Wake is locking up the #2 seed as we speak, so the lineup will be:
(8) Virginia Tech vs. (9)Miami
Winner gets (1) UNC.
(5) Clemson vs. (12) Georgia Tech
Winner gets (4) Florida State
(7) Maryland vs. (10) NC State
Winner gets (2) Wake Forest
(6) Boston College vs. (11) Virginia
Winner gets (3) Duke
Really good Thursday games. Maryland/NC State will be particularly entertaining, I think. Potential for some great matchups on Friday, but I think it's safe to say UNC has an ideal road to the championship game. All the teams they lost to are on the other side of the bracket (Maryland, Boston College, Wake Forest).
I like our side of the bracket. When playing back-to-back games, having smart and veteran players is an important edge and for that reason I like our chances against Wake if we face each other.
I can see Florida State being a tough, tough out and giving UNC fits (if FSU manages to beat Clemson for the third time this season).
Really exciting Thursday noon game. If the ACC is getting 8 teams I think that will obviously be the play-in game. Both teams probably have to do more then just that though.
Other thoughts: Maryland should beat NC St., but these teams had a great match-up last Sunday at the RBC. I think Florida State is better then Clemson, and with Clemson having had to play tonight at Wake and then again Thursday before they even reach Friday is a big edge to Florida State.
Duke and Wake would be a heck of a semi-final if it comes to that, which I anticipate. The teams would get to settle a 1-1 season split in a neutral site. Winner of that is assured to be no lower then a 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
And....: I think everyone knows we could be less then a week away from part 3. I think it is really important Duke finds ways to lengthen the bench, specifically on Friday night and attempt to stay fresh. It would be tremendous to get another shot at them. It is also big to beat Wake because a loss to them basically assures a trip that won't be to Greensboro.
2009-2010 can't come soon enough.
The only teams that beat us on our side are BC and Wake. Wake has talent but they are inconsistent away from LJVM, BC was a fluke, they will not sneak up on us again. Thats not to say that the other teams can't beat us, I think BC proved if we play poorly, we can lose to anyone.
Even though UNC didn't lose to any team on their side, their wins against FSU and Miami were really close, and VT kept it competitive last week with the heels until about the last 2 or so minutes when they pulled away. And you know Clemson would love more than anything to beat UNC, something they haven't done in forever. I think UNC has the tougher road, and honestly, depending on how fresh their guys are, I think they tank the semi's. Right now the ACC is small time to them, they won it last year and the care only about winning an NC this year. I see the holes getting upset on Saturday. For us, who the heck knows....
Roy Williams is not a huge ACC tourney fan by any means and only focuses on it when it affects their NCAA seed. UNC probably already has a #1 seed locked up so I could see UNC resting players (esp Lawson), getting lots of time for Zeller, Davis and Drew, and getting upset. Really don't see UNC winning the ACC tourney this year
And of course they deserve it, I have no problem with that.
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In listening to the Duke Radio broadcast, they mentioned after the game was over, that Roy and the team cut down the nets to celebrate the Regular Season Championship.
I'm wondering if that will insure some bad karma down the road?
Here's an interesting observation. Last year, after we lost @ Wake, both teams went into tanking. This year, same thing. But after we win @ Cameron, both teams seem to be playing a lot better. I, for one, am a little worried about the wake game.
Whoever goes further between Wake/Duke will have a great chance of getting the 2 seed in Greensboro.
I think Wake has a higher ceiling than Duke, which worries me. Combined with the fact they could snatch our 2 seed from us, that game will be just as important as today's.
I think it will end up being UNC vs. VT, FSU vs. Clemson, Wake vs. NCSU, and Duke vs. BC.
Then UNC will top Clemson and Wake will top Duke in the semis.
And like it or not, UNC will beat Wake for the ACC title
Sean Renfree + Conner Vernon + Donovan Varner = BOWL GAME!
CJ Leslie + Ryan Harrow + Tracy Smith + Lorenzo Brown + Scott Wood = NCAA TOURNY!
I, for one, would relish another match up vs. BC. I thought our loss to them was the low point of the season and also its turing point with EWill entering the starting lineup following that game. I think our chances of containing Rice would be much better in a rematch with EWill defending him.