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2016 ACC Tournament Seeding Outlook: Saturday’s implications for each ACC team

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Fates of 11 teams remain undecided as final day of games begins

Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

With just one game remaining for all of the ACC teams (except BC, RIP Golden Eagles), it is time to take a look at who everyone has remaining and the most likely seeds each team could clinch with a win or a loss on Saturday.

(The win/loss seed predictions are based on probabilities should that team win or lose their final game)

North Carolina Tar Heels (24-6, 13-4)
Next Opponent: at Duke
The Tar Heels are sitting pretty in first place of the ACC right now thanks to thumping Miami a few weeks ago. The only remaining obstacle in their way to capturing their first ACC Regular Season title since 2012 is a trip down Tobacco Road to their arch rival.

ACC Tournament outlook:
Win: 1 seed
Loss: 3 seed
Possible Seeds: 1, 2, or 3

Miami Hurricanes (24-5, 13-4)
Next Opponent: at Virginia Tech
The Hurricanes overcame what appeared to be their last hurdle on Wednesday night with an 18 point beat down of Notre Dame in South Bend. As long as they can get by the Hokies on the road Saturday they'll be sitting pretty to win another ACC regular season title for Larranaga.

ACC Tournament Outlook:
Win: 1/2 seed
Loss: 2/3 seed
Possible Seeds: 1, 2 or 3

Virginia Cavaliers (23-6, 12-5)
Next Opponent: Louisville Cardinals
Head-scratching losses early on in the ACC slate have lead us here. Should a three way tie breakout between UVa, Miami, and UNC, the Hoos will come out on top after going 2-1 against the other two, but that would be no small feat.

ACC Tournament Outlook:
Win: 2/3 seed
Loss: 3/4 seed
Possible Seeds: 1, 2, 3 or 4

Duke Blue Devils (22-8, 11-6)
Next Opponent: North Carolina
Duke has a chance to lock up a double bye with a  win against their nemesis this weekend. Coach K is praying to any and all the Gods that he can find because with a team that only rotates in 6 or 7 players, playing every day in DC could get tiring pretty quickly.  

ACC Tournament Outlook:
Win: 4 seed
Loss: 5 seed
Possible Seeds: 3, 4, or 5

Notre Dame Fighting Irish (19-10, 10-7)
Next Opponent: NC State
After looking like they might challenge for the regular season crown, the Fighting Irish have dropped two in a row to FSU and Miami. They still have an outside shot at the double bye, 4 seed, but are going to need some Tar Heel help.

ACC Tournament Outlook:
Win: 4/5 seed
Loss: 5/6 seed
Possible Seeds: 4,5, 6, 7, or 8

Clemson Tigers (16-13, 9-8)
Next Opponent: at BC
Clemson has held serve at home for the most part in their year away from LittleJohn Coliseum winning seven of their nine home ACC games. Unfortunately for the Tigers, they didn't bring their own guts when they played on the road winning only two of their eight games so far (at Cuse and Wake Forest). The good news for Clemson is they get to play the winless BC Eagles to end the year and likely get to 10 ACC wins for the first time in their program history.

ACC Tournament Outlook:
Win: 6 seed
Loss: 8/9 seed
Possible Seeds: 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9

Pittsburgh Panthers (20-9, 9-8)
Next Opponent: at Georgia Tech
The perennially underachieving Panthers have accomplished their goal yet again this season and are destined to finish in the middle of the ACC. They have a good offense and a decent defense, so they could cause teams trouble in DC and later, but playing back to back games could wear on them next week.

ACC Tournament Outlook:
Win: 7 seed
Loss: 7/8/9 seed
Possible Seeds: 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9

Syracuse Orange (19-11, 9-8)
Next Opponent: at Florida State
Jim Boeheim's Orange are getting the benefit of the doubt for the Big Dance, with the selection committee ignoring the games where they weren't, well, Jim Boeheim's Orange (i.e., when he was suspended). A win to close out the season and a run in the ACC tournament could make that a moot point and lock up another tournament for Boeheim's resume.

ACC Tournament Outlook:
Win: 7/8 seed
Loss: 8/9 seed
Possible Seeds: 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9

Virginia Tech Hokies (17-13, 9-8)
Next Opponent: vs. Miami
The Hokies' surprise drubbing of Pitt this week has put them right back into the thick of things for a first-round bye. Buzz Williams's crew can also earn a warm spot in Cavalier hearts if they can knock off Miami on senior night in Cassell Coliseum.

ACC Tournament Outlook:
Win: 6/7 seed
Loss: 8/9 seed
Possible Seeds: 6, 7, 8, or 9

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (17-13, 7-10)
Next Opponent: vs Pittsburgh
GT is the "best of the worst," if you will—atop the league's bottom five teams. But that still means they can get a first-round bye if they beat PItt. If they don't, their first-round fate is basically a coin toss: heads, they sit; tails, they play.

ACC Tournament Outlook:
Win: 10 seed (guaranteed)
Loss: 10/11 seed
Possible Seeds: 10 or 11

Florida State Seminoles (17-12, 7-10)
Next Opponent: vs Syracuse
FSU snapped a five-game losing streak with a 22-point home win over Notre Dame last Saturday. They'll need to keep that magic going against the Orange if they want a day of rest in DC: a loss against Syracuse guarantees FSU the 11 seed.

ACC Tournament Outlook:
Win: 10/11 seed
Loss: 11 seed (guaranteed)
Possible Seeds: 10 or 11

NC State Wolfpack (15-15, 5-12)
Next Opponent: at Notre Dame
A dreadful regular season for Mark Gottfried's crew comes to a merciful end this weekend against Notre Dame. The Pack sent Cat Barber off on senior night with a slim 1-point victory over cellar-dwelling Boston College (foreshadowing!). But no matter the result Saturday, they can't change their fate.

ACC Tournament Outlook:
12 seed

Wake Forest Demon Deacons (11-19, 2-16)
Next Opponent: none
The curtain has already fallen on Danny Manning's Demon Deacons. An 8-point loss at Cameron Indoor closed out a season that, if not for Boston College, would draw even more concerned looks from around the league. A Verizon Center matchup with NC State awaits.

ACC Tournament Outlook:
13 seed

Boston College Eagles (7-23, 0-17)
Next Opponent: vs Clemson
BC is the Mississippi to Wake's Arkansas—the entity that makes the latter realize it actually can get worse. The Eagles' oh-fer conference schedule would be the first of its kind in more than 20 years in the ACC. Five guys you've never heard of will try to get off the schneid against Clemson.

ACC Tournament Outlook:
14 seed, and pain.