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March 1, 1999

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Seventh-seeded Clemson is 16-13 overall,5-11 and tied with Florida State for seventh inthe ACC…Tigers wereranked, by both polls, for nine straight weeksearlier in the season…finished 4-4 in ACC playthe second half of the seasonfollowing a 1-7 start…seniors have started anACC-high 110 games…second only to UNC in scoringdefense (63.6)…seniorsTom Wideman and Harold Jamison have played in 123consecutive games…Wideman has 662 rebounds and660 points in hiscareer…Jamison is 6th among ACC career FG pctleaders (.6049)…Terrell McIntyre is fourth onClemson’s all-time scoring listwith 1,718 points…the Tigers are 12-45 (.211) inACC Tournament play…have won one ACC Tourneygame in four of the sixyears…have been the No. 1 seed only once (1990),losing to Virginia in the semi-finals…3-8 in ACCTournament games at theCharlotte Coliseum…have won at least one ACCTournament game 11 times.

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Top-seeded Duke has won 24 in a row andfinished the regular reason 29-1 overall, 16-0 andin first place in theACC…became the first ACC school ever to win 16league regular season games…had an averagewinning margin of 24.3 points per game in league play…just the fourthschool to win three or more straight outright ACCregular season titles…theBlue Devils have won 22 straight ACC regularseason games and owns a 41-3 record in the last 44such games…Duke leadsthe ACC in scoring (93.2), scoring margin (25.5)and field goal percentage (.513)…Trajan Langdonhas started 119 straightgames and has scored in double figures in all butone game this season and leads the ACC inthree-point shooting(.432)…Elton Brand leads the ACC in scoring(17.7), field goal percentage (.613) andrebounding (9.9); has a league-high 15double-doubles with a stretch of seven in his lasteight games…Blue Devils have a 57-36 ACCTournament record, but are only4-6 since winning the title in 1992..Duke has a9-7 mark in Charlotte with one title in 1992…wonat least one game in 30Tournaments…Bobby Hurley is second on theall-time Tournament assist leader list with58…Mike Krzyzewski is 19-14 inTournament play including three titles (1986,1988, 1992)…Duke has been the No. 1 seed 13times.

Eighth-seeded Florida State is12-16 overall, 5-11 and tied with Clemson forseventh in the ACC…the RPIlists the Seminoles as having played the nation’stoughest schedule to date…after winning five oftheir first seven ACC games,FSU ended the regular season with nine straightleague losses, including a three-point doubleovertime loss to Georgia Techand a two-point setback at Wake Forest…sophomoreDelvon Arrington is third in the ACC in assists(6.2) while Terrell Baker issecond in steals (2.6)…6-8 junior Ron Haleaveraged 18.3 points per game in league play andled the team in blocked shotswith 26…forward Damous Anderson hit on 79-of-135(.585) from the floor in 15 ACC games and scoredin double figures in 12of his last 13 games; is three field goals shy ofbeing second in the ACC in all games field goalpercentage (.604)…Seminolesare 1-7 after their first seven ACC Tournaments…have lost seven straight after winning theirfirst-ever ACC Tournament gameagainst N.C. State 93-80 in 1992…lost to N.C.State 65-63 in the opening round a year ago…Heisman QB-turned-point guardCharlie Ward earned second-team All-Tournamenthonors in 1992 …16-14 with one title in 15 MetroConference Tournamentsprior to joining the ACC.

Sixth-seeded Georgia Tech is 15-14overall, 6-10 and tied with N.C. State for fifthin the ACC…Tech’sschedule is rated as the nation’s 15th toughest bythe RPI…after only 62 career games, sophomorecenter Alvin Jones isalready Tech’s all-time shot blocking leader andeighth on the ACC career list with 247 rejections…Jones is second in the ACCwith 10 double-doubles, including six in ACCplay…junior Jason Collier is second in the ACCin scoring (17.6), seventh inrebounds (7.1), ninth in FG pct (.448) and eighthin blocked shots (1.4)…in ACC games only,sophomore guard T.J. Vines leadsthe ACC in 3-point FG pct (.490)…Three-time ACCchamp after winning the ACC Tournament in 1993 asthe No. 6 seed… YellowJackets are 15-16 in ACC Tournament play,including a 7-3 mark in Charlotte with two titlein 1990 and 1993…11-11 inTournament play since 1985 including a 10-2 markwhen a No. 3-seed or higher… Bobby Cremins is15-14 in the ACCTournament play as a coach and 4-3 as a player.

The second-seeded Terps have won sixin a row and are 25-4 overall, 13-3 and second inthe ACC…the RPIlists the Terps as having played the nation’s14th-toughest schedule…the 13 conferencevictories and six league road wins areschool records…Maryland has defeated four Top 10teams this season…set a new ACC record forsteals in a season with373…second in the ACC in field goal percentage(.504), the team’s highest FG% mark since the1987-88 season…Terps havewon 23 of their last 32 ACC games…Laron Profitis tied with Duke’s Christian Laettner for seventhplace on the ACC’s all-timesteal list with 243…Gary Williams has 396 careerwins in 21 seasons…over the last four games ofthe regular season, guardSteve Francis averaged 22.8 points, 5.5 steals,4.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game whilehitting on 34-of-50 field goalattempts (.680); Francis leads the ACC in steals(2.9)…Terps are 32-42 in ACC Tournament play,with a 2-7 mark inCharlotte…won at least one game in nine of thelast 10 Tournaments…won two ACC titles (1984,1958)…No. 1 seed twice(1975, 1980)…Williams is 6-8 as a coach in ACCTournament play and 1-3 as a player for the Terpsin 1965-67.

Third-seeded North Carolina is22-8 overall, 10-6 and third in the ACC againstthe nation’s ninth-toughest schedule according to the RPI…the TarHeels have posted an NCAA-record 30 straightseason of 20 wins ormore…UNC has finished at least third in the ACCregular season standings 35 consecutiveyears…Tar Heels lead the ACC inrebounding margin (+9.5) …UNC’s game withGeorgia Tech will mark the 311th straight gamethat the Tar Heels have playedas an AP-ranked team; the ACC record is 319 set byUNC between Dec. 5, 1973 and Dec. 20,1983…Ademola Okulaja is the48th Tar Heel to score at least 1,000 careerpoints; Kentucky is second with 47 1,000-pointscorers…Ed Cota is 10th on theACC’s all-time assist list with 707 assists; needsonly two more assists to move past Duke’s TommyAmaker (1984-87) and intoninth place…The Tar Heels are the winningestteam in ACC Tournament history with a 70-29record, including a 16-4 mark inCharlotte… UNC leads all ACC teams with 15titles…won at least one game in the Tournament aleague-high 32 times…UNChas been in the ACC title game eight of the last11 years and 25 times overall…the Tar Heels are30-9 in the quarterfinals, 25-10 in semis and 15-10 in the ACC title game.

Fifth-seeded N.C. State is17-12 overall, 6-10 and tied for fifth in theACC…the Wolfpack lead theACC in bench scoring with 34.7% of its scoringcoming from non-starters…N.C. State is fourth inthe ACC in rebound margin(+6.3) despite not having one player ranked amongthe league’s Top 10 rebound leaders; the Wolfpackhas been out-rebounded in only four of their 29 games thisseason…Adam Harrington is averaging 12.0 pointsper game and is bidding tobecome the first freshman ever to lead N.C. Statein scoring; Kenny Inge is second with an 11.6 pergame average…sophomoreF Damon Thornton is averaging 6.8 points per gamewhile hitting on 72-of-125 (.576) field goalattempts…third winningestteam in Tournament history with a 49-35 (.583)mark…in 1997, became the first No. 8 seed in ACCTournament history toreach the title game; knocked off the No. 9, No. 1and No. 5 seeds enroute to the championshipcontest…6-7 in ACCTournament play in Charlotte…second only toNorth Carolina with ten ACC titles…last titlerun came as a No. 6 seed in 1987…Wolfpack are 23-20 in their opening Tournamentgame and have won at least one Tournament game 26times.

Ninth-seeded Virginia is 14-15 overall,4-12 and ninth in the ACC…the Cavaliers scheduleis rated as the nation’s30th toughest by the RPI…UVa finished theregular season with a one-point loss to NorthCarolina and a six-point overtimesetback to Georgia Tech… freshman Chris Williamsis seventh in the ACC in scoring (16.9), fifth inrebounding (7.4) and fourthin field goal percentage (.514); has scored indouble figures in 26 of his 29 games…anotherCavalier freshman, Adam Hall, hasaveraged 15.3 points over his last three games andis third on the team in scoring (10.8)…DonaldHand leads the team inscoring (17.2) and assists (4.1)…Hand, whoaveraged only 4.7 points per game a year ago,leads the ACC in free throwpercentage (.866)…the Cavaliers are bidding tolead the ACC in free throw percentage (.733) forthe first time since the 1978-79 season…Cavaliers are 27-44 in Tournament playand 7-8 in Charlotte…have won at least one gamein eight of the last 12Tournaments and 20 times overall…the school’sonly ACC title came in 1976 when they became thefirst sixth-seeded team towin the ACC title…the Cavaliers have been to thetitle game only once since 1984 (1994) and sixtimes overall…UVa has hadonly one ACC Tournament MVP -Wally Walker in 1976.

Fourth-seeded Wake Forest is 16-12overall and fourth in the ACC with a 7-9 leaguerecord, marking theseventh-straight year that the Deacons havefinished in the top half of the ACC standings (4thplace or higher includingties)….Wake leads the ACC with 55 starts byfreshmen; 93 percent (130-of-140) of the Deaconsstarters this year have beenfreshmen or sophomores….Robert O’Kelley, theteam’s leading scorer (17.4) is the only Deacon tohave started all 28 gamesand has led the team in scoring 17 times…Wakehas trailed in the second half in nine of its 16wins this season…sophomoreRafael Viduaretta has been the team’s toprebounder in 13 of the last 16 games and leads theteam in rebounding (6.6)… inACC games only, the Deacons have hit on .745 oftheir free throw attempts (260-of-349)…Deaconsare 36-41 in ACCTournament play, including a 3-8 record inCharlotte …Wake’s first two ACC titles cameback-to-back in 1961 and 1962…ended a 33-year title drought with 1995’s 82-80overtime win over North Carolina …Deacs have wonat least one game 23times…won two-or-more tournament games fivestraight years (1960-64)…Deacons have had fiveACC Tournament MVPs.

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