In Tuesday’s first round of the ACC Tournament, Boston College defeated Georgia Tech and Wake Forest lost a heartbreaker to Virginia Tech.
Today’s Second Round match-ups, which will air on ESPN and ESPN2, has No. 8 Clemson playing No. 9 Florida State, No. 5 North Carolina vs. No. 12 Boston College, No. 7 North Carolina State playing No. 10 Pitt and No. 6 Miami goes against No. 14 Virginia Tech.
The ACC Tournament is a three-day battle on the hardwoods for the crown before the winner heads on to their NCAA dreams.
No. 1 Virginia will play the winner of the Clemson/Florida State game in Thursday’s Quarterfinals. I believe FSU will defeat Clemson. Louisville will be pitted against the winner of the North Carolina/Boston College game. North Carolina will edge out the Eagles.
As a big-time Dookie, the 7 PM game between NC State and Pitt is of enormous interest as the winner will face my beloved Duke Blue Devils in the quarterfinals on Thursday. I smell a victory for the Wolfpack due to Pitt’s weak defense.
Finally, the winner of the Miami/Virginia Tech game will meet the Irish of Notre Dame at 9 PM on Thursday. The Hurricanes whipped the Hokies twice in the regular season and will likely emerge the winner tonight.
I am going to be in basketball heaven for the next three days watching teams that comprise the very best of men’s college hoops. I make no secret of my love for Duke. I know America hates them, but hey, with a 28-3 record and ranked No. 2 in the AP Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll they are indisputably a title-winning team. The hate piles up for Duke in the same way it does for the New York Yankees or the Dallas Cowboys; they’re worthy opponents.
And since no basketball post would be complete without some lovely cheerleaders, have a gander at these pretty young things.
UPDATE 2:32 PM: The Noles barely defeat the Tigers 76-73 after losing a 20-point lead.
UPDATE 4:57 PM: With 5:01 left in the game, if became apparent the Eagles could not overcome the big lead the Tarheels had. Carolina wins 81-63.
UPDATE 9:13 PM: The Panthers played hard, but struggled throughout the game never once taking the lead. The Wolfpack skinned the cats 81-70.
FINAL UPDATE: Hokie's turnovers killed their chances to win against the Canes. Their only lead in the game came in the second half and quickly disappeared as they lost 59-49.