Virginia native and Cave Spring High School graduate J.J. Redick had 35 points last night in leading #2 Duke to victory over arch-rival North Carolina in Chapel Hill. That was the most points ever by a Duke player against UNC in a game at Chapel Hill. Redick was 5-10 from 3 and perfect at the free throw line as Duke blew a 17 point lead then came back from 5 points down in the final minutes to win 87-83.
J.J.'s 2,459 career points are now only one point behind Christian Laettner for 5th-place on the ACC all-time scoring list and 128 points behind Dickie Hemric's 2,587 points at Wake Forest. If he contines at his average pace of 28.4 points per game, Redick should pass Hemric just after halftime in the game against Temple on Feb. 25, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was sooner.
Though Pete Maravich's NCAA record 3,667 career points don't appear to be in jeopardy, Redick's 408 career three-pointers rank 2nd all time in the ACC and third all-time in the NCAA behind Curtis Staples' 413. I wouldn't be surprised to see Redick hit at least five 3's this saturday in College Park. Redick's career .921 free-throw percentage remain an ACC and NCAA record.
Here's the most amazing statistic: Redick has now hit the exact same number of three pointers this season (90) as all of Duke’s opponents combined this season against Duke.
Did I mention I love this kid?
Update: Here's a great article from ESPN's Page 2 where an avowed "Duke-hater" says folks should lay off Redick.