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The ACC Vault offers salvation from a week of mediocre games

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On a night when the slate of televised college hoops games ranges from unwatchable (Auburn vs. South Florida) to Chinese water torture (Wake Forest vs. UNC Greensboro), the ACC has given fans a reprieve.

Instead of watching the awful live games, you can watch classic ones from the past.

The ACC has introduced a video vault reminiscent of the archive released by the NCAA last spring. From Tim Duncan's deft passing, to J.J. Redick's three-pointers, to Vince Carter's above-the-rim dunks, an array of highlights and full games are available from every ACC team dating back to 1983.

As NBCSports.com's Mike Miller noted earlier Wednesday, one of the highlights is having Randolph Childress' superhuman 1995 ACC tournament performance available at the click of a mouse. Childress leads Wake Forest to the title by scoring a ridiculous 107 points in three games, heroics that included a sequence known forever on Tobacco Road as "The Crossover."

North Carolina's Jeff McInnis was guarding Childress on the left wing when the Wake Forest guard unleashed a crossover dribble so fierce that McInnis actually fell to the ground. As McInnis contemplated whether to get up or simply die of embarrassment, Childress motioned to him to guard him and then buried a three-pointer as the North Carolina guard was still getting to his feet.

That sequence alone is worth visiting the ACC vault for, but one game that should be there but doesn't appear to be is Duke's miracle 10-point final-minute comeback against Maryland in 2001.

Alas, YouTube will have to suffice for now.

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