Thoughts from the ACC Tournament in Greensboro.... - WNCT

Thoughts from the ACC Tournament in Greensboro....

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -

Wednesday is a day of preparation at the tournament. Not all of the teams practice because some teams won't play until Friday.

North Carolina State did practice on Wednesday. The Wolfpack is a big favorite in Thursday's second game of the day again Virginia Tech. State was the preseason pick to win the ACC title, but never found a consistent rhythm and finished fifth in the regular season.

Thursday's four games feature seeds 5-12, with Virginia, North Carolina, Duke and Miami all enjoying byes in the first round.

The opening game is probably the most even matchup of the day. Boston College has played very well of late, and moved all the way up to the 8th seed with some key wins down the stretch. Georgia Tech is the 9th seed. Neither team should bother top seed Miami if they get that opening round win.

NC State should beat Virginia Tech in game two. The Wolfpack would then meet Virginia on Friday, and the Cavaliers could be playing for their NCAA lives. Virginia seems to be on everyone's "last four in" or "first four out" list!

Maryland and Wake Forest open the night session on Thursday, with that winner getting Duke on Friday. Then it's Clemson and Florida State in a game that I would much rather see as a gridiron matchup rather then a game on the hardwoods.

In the early days of the tournament, only the ACC champion would advance to the NCAA tournament. Can you imagine what this tournament would be like if both Duke, UNC, Miami, NC State and Virginia all had to win out just to get into "The Big Dance?"

The ACC Tournament isn't what it used to be but it is still very popular and a big moneymaker for the league. I've been fortunate enough to go to 26 of the last 27 ACC Tournaments and I always enjoy seeing great basketball.

We'll also be keeping our eye on ECU's men and women in the Conference USA Tournament in Tulsa. Wouldn't it be something if both of those squads could run the table and head to "March Madness!"

As far as predictions go in Greensboro, I wouldn't be surprised at all to see an NC State or a Virginia win it all. Sometimes it's the team that wants it more.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is worried about injuries. Seth Curry has hardly practiced and Ryan Kelly missed 13 games and 51 days with his injury. Duke may play this one conservatively with a bigger prize down the road.

Wouldn't Carolina like one more shot at the Devils in the ACC semifinals? I think so, especially if Duke decides to take their foot off the gas.

Whatever happens, it will add to the rich history of the ACC Tournament..... BB

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