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NC State vs. Xavier: Dayton, OH. Tuesday at 9:10 p.m. on truTV . The winner of this “play-in” game (although it is technically not a play in game, the tournament is a field of 68, it is a first round game) will be the #12 seed in the Midwest and play #5 Saint Louis on Thursday in Orlando.

Duke vs. Mercer: Raleigh, NC. Friday at 12:15 p.m. on CBS. Duke is also in the Midwest Region as the #3 seed.

UNC vs. Providence: San Antonio, TX.  Friday at 7:20 p.m. on TNT. North Carolina is the #6 seed in the  East Region and will play Big East Champion Providence

NCCU vs. Iowa State: Friday at 9:50 p.m. on TNT.  NC Central, Champions of the MEAC earned their first ever NCAA Tournament bid. The Eagles are the #14 seed and open against Big 12 Tournament Champions Iowa State.

ACC Champions Virginia are the #1 seed in the East Region

Syracuse is the #3 seed in the South Region

Pittsburgh is the #9 seed in the South Region

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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)

Monday Morning Fodder

The NCAA will announce the punishment for UNC football today at 3pm.

Great weekend for college basketball fans. Brackets are set, madness begins on Tuesday with the First Four, second round begins on Thursday.

Congratulations to Florida State, 2012 ACC Tournament Champions. First ever ACC Tournament win for the Seminoles. Championship game came down to the last possession as they held off UNC 85-82.

Some ACC Tournament history was made as Leonard Hamilton became the first African-American coach to win the ACC Tournament. Not a bad year for the ACC Coach of the Year. Seminoles beat both of “The Blues” twice and were undefeated in the state of North Carolina.

More about the Brackets after the jump…

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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.


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 22, 2012

Yes, I know that the date today is the 23rd, I’m putting the date being reviewed in the title of these posts.

Now that you are all caught up on last night’s action in the ACC, let’s look forward to tonight.

Just one game on the slate for tonight, as two teams who currently sit a half game behind UNC in the standings (despite both having beaten UNC) at second place will take the floor in Tallahassee, Florida.  Duke will be taking on those dreaded Seminoles, who have used ACC expansion in the proper way as far as basketball goes.  You see, a program that did not exist before joining the conference (even if it was back in what, 1991?) has found a solid footing and is now threatening to win the league.

Tonight is a rematch of a January 21st tilt that saw Florida State go into Durham and win by three.  To sweep Duke would be huge for the Seminoles, who play them surprisingly well.  My prediction?  Florida State will dismantle Duke by double digits.

No matter who wins this game, both squads are firmly in the NCAAT field.

Carolina Gets 12th Straight Over NC State

Last night the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill went off script to beat NC State by a score of 86 – 74.  In the past, I have been ridiculed for saying that the Tar Heels play the Wolfpack like it is a “Super Bowl” of sorts.  I’m not the only one to make a comparison like this, as Mark Thomas of 620 The Buzz said just this morning that the Heels play the Pack like it is a Final Four game.  There just seems to be something in the air when the Tar Heels take the court against the Pack of late, as they ran their winning streak to an all time high of 12 games last night in the RBC Center.  Details and thoughts after the jump. Continue reading Carolina Gets 12th Straight Over NC State

Big Week for the Wolfpack

North Carolina (8) 8-2 21-4
Duke (5) 8-2 21-4
Florida St. (20) 8-2 17-7
N.C. State 7-3 18-7

NC State’s next three games are against the three teams in front of them in the current ACC standings. Starting with Duke in Durham on Thursday.

Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament is 27 days away.  March 11.

Its crunch time right now for teams that are currently “on the bubble” and want to make a final push to secure a spot in the tournament. One of those teams, NC State.  The Wolfpack have 6 games left, 3 at home, 3 on the road.  These next three games will probably determine their tournament fate, barring winning the ACC Tournament.

In a recent bracket watch from Sports Illustrated, the last four teams left out were Miami, Cincinnati, Seton Hall and NC State. So it could come down to NC State, Virginia, and Miami for the final one or two ACC bids.

I think the ACC will get at least four bids, maybe five. The three locks are Duke, UNC and Florida State (even with the loss to BC).

Virginia seems to be stumbling a bit, they still have UNC again, who just beat them by almost 20, FSU, and Virginia Tech on the road (they lost to VT at home) That could help out NC State.

They have had a week off since Georgia Tech, winning in Cameron isnt out of the question. Duke’s two ACC losses have been at home. Then State comes home to host FSU and then the rivalry game against North Carolina next Tuesday.

So how will the Wolfpack fare in this brutal 3 game stretch? How many bids will the ACC get?


ACC Primer – Maryland

For the first time in 21 years, the University of Maryland has a new head basketball coach in Mark Turgeon.  Turgeon is a fiery guy, who shows his emotion on the sidelines quite a bit (see Sunday’s game at NC State), and it should translate into intensity on the court as well.  Hit the jump for the OOC breakdown and thoughts. Continue reading ACC Primer — Maryland