ATLANTA — History is made every season at the ACC tournament, but on Friday, the tournament hosted some history that has been a season in the making. Kendall Marshall, a sophomore point guard at North Carolina, became the ACC's all-time single-season assist leader during UNC's 85-69 victory against Maryland.
Marshall finished the game with 12 assists, giving him 311 for the season. Craig Neal, the former Georgia Tech point guard, had long held the conference record after finishing the 1987-88 season with 303 assists.
"We've been playing basketball a long time, with a lot of great point guards, and Kendall Marshall has had more assists in any season than anybody else has," UNC coach Roy Williams said. "Fantastic."
CHARLOTTE WANTS TO HOST: The ACC is expected to send out an RFP (request for proposal) this spring to sites interested in hosting the men's basketball tournament in the future and Charlotte plans to pursue the event.
The ACC tournament will be played in the Greensboro Coliseum from 2013 through 2015. After that, no sites have been determined.
Charlotte has not hosted the event since 2008. With approximately 20,000 seats available in Time Warner Cable Arena, the building fits the parameters league officials want for future sites.
"The (Charlotte) building works for us size-wise in today's market," ACC commissioner John Swofford said. "The last experience in Charlotte was outstanding in every respect and the feedback we got from schools and fans was extremely positive."
Mike Crum, chief financial officer and vice president for business development with the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, said the group is already planning a proposal for the ACC.
"With the experience people had in 2008 and the additional improvements we've made to Charlotte as a travel and tourist destination, when we have the opportunity to tell our story, we'll have a great story to tell," Crum said.
Swofford said the traditional success of the tournament in Greensboro and Charlotte will likely keep the event based in North Carolina with occasional visits to other areas.
"My sense is the schools want to continue to bounce it out of North Carolina periodically but they understand the success of the tournament has been built largely in North Carolina," Swofford said.
PLAYING HURT: Duke radio announcer Bob Harris was in his usual spot calling the Blue Devils' game Friday night despite fracturing his right shoulder when he took a nasty spill in a parking lot adjacent to Philips Arena.
Harris, who is working his 37th ACC tournament, was headed to his car when he tripped on a piece of iron protruding from the parking lot surface. He landed on his right elbow, jamming his arm into his shoulder.
Harris will have to wear a sling on his right arm for four to six weeks.
ATLANTA HISTORY FOR HEELS, PACK: N.C. State and UNC last played a basketball game in Atlanta on March 9, 1985 - a 57-51 Tar Heel win in the ACC Tournament semifinals. It came two years after State's stunning 91-84 overtime upset in the 1983 semifinals against UNC.
HOME AWAY FROM HOME: North Carolina used the Atlanta Hawks' locker room for its game Friday, and there were two familiar names among the nameplates. In the back corner of the room were the lockers of UNC products Marvin Williams and Jerry Stackhouse.
Justin Watts, who like Williams wears No. 24, used Williams' locker. Reggie Bullock occupied the locker of Stackhouse, a fellow Kinston native.
Staff writer Luke DeCock contributed to this report.