Duke and Jon Sheyer the New ACC Champions

Duke and Jon Sheyer the New ACC Champions


Duke and Jon Sheyer the new ACC champions

Jon Scheyer has led Duke to its first-ever ACC tournament championship in just his first season as head coach. If his Blue Devils defeat Virginia in Saturday's title game at Greensboro Coliseum, he will become only the third rookie coach ever to win an ACC title.

After a slow start to the season, Duke is on an eight-game winning streak heading into the NCAA tournament. That includes their win over Miami in the ACC semifinals; now ranked fifth nationally, they look set for another successful run at glory.

The Final Four

The Final Four is one of college basketball's premier tournaments. A series of games played during the NCAA Tournament that are considered to be of high level competition, it has become a major event since expansion to 68 teams, drawing fans from across America and beyond.

Since its start, The Final Four has been an event to look forward to and enjoy watching. It also presents an inspiring challenge for teams involved as they vie to prove their mettle and earn the title of national champions. It promises to be an exciting journey for everyone involved!

Duke has been an unstoppable force in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) under head coach Jon Scheyer for years, winning five consecutive league tournaments and looking like a hot team heading into this year's tournament as well.

They are ranked in the top ten by KenPom and have won their last nine games, including two victories over elite defensive teams like Texas Tech and Arkansas. When healthy, this top ten team will be an intimidating opponent for any team to beat at this stage of the season.

This year, the Blue Devils boast an impressive rotation and are led by a number of talented players. Three Blue Devils are in the top 15 nationally for 3-point shooting (James Michael, Jeremy Roach and Mark Williams), but their x-factor is 6-foot-6 forward AJ Griffin who leads their team with an average 3-point shooting percentage of 45.8% this season - having already made 71 shots!

He possesses outstanding ball handling abilities and will be an immense asset on the frontcourt. With a strong rotation in the frontcourt and the versatility to play multiple positions, this team will be hard to contain.

Jon Sheyer is back in the coaching chair and has a unique opportunity to make history: become the first ACC head coach to win a conference championship twice during his playing career. Now he can add that feat to his list by winning this year's ACC tournament.

The Final Five

The Atlantic Coast Conference Championships are college football titles awarded to its members. They are earned through round-robin regular season play among all league teams, but not necessarily based on head-to-head results.

In their history, 11 college football titles have been won by ACC teams--four that no longer belong in the conference (Clemson, Miami and Florida State) as well as two that are currently members (Louisville and Syracuse). Clemson's 1982 national title remains intact for current ACC schools who also boast five Orange Bowl victories.

Duke, North Carolina and Virginia are the current champions of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). While these teams may not be remembered as being among the all-time greats of ACC competition, these groups can still take great pride in what they have accomplished.

Danny Ferry led the way for Duke, averaging 18.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game to help the Blue Devils claim their eighth ACC title. Additionally, he was named both ACC Player of the Year and Tournament MVP.

Jon Sheyer was a major factor for Virginia, averaging 14.3 points and 6.8 rebounds to help the Hokies capture their 17th ACC title under head coach Tony Cianelli. Additionally, he earned himself the title of Most Valuable Player for the second season in a row.

Jon Sheyer has been an integral part of Virginia Tech's rise under coach Cianelli, despite a dismal early ACC title bid. His ability to contribute from both the post and at the point has earned him ACC Tournament MVP honors - testament to his impact.

Virginia, led by Cianelli, has much to look forward to as they head into their fourth NCAA Tournament season. He boasts an impressive senior class that will help the Hokies continue their improvement under his guidance.

The 2022 edition of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) tournament will have three finalists, with the victor earning a place in the NCAA Tournament. Already there have been some thrilling matches between ACC teams as well as multiple All-Tournament Team selections from ACC players.

The Final Six

The ACC Tournament has become a true championship for several teams. Whether they emerge victorious or not, it's an exhilarating time to be an ACC fan.

Jon Scheyer has guided Duke to the title game in his first year as coach, an achievement which will be remembered fondly for years to come and which Scheyer and his team can proudly display on their walls.

Scheyer had a number of memorable performances during his time as both a player and assistant coach at Duke, including making a 3-pointer with 18 seconds left to beat Georgia Tech in the conference championship and scoring five of the last 10 points to help Duke claim its first national title against Butler in 61-59 victory.

Though not as well-known as other conferences' tournaments, the ACC Tournament still has its own distinct traditions and history that make it truly special.

After an eventful week that saw five ACC players being moved to the NIT, the ACC Tournament provides the perfect platform for its top teams to celebrate and plan for their futures. This tournament provides them with a platform to showcase their skillsets to an entire country.

On Saturday, Jon Scheyer and the Blue Devils will aim for their first ACC Tournament title in 35 years when they take on No. 13 Virginia at Greensboro in a game broadcast live on ESPN with Dan Shulman and Jay Bilas providing commentary.

On March 15, the winner will advance to the NCAA Tournament to face No. 2 seed Florida for a chance at becoming the first school ever to capture four ACC titles consecutively.

As for the Blue Devils, they aim to improve their record to 23-8 and conclude the season on a winning streak of seven games. This success was made possible thanks to an impressive defensive effort that held opponents below their season scoring average 29 times throughout the year.

The Final Seven

Jon Scheyer has led Duke to its first ACC tournament title game as head coach, marking a historic moment since North Carolina's Bill Guthridge won three straight from 1998-99.

On Saturday night in the title game against Virginia, Duke has a chance to claim its 17th ACC championship in 25 years - which would be the most for any ACC program since North Carolina won four in a row from 1999-2003.

On Friday night in the ACC semifinals, Duke, who has won eight straight and 11 of their last 13, defeated Miami 85-78 to advance. They scored more points from the floor (54.5%), out-rebounded their opponent (43-15) and made 87.8% of their 3-pointers - a season high for them.

But the biggest triumph came from Duke's defense, which held Virginia to 27 percent shooting and forced seven turnovers in the opening half. By halftime, Duke led 24-17 despite an early foul on Cavaliers leading scorer Armaan Franklin.

After Virginia's lead vanished early, Duke scored the first six points of the second half to build a 14-point cushion. That was when Kyle Filipowski hit a wing 3-pointer for Duke's largest lead of the night - 21 points.

With just a minute left, the Cavaliers had cut their deficit to one point but that would be all they would get for the remainder of the game. Making just 3 out of 18 shots over 13:15, Duke managed 8 of 22 from the field while failing to hit any free throws in response.

Duke held on for the final ten seconds, as fans in the stands called out for more noise. But Tyrese Proctor hit two free throws with 9.8 seconds remaining and Filipowski rebounded Wong's last-ditch 3-pointer to put Duke out of reach and put an end to any hopes for the Cavaliers.

Virginia coach Tony Bennett said they will emphasize defense again in Saturday's title game, but also want to be more aggressive offensively. They have several players who can hit it from distance such as Kihei Clark and Andrew Gordon, so Bennett hopes they can keep everyone guessing on Saturday afternoon.

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