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Hot Shots - Highest Scoring ACC Performances From 2019-20

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DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA - MARCH 07: Vernon Carey Jr. #1 of the Duke Blue Devils dunks against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the second half of their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 07, 2020 in Durham, North Carolina. Duke won 89-76.
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Maybe it’s just a coincidence.

Maybe it’s just the inevitable relationship between robust scoring and keen public appreciation.

And maybe it’s just the smart thing to do.

Certainly there’s persuasive, enduring evidence that less-informed viewers tend to gravitate first to players who produce points in abundance. That in turn raises players’ profile, their contributions most readily drawing attention and becoming near-constant parts of the stories of their teams’ season.

Consequently four of the first team All-ACC members selected by a league-chosen board of voters led their squads in scoring, both over the course of the season and in a single game. The fifth first team honoree, Duke’s Tre Jones, tied Vernon Carey with the Devils’ single-game high at 31 points.

Two of the five second-team choices also set the bar for their squads, Florida State’s Devin Vassell and UNC’s Garrison Brooks.

Brooks was the only one of the ACC’s top five scoring leaders on the year who didn’t make first team all-conference, supplanted by Notre Dame’s John Mooney. The Irish senior also led the league in per-game rebounds, his average the highest in 23 years.

Louisville’s Jordan Nwora, the ACC’s preseason player of the year, had the league’s most productive outing with 37 points at Boston College. That was among 16 occasions a league player scored at least 30 points. Nwora and Pitt’s Justin Champagnie were the only players who twice hit for 30.

Six of the 20 team single-game scoring leaders, Champagnie among them, return for the upcoming season.

Nine of the 22 top efforts were achieved on the road, presumably a tougher task.

Top Single-Game Scorers For ACC Teams In 2020
School Pts Leader Opponent
Boston College 23 Jairus Hamilton Virginia Tech
Derryck Thornton Wake Forest
Nik Popovic Belmont
Clemson 32 Tevin Mack at Syracuse
Duke 31 Vernon Carey California
Tre Jones Georgia State
Florida State 27 Devin Vassell at Virginia Tech
Georgia Tech 34 Michael Devoe at Georgia
Louisville 37 Jordan Nwora at Boston College
Miami 28 Chris Lykes at Illinois
28 Kameron McGusty Coppin State
North Carolina 35 Garrison Brooks Georgia Tech
NC State 28 Markell Johnson Duke
Notre Dame 28 John Mooney Marshall, at Syracuse,Georgia Tech
Pittsburgh 31 Justin Champagnie Wake Forest in ACCT
Syracuse 33 Elijah Hughes at Georgia Tech
Virginia 27 Tomas Woldetensae at Louisville
Virginia Tech 30 Landers Jolley II at Clemson
Wake Forest 30 Brandon Childress NC State
Olivier Sarr Notre Dame