ATLANTA — With defensive ace John Henson cheering from the bench, an ice pack on his ailing wrist, North Carolina showed just how deep its talent runs.
Kendall Marshall's dynamic playmaking turned the rim into a gathering place for a Tar Heels dunkfest.
The fourth-ranked Tar Heels didn't even need Henson, their best defensive player and rebounder. Hardly looking short-handed, they romped to an 85-69 victory over Maryland in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament Friday.
North Carolina (28-4) had too many weapons for Maryland (17-15), which was essentially a one-man show. Terrell Stoglin scored 30 points, but none of his teammates had more than 11.
North Carolina advanced to today's semifinal against North Carolina State.
N.C. State 67, Virginia 64
Mark Gottfried insists his team came to Atlanta to win the ACC tournament, which would assure North Carolina State an NCAA berth.
The Wolfpack celebrated as if they punched their ticket after Friday's quarterfinals. A ball flew in the air and players jumped up and down on the court in a tight huddle after North Carolina State (21-11) held on late to beat Virginia to advance to the semifinals of the ACC tournament.
Duke 60, Virginia Tech 56
Tyler Thornton scored a career-high 13 points, Austin Rivers hustled for a clinching three-point play and No. 6 Duke survived an ugly performance against cold-shooting Virginia Tech, beating the Hokies in the ACC Tournament on Friday night.
Seeking their fourth straight tournament title, the Blue Devils (27-5) advanced to the semifinals against either No. 17 Florida State or Miami.
Duke didn't put away the 10th-seeded Hokies (16-17) until the closing seconds.
Miami vs. Florida State (Late)