#1 2004-2005 vs. #4 2003-2004
2005 wins: 84-76
In one of the most confusing games to watch of all time, the experienced 04-05 Demon Deacons edged the younger versions of themselves. Though the 2004 team made the Sweet 16 and the 2005 team was bounced in the second round by
horrific seeding horrific game location West Virginia, they had one of the three best offenses in the Ken Pom Era.
In this contest, The '05 Justin Gray led all scorers with 29 points. Gray went 10-15 from the field, including 4-6 from deep. He also chipped in 6 assists and 4 rebounds. Sophomore sensation Chris Paul went 12-12 from the charity stripe and finished with 19 points. The team just would not miss in this game. They shot 55% from the field, including 47% from beyond the arc, and 91% from the foul line. Okay, so they missed a few times.
The '04 team had a trio of scorers - Taron Downey, Chris Paul, and Jamaal Levy - score in double figures. Freshman phenom CP3 finished with 16 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. This team just could not make as many shots as their future counterparts. The '04 squad shot just 44% from the field, including 28% from deep, and only 68% from the foul line.
#2 2008-2009 vs. #3 1960-1961
2009 wins: 85-72
Bill Packer tried his damndest, but he simply could not stop sophomore Jeff Teague from penetrating. The Indiana native finished with 28 points, including 6 three pointers and one nasty dunk. The 2009 squad simply had too much talent and athleticism. Al-Farouq Aminu and James Johnson used their length and athleticism to control the glass and alter shots, while Ish Smith was a blur in the fast break.
Len Chappell put up excellent numbers of his own, but that was mostly due to high volume shooting and the frantic pace of play in this game. Can the 2009 squad take down the 2005 squad? A lot of NBA talent on the floor in that one.
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#1 1995-1996 vs. #4 1952-1953
1996 wins: 90-48
That escalated quickly dot jpeg. The 1996 Demon Deacons, and ACC Champions, no longer had Randolph Childress, but they still had the great Tim Duncan. Duncan was absolutely dominant in this contest, as he scored 30 points and grabbed 20 rebounds before sitting out the final 15 minutes.
Dickie Hemeric scored 40 points and grabbed 17 rebounds, but he unfortunately had no other help in this contest. There's no shame in losing to Duncan.
#2 2002-2003 vs. #3 1992-1993
1993 wins: 77-67
It took until the last matchup of the 1st round, but we finally had ourselves an upset as the 1992-1993 Demon Deacons took down the 2002-2003 Demon Deacons 77-67. The '93 squad was led by phenomenal performances from Randolph Childress and Rodney Rogers. The dynamic duo combined for 52 of the team's 77 points. Rogers also hauled in 8 boards, while Chill dished out 4 assists and made 4 of his 6 three point attempts. Travis Banks had 9 points.
The 2003 squad was led by ACC Player of the Year Josh Howard, who finished with 18 points 4 rebounds and 3 steals. He also made all 12 of his free throws. Taron Downey went 3-3 from deep and finished with 17 points, while Vytas Danelius scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
The 1993 squad will now go against the 1996 ACC Champions. Can they pull off another upset?