Saturday, March 13, 2010

ACC Falling In Latest NCAA Projections

Despite a 10-6 ACC record, the Hokies are on the bubble

The ACC Tournament final is set with Duke and Georgia Tech set to battle tomorrow at 1PM. The Yellow Jackets should have locked up a bid, but ESPN's Joe Lunardi has not Ga. Tech much despite three ACC Tournament wins. The two wins over RPI 80+ teams North Carolina and NC State are not helping Paul Hewitt's club.

The debate of how much the ACC is down this year is answered pretty clearly in Lunardi's projections having regular season co-champion Maryland as a 6 seed. Third place finisher Florida State checks in next as a 9 seed as does Clemson.

But maybe even more surprising is the precipitous drop of the other ACC teams. Wake Forest, a fifth place finisher is now seeded 12th after a blowout loss to low seed Miami in the first round.

Virginia Tech, who finished 10-6 in ACC play, lost on Friday to that same Miami team and now finds themselves as one of Lunardi's last three in but as an 11 seed. The Hokies ACC record is just enough to overcome a poor out of conference schedule.

But how are the Hokies seeded higher than the Deacons despite being one of the last teams in? Is Mr. Lunardi getting so buried in his brackets he is missing his calculations?

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