The ACC Tournament is in full swing, and the big boys get in on the action today. Virginia suits up at 12:30, facing NC State. It kinda sucks having the early slot, but then its nice it sit back and relax for the later games.
It may seem fairly obvious who we should root for today. But in case you were sitting on the fence, here’s a little guide to help you out as you watch the ACC Tournament.
Game 8: #1 Virginia Cavaliers vs #8 NC State Wolfpack
When: 12:30 PM
Game 9: #4 Florida State Seminoles vs #5 Virginia Tech Hokies
When: 2:30 PM
Hoo To Root For: Virginia Tech
Why: Yes, we do not like the Hokies. And they might be a better team that the Seminoles, but they’ll also be playing for the third consecutive day should they face the Hoos tomorrow. That seems like a good thing for Virginia. Especially since, without Justin Robinson, the Hokies are not a deep team. They basically go six deep.
Game 10: #2 North Carolina Tar Heels vs #7 Louisville Cardinals
When: 7:00 PM
Hoo To Root For: UNC
Why: Whoever comes out of the other side of the bracket is going to be tough, but Virginia proved they could handle the Heels, winning at the Dean Dome. UNC is the most likely team to beat Duke, especially if Zion Williamson isn’t ready to contribute. If UNC wins the ACC Tournament, they lock in a #1 seed, but they’ll likely be slotted in the South region, leaving the East (in Washington, DC) to the Hoos. We might hate ourselves for doing it, but we’re rooting for UNC.
Game 11: #3 Duke Blue Devils vs #6 Syracuse Orange
When: 9:00 PM
Hoo To Root For: Syracuse
Why: Partly because everybody is happy when Duke loses. But mostly because if Duke wins the ACC Tournament, they get back to a #1 seed (which they seem to have lost with Zion out). And they’re the only team that’s going to take the DC region away from Virginia. If Duke loses today, there’s nothing that stops Virginia from getting the East’s #1 seed.
The action is interesting today, even after Virginia plays in the early game.
Check back tomorrow for the Semis.