Below is the updated ACC standings after last night's upset of No. 15 Florida State by Miami. That upset brings Miami one step closer to passing Virginia for the first-round bye in the ACC Tournament. The Hoos would win any tiebreaker between Virginia and Miami, as the Cavs came away with a one-point victory in Charlottesville in the only matchup between the two teams.
|#4 Duke||12-2||--||25-4||@Wake Forest, UNC|
|#7 North Carolina||12-2||--||25-4||Maryland; @Duke|
|#15 Florida State||10-4||2||19-9||@UVA; Clemson|
|#25 Virginia||8-6||4||21-7||FSU; @Maryland|
|Miami||8-6||4||17-10||@NC State; Boston College|
|Clemson||7-7||5||15-13||Virginia Tech; @FSU|
|North Carolina State||7-7||5||18-11||Miami; @Virginia Tech|
|Wake Forest||4-10||8||13-15||Duke; @Georgia Tech|
|Virginia Tech||4-10||8||15-14||@Clemson; NC State|
|Georgia Tech||3-11||9||10-18||@Boston College; Wake Forest|
|Boston College||3-11||9||8-20||Georgia Tech; @Miami|
But wait, there's more! At first glance, Miami's upset of FSU doesn't do much to help Virginia out. If Virginia wins out and the 'Noles collapse, and it's a tie between Florida State and Virginia, FSU takes the tiebreak by virtue of them having beaten Duke and Carolina once each (the head-to-head would be tied, and the second-level tiebreak would be each team's record against the top of the conference).
But a second look shows that, if it's a three-way tie between Virginia, FSU and Miami for third in the conference (10-6), the Hoos would actually come up with the tiebreak. Here's the official language from the ACC:
The combined record of conference games between the tied teams involved will be compiled. Ties will be broken, and seedings assigned, based on the winning percentage of the combined conference records. The higher winning percentage shall prevail, even if the number of games played against the team or group is unequal.
Virginia would be 2-1 (.667). FSU would be 2-2 (.500), as Miami went 1-1 against FSU, while Miami would be 1-2 (.333). Virginia would finish third in the conference, and Florida State would come in fourth.
It's a crazy world. So, for you fans out there who need to be told who to root for, cheer against the 'Noles and for the 'Canes. But most importantly, hope that Virginia takes care of its business this week.
Here's the 2012 ACC Tournament bracket, if the season were to end right now.