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In Appreciation of Mike Scott: Handing Out End of the Year Awards in the ACC

Tyler Zeller is one of three Tar Heels that made our All-ACC First Team.

I know we’re starting a little early, but over the next week, we’ll be announcing our season-ending college hoops awards. First up, the ACC:

FIRST TEAM

F Mike Scott, Virginia: 16. 9 PPG, 8.1 PPG, 1.2 APG

Scott’s offensive rating of 117.2 ranks first in the ACC and fourth in the nation among players who used at least 28 percent of their team’s possessions. More on Scott later.

F Harrison Barnes, North Carolina: 17.7 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.1 APG

Barnes might not have put together an All-American type season, but he still played well enough to make the ACC’s first team. The native Iowan ranks second in the conference in points per game (17.7), and his offensive rating of 112.2 is third among ACC players who used at least 24 percent of their team’s possessions.

F Tyler Zeller, North Carolina: 16.2 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 1.5 BPG

Zeller has probably been the Tar Heels’ best player this season. His offensive rating of 120.7 ranks first in the ACC and eighth in the country among players who used at least 24 percent of their team’s possessions. He ranks 10th in the conference in defensive rebounding percentage (19.1) and 11th in offensive rebounding percentage (14.6).

G Kendall Marshall, North Carolina: 6.8 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 9.6 APG

Marshall’s twitter handle is @kbutter5, and his passes on the court are just as smooth. His assist rate of 43.4 ranks first in the ACC and sixth in the nation.

G Austin Rivers, Duke: 15.3 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 2.1 APG

It was a really though call between Rivers and Miami’s Durand Scott. I went with Rivers because his play has gotten better and better as the year’s gone on, and I believe he’s the biggest reason the Blue Devils are ranked No. 3 in the country. When the game’s on the line, Rivers is a stone cold killer.

Miami’s Durand Scott has been a stat-stuffer this season.

SECOND TEAM

F John Henson, North Carolina: 14.0 PPG, 10.3 RPG, 3.1 BPG

F Mason Plumlee, Duke: 10.8 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 1.5 BPG

G Andre Young, Clemson: 13.3 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 3.3 APG

G Terrell Stoglin, Maryland: 21.0 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.9 APG

G Durand Scott, Miami: 13.1 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 3.2 APG

C.J. Harris had a solid season for a poor Demon Deacons team.

THIRD TEAM

F Kenny Kadji, Miami: 13.0 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1.8 BPG

F Ryan Kelly, Duke: 12.2 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 1.1 APG

G Seth Curry, Duke: 13.6 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 2.5 APG

G Michael Snaer, Florida State: 13.9 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 1.9 APG

G C.J. Harris, Wake Forest: 16.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 2.5 APG

Mike Scott might not be known across the country, but the Virginia forward was a beast this season.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Mike Scott, Virginia

Mike Scott might be the most under-appreciated player in the country. The junior forward is an efficient scorer, posting an effective field goal percentage of 58.3 (2nd in ACC) and a true shooting percentage of 62.9 (1st in the ACC). Scott was also one of the most dominant rebounders in the conference, grabbing 23.9 percent of the available boards on the defensive end (3rd in the ACC) and 10.1 percent on offense (13th in the ACC). Scott’s offensive rating of 117.2 ranks first in the ACC and fourth in the nation among players who used at least 28 percent of their team’s possessions.

Doc’s kid is a stone cold assassin when the game’s on the line.

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Austin Rivers, Duke

After taking some time to get used to the college game, Rivers has come on strong at the end of the year. His game-winner against North Carolina ranks as one of the most memorable moments of the regular season. The freshman’s improved play is one of the biggest reasons why the Blue Devils have moved up to No. 3 in the polls and are in line to receive a one-seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Henson has been a great defensive rebounder and shot-blocker this season.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: John Henson, North Carolina

Henson ranks second in the ACC in defensive rebound percentage (24.7) and first in block percentage (10.1).

Coach K and Duke will play for the ACC regular season title on Saturday.

COACH OF THE YEAR: Mike Kryzewski, Duke

The Blue Devils lost the No. 1 overall draft pick (Kyrie Irving) and two four-year contributors who led Duke to the 2010 National Title (Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler), yet Duke is ranked No. 3 in the nation and is in line to receive a one-seed in the NCAA Tournament. Coach K has done a great job turning this year’s Blue Devils into a final four contender.

As always, all advanced stats came from Ken Pomeroy’s amazing website.

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College Hoops Outlook: Best Remaining Regular Season Games

Thomas Robinson got the best of Perry Jones when they matched up in January.

Wednesday, Feb. 8:

Kansas at Baylor, 6 p.m.

Future lottery picks Perry Jones and Thomas Robinson battle again. Robinson and the Jayhawks beat the Bears last month.

Georgetown at Syracuse, 6 p.m.

Will Syracuse lose another regular season game?

Duke at North Carolina, 8 p.m.

This might be the best night of college hoops of the regular season. Three match-ups of top 15 teams.

Thursday, Feb. 9:

St. Mary’s at Gonzaga, 10 p.m.

The Gaels bring an unbeaten conference record 12 game winning streak into Spokane. St. Mary’s won the first game between these two.

Mizzou’s Marcus Denmon came up clutch against Kansas on Feb. 4.

Saturday, Feb. 11:

Baylor at Mizzou, 12:45 p.m.

Mizzou went into Waco and beat the Bears last month. Can Baylor return the favor in Columbia? Will the winner of this game get a one-seed in the tourney?

Wichita State at Creighton, 4 p.m.

The two best teams in the Missouri Valley Conference face off in Omaha. The Blue Jays bested the Shockers in Wichita on New Year’s Eve.

Kentucky at Vanderbilt, 8 p.m.

The No. 1 Wildcats put their unblemished conference record on the line against a talented Commodore team.

Monday, Feb. 13:

Syracuse at Louisville, 6 p.m.

This is will probably be the Orange’s toughest remaining road test.

Wednesday, Feb. 15:

New Mexico at San Diego State, 9 p.m.

Two of the best teams in the Mountain go toe-to-toe in San Diego. The Lobos beat the Aztecs in Albuquerque last month.

Thursday, Feb. 16:

Wisconsin at Michigan State, 6 p.m.

The Spartans beat the Badgers in Madison last month in OT. Can Bo return the favor and beat Izzo in East Lansing?

Mike Moser has been a beast this season for the Rebels.

Saturday, Feb. 18:

UNLV at New Mexico, 12 p.m.

Mike Moser and the Rebels will try to knock off the Lobos in The Pit.

St. Mary’s at Murray State, 5 p.m.

Perhaps the top two mid-major teams face off in a BracketBusters game. Can the Gaels ruin the Racers’ quest for perfection?

Ohio State at Michigan, 8 p.m.

Michigan played the Buckeyes tough in Columbus but lost. Can the Wolverines contain Jared Sullinger?

Long Beach State at Creighton, 9 p.m.

Casper Ware faces off with Doug McDermott. Which team will strengthen their at-large profile?

Thursday, Feb. 23:

Duke at Florida State, 6 p.m.

Michael Snaer’s buzzer beater gave the Seminoles an upset win at Cameron Indoor last month.

Virginia’s Mike Scott is one of the most underrated players in the country.

Saturday, Feb. 25:

North Carolina at Virginia, 3 p.m.

The Tar Heels face a tough conference foe on the road.

Mizzou at Kansas, 3 p.m.

The last regular season Border War for the foreseeable future.

Wisconsin at Ohio State, 5 p.m.

Deal with it. The Badgers try to avenge their home loss to the Buckeyes.

Tuesday, Feb. 28:

Michigan State at Indiana, 6 p.m.

The Hoosiers knocked off Kentucky and Ohio State at home, can they add the Spartans to the list?

Florida at Vanderbilt, 8 p.m.

Two solid SEC teams battle in Nashville.

Thursday, Mar. 1:

Florida St at Virginia, 6 p.m.

The first match-up was great, can the Wahoos get back at the Noles with a win at home?

Saturday, Mar. 3:

Georgetown at Marquette, 12 p.m.

Two of the best teams in the Big East face off in Milwaukee.

North Carolina at Duke, 6 p.m.

The best rivalry in college hoops.

Anthony Davis slams it home.

Sunday, Mar. 4:

Ohio State at Michigan State, 11 a.m.

Draymond Green and Jared Sullinger face-off in East Lansing. Could this game determine who wins the Big Ten regular season title and Big Ten player of the year?

Kentucky at Florida, 11 a.m.

The Wildcats face another road test in Gainesville. Patric Young tries to contain Anthony Davis and his unibrow.

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