(Those who want to play the game should read the note at the bottom on the numbers to the left showing when each player plays.) Because average point differential is my tie-breaker, a team winning big does leave the starters in until the end - and in this case Kyle Guy hit a 3-pointer at the end and then Jerome stole the ball to end the game and give UVa an average win margin of +15 to nudge past Duke (+14) and UNC (+12) for second place behind Carmelo Anthony and the 3-0 Syracuse team. Since I also play possessions rather than actual time, so UVa's slowest in the nation pace is not a factor as they get a half dozen more possessions than they typically get in a game. They were the only team I've had in almost 60 games played to only allow 1 steal and they actually only had two turnovers in the game.
The other ACC game I played back-to-back to get all 8 teams up to three games was much more exciting. Georgia Tech (2004) Jarrett Jack grabbed six steals and drove to the hoop to foul Pitt (2019) point guard Lawrence Fields which was a key down the stretch. The game stayed within 2 points from 39-38 with 20 possessions left (12:08) to 55-53 (1:52 left) when Pitt's DuJuan Blair seemed to give Pitt to chance by rejecting a shot, only to have Georgia Tech's Luke Schenscher grab the rebound and score to make it 57-53 en route to a 57-54 win that left both teams at 1-2.
Note for those playing the game. The game starts with a 20-20 score and 44 possessions remaining, which we count down from 44-1 on the scoresheet. I do show the box scores for all games in all 8 conferences in this google sheet, That sheet let's other players look at the numbers on the left side of the box to see what possessions I have each player in the game and at what position. Jerome is one of the more complicated rotation guys since Hunter and him can basically play anywhere from point guard to power forward. The numbers show that he starts the game at the "1" or point guard and the first range of 44-34 means those are the 11 possessions he plays at that position. he then gives Hunter a two possession rest during possessions 32-31 at the "4," then he sits out one possession (the 30th), and finally ends up at the "2" for the final 30 possession of the game (30-1). Braxton Key plays at the "2" from 44-31 until Jerome gets there.
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