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Hess not working ACC tournament

ATLANTA — Veteran ACC official Karl Hess will not work any games at the ACC tournament, ACC head of officials John Clougherty said Thursday.

Hess was invited to work at the tournament but declined because he did not want to be a distraction, Clougherty said. Hess is working the Big East tournament instead.

Hess' absence is not a form of punishment for the incident at the N.C. State-Florida State game on Feb. 18, Clougherty said, but the three officials who worked the first game on Thursday — Jamie Luckie, Mike Eades and Bernard Clinton — each wore a small piece of white tape on their left sneaker with the initials "KH."

Gottfried disagrees with flagrant foul call

RALEIGH — Indiana guard Victor Oladipo was a step ahead of N.C. State's Scott Wood, with a clear path to the basket.

With his team down three points with less than 3 minutes to play, Wood played the percentages and sent Oladipo to the foul line, instead of ceding an easy basket.

Referee Earl Walton called a flagrant foul on Wood, giving the Hoosiers two free throws plus possession of the ball.

Clougherty pleased with ACC officials' late-game work

In the wake of Wednesday's Big East officiating fiasco, where officials missed multiple violations in the final seconds of St. John's win over Rutgers, ACC supervisor of officials John Clougherty said he was pleased with the way his officials dealt with their own late-game drama on Thursday.

Miami came back from 10 points down to force overtime against Virginia in the final 43 seconds of regulation, and Clougherty said before Friday's games that officials Bernard Clinton, Mike Eades and Jamie Luckie handled it well.

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