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Single Double-Figure Scorers On ACC Teams

What matters more is how many points you hold your opponents to

ACC Tournament: Clemson v. Duke
Clemson’s K.J. McDaniels (32) rips a rebound from Duke’s Rasheed Sulaimon (14) in the second half in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C., Friday, March 14, 2014. Duke advance, 63-62.
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The 2020 season was unquestionably anomalous. Or, if you prefer, downright peculiar, most notably because it died just as teams crossed the threshold of postseason play.

But there were other oddities, large and small, that surfaced the closer you examine the stats generated within the ACC.

To highlight one intriguing example, Louisville took a strikingly different path to prosperity than any other squad in the past half-decade: The Cardinals tied for second in the conference despite having a single double-figure scorer, Jordan Nwara (18.0).

This is quite unusual, especially lately. Since 2010 only eight ACC teams finished the year with a single player averaging 10 or more points per game. The last time an ACC squad boasted a single double-figure scorer was, coincidentally enough, 2015, the year Louisville joined the ACC.

Conversely there have been the same number of squads since 2010 that had five double-figure scorers, most recently Miami in 2019.

Modern teams with a single potent scorer have not fared that poorly, with three of the eight winning better than 20 games.

Three-quarters of squads with single-barrel offenses finished with a winning record, although half of those finished with one more win than loss. Not impressive but on the positive side of the ledger.

Only Louisville in 2020, and both Clemson and NC State in 2014, finished in the ACC’s first division despite so circumscribed a scoring profile. The ’14 Tigers were sixth in the ACC; the Wolfpack tied for seventh. The Pack was carried offensively by Anthony “T.J.” Warren, the only ACC scoring leader and, to date, sole first-round NBA draft pick among this singular group.

ONE TRICK PONIES
Teams With Single Double-Figure Scorer Since 2010
(Listed In Descending Chronological Order)
Year Team Scorer Avg./Game Team Record
2020 Louisville Jordan Nwara 18.0 24-7
2015 Georgia Tech Marcus Georges-Hunt 13.5 12-19
2015 Clemson Jaron Blossomgame 13.1 16-15
2014 NC State TJ Warren 24.9 24-10
2014 Clemson KJ McDaniels 17.1 23-13
2014 Miami Rion Brown 13.5 17-16
2013 Georgia Tech Marcus Georges-Hunt 10.8 16-15
2012 Georgia Tech Glen Rice 13.0 11-20