Saturday, March 15, 2008

ACC Tournament Saturday Previews

#1 North Carolina vs #4 Virginia Tech 1:30 PM
Previous Meetings: UNC (Home) 92-53
So far the ACC has held form regarding the top seeds advancing to Saturday. North Carolina destroyed Virginia Tech earlier this year in Chapel Hill. It is hard to blow out a good team in a conference tournament and I expect a close game. I like North Carolina's rebounding ability in this game and that was a big reason for the Hokies win over Miami. North Carolina is challenged for 35min, but pulls away at the end.
Prediction; North Carolina

#2 Duke vs #3 Clemson 4:00 PM
Previous Meetings: Duke (Home) 93-80
Many thought when these two teams met back in January that the Tigers would give Duke a strong run for their money, but the Blue Devils controlled most of the game keeping Clemson at arms length. Duke hit 24 FT and Clemson turned the ball over 20 times in the only meeting of the season. Both teams cruised to relatively easy victories on Friday night, but Clemson will have the shorter turnaround to Saturday afternoon. This one will come right down to the end and I like Duke's experience at the point guard position and their FT shooting - setting up a third go around with North Carolina for the ACC Tournament title.
Prediction: Duke

Season: 79-28 (74%)
ACC: 42-15 (74%)

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