Legendary ACC Quotes

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Steve Blake (1999-2003)

On his favorite ACC moments:

“There’s a couple ACC moments that are probably my best. I really enjoyed beating Duke on Shane’s senior night, that was a lot of fun. Just because of the game in general, and it’s hard to beat them there, it really is and so to accomplish that was pretty special. And then the steal I had against Jason Williams, just one of those long lasting memories that people always bring up which is pretty cool.”

Juan Dixon (1998-2002)

On his most memorable moment:

“My most memorable moment in the ACC was during my senior season and our final game in Cole Field House in 2002. It was special because we closed out the building and went undefeated in Cole during my senior year. I can remember all the great former players coming back to be honored. It was my final home game at Maryland and I played in front of my family and cel­ebrated with them after the game, so that was special. The atmosphere was electric and it was a great feeling to go out on top. After the game we cut down the nets and the school had a celebration for us. It was something that I’ll never forget.”

Lefty Driesell (1969-1986)

On ACC games that standout in his mind:

“There are so many. The NC State game (Feb. 1, 1975), they had a 37-game home winning streak going. We beat them 98-97 and they had won 37 straight home games. On Feb. 15, 1975, we beat North Carolina at North Carolina, 96-74, which was the worst defeat North Carolina had ever had in Carmichael Auditorium. Also, in 1986, we beat North Carolina for the first time in the Dean Dome, 77-72 in overtime.”

On the most memorable game at Cole Field House:

“The one that probably got us started against South Carolina on Jan. 9, 1971. South Carolina was ranked second in the country and we beat them 31-30 in overtime.”

On what stood out about the ACC championship team in 1984:

“We had Len Bias, Adrian Branch, and Keith Gatlin. We had a really good team that year, but the other thing was because we had lost in the finals of the ACC tourna­ment six times.”

Tom McMillen (1971-1974)

On the 1974 ACC Championship game against NC State:

“You look at that season with us, UCLA, and NC State; we were all so closely matched. The game in the ACC tournament was truly a legacy game because it changed the whole body system of the NCAA. You went from a limited number of teams to a broader amount of teams that were eligible to participate. It was called one of the best college games ever, but not of a champion­ship. There were so many great players on that court.”

On the strength of the conference rivalries:

“[North] Carolina was very strong my sophomore year. My junior and senior year, [NC] State was really dominant. Having a smaller league like that, you end up getting to know players and teams. We played Carolina and State three times a year. It certainly developed familiarity. It also developed rivalries that are really difficult to duplicate. There was something special about Carolina at Maryland and State at Maryland when I played. Of course, Duke is the team that everyone wants to beat now.

Gary Williams (1964-1967; 1989-2011)

On memorable ACC moments as a coach:

“In terms of when I was coaching, the games where we beat [North] Carolina and Duke when they were ranked number one in the country, I will always remember. Plus, the last game in Cole Field House was great for Maryland basketball because we had all the living former Maryland players to come back. It was a great year in 2002, winning the championship, but it was also closing a building like Cole Field House. We played a good Virginia team. It was a great game. Both teams played well. It was a high-scoring game. I always thought that was how basketball was supposed to be played. To end it that way with all the former Maryland players out on the court after the game and the whole crowd stayed, nobody left; it was just a tremendous thrill for me and hopefully for all the players and people that were there.”

On being co-ACC champions in 2010:

“That was special because we really had to fight hard that year. We weren’t a great team early. We had to win down the stretch and we were able to beat Virginia Tech in overtime down at their place. That is when Greivis Vasquez had 43 points. The game was delayed because there was a water main break that had flooded their arena. We were supposed to play at noon and ended up not playing till five that afternoon. We just had guys like Landon Milbourne and Eric Hayes. We had great leadership from Vasquez. We were able to really play as a team. That time was one of my favorites because we were a lot better as a whole than we were individually and coaching-wise you always appreciate that.”

Greivis Vasquez (2006-2010)

On his memorable ACC Moments:

“Defeating Duke (March 3, 2010) on Senior Night was an unbelievable game that we won at home and a memorable way to fin­ish my career. Also, beating North Carolina when they were ranked No. 1 with Tyler Hansbrough and Ty Lawson (Jan. 19, 2008). Finally, I had my first triple-double and we beat North Carolina (Feb. 21, 2009) again at the Comcast Center.”