No one needs a team-by-team preview of the best conference in America. You know all these teams, and you know a lot of them are really damn good. So what we’re going to give you is a day-by-day look at how we think the tournament is going to shake out.
This should be fun.
12 Clemson vs. 13 NC State, Noon (E) / 11 a.m. (C)
There is no evidence that the Wolfpack will come out inspired for their fired coach. However, all Clemson does is lose by less than 5 points.
NC State 78 Clemson 76
10 Wake Forest vs. 15 BC, 2 p.m. (E) / 1 p.m. (C)
BC is going to be solid in a couple years with the guards that they have, but they have no bigs to contain 1st-Team ACC selection, John Collins.
Wake Forest 89 BC 75
11 Georgia Tech vs. 14 Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. (E) / 6 p.m. (C)
Josh Pastner is the ACC Coach of the Year…let that sink in after all the horrible coaching decisions he made at Memphis. All the credit to him though, as he has done a hell of a job getting GT anywhere near the bubble. Pitt is incredibly disappointing, but Artis and Young have to get one win, right?
Pitt 72 GT 69
9 Miami vs. 8 Syracuse, Noon (E) / 11 a.m. (C)
This is pretty close to a must win for Jimmy B’s boys. I’ll take the other Jimmy in this one, which will make four long days for the Orange until Selection Sunday.
Miami 68 Syracuse 63
5 Duke vs. 13 NC State, 2 p.m. (E) / 1 p.m. (C)
NC State isn’t beating Duke twice.
Duke 94 NC State 73
7 Virginia Tech vs. 10 Wake Forest, 7 p.m. (E) / 6 p.m. (C)
Wake won at Virginia Tech on Saturday, and is playing excellent basketball. I think they get the job done again in a typical March thriller.
Wake 85 VT 84
6 Virginia vs. 14 Pittsburgh, 9 p.m. (E) / 8 p.m. (C)
I’m still confused how Tony Bennett held UNC to 43 points in a game. That’s incredible. Pitt won’t score much more than that in this one.
Virginia 66 Pitt 49
8 Miami vs. 1 UNC, Noon (E) / 11 a.m. (C)
Payback for the Heels, as their march to a 1 seed continues.
UNC 81 Miami 70
4 Louisville vs. 5 Duke, 2 p.m. (E) / 1 p.m. (C)
This is a quarterfinal game… Yeah, this conference is ridiculous. Louisville beat Duke at home in January, but that was a long, long time ago. The matchup between two 1st Team ACC players, Mitchell and Kennard, should be worth the price of admission. Jayson Tatum is the difference in this one.
Duke 76 Louisville 72
10 Wake Forest vs. 2 Florida St, 7 p.m. (E) / 6 p.m. (C)
This would be Wake’s third game in three days, with a fresh and deep FSU team waiting for them. FSU runs the Demon Deacons out of the gym.
FSU 89 Wake 74
3 Notre Dame vs. 6 Virginia, 9 p.m. (E) / 8 p.m. (C)
Virginia is the only team that the Irish have not beaten since joining the ACC (0-5). But Brooklyn has been REALLY good to them in the last calendar year, as they are 4-0 in the Barclays Center. ND gets the monkey off the back.
Notre Dame 65 Virginia 59
1 UNC vs. 5 Duke, 7 p.m. (E) / 6 p.m. (C)
Round 3. No other commentary necessary.
UNC 87 Duke 80
2 Florida St vs. 3 Notre Dame, 9 p.m. (E) / 8 p.m. (C)
These two each took care of business at home in their two meetings. Sure, FSU has better athletes. Sure, FSU is deeper. But FSU doesn’t have Bonzie Colson.
Notre Dame 79 FSU 73
1 UNC vs. 3 Notre Dame, 9 p.m. (E) / 8 p.m. (C)
If this materializes, it would be the fourth postseason meeting between the Heels and the Irish in three years. ND took the 2015 ACC title with a spirited comeback in the championship game. Then, UNC demolished ND in the ACC semis last year, before winning a more competitive Elite 8 contest. UNC’s won three in a row against the Irish overall…make it four.
UNC 86 Notre Dame 77