6It's the final Saturday of the regular season. In addition to celebrating senior night, the Virginia Cavaliers are battling with Miami and North Carolina to clinch the No. 1 seed for the ACC Tournament. Three more games today will help decide Virginia's fate next week, although the Cavaliers have already clinched the double-bye.
No. 7 Miami tips off at Virginia Tech at 4:00 p.m. today. North Carolina travels to Duke for a 6:30 p.m. showdown. Virginia, of course, takes on Louisville at 8:30 p.m.
Unfortunately for the Cavaliers, the Hoos don't control their own destiny -- only North Carolina has that privilege: win, and the Tar Heels clinch the No. 1 seed. For Virginia to get the No. 1 seed, they'll need not only to beat Louisville tonight, but they'll also need for Virginia Tech and Duke to emerge victorious as well.
We went ahead and did the math for you for the eight remaining scenarios for Virginia's tournament seeding:
The chart above makes this week's cheering guide pretty easy. If Virginia Tech fails to beat Miami, then the best the Hoos can hope for is a No. 2 seed, as they'll miss out on their third straight ACC regular season title. There's not a huge difference between the No. 2 and No. 3 seed in the ACC Tournament, so as long as Virginia can defeat Louisville, they won't end up as a fourth seed.