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Tar Heels Open ACC Tournament Friday
Release: 03/07/2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. --- North Carolina opens the 36th Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament Friday night at 8 p.m. against Boston College at the Greensboro Coliseum. Carolina finished the regular season with a 26-5 record and tied for second in the league with a 14-4 mark. Boston College, the No. 11 seed, topped sixth-seeded Virginia, 66-57, Thursday night. UNC is ranked No. 15 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 and No. 17 in the USA Today Sports Coaches' Poll. BC is unranked.

AT A GLANCE
Records: North Carolina 26-5, Boston College 12-18
Rankings: North Carolina is ranked No. 15 in the AP poll and No. 17 in the coaches' poll. Boston College is unranked.
TV: ACC Regional Sports Network (FS Carolinas in the Chapel Hill area). Mike Hogewood and Debbie Antonelli have the call.
Radio: Tar Heel Sports Network, a division of Learfield Communications. Walter Storholt has the call. A link to the live stream can be found at GoHeels.com.
On The Web: GoHeels.com • Twitter: @UNCWBB • @UNCWBBCoach

CAROLINA IN THE ACC TOURNAMENT
• UNC has the best winning percentage (.679, 55-26) and the most wins (55) in ACC Tournament history.
• The Tar Heels have won nine ACC titles - 1984, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 - second-most in league history. Maryland, which won its 10th championship in 2012, is the only other school with more than seven titles.
• Carolina has appeared in the final in 14 of the last 19 years, with 1996, 2001, 2009, 2010 and 2012 being the only years that did not feature the Tar Heels in the final.
• UNC has appeared in eight of the last 11 finals, including four straight against Duke from 2002-05. After
losing to the Blue Devils in three straight finals from 2002-04, the Tar Heels finally broke through with an 88-67 win over Duke in the 2005 final. Carolina followed that with championship wins over Maryland in 2006, NC State in 2007 and Duke in 2008.
• Of the previous 35 ACC Tournaments, 26 have seen Carolina advance to at least the semifinals.
• Friday will mark the 35th time in 36 seasons that the Tar Heels have played in the quarterfinal round, with 2010 being the lone exception.
• Carolina enters the 2013 event as the No. 3 seed. The Tar Heels are 4-3 in three previous tournaments (1987, 1993, 1999) as the No. 3 seed.
• UNC last appeared in the tournament as the No. 3 seed in 1999. Carolina defeated sixth-seeded Gerogia Tech in the quarters and No. 2 Virginia in the semis before falling to Clemson in the title game.

BOSTON COLLEGE SERIES NOTES
• North Carolina is 8-1 all-time against Boston College, but the two teams have never met in the ACC Tournament.
• Carolina swept the season series in 2013, winning 80-52 in Chesnut Hill on Feb. 7 and 85-57 in Chapel Hill on Feb. 28.

QUICK HITS
• Carolina is second in the nation in steals (13.7 spg). The Tar Heels are ninth in points allowed per opponent possession (0.74) and 14th in blocks.
• UNC is 8-4 this season when tied or trailing at halftime. The Tar Heels were 9-29 in those situations the previous three seasons.
• Head coach Sylvia Hatchell is currently second all-time in career coaching wins with 905. Hatchell now trails only Pat Summitt (1,098) on the all-time list after passing Jody Conradt (900) on Feb. 10.
• Senior Tierra Ruffin-Pratt is averaging a team-best 14.8 points per game this season, good for sixth in the ACC. Entering 2012-13, her career scoring average in 84 games was 6.7 ppg.
• Senior Krista Gross is fourth in the ACC in rebounding with 8.6 rpg. Entering 2012-13, her career rebounding average in 95 games was 4.4 rpg.

RUFFIN-PRATT, McDANIEL EARN FIRST-TEAM ALL-ACC HONORS
Tierra Ruffin-Pratt and Xylina McDaniel were named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team by a vote of the league's head coaches. Ruffin-Pratt was also a first-team selection by the Blue Ribbon Panel, while McDaniel grabbed second-team honors from that group.

Ruffin-Pratt led the Tar Heels in scoring, assists and steals in her final season in Chapel Hill. The Alexandria, Va., native emerged as one of the league's top all-around players, averaging 14.8 points, 4.4 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game in leading Carolina to a 26-5 regular season and second place in the final ACC standings.

McDaniel, who was the only freshman named on a first team, registered a double-double in her first collegiate game and was consistently one of the nation's top first-year players in 2012-13. The Columbia, S.C., product averaged 12.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.3 steals during the regular season, all tops among the league's freshmen.

Ruffin-Pratt and McDaniel are the first Tar Heels to earn first-team honors since Erlana Larkins and LaToya Pringle were first-team selections in 2008. McDaniel is the first Carolina freshman to earn a first-team nod since Camille Little in 2004.

McDANIEL NAMED ACC ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Xylina McDaniel was named ACC Rookie of the Year by both the Blue Ribbon Panel and a vote of the league's head coaches, ACC Commissioner John Swofford announced Tuesday. McDaniel, who led all ACC freshmen in scoring, rebounding and steals, is the seventh Tar Heel to win the award and the first since Camille Little in 2004.

McDaniel earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors a league-leading six times, while helping the Tar Heels to a 26-5 overall mark and a second place finish in the ACC.McDaniel was also the only freshman named to the All-ACC first team as selected by the head coaches.

 


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