball broadcaster Ted Sarandis, along with co-hosts Mike Jarvis and Terry O'Connor, both former Division I coaches. It also included many great guests, including Hoopville's own Phil Kasiecki.

The show aired on AM 710 WOR in New York City on Sunday evenings starting with Selection Sunday and running through the NCAA Tournament.

Here are links to the shows:

March 13, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 20, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 27, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

April 3, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

Coaching Changes

The coaching carousel is moving. Keep track of the latest coaching changes right here on Hoopville.

Everybody Needs a Head Coach

Former college basketball coach Mike Jarvis has a new book out, Everybody Needs a Head Coach.

"As you read this book, I hope that Coach Jarvis' experiences inspire you to find your purpose in life."
-Patrick Ewing, NBA Hall of Fame center

"Mike Jarvis' is one of my special friends. I am so pleased that he has taken the time to write this fabulous book."
-Mike Krzyzewski, Five-time NCAA championship head coach, Duke Blue Devils

"In reading this book, I can see that Mike hasn't lost his edge or his purpose. Readers should take a look at what he has to say."
-Jim Calhoun, Three-time NCAA champion, UConn Men's basketball

Review on Hoopville coming soon!

Hoopville Podcasts

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – May 30, 2018

May 30, 2018 by

The NBA Draft and its deadline to withdraw to return to school leads the way in our latest podcast. We also look at one conference’s new scheduling plans, a number of quick hitters, and pay tribute to a fallen conference leader.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 26, 2018

April 27, 2018 by

In our latest podcast, we spend a lot of time looking at what the Commission on College Basketball came up with, as their report was just produced. We also look at the NBA Draft and transfers, which have many rosters potentially in flux for next season.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 6, 2018

April 6, 2018 by

In our first podcast in the postseason, we look back one more time on the NCAA Tournament, which was just what we needed at this time. We also look at the NIT, CBI and CIT, as well as important transactions with players leaving early for the NBA Draft and coaching changes.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 3, 2018

April 3, 2018 by

The 2018 national championship is in the books, and with it another season of college basketball. We break down the national championship game and some of its implications to wrap up the season.

College Basketball Tonight – April 1, 2018

April 2, 2018 by

Welcome to our Final Four edition of College Basketball Tonight. In this edition, we look ahead to Monday’s national championship game, and bring on two guests – long-time Villanova radio play-by-play broadcaster Ryan Fannon and Radford head coach Mike Jones – to get their thoughts and insights on the game.

Phil Kasiecki on Twitter

Recruiting Coverage

Lincoln captures Hamilton Park title

August 15, 2017 by

For the first time, a public school won the Hamilton Park Summer League, and they were led by a big effort from a junior point guard in the title game.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Boston Shootout

June 12, 2017 by

Some news and notes coming from the second and final day of action at the 2017 Boston Shootout, where the host program provided plenty of talent, but so did a program that produced a team that beat them.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Northeast Hoops Festival

April 11, 2017 by

The Northeast Hoops Festival helped bring in the new spring travel season in New England, and we have notes from some of Saturday’s action.

2016 Boston Back to School Showcase notes

September 12, 2016 by

We look back at the 2016 Boston Back to School Showcase, where a couple of Boston City League teams were among the most impressive on the day.

2016 Hoopville Spring Finale championship recap

June 28, 2016 by

We look back at the championship games of the 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale, which had a big local flavor as one might have expected.