Thursday, March 13, 2008

ACC Tournament First Round


#8 Wake Forest vs #9 Florida State
Previous Meeting: WF (Home) 74-57, WF (Away) 78-70
The Deacons come into the ACC Tournament limping to the finish after making a run at a NCAA Tournament bid earlier. Florida State got a good win over Miami last weekend and will be looking to avenge two regular season losses to the Deacs. The Seminoles have been an up and down team this year, like most years under Leonard Hamilton. I think FSU is on an upswing right now and wins. Their prize is playing North Carolina in the next round.
Prediction: Florida State

#5 Miami vs #12 NC State
Previous Meeting: NC State (Home) 79-77
NC State has lost 8 in a row to finish last in the conference. Much of the blame has gone to bad PG play and bad chemistry on offense with players bickering over touches and playing time. The Wolfpack have been known to make runs in the ACCCT like they did last year, but they don't have that in them this year. I like Miami.
Prediction: Miami

#7 Georgia Tech vs #10 Virginia
Previous Meetings: GT (Away) 92-82, UVa (Away) 76-74
These two teams split the season series winning on each others home courts with second half comebacks. Georgia Tech has played very well away from home this year including a road win over each team lower than them in the standings that they played (didnt play @ FSU). Virginia had an impressive win over Maryland at home on Sean Singletary's senior night, but who hasn't beaten the Terps as of late? I like Georgia Tech to be able to slow down Singeletary with an improved perimeter defense and improved PG play of their own.
Prediction: Georgia Tech

#6 Maryland vs #11 Boston College
Previous Meeting: BC (Away) 81-78, Mryld (Away) 70-65
The Eagles were hot at the beginning of the ACC, including a win over Maryland in College Park. But Boston College has lost 6 in a row and is just 1-12 in their last 13 games. Maryland is on a cold streak themselves trying to shoot their way out of the NCAA Tournament. Something will have to give in this game between two sliding teams and I like Maryland to pull it together and play Clemson in a rematch of a few weeks ago.
Prediction: Maryland

Season: 70-22 (76%)
ACC: 36-13 (73%)

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