#1 1994-1995 vs. #4 2000-2001
1995 wins: 84-61
The 1994-1995 Demon Deacons were the #1 overall seed in the tournament and did not mess around in their opening contest, as they blew out the 2000-2001 team 84-61. They were led by Randolph Childress, who finished 24 points. Tim Duncan had a modest 13 point, 16 rebound, 5 assist outing. Chill went just 3-15 from beyond the arc, so perhaps he's going to need to be a bit more selective moving forward.
The 2000-2001 squad had four players score in double-figures and were led by Robert O'Kelley, who finished with 15. Josh Howard finished with 11 points and 7 rebounds.
The '95 squad only shot 40% from the field, but they grabbed 18 offensive rebounds and only turned it over twice. The offensive rebounding, combined with elite ball security, allowed them to have an offensive efficiency of 123.5
(h/t) to Game Sim on scacc hoops for allowing me to sim this contest.
#2 1976-1977 vs. #3 1983-1984
1977 wins 62-59
In what ended up being the closest matchup on the left side of the bracket, the 1977 team came away with a hard fought 62-59 victory over their '84 counterparts. The Elite Eight team was led by Rod Griffin, who scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, which were both above his season averages. Jerry Schellenberg had 14 points and 12 rebounds on the evening.
The '84 team was led by Kenny Green, Delaney Rudd, and Anthony Teachey. The three-headed monster combined for 55 of the team's 59 points, and 35 of the team's 39 rebounds. It was a highly contested battle, but the three-headed monster just could not get enough help.
#1 1961-1962 vs. #4 1980-1981
61-62 wins 75-60
In a game in which no team had any idea what the three-point line was, Len Chappell led his '62 Deacs past the '81 Demon Deacons 75-60. Former ACC Player of the Year Len Chappell, along with guard Billy Packer, ran an excellent two man game throughout the ball game. Chappell finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Packer scored 15 points and dished out 9 assists. In a surprise to absolutely no one, coach Bones McKinney had his team ready to play in a tournament game.
The '81 squad was led by Frank Johnson, who scored 30 of the team's 60 points in a losing effort. Johnson simply did not get enough contributions from Jim Johnston, Al Rogers, and Guy Morgan. Those three combined for just 17 points, and allowed Chappell to dominate the glass.
#2 1996-1997 vs. #3 1959-1960
96-97 wins 80-62
As good as the pieces were on the 1959-1960 team, they were still young, and that ultimately wasn't enough to defeat a senior led Tim Duncan team. The Big Fundamental finished with 28 points and 15 rebounds in this contest. Dave Budd, who would ultimately have the team's practice gymnasium named after him, battled down low, but simply could not match the skills of Duncan. Len Chappell also held his own by scoring 21 points and grabbing 9 rebounds.
Bones McKinney brought excellent game plan, but he just didn't have Tim Duncan.
Check back this weekend when we unveil who won the matchups on the right side of the bracket.