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Twice within a month, an ACC team broke a school record for 3-pointers made in a game. The most recent instance came on Jan. 3, when Virginia went 18-for-34 on threes in a surprising rout of Gonzoga, the only nonconference team to defeat North Carolina. Earlier, Maryland set school records for 3-pointers attempted (37) and made (17) in a route of Missouri-Kansas City.Wake Forest retains the ACC record for most 3-pointers attempted in a game - 43 at home against North Carolina in 1998. The Demon Deacons also hold the ACC mark for threes made in a game - 19 in double-overtime at Clemson in 2002, Skip Prosser's first year at Winston-Salem.

Both ACC/Wake standards were set in defeat.

Perhaps surprisingly, most existing school records for 3-pointers were set in victory. The exceptions, besides Wake, were Clemson's 42 attempts in a loss at Chapel Hill and N.C. State's 42 attempts in a loss at Maryland and 18 made in a 1992 defeat against Florida State.

The 3-point shot has been in effect since the 1987 season.

Team Single-Game Records For 3-Pointers, As ACC Members
(Bold Indicates School Record Set This Season)
Team 3's Att. Site, Opponent, Year 3's Made Site, Opponent, Year
BC* 25 v. Sacred Hrt '06 8 5 times in '06, 2 in '07
Clem 42 @UNC '94 16 @ PR-Mayaguez '06
Duke 38 v. Monmouth '01 18 v. Monmouth '01
FSU 39 @Wich St. '04 17 @ Stetson '04
GaT 37 @UNC '96 17 v. Clemson '01
Md 37 v. Mo-K.C. '07 17 v. Mo-K.C. '07
Mia** 28 v. Md '05 13 v. UMass '05
UNC 35 v. Davidson '03 17 v. FSU '95
NCS 42 @ Md '91 18 v. FSU '92
UVa 38 v. Clem '00 18 v. Gonzaga '07
VaT** 29 v. Coppin St. '07 12 v. Coppin St. '07
WF 43 v. UNC '98 19 @ Clem '02

* Joined for 2006 season.

** Joined for 2005 season.

  • Boston College's record for threes attempted in a game, set while a member of the Big East, was 42 against St. Bonaventure's during the '03 season. Miami was the victim in 2001 when the Eagles set a school mark with 13 made 3-pointers.
  • Miami's record for 3-point attempts in a game, set as a Big East member, was 34 against Notre Dame in 2002. The Hurricanes made 15 against Georgetown in 1993, still the school high.
  • Virginia Tech tried 36 threes against Marquette in 1989 and made 16, both school records. Back then, the Hokies were in the Metro Conference along with Florida State, among others.
  • School records for best team 3-point percentage in a single game are all over the map. The ACC recognizes Duke as the leader with a 10-of-11 effort (.909 accuracy) against Clemson in 1988. Presumably the league prefers at least 10 attempts to qualify, since Virginia is not listed despite claiming perfect accuracy (1.000) for a contest in which it was 3-of-3 from the bonusphere.
  • Georgia Tech, Miami and North Carolina join Virginia in claiming 3-point accuracy records based on single-digit attempts. Boston College and Maryland don't seem to claim anything; we could not find single-game records for best 3-point percentage in their 2007 media guides. As far as we can tell, Maryland has never listed best single-game 3-point percentage by the team since the shot went into effect.

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