Friday, March 14, 2008

ACC Tournament Second Round Previews

#9 Florida State vs #1 North Carolina 12PM
Previous Meetings: UNC (Away) 84-73, UNC (Home) 90-77
The Seminoles took control early vs Wake Forest on Thursday and never let go. They will face a well rested Tar Heel team who looks to be rounding into top form with NCAAA tourney time just around the corner. The Heels will have too much inside play from Tyler Hansbrough for FSU to overcome. North Carolina cruises to Saturday.
Prediction: North Carolina

#4 Virginia Tech vs #5 Miami 2:30 PM
Previous Meetings: Miami (Away) 74-71
This should be the best match up of the day pitting two teams who were thought to be "football only" additions to the ACC a few years back. The Hurricanes won the only game this year in Blacksburg, but it was Virginia Tech who secured the #4 seed and the first round bye. Miami should be in, but VT probably needs a win or two to help their cause. Sometimes having already played a game can be helpful to that team especially early in the game. I like Miami in this one.
Prediction: Miami

#7 Georgia Tech vs #2 Duke 7:00 PM
Previous Meetings: Duke (Home) 71-58
The Blue Devils won the only meeting this year despite shooting just 2-15 from 3 point land - 21 of 30 from the FT line helped. Georgia Tech has played very well away from Atlanta this year and it was no different in their big win over Virginia on Thursday. For Georgia Tech to win, they have to narrow the FT difference and be able to guard the 3 point line. I expect this to be a very physical game and that lends itself to a Duke advantage at the FT line.
Prediction: Duke

#11 Boston College vs #3 Clemson 9:30 PM
Previous Meetings: Clem (Home) 78-56
Clemson will not get their rematch with Maryland as Boston College won just their 2nd game in the last 14 by beating the hapless Terps on Thursday. If the Tigers can contain Tyrese Rice then they should be able to handle the Eagles.
Prediction: Clemson

Season: 74-26 (74%)
ACC: 39-14 (74%)

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