ACC gets four NCAA Tournament bids, two #2 seeds, and two #8 seeds

Congratulations to Miami. The 2013 ACC Tournament Champions. The Hurricanes won the regular season and the conference tournament. Teams from Florida have won the ACC Tournament two years in a row. It will be a much different look next year with the additions of Pitt, Syracuse and Notre Dame.

On to the NCAAs. The ACC only got four bids to the tournament (the Atlantic 10 got 5 invites).  Thought Maryland’s ACCT run might sneak them in. Virginia was left on the outside too. As ESPN’s Jay Bilas put it, this year the committee seemed to look more at who you lost to, instead of who you beat. Beating Duke, State, UNC, didnt help this year.

Duke is the #2 seed in the Midwest Region. By far the toughest. Future ACC member Louisville is the #1 seed in this region and the number one overall seed.

Duke vs Albany.  Friday in Philadelphia at 12:15pm (CBS)

Miami is the #2 seed in the East Region. First time a team has won the ACC regular season and tournament and NOT been a number one seed.

Miami vs Pacific. Friday in Austin, TX at 2:10pm (TNT)

North Carolina is the #8 seed in the South Region. This surprised some who had UNC as a possible #6 seed. They travel to Kansas City with a possible matchup against Kansas in the second round. The NCAA says they dont try to create story lines. Right.

North Carolina vs Villanova.  Friday in Kansas City at 7:20pm (TNT)

NC State is the #8 Seed in the East Region. The Wolfpack will have a possible second game against top seeded Indiana.  BTW, the ESPN 30for30 on the 83 NC State team was outstanding.

NC State vs Temple. Friday in Dayton, Ohio at 1:40pm (TBS)

First Coaches Poll of the Basketball Season

The First USA Today Coaches Poll for the college basketball season is out.  You’ll notice the link is to an ESPN version.  This is because the USA Today page is turrible.  Hit the jump for details. Continue reading First Coaches Poll of the Basketball Season

#ACCTRNY Friday Open Thread…

I dont know what some teams were playing yesterday, but it wasnt basketball, it was ugly. Looking at you especially Georgia Tech, 36 points?!? Fewest points EVER at the ACC Tournament during the shot clock era.  Way to represent the host city.

Today’s lineup should be better.

12 Noon: North Carolina vs Maryland

2PM: Virginia vs NC State

7PM: Duke vs Virginia Tech

9PM: Florida State vs Miami

ACC Tuesday. Must wins and Platinum unis

Final week of the ACC regular season kicked off last night as Duke held off Wake Forest in Winston-Salem 79-71. The Blue Devils finished 8-0 on the road in the ACC, the third team in school history to do that. Wake rallied from a 23 point deficit to cut the game to 6, but didnt get any closer.

NC State vs Miami. This is a must win for both teams, if they have any chance of making the NCAA Tournament. Especially State,as they are trying to snap their 4 game losing streak. Reggie Johnson was reinstated by the NCAA for Miami. It is Senior Night at the RBC Center for C.J. Williams, Kendall Smith & Alex Johnson.

It is also Senior Night in Chapel Hill as UNC takes on Maryland. Last game at home for ACC POY candidate Tyler Zeller, Justin Watts and three other UNC seniors.  The Tar Heels will be wearing their Nike Platinum uniforms for the game tonight.

Also,

Georgia Tech visits Boston College.

Bitter writer (from Virginia) calls for boycott of ACC basketball games because of UNC/Duke bias.

 

Monday Morning Fodder – February 27, 2012

It is Monday, so it is time to look at the weekend that was.  Huge weekend in the ACC, with all 12 teams taking the floor, and only one game being a blowout while two went to overtime.  Hit the jump for more. Continue reading Monday Morning Fodder — February 27, 2012

ACC Round-Up – February 21, 2012

There were four games in the ACC last night.  As discussed here, UNC took down NC State.  We also saw Georgia Tech manage only 37 points in a home loss to Clemson. Virginia squeaked past Virginia Tech by two (61 – 59).  Maryland beat Miami by a score of 75 – 70.

This leaves a three way tie at the top of the league:

North Carolina 11 – 2
Duke 10 – 2
Florida State 10 – 2
Virginia 8 – 5
NC State 7 – 6
Miami 7 – 6
Maryland 6 – 7
Clemson 6 – 7
Virginia Tech 4 – 9
Wake Forest 3 – 10
Boston College 3 – 10
Georgia Tech 2 – 11

Game Day in the ACC

A lot happened last night in the world of NC State athletics.  Mark Gottfried showed up at the Free Expression Tunnel for the “Ram Roast” and had quit a bit to say, although I have yet to hear any of it.  More goodness after the jump. Continue reading Game Day in the ACC

Monday Morning Fodder – February 20, 2012

Another Monday is upon us, and this one is a holiday.  Remember when people used to get President’s Day as a paid holiday?  While those days are long gone, the days of me bitching about sports are not.  Hit the jump for my thoughts on the ACC’s weekend action, and my take on the Karl Hess situation. Continue reading Monday Morning Fodder — February 20, 2012

Monday Morning Fodder – February 13, 2012

It was a pretty blah sports weekend from my seat, but there are still some things to discuss.  Hit the jump for a few talking points. Continue reading Monday Morning Fodder — February 13, 2012

Monday Morning Fodder – January 23, 2012

It’s another Monday morning, so it looks like it’s time to recap the weekend.  Anything worth talking about happen?  Holy crap what a weekend.  NFL, Joe Paterno, ACC action…  it’s all after the jump. Continue reading Monday Morning Fodder — January 23, 2012