By Jay Ingles
Greensboro, NC-The ACC Tournament bracket was turned upside down on Friday. The tournament’s two, three, and four seeds were all ousted in their first game, setting up what is sure to be an interesting semifinal Saturday.
After top-seeded Duke left the court with a win over Virginia, the darker-colored jerseys ruled for the remainder of the quarterfinals.
Miami, the 12-seed, pulled off their second upset in as many days when they stunned Virginia Tech 70-65. Freshman Durand Scott scored 17 points, including 11 in the final six minutes for the Hurricanes, while Tech star Malcolm Delaney scored just seven points on 3-15 shooting. The Canes will face Duke in the first semifinal game on Saturday.
The evening session began with another shocker as Georgia Tech jumped out to a huge first half lead and held off Maryland for a 69-64 win. Guardplay was the key for the Yellow Jackets, as Iman Shumpert led the team with 14 points and Maurice Miller and Brian Oliver combined for six three-pointers off the bench. Greivis Vazquez scored 17 for the Terps, but was a subpar 6 for 21 from the field. The win was important for a Georgia Tech team that is sitting firmly on the NCAA Tournament bubble.
The nightcap saw a North Carolina State team fresh off a win over Clemson take down third-seeded Florida State, as the Seminoles shot just 38% from the floor and 53% from the free throw line. Wolfpack freshman Scott Wood did not attempt a two-point shot, but hit 6 of 10 from beyond the arc to lead his team with 18 points.
Georgia Tech will face North Carolina State in the second semifinal game on Saturday.