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ACC Tournament Update: The Road to Sunday

Cavalier baseball's road to the championship got a little more clearer on Thursday.

Whit Mayberry will take the mound on Saturday for the Cavaliers. Hopefully he'll be pitching for a chance to play in the ACC Championship game on Sunday
Whit Mayberry will take the mound on Saturday for the Cavaliers. Hopefully he'll be pitching for a chance to play in the ACC Championship game on Sunday
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The ACC tournament thus far has been the best of times, but it has also been the worst of times. After losing to Virginia Polytechnic and State University on Wednesday, the Hoos bounced back and took care of business on Thursday against Georgia Tech.

Sitting at 1-1 in pool play, there is some good news, and there is some bad news. Let's go over the bad news for the Hoos first:

  • They lost to VPISU
  • They don't hold their destiny in their own hands.
  • Their final game of pool play is a must win, and comes against a fellow Top 10 team.
  • Apparently there is a stomach flu going through the team (Jared King sat out Thursday's game because of it).
  • Brandon Cogswell won't be coming back this week.
  • They have to rely on Georgia Tech, who has been the most inconsistent team in the country over the last 4 weeks.

It's not all terrible news though, there is some good news:

  • Florida State is eliminated; so they essentially have nothing to play for on Saturday.
  • UVa will know if it has a chance to advance before their game even begins on Saturday.
  • We all get to cheer against the Hokies as hard as we can!
  • With the win on Thursday, I think the team assured themselves of a National Seed in next week's NCAA Tournament
  • The boys swept FSU earlier this year.
  • Oak has a 5-2 record against the Noles in the ACC tournament and 2-0 against them when playing in Durham.
  • Georgia Tech believes it can still make the ACC Championship on Sunday; they'll take their game with the Hokies seriously. (Beat VPISU and have UVa lose to FSU)
  • It goes without saying, but the Cavaliers hold the tiebreaker should they beat FSU and GT beats VPISU today. Tiebreaker is the higher ACC winning percentage.

In conclusion, it's simple, Georgia Tech must win today and UVa must win tomorrow. Coach O'Connor will likely send out Whit Mayberry to start the game whether there is meaning to the game or not. Let's see how it plays out.