ACC Tournament – Day Two

After impressively missing on three of my four predictions yesterday, I’m sure you all can’t wait to see what I can get wrong today. In my defense, I nearly had the courage to pick Wake Forest to upset Florida State. Unfortunately, I have no more heart than the Seminoles and went with the chalk.
The one game I got right was Maryland smacking Georgia Tech around. Considering the circumstances, that might have been the Terrapins’ most impressive game of the year.
03/10/06 Miami @ Duke Greensboro, N.C. – 12:00 p.m.
Duke has obviously been wobbly of late, but I’m guessing they found their legs at some point during their five days off since losing the Carolina. Miami made a strong comeback against Clemson, but I’d be shocked if they kept this game within single digits. I think Duke will come out with the defensive intensity they’ve been missing.

03/10/06 Wake Forest @ NC State Greensboro, N.C. – 2:30 p.m.
So Wake Forest won two of their first 15 ACC games, but has now won two in a row (and three of five)? Meanwhile, NC State has lost three in row. And of course, Wake beat State rather soundly just last weekend.
Hmmm. I honestly don’t know what to think about this game. Sometimes you want to go against the trends in a game like this – the assumption is that teams will revert to the mean, but I’m not sure this time. Wake may have finally found whatever it is that they are missing and State is banged up. I would not be surprised to see another upset here, but I’ll give Sendek’s boys the benefit because he has a very good ACC Tournament record.
03/10/06 Virginia @ North Carolina Greensboro, N.C. – 7:00 p.m.
Not gonna happen. It shouldn’t be another 45-point blowout, but Virginia simply doesn’t have the offensive firepower to beat back these Tar Heels. I’d be happy if they can keep it under 15.
03/10/06 Maryland @ Boston College Greensboro, N.C. – 9:30 p.m.
I really think Maryland needs to win this game. As things stand right now, they might be in, but they have to play again. They are either going to help or hurt their standing and they can’t afford any damage. I really like they way they played last night and they have won three straight. Maybe, like the Deacons, the Terps have finally figured out what they are doing wrong. Considering that that crowd might find themselves pulling for the old guard in this late game, I think Maryland can and will do it. Or maybe I’m just hoping for a fifth NCAA Tournament team.

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