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What-to-know conference previews: ACC

Posted on: March 6, 2012 3:40 pm
 

The Atlantic Coast Conference tournament has been owned by Duke for most of its recent history, as the Blue Devils have won the championship in 10 of the last 13 seasons. North Carolina won back-to-back in 2007 and 2008, and Maryland defeated Duke in 2004. Overall, it’s been a Tobacco Road monopoly, with only eight of the 58 tournament championships won by a team besides Duke, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Wake Forest. 

Things don’t look likely to change this season, as North Carolina and Duke head into Atlanta as the odds-on favorites to win the title. However, there is still plenty on the line when it comes to NCAA tournament ramifications. With North Carolina’s win over Duke last weekend, the Tar Heels now have the inside track towards a No. 1 seed. The winner of this tournament will likely get a top seed. Florida State is fine, Virginia should be good with one win, and Miami (Fl.) and North Carolina State are firmly on the bubble.

The top four seeds receive a bye in the quarterfinals, and it doesn’t seem like a team from the lower half of the conference has the chops to win four games in four days and get the automatic bid. Duke vs. UNC, round three? It’s possible.

TOURNAMENT BRACKET

No. 8 Maryland vs. No. 9 Wake Forest: Both teams have had few bright spots this season, with the Terrapins having won just four of its last 14 games. Wake Forest didn’t do much besides beat Boston College, although the Deacons’ win over Loyola (Md.) to start the season looks solid after last night. Maryland won the first meeting.

No. 5 North Carolina State vs. No. 12 Boston College: NC State absolutely needs two wins to get an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. The Wolfpack are 0-8 against the top 50 of the RPI, and therefore need to beat Virginia in the quarterfinals. Boston College’s win over Florida State in February looks like an anomaly.

No. 7 Clemson vs. No. 10 Virginia Tech: Both teams have been competitive throughout the season, and Clemson has actually won five of its last seven games to end the regular season. Virginia Tech has seen nine of its losses since the start of 2012 decided by five points or fewer. This one could be close.

No. 6 Miami (Fl.) vs. No. 11 Georgia Tech: Another bubble team facing a must-win, Miami (Fl.) has two really good wins over Duke and Florida State, but not much else. The Hurricanes were swept by North Carolina State, and likely need to reach the semifinals to get a bid. Georgia Tech is playing in its home city; will it matter?

-- Jeff Borzello

Category: NCAAB
Comments

Since: Aug 5, 2007
Posted on: March 12, 2012 3:37 pm
 

What-to-know conference previews: ACC

carolina nupe (on the FSU Basketball Board) said:

Your program is up and coming, but they still suck.  Start talking shit**** when you actually win something.  Oh yea, start with the ACC tournament first and then graduate to multiple NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS you scrub!!!!
Well, I guess my response is, you were saying?



Since: Feb 27, 2012
Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:21 am
 

What-to-know conference previews: ACC

Wow whine much? That is the benefit of being the number one seed. If duke could have beat UNC last weekend they would be in the same postion, but well they got spanked!




Since: Mar 11, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:12 pm
 

What-to-know conference previews: ACC

GO NOLES!



Since: Jan 22, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2012 1:16 pm
 

What-to-know conference previews: ACC

Saying that duke has a hard 2nd round matchup because they play either Clemson or Va Tech probably says more about duke than either one of those teams. Both Clemson and Va Tech lack any star players and finished right around .500 on the entire season. Why would either of them be a tough game for any reason other than duke just isn't very dominant? Sure duke would have a tough 2nd round game against FSU or Miami but its not a ton worse than UNC having to play either UVa or NC State.

With Kelly being out for the ACC Tournament I am expecting it to be a UNC vs FSU final, but upsets happen frequently in this tournament. I think UNC is much more of a lock for the final because the only 2 teams they lost to are on the other side; and FSU is close to 50/50 because of duke missing Kelly. My guess is that if FSU can get past Miami that they'll be able to beat a shorthanded duke.  



Since: Jul 30, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 1:07 pm
 

What-to-know conference previews: ACC

Should the Tarheels make it through to the semifinals, a potential matchup vs UVa would more than likely not be so easy as UVa matched up well with the Tarheels--at least in Charlottesville.  Though the Tarheels faired well vs NCSU in Raleigh and Chapel Hill, a matchup with the Pack is intriguing this go 'round.  NCSU would be fired up having beaten UVa and Gott has his team fired up for a run into the NCAA Tourney.  A win over UNC would obviously seal the deal IF a win over UVa does not.  I think it's going to be a more competitive tournament than folks realize.




Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:55 pm
 

What-to-know conference previews: ACC

Just STFU and play!!! When Dook had all of those easy teams to play in order to win the national championship the same thing was said about them.  And what was the lame azz excuse given by fans?  "We cannot help it.  We just play who is in front of us."  Give me a break an man up!!!!!!!!  This is the ALMIGHTY DOOK WITH COACH K WE ARE TALKING ABOUT RIGHT?



Since: Sep 11, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:25 pm
 

What-to-know conference previews: ACC

Neither Duke or UNC will be in the ACC final



Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 10:35 am
 

What-to-know conference previews: ACC

Well Coach K always tries to downplay the regular season, so if Duke "didn't try," in the regular season to get the #1 tournament seed it is their own fault.  I predict Va Tech takes Duke in the 2d round, and UNC wins the tournament.  Although it will be curious to see how FSU fares.

All the ACC tournament is about is UNC and Duke's attempt to confirm a #1 seed in the real tournament the NCAA.



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:32 am
 

What-to-know conference previews: ACC

Any why is UNC's path ridiculous? That is the benefit of being the #1 seed in the tournament. If the other teams suck it isn't their fault. Don't punish greatness.



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:42 am
 

What-to-know conference previews: ACC

@TheyCallMePro Seems like you are crying. It's call the #1 seed, which always has the easiest path in conference tourneys. Carolina almost lost to UVA at home so, I don't give them this easy path.


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