Only seven days of ACC basketball remains before teams settle in for the post-season and the looming ACC Tournament. With their win and Duke’s loss today, the North Carolina Tar Heels have clinched the top seed of the tournament, but there’s still room for Virginia to improve its standing.
Here’s what the ACC Tournament bracket would look like if the season ended today. Again, this is a little bit of a strange exercise, since teams have not played an even number of games yet.
Florida State currently stands alone at second, behind the Tar Heels. There’s a tie for third between Louisville and Notre Dame, at 10-5 each. Since Notre Dame defeated Louisville earlier in the season, the Irish get the three seed and the Cardinals get the four, but both teams will have the coveted double bye in the tournament.
Tied for fifth are Duke and Miami. The two teams split their regular season meetings, and they both went 1-0 against Carolina and 0-1 against FSU, so no tiebreak help there. Combined against Louisville and Notre Dame, Duke went 1-1, while Miami went 0-2, so Duke gets the nod and takes the fifth seed, and Miami gets the sixth.
Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Syracuse are tied for seventh at 9-7 a piece. The Hokies get the tiebreak for seventh, while Syracuse gets eighth and the Hoos end up on the losing end at ninth.
Georgia Tech (7-8) comes in with the 10-seed, and Wake Forest (7-9) with the 11th. As between Pitt and Clemson, each tied at 4-12, Clemson gets the 12th and Pitt ends up 13th. Lowly NC State is at 4-13 for the 14 seed, and BC brings up the rear with a 2-14 conference record.
The Hoos do not control their own destiny moving forward, but has big redemption games coming up this week against UNC on Monday and Pitt on Saturday, both at John Paul Jones Arena. Virginia lost to each of these teams in the earlier meeting between the teams.