There's no question expansion has skewed a number of records. Among those is the incidence of overtime contests.It's a simple equation - the more teams playing under the ACC banner, the more likelihood certain anomalies will occur. The recent expansion to 12 members increased the number of league games by a third.
Last year around this time, ACC teams had been involved in seven overtime contests. By season's end, the number had nearly doubled. Already in 2007-08 there have been 14 overtime games, more than last season's total.
Every team in the conference already has engaged in a contest that required at least one extra period.
|MORE FOR YOUR MONEY
2007-08 ACC Overtime Action
|(Through Games of Feb. 5, Home Team Listed Second)|
|11/15||Maryland (74) vs. Northeastern (72)*|
|11/17||Florida State (66) vs. Cleveland St. (69)*|
|11/23||Virginia Tech (78) vs. Butler (84)*|
|12/1||Boston College (89) vs. Providence (98)*|
|12/20||Duke (64) vs. Pittsburgh (65)*|
|1/6||North Carolina (90) at Clemson (88)|
|1/12||Florida State (85) at Clemson (92) 2ot|
|1/16||Virginia Tech (70) at Virginia (69)|
|1/19||Miami (77) at N.C. State (79)|
|1/22||Wake Forest (75) at Clemson (80)|
|1/26||Virginia Tech (81) at Boston College (73)|
|1/27||Georgia Tech (92) at Virginia (82)|
|2/2||Virginia (65) at Virginia Tech (72)|
|2/3||North Carolina (84) at Florida State (73)|
|BC (0-2); C (2-1); D (0-1), FSU (0-3); GT (1-0); M (1-0); Mi (0-1); NC (2-0); NCS (1-0); V (0-2); VT (3-1); WF (0-1)|
Outside the ACC, teams fared poorly in extra innings, with a 1-4 mark. Only Maryland has an OT win in nonconference play, an early home triumph over Northeastern, former stomping grounds of both UConn's Jim Calhoun and UVa's Dave Leitao.
|DELAYING THE INEVITABLE
ACC Overtimes By Season Since 2000
|(2008 Through Games of Feb. 5)|
Nine overtime outings have occurred within the league, with visitors winning five.
The king of the road is Virginia Tech, with OT victories already at Boston College and Virginia. In fact, coach Seth Greenberg's squads have won 7 of 9 overtime games since joining the ACC, with five of those victories coming on league opponents' courts.
Most recently the Hokies rallied to victory at home against Virginia.
Incidentally, Wake Forest last dropped an overtime contest at Lawrence Joel Memorial Coliseum in 1997.
WHEN THEY KEEP GOING, AND GOINGâ¦
|School||Most||In Season(s)||Records in Top Years|
|Florida State||4||2001, 04||1-3, 2-2|
|Georgia Tech||2||2000, 04, 05||0-2, 1-1, 1-1|
|Maryland||4||2003, 04||3-1, 3-1|
|Virginia Tech||3||2007, 08||3-0, 2-1|