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6th Seed UNC Plays Thursday Night At ACC Tournament
Release: 03/05/2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. - North Carolina opens the 37th Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament Thursday at 8 p.m., against Wake Forest at the Greensboro Coliseum. Carolina finished the regular season with a 22-8 record and sixth in the league with a 10-6 mark.

Wake Forest is the 11th seed and improved to 15-15 on the season with a 72-58 win over 14th seed Pittsburgh in a first round game on Wednesday night.

Carolina is 6-1 against Wake Forest in the ACC Tournament

UNC is ranked 13th in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll and No. 12 in the Coaches' Poll. Wake Forest is unranked.

Diamond DeShields was named ACC Freshman of the Year on Wednesday and first team All-ACC on Tuesday. Allisha Gray and DeShields landed on the ACC All-Freshman Team.

AT A GLANCE
Records: North Carolina 22-8, Wake Forest 14-15, Pittsburgh 11-19
Rankings: North Carolina is ranked No. 13 in the AP poll and No. 12 in the coaches' poll. Boston College and Pittsburgh are 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.

CAROLINA IN THE ACC TOURNAMENT
• UNC has the best winning percentage (.679, 57-27) and the most wins (57) in ACC Tournament history.
• Carolina has won nine ACC titles - 1984, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 - the second-most in league history. Maryland has 10.
• The Tar Heels have appeared in the final in 15 of the last 20 years, with 1996, 2001, 2009, 2010 and 2012 being the only years UNC wasn't in the final.
• UNC has appeared in nine of the last 12 finals.
• Of the previous 36 ACC Tournaments, 27 have seen Carolina advance to at least the semifinals.
• The Tar Heels enter the 2014 event as the No. 6 seed. Carolina is 3-2 in two previous tournaments (1988, 2011) as the sixth seed.
• UNC last appeared as the No. 6 seed in 2011 and would become just the third team in tournament history seeded 6th or higher to make the championship game. Carolina lost 81-66 to Duke in the finals.

WAKE FOREST SERIES NOTES
• North Carolina is 60-12 all-time against Wake Forest, and 6-1 in the ACC Tournament but haven't played since the 1997 tournament.
• Carolina won 83-65 at Wake Forest on Jan. 23 in Winston-Salem. Diamond DeShields and Allisha Gray each had 19 points, leading four Tar Heels in double figures. Carolina won its 11th straight in the series.

DeSHIELDS EARN FIRST-TEAM ALL-ACC HONORS; JOINS GRAY ON ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM

Diamond DeShields earned first team All-ACC honors on Tuesday, as voted on by the Blue Ribbon Panel. Additionally, DeShields and teammate Allisha Gray both landed on the ACC All-Freshman Team. The only freshman named on the first team, DeShields enjoyed a phenomenal regular season with the Tar Heels, setting the program's freshman single game and single season scoring records. Along the way, DeShields averaged a team-leading 17.7 points per game, is tied with Gray for the club lead in steals (48), and is third in both rebounds (5.5) and assists (77) this season for the Tar Heels. Her numbers were even better within the conference, leading all first-year players in scoring at 19.8 ppg.

Gray has already cemented herself as one of the top inside-outside threats in the ACC. She ranks fourth in the league in three-point shooting at 41.9 percent (52-of-124), while her 14.4 point per game average is second on the team and among the top 20 in the ACC. She is tied for the club lead in both steals (48) and free throws made (79), and is fourth in rebounding with 5.3 per game.

DeShields and Gray are among a group of only 10 UNC freshmen to ever score 400 points in a season, and are the first pair of freshman teammates to score that many points in a season since Ivory Latta and Camille Little in 2003-04.

DeSHIELDS NAMED ACC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Diamond DeShields was named Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman of the Year, ACC Commissioner John Swofford announced Wednesday. DeShields is the eighth Tar Heel to win the award and combines with teammate Xylina McDaniel in giving Carolina the last two award winners. In the victory over Duke on Sunday, DeShields became the first Carolina freshman to ever score over 500 points in a single season. Earlier in the season, she scored 38 points at NC State to set a school mark.

The next day following the win over the Wolfpack, DeShields was named national player of the week by espnW and the USBWA after her performance in three games that saw her average 29.0 points per game, helping the Tar Heels earn road wins over #3 Duke and #10 NC State in a span of six days. That same day she was also named ACC Player of the Week, becoming the first freshman to garner the award since Duke's Monique Curry in March 2002.

DeShields was the only first-year player named to both the midseason watch lists for the John R. Wooden Award and the Naismith Trophy.



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