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by Keith Barber

Acc tournament moments

Day 1 surprises

Three upsets during the opening round of the ACC Tournament provided the drama and excitement that’s been the hallmark of the nation’s most renowned basketball league. Virginia started things off with a 68-62 stunner over Boston College; Miami hammered Wake Forest by 21 points; and NC State upended Clemson, 59-57, in the nightcap. North Carolina fans were hoping for an upset of their own, but it was not meant to be. UNC held a double-digit lead over Georgia Tech at the half, but cold shooting in the second half dashed the Tar Heels’ hopes of a miracle run to an ACC championship and a berth in the NCAA tournament.

Cinderella stories: NC State and Miami

The 11 th -seeded Wolfpack and the 12 th – seeded Hurricanes gave those in attendance at the Greensboro Coliseum their money’s worth for three straight days. NC State junior guard Javier Gonzalez had his coming out party in the Wolfpack’s 68-62 victory over No. 3-seeded Florida State on Friday. State eventually fell to Georgia Tech in the semifinal round but only after a valiant effort. Miami made a tremendous rally in its semifinal contest against Duke, coming back from 16 points down to cut the Blue Devils’ lead to 3 points, but the ’Canes simply ran out of gas.

A packed house for the championship

Much attention was given to the vast swaths of empty green seats during the first round and quarterfinal sessions of the tournament. However, on semifinal Saturday the crowd became a factor. As Miami pushed Duke to the brink and NC State battled toe to toe against Georgia Tech, the noise level grew increasingly louder inside the 23,500seat arena

Blue Devils do what it takes

It wasn’t pretty, but Duke won its 18 th tournament title by responding at the most critical times. Jon Scheyer’s three-pointer in the final minute of the championship game against Georgia Tech essentially sealed the victory, and highlighted Mike Kryzewski’s ability to know whose number to call in pivotal situations. Ironically, Scheyer, a senior, had struggled most of the game. But he delivered when it mattered most. With the win, Duke pulled ahead of North Carolina 18-17 in tourney titles.

Mickey Kryzewski

During the first half of Duke’s hard fought 77-74 victory over Miami in the semifinal round, the TV cameras revealed Mike Kryzewski’s wife, Mickie, yelling at the officials from the stands. Now, there’s a woman who loves her husband. Those two clearly have a lot in common.

A happy ending for Wake

Last weekend had to be an emotional rollercoaster for Wake Forest fans. Miami crushed Wake Forest in the first round of the tournament with a resounding 83-62 victory. The loss proved to be Wake’s fifth in six outings. With a record of 19-10, Deacon fans had to be on the edge of their seat during the NCAA Selection show Sunday night. The No. 9-seeded Deacons learned they will take on Texas in New Orleans on Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. If Wake manages to beat the Longhorns, they could face Kentucky in the second round. The mountain just gets steeper.

A surreal Tar Heel experience

If last weekend was stressful for Wake fans, imagine being a member of Tar Heel Nation. Less than a year ago, North Carolina ruled the college basketball world. On Thursday, the Tar Heels found themselves in the first round of the ACC Tournament for the first time in school history. Their valiant effort fell short against Georgia Tech, and after the game, head coach Roy Williams wondered if his squad would even earn an NIT bid. The Heels did make the NIT, and were scheduled to face William & Mary Tuesday night in Chapel Hill — a bit of consolation in an otherwise forgettable season.

Javier Gonzalez’s takedown of Derrick Favors

Most replayed moment of the ACC Tournament: NC State junior guard Javier Gonzalez’s takedown of Georgia Tech freshman sensation Derrick Favors by grabbing Favors’ jersey and swinging him around like a tether ball. After committing a turnover in the game’s final minutes, Gonzalez committed a frustration foul. Tempers flared, but cooler heads prevailed. Gonzalez walked away dejected, realizing the Wolfpack’s magical run was over.

Jon Scheyer’s clutch shot

The Duke senior offered the championship game’s defining moment by coming off a double screen, taking a pass from Kyle Singler and coolly knocking down a trey. It was a fitting ending to Scheyer’s impressive ACC career at Duke.

Huge economic boost

The city of Greensboro proved to be the biggest winner during the 2010 ACC men’s basketball tournament. Greensboro, or “Tournament Town,” enjoyed an estimated economic impact of $13 million over the four-day tournament. Greensboro is slated to host the 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015 men’s ACC basketball championships and the women’s championships from 2010- 2015. According to the Greensboro Sports Commission, those 10 championships will pump an estimated $130 million into the local economy.