rain.png
Sunday June 20th, 2021 3:12PM

No. 7 Virginia visits Duke in season's lone ACC meeting

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

A look at the upcoming weekend around the Atlantic Coast Conference:

GAME OF THE WEEKEND

No. 7 Virginia (15-4, 11-2) at Duke (9-8, 7-6), on Saturday, in the season's lone meeting between the teams. The first-place Cavaliers look to rebound from Monday night’s 81-60 loss at No. 16 Florida State and maintain their winning percentage likely to determine conference tournament seeding. Virginia also aims to bounce back defensively after allowing FSU to shoot 50% overall and from long range. The Blue Devils seek their third consecutive conference win to improve their conference winning percentage and maintain slim NCAA Tournament prospects. They return home after consecutive wins at North Carolina State and Wake Forest by least 16 points each. Duke has recently turned up the defense by holding Wake to 39% shooting — without star freshman Jalen Johnson, who on Monday opted out of the rest of the season to focus on preparing for the NBA draft — and NC State to a season-low 53 points.

MORE ADJUSTMENTS

Second-place FSU (12-3, 8-2) was scheduled to host No. 18 Virginia Tech (14-4, 8-3) on Saturday night in search of its second ranked win this week. That contest was postponed because of a positive test within the Hokies’ program. The Seminoles will instead visit Pitt — which was scheduled to host Clemson on Sunday — in a game originally set for Jan. 9. North Carolina’s matchup Tuesday at Boston College was also postponed, further delaying the debut of interim Eagles coach Scott Spinelli following BC’s firing of Jim Christian on Monday.

IMPACT PLAYER

Clemson senior forward Aamir Simms has averaged 17.6 points and 7.0 rebounds the past five games, helping the Tigers (13-5, 7-5) win their last three and four of five overall after a three-game slide. His 25 points against Georgia Tech in nearly 33 minutes last Friday matched a career high and included 3-of-4 shooting from long range. The 6-foot-8 Simms ranks fourth in ACC shooting at 54% and is tied for 19th in scoring at 13.3 points per game. He recently surpassed 1,000 career points.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

North Carolina shot a season-best 81.3% from the foul line (13 of 16) against Northeastern on Wednesday night, its first effort above 59% in six games and highest percentage since making 25 of 31 (80.6%) against NC Central in December. ... Virginia’s loss at FSU was its largest ACC defeat since a 65-41 loss at UNC on Feb. 18, 2017. Meanwhile, the ’Noles won their fourth of five meetings against the Cavs in Tallahassee. ... Duke sophomore Matthew Hurt posted his seventh 20-point game this season last weekend, making 6 of 7 3-pointers and 8 of 10 shots overall for 24 points against NC State.

ON THE WOMEN’S SIDE

Fourth-ranked North Carolina State (13-2, 8-2) can avenge a 76-69 loss to rival North Carolina when the Wolfpack host the Tar Heels on Sunday. Poised on Feb. 7 to supplant No. 1 Louisville following its road victory over the Cardinals, the Wolfpack rallied for a slim lead after three quarters before losing it in the fourth. NC State dominated nearly every statistical category in that meeting but shot just 39%, including 4 of 19 from long range. ... First-place and No. 3 Louisville has won four in a row since losing to NC State. The Cardinals began a closing stretch of three road games Thursday night with an 82-58 win at Pittsburgh that extended the program record of consecutive 20-win seasons to 11.

___

More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/College-basketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25

___

More AP women’s basketball: https://apnews.com/Womenscollegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25

Poll: https://apnews.com/hub/ap-top-25-womens-college-basketball-poll

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Basketball, College Sports, AP Online - Georgia News, AP Sports - Men's College Basketball
© Copyright 2021 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
DA son seeks release of father imprisoned in fatal '81 heist
Advocates are seeking clemency for one of the last robbers in a fatal 1981 Brink's armored truck robbery still in prison
3:05AM ( 14 minutes ago )
Inside the All-Star voting numbers: The NBA is a tough crowd
NBA players are apparently not easily impressed — even by other NBA players
3:01AM ( 18 minutes ago )
The lighter days of CNN's Cuomo Brothers show are long gone
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in the news because of questions about nursing home COVID deaths, but it's not a story you'll hear on his brother Chris' prime time show on CNN
3:00AM ( 19 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Harden, Harris lead streaking Nets past Lakers, 109-98
The Brooklyn Nets routed the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers 109-98 for their season-best fifth straight victory
12:44AM ( 2 hours ago )
Wichita State holds on to surprise No. 6 Houston 68-63
Tyson Etienne and Alterique Gilbert each scored 16 points and Dexter Dennis added 12 points and a crucial steal in the final seconds, leading Wichita State to a 68-63 victory over No. 6 Houston
10:11PM ( 5 hours ago )
Rose Lavelle's 2nd-half goal lifts US past Canada 1-0
Rose Lavelle scored in the 79th minute to give the United States a 1-0 victory over Canada in the SheBelieves Cup on Thursday night
10:11PM ( 5 hours ago )
AP Sports
Deep freeze in Texas knocks out games again for Mavs, Stars
The NBA’s Mavericks and NHL’s Stars in Dallas have had another game each called off because of severe winter weather in Texas
4:49PM ( 10 hours ago )
The Latest: Ivy League not having spring sports season again
The Ivy League has decided not to hold a spring sports conference season for the second straight year because of COVID-19
4:00PM ( 11 hours ago )
NBA says All-Star will benefit Black colleges, COVID relief
The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have completed details for the March 7 All-Star Game in Atlanta, saying it will generate more than $2.5 million for historically Black colleges and COVID-19 relief efforts
1:12PM ( 14 hours ago )
AP Online Basketball
Tim Tebow retires from baseball after five years with Mets
Tim Tebow is retiring from baseball after five years as a minor leaguer with the New York Mets
8:04PM ( 1 day ago )
AP Top 25 Podcast: Sarkisian's road from rehab to Texas
Steve Sarkisian was out of college football five years ago, having lost a dream job because of his struggles with alcoholism
2:48PM ( 1 day ago )
Camara helps Georgia rally to beat No. 20 Missouri 80-70
Toumani Camara scored 15 points, including a big three-point play, and the Bulldogs rallied to beat No. 20 Missouri 80-70
10:19PM ( 2 days ago )
College Sports
Weather knocks out water in parts of Mississippi, Louisiana
Icy winter weather has left most of the 161,000 residents of Mississippi’s capital with little or no running water for days
8:41PM ( 6 hours ago )
The Latest: Most of a Mississippi city is without water
Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba says almost all of Jackson, a city of around 150,000 people, is now without water
8:26PM ( 6 hours ago )
Icy weather knocks out water in Jackson, parts of Louisiana
Icy winter weather has left most of the 150,000 residents of Mississippi’s capital with little or no running water for days
7:12PM ( 8 hours ago )
AP Online - Georgia News
Virus-hit Boston College (3-13) fires coach Jim Christian
Boston College has fired basketball coach Jim Christian with three weeks left in his seventh season
8:16PM ( 3 days ago )
Virus-hit Boston College fires coach Jim Christian
Boston College has fired basketball coach Jim Christian with three weeks left in his seventh season
8:09PM ( 3 days ago )
The Latest: North Carolina men's hoops seeking a home game
After another postponement, the North Carolina men's basketball team is looking for another opponent
5:17PM ( 3 days ago )
AP Sports - Men's College Basketball
DA son seeks release of father imprisoned in fatal '81 heist
Advocates are seeking clemency for one of the last robbers in a fatal 1981 Brink's armored truck robbery still in prison
3:05AM ( 14 minutes ago )
Inside the All-Star voting numbers: The NBA is a tough crowd
NBA players are apparently not easily impressed — even by other NBA players
3:01AM ( 18 minutes ago )
The lighter days of CNN's Cuomo Brothers show are long gone
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in the news because of questions about nursing home COVID deaths, but it's not a story you'll hear on his brother Chris' prime time show on CNN
3:00AM ( 19 minutes ago )
Column: NBA makes the wrong call on All-Star Game
The NBA had done a lot of things right during the pandemic
2:56AM ( 23 minutes ago )
No. 8 Alabama looks to move a step closer to SEC title
Alabama looks to move a step closer to its first Southeastern Conference title in 19 years when the eighth-ranked Crimson Tide host Vanderbilt on Saturday
2:53AM ( 26 minutes ago )