Player of the Week
Jaron Blossomgame – Clemson (F, Jr., 6-7, 220, Alpharetta, GA)
Football isn’t the only sport that Clemson fans can get excited about. Basketball has begun to take precedence and Blossomgame continues to be a big reason why. The junior forward scored 25 points (one shy of his career high) on 9-for-15 shooting, including 2-for-3 from the 3-point line and a perfect 5-for-5 from the charity stripe in a 76-65 victory over Miami. He added seven rebounds, two blocks and two assists in 39 minutes. It was the Tigers’ fourth consecutive win. Miami had a six-point lead in the second half with 7:48 to play. That’s when the Tigers took control. Blossomgame scored eight straight points to draw Clemson within a point before teammate Donte Grantham hit the go-ahead basket. Clemson never relinquished the lead again. Blossomgame then returned to score 23 points in a 69-62 loss at Virginia. In 37 minutes of play, he shot 8-for-15 from the floor, 4-for-6 from the beyond the arc and 3-for-3 from the free throw line to go along with six rebounds. For the week, Blossomgame averaged 24.0 points on 56 percent shooting and 6.5 rebounds per game.
Demetrius Jackson – Norte Dame (G, Jr., 6-1, 200, Mishawaka, IN)
Versus Duke, Jackson contributed 24 points on 10-for-16 shooting, to go along with four assists, two rebounds and one block. In the following game, an 83-81 victory over Virginia Tech, Jackson scored 22 points on 7-for-11 shooting to go along with four assists, two rebounds and two steals. Colson scored 15 points off the bench with five rebounds and one block. He was 5-for-8 from the field.
Bonzie Colson – (F, So., 6-5, 226, New Bedford, MA)
Colson scored a career-high 31 points on 12-for-19 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds to help power the Notre Dame Fighting Irish past Duke, 95-91. He knocked down two of his three attempts from long range and was hit all five of his free throws. He also had two steals and one assist. Colson has scored 17 or more points four times in his career — and two of those have come against Duke. He matched a then-career-high with 17 last year in the Irish’s 10-point victory over the Blue Devils in the ACC Tournament semifinals. The sophomore guard converted a key three-point play with 35.8 seconds remaining to give Notre Dame the lead for good.
Syracuse Orange – Has won Three Straight
The Orange have had sort of a roller coaster ride of a season so far, but after losing four consecutive games they’ve ripped off three straight. Two of those three wins came this week against Wake Forest, 83-55, and Duke, 64-62. Trevor Cooney was the star of the show against the Demon Deacons. The senior guard scored 25 points with six 3-pointers in the win, which gave the team its second consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference win after beginning conference play at 0-4. Syracuse’s signature 2-3 zone defense held the Deacons to just 32.6 percent (14-for-43) shooting, including a 10 percent (2 of 20) mark from 3-point range. Any hope of a second-half comeback was quashed as the Deacons shot 16.7 percent (2-for-12) immediately following the intermission.
Syracuse then handed Duke a third straight loss, as Tyler Roberson had 14 points and a career-high 20 rebounds. Roberson set the arena record for rebounds by a visitor, breaking the previous mark of 18 set in 1957 and matched by North Carolina’s Sean May in 2005. Trevor Cooney, Malachi Richardson and Duke transfer Michael Gbinije all scored 14 points for Syracuse, which won for the first time at Cameron and improved to 3-1 since Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim returned from his nine-game suspension. The Orange had not allowed more than 62 points in any game during their three-game win streak.
Terance Mann – Florida State (G, Fr., 6-6, 200, Lowell, MA)
The freshman has often been the weak link in FSU’s strong 2015 class. He’s found himself continuing to struggle adjusting to the college game, averaging just 4.5 points per game this season. Mann scored two points on 1-for-3 shooting in the Seminoles’ 69-62 victory over Virginia. He then scored four points on another 1-for-3 effort in the team’s loss at Louisville.
Duke Blue Devils – Has Lost Three Straight
The Blue Devils are doing a little soul searching after losing their last three games (at Clemson, vs. Notre Dame, and vs. Syracuse). After receiving their lowest national ranking in two years to start the week, the reigning national champs have their longest losing streak since the 2006-07 team dropped its final four games. The Blue Devils are now in danger of falling out of the poll for the first time since that season.
Top Five 3-Point Shooters in the ACC
1. London Perrantes (Virginia) – 55 percent (39-for-71)
2. Justin Bibbs (Virginia Tech) – 51 percent (45-for-87)
3. Ivan Cruz Uceda (Miami) – 50 percent (30-for-60)
4. Sterling Smith (Pittsburgh) – 48 percent (32-for-66)
5. Matt Milon (Boston College) – 47 percent (21-for-44)