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ACC men’s basketball tournament bracket is set

The ACC tournament’s return to the Greensboro Coliseum will include a trio of firsts. For the first time: ▪ Florida State is the No. 1 seed in the ACC tournament. ▪ Either Duke or North Carolina is not one of the top three seeds in the ACC tournament. For more, click here.

The ACC tournament’s return to the Greensboro Coliseum will include a trio of firsts.

For the first time:

▪ Florida State is the No. 1 seed in the ACC tournament.

▪ Either Duke or North Carolina is not one of the top three seeds in the ACC tournament.

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Even these Tar Heels have Pack’s number

North Carolina snapped a seven-game slide and swept the season series against rival N.C. State after defeating the Pack 85-79 at home. The Tar Heels have now won 26 of the last 29 matchups against State. It took free throw shooting by Garrison Brooks to win this one. The Heels, and especially Brooks, have had trouble at the line this season – notably in several close losses this season. But Brooks, who led all scorers with 30 points, went eight of eight from the foul line over the last 3:44. Brooks hit six in the last 41 seconds as the […]

North Carolina snapped a seven-game slide and swept the season series against rival N.C. State after defeating the Pack 85-79 at home.

The Tar Heels have now won 26 of the last 29 matchups against State. It took free throw shooting by Garrison Brooks to win this one.

The Heels, and especially Brooks, have had trouble at the line this season – notably in several close losses this season. But Brooks, who led all scorers with 30 points, went eight of eight from the foul line over the last 3:44.

Brooks hit six in the last 41 seconds as the State players were targeting him for the foul line. The Wolfpack couldn’t get any closer than three down the stretch.

“I’m as happy as I can be for our team,” UNC coach Roy Williams said. “It’s good to see our guys celebrating in the locker room.”

It didn’t start out well for the Tar Heels, however, as the Wolfpack raced out to a 10-0 lead. Carolina didn’t lead until Brooks hit a turnaround jumper with under a minute left in the first half that put the Heels up 38-37.

A modest 8-2 run late in the half gave the Heels a 40-37 halftime lead.

“You hope you can make more runs and longer runs than your opponent,” Brooks said. “It was just a matter of time before we make plays down the stretch.”

State came out of the halftime locker room on fire, going on a 15-3 run, culminating with a D.J. Funderburk fastbreak bucket, which put the visitors up 52-45.

But the Heels went on a 15-2 run that put them up 60-54 midway through the second half. The Wolfpack never caught up as Carolina got the lead up to double digits for the first time at 66-56 after Cole Anthony whipped a pass to Brooks, who scored, was fouled and hit the free throw.

Over a two-minute period during the run, Christian Keeling scored seven of his season-high 16 points. Anthony finished with 19 points.

N.C. State, led by Markell Johnson’s 21 points, falls to 17-11 overall and 8-9 in the ACC.

Carolina, now 11-17 and 4-13 in the conference, travel to Syracuse Saturday.

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Carolina guts out big win at NC State

North Carolina, hobbled by injuries and playing at a rival’s home court where N.C. State has won 11 of 12 games this year, gutted out a big 75-65 win over the Wolfpack. (1/27) UNC’s Brandon Robinson twice went to the lockerroom during the game with different injuries and played through pain, hitting four straight free throws late to wrap up the game. There were 13 lead changes and three ties in the first half before the Tar Heels got some separation at the end of the first half and the beginning of the second half. Garrison Brooks scored 17 of […]

North Carolina, hobbled by injuries and playing at a rival’s home court where N.C. State has won 11 of 12 games this year, gutted out a big 75-65 win over the Wolfpack. (1/27)

UNC’s Brandon Robinson twice went to the lockerroom during the game with different injuries and played through pain, hitting four straight free throws late to wrap up the game.

There were 13 lead changes and three ties in the first half before the Tar Heels got some separation at the end of the first half and the beginning of the second half.

Garrison Brooks scored 17 of his game-high 25 points in the first half, including a put back at the buzzer to give Carolina a 39-35 lead at the break.

UNC coach Roy Williams said the game plan was to get the ball to Brooks as much as possible. State coach Kevin Keatts said of Brooks, “he completely kicked our butt.”

An 8-3 run at the beginning of the second half, which included six points by Brooks, put the Heels up 47-38, the biggest lead for either team at the time.

A bucket by State’s Devon Daniels and a couple by Markell Johnson helped the Wolfpack pull within three points.

A couple of mid-range jumpers by transfer Christian Keeling and a three by transfer Justin Pierce put the Heels back in control. A couple of free throws by Robinson gave Carolina its biggest lead of the game at 63-52 with 8:54 to go.

State didn’t fold however as D.J. Funderburk got loose twice and Daniels once to whittle the lead to just four at 65-61.

UNC’s Andrew Platek hit a long two, passing up a contested three, and later blew by State defenders for a layup on a drive that started at midcourt. That put the Heels up 71-61 and the Wolfpack never threatened again despite the Tar Heels missing five straight free throws.

It was the 12th time in the last 14 games between the two teams that Carolina has come out on top. In fact, it was the 31st time in the last 35 games that has seen the light blue beat the red.

“We caught them on a night that the ball didn’t go down for them,” Coach Williams said. “We got the ball to Garrison and he made enough plays for us.”

Carolina improves to 10-10 and 3-6 in the conference while State, led by Funderburk’s 18 points, falls to 14-7 and 5-5 in the league.

The Tar Heels return home Saturday to play Boston College at 5 p.m.

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Wolfpack Earns 286 Spots on ACC Honor Roll

The Pack also had 43 earn the honor for at least the fourth time in their careers. …read more

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Points soar as Maye, Heels whip State

North Carolina, behind Luke Maye’s 31 points, scored the most points it ever has against N.C. State in a big 113-96 home victory. (2/5) Maye was only two shy of his career-high 33, which he got against the Wolfpack last year. In fact, in the last four games against the Pack, he’s averaging 29 points. The 113 points could have been worse had UNC coach Roy Williams not inserted the guys off the end of the bench with nearly three minutes to go. N.C. State, with its regulars still in the game, scored the last 10 points to make the […]

North Carolina, behind Luke Maye’s 31 points, scored the most points it ever has against N.C. State in a big 113-96 home victory. (2/5)

Maye was only two shy of his career-high 33, which he got against the Wolfpack last year. In fact, in the last four games against the Pack, he’s averaging 29 points.

The 113 points could have been worse had UNC coach Roy Williams not inserted the guys off the end of the bench with nearly three minutes to go. N.C. State, with its regulars still in the game, scored the last 10 points to make the final tally more respectable.

But make no mistake, this was a blowout as the Heels led by as many as 27 points in the second half and by more than 20 much of the second half.

The Tar Heels, who were wearing jerseys in the style of the Carolina teams from the late 1960s, scored more points against an ACC opponent in regulation than they have since the late 1960s.

“We got some fortunate bounces at the end of the first half,” UNC coach Williams said. “Then, at the beginning of the second half we made some shots.”

Over the last nine minutes of the first half the Heels worked a five-point lead up to 19. Point guard Coby White scored 12 of his 21 points during the run with the last three coming on a shot from the right corner after Kenny Williams saved the ball from going out of bounds.

UNC's Luke Maye had a season-high 31 points. (UNC Sports Information photo.)

UNC’s Luke Maye had a season-high 31 points. (UNC Sports Information photo.)

Up 56-40 at the half, the Tar Heels went on a 21-10 run over the first six minutes of the second half to make it a blowout at 77-50. A three by Maye at the end of the shot clock and a couple of fast break buckets by Maye and Garrison Brooks highlighted the run.

Brooks had a career-high six assists and no turnovers. He joked after the game that he could play some point guard if White falters. But seriously “I credit the guys the most ’cause they’re the ones getting the scores,” he said.

Five Tar Heels scored in double figures. In addition to Maye and White, Cam Johnson scored 17, Williams scored a season-high 17 on six of seven shooting, and Nassir Little scored 12, going eight of 10 from the free throw line.

Both teams shot over 50 percent from the floor but the big difference came at the free throw line as the Heels were 31 of 37 whereas State was only 15 of 24 – a 16-point difference. Carolina also outrebounded the Pack 41-27.

“All in all we did a lot of good things and we got a home win,” Coach Williams said.

For his part, Wolfpack coach Kevin Keatts said his squad did “an awful job” in transition defense and gave the Heels second and third opportunities to score.

“We lost to a very good basketball team on their home floor,” he said. “We knew it would be tough.” The Pack, coming off an historic 24-point performance, didn’t so much have trouble scoring as they had trouble stopping the streaking Heels.

North Carolina, winners of six ACC contests in a row, moves to 18-4 and tied for first in the ACC at 8-1 in the league. State, led by Braxton Beverly’s 17 points, falls to 16-7 overall and 4-6 in the conference.

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Maye fuels second-half rally to avenge loss

North Carolina’s Luke Maye almost single-handedly led the Tar Heels to a come-from-behind 96-89 victory at NC State with 27 of his 33 points in the second half. The Tar Heels, trying to avenge an overtime loss to the Wolfpack at home, raced out to a 10-point lead at 28-18 but NC State came back with a 19-0 run to take a 37-28 lead. Carolina scored the last seven points of the first half to trail by just two and set up Maye’s second half heroics. UNC coach Roy Williams, who didn’t call a timeout during the stretch, said his […]

North Carolina’s Luke Maye almost single-handedly led the Tar Heels to a come-from-behind 96-89 victory at NC State with 27 of his 33 points in the second half.

The Tar Heels, trying to avenge an overtime loss to the Wolfpack at home, raced out to a 10-point lead at 28-18 but NC State came back with a 19-0 run to take a 37-28 lead.

Carolina scored the last seven points of the first half to trail by just two and set up Maye’s second half heroics.

UNC coach Roy Williams, who didn’t call a timeout during the stretch, said his club gave in to a little diversity but he was please the Heels cut it to two at the half.

“I felt pretty good at the half because we hadn’t played very well at all and were just down two,” he said.

The Tar Heels hit seven of their first eight shots of the second half to get out to a 50-44 lead. Maye scored 11 points on five of those shots. A tip by Maye during the run put Carolina up (41-40) for the first time since the eight-minute mark of the first half.

“I came out in the second half aggressive and I was making shots,” Maye said. “I have to come out and play better in the first half.”

Carolina led throughout the rest of the game even though the Pack cut it to two or three several times. Alleric Freeman, who killed the Heels in Chapel Hill, banged in a three to cut the UNC lead to 67-65 with 7:52 left.

But once again Maye took over as he scored the Tar Heels’ next 10 points to create a little breathing room at 77-70.

The Pack didn’t go away however and an old-fashioned three-point dunk and foul play by Abdul-Malik Abu pulled the home team to within two at 85-83 with 1:34 to go.

UNC’s Kenny Williams, who was the hero against Duke but held scoreless in the first half of this one, all but wrapped it up as he side-stepped a defender and swished a three with 1:12 to go to get the cushion back up to five at 88-83.

It never got closer than four the rest of the way as the Tar Heels hit six free throws in the last 37 seconds.

Both teams scored and shot well, with both teams well over 50 percent for the game. But Carolina shot an amazing 78 percent while scoring 61 points in the second half.

All starters for both teams scored in double figures. Torin Dorn led six Pack players in double figures with 21 points.

In addition to Maye’s 33 points and 17 rebounds, Joel Berry added 16, Cam Johnson contributed 13 and Theo Pinson and Kenny Williams each scored 11.

The Tar Heels, who play their third game in five days at home against Notre Dame, improve to 19-7 and 8-5 in the ACC while State falls to 19-9 and 6-6 in the ACC.

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Freeman leads State over Carolina in OT

NC State hit 15 three pointers, including seven of seven from Allerik Freeman, to upset North Carolina 95-91 in overtime in Chapel Hill. (1/27) While there were 10 ties and nine lead changes, the Tar Heels led about 15 of the 20 minutes in the second half and were six points up with 6:30 to go. A pair of threes by State, one by Braxton Beverly and one by Freeman, tied the score as Luke Maye and Joel Berry missed free throws for Carolina. UNC got back in front but the Wolfpack’s Torin Dorn drained a three with 1:31 to […]

NC State hit 15 three pointers, including seven of seven from Allerik Freeman, to upset North Carolina 95-91 in overtime in Chapel Hill. (1/27)

While there were 10 ties and nine lead changes, the Tar Heels led about 15 of the 20 minutes in the second half and were six points up with 6:30 to go.

A pair of threes by State, one by Braxton Beverly and one by Freeman, tied the score as Luke Maye and Joel Berry missed free throws for Carolina.

UNC got back in front but the Wolfpack’s Torin Dorn drained a three with 1:31 to tie it. Berry had a chance to give Carolina the lead with 40 seconds left but a driving layup rimmed out. State’s Markell Johnson took advantage with a drive of his own that gave the Pack an 83-81 lead with 11 seconds left.

UNC’s Cam Johnson was fouled with four seconds to go and hit both free throws to send the game into overtime.

But the Tar Heels turned the ball over five times in overtime. State took the lead at 88-85 on Freeman’s seventh three pointer and the Tar Heels, despite a pair of three pointers by Maye, never tied or led again.

“I don’t know what’s lacking,” said UNC’s Theo Pinson, who had a career high 22 points and 15 rebounds but missed two key free throws in overtime. “We just didn’t make the plays at the end like we normally do.”

It briefly looked like it might be one of those Carolina comebacks that have spoiled Tar Heels fan since the days of Coach Dean Smith. After Maye, who led the Heels with 31 points, drained a high arching three with 6.7 seconds left, UNC’s Kenny Williams knocked the ball away on the inbounds and freshman Sterling Manley came up with it. But he played hot potato with it and quickly gave it right back to the Pack with three seconds left.

“He’s a freshman. He panicked a little,” said UNC coach Roy Williams, who placed blame for the loss on several factors.

For one, he thought the Pack got too many open looks as they went 15 of 20 beyond the arc. And then, Carolina didn’t shoot well as the Heels were just four of 19 from three-point land and 11 of 20 from the free throw line.

“We’ve been a good free throw shooting team but we missed opportunities there today, no question,” Coach Williams said. “And we’ve got to shoot better.”

Execution down the stretch was lacking, he said, as the Heels turned the ball over and failed to box out, especially on one play late in overtime. With the Pack leading 89-88, State missed and Carolina had three men under the basket ready for the rebound but no one boxed out Omer Yuriseven, who hauled it in and scored to put the Wolfpack up 91-88 with 31 seconds left.

It’s the second straight ACC loss for the Tar Heels, who fall to 5-4 in the league. While the losses are mounting up, Coach Williams said he just wants his team to play better at this point. “I’m not ready to panic and abandon ship,” he said.

The Tar Heels, now 16-6 overall, play at Clemson Tuesday night. The Wolfpack, led by Freeman’s career-high 29 points, improves to 15-7 and 5-4 in the ACC. “I think these guys are learning how to fight,” NC State coach Kevin Keatts said, “and I think they’re learning how to compete.”

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(UNC Sports Information Photo.)

(UNC Sports Information Photo.)

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Doeren expecting, not predicting big things from his experienced and deep Wolfpack team

A lot of times when teams are loaded with talented experience, coaches like to downplay it but not N.C. State’s Dave Doeren. In his fifth year at the helm of the Wolfpack, he’s proud that his team is considered a contender due to experience and depth. When he was in his first and second years at State, he said players came because they saw an opportunity. “They saw a chance to play early,” Doeren said at the ACC Football Kickoff in Charlotte. “We told them they’d have to earn playing time but that the lines are short. We had good […]

A lot of times when teams are loaded with talented experience, coaches like to downplay it but not N.C. State’s Dave Doeren. In his fifth year at the helm of the Wolfpack, he’s proud that his team is considered a contender due to experience and depth.

When he was in his first and second years at State, he said players came because they saw an opportunity. “They saw a chance to play early,” Doeren said at the ACC Football Kickoff in Charlotte. “We told them they’d have to earn playing time but that the lines are short. We had good players (when I came) but we didn’t have any depth. They competed and played and now four years later they’re bigger, stronger, faster and more mature. They are battle tested.”

He said that he coaches in order to go through that journey with players and see what kind of man they become.

“I ‘unentitled’ them when I recruit them,” Doeren said. “I tell them the truth. If you want to come play for me at N.C. State, here’s how you’re going to be treated. I’m going to love you but I’m going to push you. I’m not going to baby you. You’re going to earn what you get and if you don’t, don’t be disgruntled about it. If you don’t want to be in that environment, then don’t come to N.C. State because we want kids that want to earn it.”

In four years under Doeren, the Wolfpack has yet to have a winning ACC record, despite three straight overall winning seasons. Expectations are high this year as the defense returns eight senior starters and the offense returns eight starters, including three seniors and five juniors.

“Like any job, it helps to have experience,” Doeren said. “Just like you, when you’re in your third year on the job, you’re better than the first year. At 22, Bradley Chubb is a lot tougher dude than he was at 18.”

Chubb, a senior defensive end, led the team with 22 tackles for losses and 10.5 sacks last season. He had an opportunity to go pro but decided to come back to better himself. “I thought another year with my teammates would bring out potential in me that nobody has seen,” Chubb said. “People saying take the money aren’t really in your corner. They’re going to ask for the money later in life.”

He said that he came to college to play the best players in the country and he’s doing that in the ACC. The Wolfpack’s bitter loss at Clemson, which turned out to be the nation’s best team last year, sticks in his craw.

At times, he avoided questions about it saying, “I can’t even remember last year” but other times he admitted that it’s always on the mind. “I try not to think about the close calls last year,” he said. “When you go through hard times with people – tough losses, hard work – standing strong through it all is a motivating factor and builds camaraderie… We’re just excited to get back on the field to show how good we can be.”

Coach Doeren said that obstacles and adversities have made the Wolfpack a more cohesive group. But he won’t predict victories.

“On any given day you can beat anybody,” he said. “I’m not going to sit here and predict because we were close in two games (last year). We’ve got to do it all over again and so do they.”

Doeren admitted that there is a gap between N.C. State and Clemson. “They have a tremendously larger budget than we do. They have different things they can showcase in recruiting than we do. They have a lot more personnel working than we do. So, there’s a gap. Do we have a good football team with great experience?, Yeah we do. So, we’ll see where it all goes on a Saturday,” he said.

Doeren looks to close out games that were losses last year, like the heartbreaker at Clemson. “You take moments like that and pin point how important that one play can be,” he said. “You carry that one play theme in everything you do.”

Despite the learning experiences and depth, N.C. State still must get by the likes of Clemson, Florida State and Louisville, which has the returning Heisman Trophy winner in QB Lamar Jackson.

“Nobody was better than the ACC last year on the field. We’ll see this year,” Doeren said.

Pack Notes: Coach Doeren said the players on his team that have the best football IQ are Shawn Boone (safety), Airius Moore (linebacker), Germaine Pratt (linebacker), Ryan Finley (QB) and Cole Cook (tight end).

The position battle he’s most excited to watch comes at receiver. Steph Louis and Kelvin Harmon are returning starters and may very well see the majority of action. But other receivers, whether in the slot or spread out, who will see action include Jakobi Meyers, Gavin Locklear and Maurice Trowell.

Also two “new” faces that Doeren said he’s excited to see added to the receiving corps are Jumichael Ramos and C.J. Riley. “Jumichael was a really good player his freshman year but he had a bad sophomore season and then, as a junior, he had some tough injuries. He was redshirted last season. It would be a great story for him to have a good year as a senior.”

He said Riley was the guy he was most excited to see going into last season but he tore his ACL in the summer and saw no action. He’s now a healthy redshirt freshman. “He’s 6-foot-5 and ran a 4.59. Just add him to the stable of guys,” he said.

The Wolfpack certainly has options.

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Swofford takes a victory lap after perhaps ACC’s best season ever

Despite off the field concerns hovering over some Atlantic Coast Conference schools, ACC Commissioner John Swofford took a victory lap of sorts in addressing the media at the ACC Football Kickoff event in Charlotte. And why not? ACC teams won the NCAA football and basketball championships. The Heisman Trophy winner and runner-up came from the ACC. And generally, the ACC did extremely well against non-conference foes in most all sports. In addition, the league’s graduation rate for the last school year was 89.3 percent, which is five points ahead of the national average and ahead of the other four major […]

Despite off the field concerns hovering over some Atlantic Coast Conference schools, ACC Commissioner John Swofford took a victory lap of sorts in addressing the media at the ACC Football Kickoff event in Charlotte.

And why not? ACC teams won the NCAA football and basketball championships. The Heisman Trophy winner and runner-up came from the ACC. And generally, the ACC did extremely well against non-conference foes in most all sports.

In addition, the league’s graduation rate for the last school year was 89.3 percent, which is five points ahead of the national average and ahead of the other four major conferences.

“It was certainly one of the league’s most successful years and quite possibly its most successful year,” Swofford said.

Specific to football, Swofford said ACC teams arguably played the toughest non-conference schedule in the country. Around 2010, Swofford said the league made a move “to step up to the plate” and play tougher schedules.

But he said you can’t live in the past in college athletics.

This coming season, ACC teams will play a combined 115 games against teams that went to bowl games in 2016.

“The conference is deeper than it’s ever been,” Swofford said. “There are more good teams and it’s tougher to win an ACC football title than it’s ever been.”

Swofford pointed out that Clemson’s two toughest games en route to the NCAA title game last season came at home against ACC foes N.C. State and Pitt. He said that certainly “tells you something about what the ACC is today.”

With plans in the works with ESPN for the ACC Network, set to start in two years, and with all the changes in league membership over recent years, Swofford said it’s time to “take a deep breath” rather than take on additional big goals.

“You need to make sure you’re not veering away from what your mission is and what your value system is,” he said. “You have to make sure you continue to be who you are and who you want to be.”

He did say the league needs to continue to develop a culture of trust with various partners, including the other major NCAA conferences.

He said he’d like to see new rivalries develop but that those things happen over time. That might be particularly important because the growth of the league has made it so that old rivals N.C. State and Duke, for instance, are only scheduled to play once every six seasons.

Swofford said there is no easy solution to that problem as the schools have to look at what’s best for the league as a whole and the majority of the schools have voted on the current alignment and scheduling.

While he said the league will continue to look at the issue, he doesn’t anticipate any changes in the near future.

He said the league has plenty of time to bond with each other and TV partners, and continue to work together to make things better as agreements keep them all together through the 2035-36 season.

If Notre Dame, an ACC member in every sport except football, ever decides to join a league in football, by contract, it has to be the ACC, at least through that 2035-36 season.

Upon questioning, Swofford only touched briefly on sensitive topics like the Louisville sex scandal, the UNC academic saga and the controversy surrounding HB2.

He said when there are controversies at a school, the other schools sit down and talk to the school about what happened and what they are doing to correct it. “Usually it’s a few people who make bad decisions, not a whole institution,” he said.

Swofford defended the ACC’s decision to return to North Carolina for the ACC championship game and events such as this week’s ACC Kickoff by saying that the repeal of HB2 “took us back to where the state was before HB2… It’s as simple as that.”

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Kennedy Meeks drains threes in style in ACC barnstorming tour

During a three-point shooting contest at the first game of the 39th annual ACC Barnstorming tour (of seniors), UNC’s Kennedy Meeks got to show a little of his inner shooting guard. Not only did he loft several during the game, he made it to the finals of the three-point shooting contest. See the YouTube video to see the barrage. In the second round, he faltered however, and Holly Springs’ High School Senior Jake Kelsey won the contest, making all 10 of his shots. The ACC All-Stars, coached by Phil Ford, were actually led by another coach who suited up – […]


During a three-point shooting contest at the first game of the 39th annual ACC Barnstorming tour (of seniors), UNC’s Kennedy Meeks got to show a little of his inner shooting guard. Not only did he loft several during the game, he made it to the finals of the three-point shooting contest. See the YouTube video to see the barrage.

In the second round, he faltered however, and Holly Springs’ High School Senior Jake Kelsey won the contest, making all 10 of his shots.

The ACC All-Stars, coached by Phil Ford, were actually led by another coach who suited up – Duke assistant Nolan Smith, who drained nine threes during the 146-127 victory over the Wake County High School basketball All-Stars.

The MVP of the game – chosen from among the high school players – was Trey Terry of Fuquay-Varina High School.

Those taking part from the ACC included Nate Britt and Kanler Coker from North Carolina, Matt Jones and Amile Jefferson from Duke, Chris Brickhouse and BeeJay Anya (who didn’t play) from N.C. State, and Austin Arians and Trent VanHorn from Wake Forest, among others.

It was predictably a non-serious, fun exhibition with a bunch of three-point shooting and little defense. The high school team actually got an early lead but Britt hit three three-pointers to give the ACC All-Stars a lead they would never relinquish – although the high schoolers cut the margin to under double-digits late before the ACC pulled away.

While Meeks, fresh off the NCAA title game, seemed to be the biggest draw – and had the longest line for autographs after the game – Jefferson was a hit during the game. The Duke senior came off as auditioning for the Harlem Globetrotters, once even holding the ball between his legs – a la Meadowlark Lemon – as he faked out the opponents by pretending to shoot with nothing in his hands.

The eight-city tour continues through April 22. The line-ups may vary. For instance, UNC players Isaiah Hicks and Stilman White were not at this game but are expected to participate.

For more information on the barnstorming tour, please click here.