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Louisville must go down.

NCAA Basketball: Pittsburgh at Wake Forest Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Well last night did not go how we had hoped. Florida State could never quite overcome the hole they dug for themselves and eventually lost by 5 at Cameron and I am not sure anyone knows what happened between Georgia Tech and Pittsburgh because nobody should have watched it, but the Yellow Jackets came out on top, 61-52.

Those two games did not have too much meaning for UVa’s ACC Tournament hopes as the Cavaliers can still clinch anywhere from the 4 to the 9 seed based on the 10 games remaining in ACC Play.

However, there are three games tonight and one of them might be the most important matchup outside of UVa’s game with Pittsburgh on Saturday.

N.C. State Wolfpack (4-13) vs. Clemson Tigers (4-12)
8:00 PM | ACC Network | Clemson, S.C. | Clemson -8.5
Cheer for: Clemson

Like last night’s tilt between Georgia Tech and Pitt, this won’t effect UVa. The Cavaliers are 1-0 against both teams and neither has a prayer of catching UVa in the standings. Clemson probably deserves a win. From what ESPN likes to say, I think the Tigers have lost all 12 of their ACC games by less than a point. Poor Brad Brownell.

Boston College Eagles (2-14) vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (11-5)
8:00 PM | ACC Network | South Bend, IN | Notre Dame -16
Cheer for: Boston College

Stranger things have happened I am sure. Lackluster BC traveling to ND and taking them out probably constitutes a miracle, but this is the world in which we find ourselves. A Notre Dame win doesn’t sink UVa’s hopes at a 4 or 5 seed, but it would erase the hopes of a 4 seed for UVa and a 5 for Notre Dame while securing a Top 4 seed for the Fighting Irish.

Louisville Cardinals (11-5) vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (7-9)
9:00 PM | ACC Network | Winson Salem, NC | Louisville -3.5
Cheer for: Wake Forest (and cheer hard)

By the second half we’ll likely know that ND has beaten BC and this will become the most important game until Saturday for the Cavaliers. A Louisville win not only eliminates UVa’s chances at a 4 seed, but also a 5 seed (assuming a ND win). If UVa gets into a 3 or 4-way tiebreak with any teams, they want Louisville to be included due to the 2-0 record against the Cardinals and with UVa two games behind Louisville in the loss column, Wake really needs to win this game.