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CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) – Two surprising programs with high power infractions will face off for the ACC Championship when No.17 Pitt meets 18th-ranked Wake Forest in Charlotte, NC. This is the first time since 2014 that the Clemson Tigers will not play for the Atlantic Coast Conference title. Pitt was selected to finish fourth in the inshore division in the ACC preseason polls. Wake Forest was selected to finish fifth in the Atlantic Division. But both teams reached Saturday’s title game behind a strong quarterback led by Pitt’s Kenny Pickett and Wake Forest’s Sam Hartman.

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (AP) – James Karnik scored 17 points and tied his career record with 13 rebounds, Quinten Post scored 13 points and Boston College never trailed in their 73-57 victory over Notre Dame in the opener of the Atlantic Coast Conference for both teams. TJ Bickerstaff scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half for Boston College (6-3). Prentiss Hubb scored 15 points, Blake Wesley added 12 and Dane Goodwin 10 for the Fighting Irish (3-4). The Eagles are just 13-26 all-time, 3-13 in ACC game, against Notre Dame and have won back-to-back games in the series for the first time in nearly 25 years. Notre Dame has lost three in a row and four of its last five – with its only victory in that span against Division II Chaminade.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – Jayden Gardner scored 15 points, including a last-second strikeout from a 3-point miss that bounced back at home, taking Virginia to a 57-56 win over Pitt in the game. opening of the Atlantic Coast Conference for both teams. In a game that saw four draws and 14 lead changes, Gardner scored the last five of the game as Virginia’s winning streak extended to 14 – 13 in a row for coach Tony Bennett. Armaan Franklin added 10 points for Virginia, but was 0 for 6 from distance. John Hugley led the Panthers with 12 points on a 2-on-11 shot and Jamarius Burton added 11 with four assists.

WINSTON-SALEM, NC (AP) – Pittsburgh and Wake Forest will meet in a Top 25 showdown for the Atlantic Coast Conference title, in part thanks to the continuity of being led by coaches who have had the time. to create successful football programs. The No.18 Demon Deacons are led by ACC Coach of the Year Dave Clawson, who is in his eighth season. He guided Wake Forest to their first ACC title game since their last win in 2006. The 17th-seeded Panthers are led by seventh-year coach Pat Narduzzi and seek the program’s first ACC title. Clawson says there are “lessons to be learned here” about the schools’ patience with coaches.

CLEMSON, SC (AP) – Clemson starting wide receiver Frank Ladson Jr. and substitute quarterback Taisun Phommachanh are leaving the football program. Team spokesman Ross Taylor said on Friday the pair entered the NCAA transfer portal. Ladson is a 6-foot-3 junior from Miami, Fla. Who started the first four games this season before undergoing groin surgery and missing the last seven games. He finished with four catches for 19 yards. Phommachanh was the second channel behind departing DJ Uiagalelei this season. Phommachanh has appeared in six games this season, completing 11 of 19 passes for 131 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) – Jaelin Howell scored in the 71st minute and Florida State advanced to the Women’s College Cup championship game with a 1-0 victory over Rutgers. The Seminoles will face BYU on Monday for the NCAA title. The Cougars beat defending National Champion Santa Clara in a shootout later Friday night. The top-ranked Florida state won national titles in 2014 and 2018 and is playing its 12th College Cup. Howell broke through with a point blank rebound goal from a corner kick. Florida state goalie Cristina Roque made four saves.

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