By Eddie McDonald
The regular season is in the books and now conference championships will be decided with the conference tournaments. The winner of these tournaments get an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, despite their record. The ACC Tournament is often times a two-team affair as Duke or North Carolina have won it a lot.
This year, the ACC Tournament is up in the air due to amount of quality teams in the conference. Some teams have assured themselves a spot in the NCAA Tournament, while others are on the bubble and can enhance their chances by winning the ACC Tournament, or making a deep run.
The action kicks off on Tuesday, March 10 where the bottom four teams will do battle. This year, the bottom four teams were not very good and will not be going dancing, unless they can pull out a shocking run and win the ACC Tournament. The four teams, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Boston College and Wake Forest, combined to go 14-58 in ACC play this season.
Boston College (12-18, 4-14) will take on Georgia Tech (12-18, 3-15) in the opening game, with the winner advancing to face North Carolina (21-10, 11-7) on Wednesday. The second game of the tournament will feature Wake Forest (13-18, 5-13) against Virginia Tech (10-21, 2-16). The winner of that game will advance to play Miami (20-11, 10-8).
Along with the North Carolina and Miami games, Clemson (16-14, 8-10) will take on Florida State (16-15, 8-10) and NC State (19-12, 10-8) will take on the Panthers of Pittsburgh (19-13, 8-10) that could have tournament implications on the line.
Virginia (28-2, 16-2), Duke (28-3, 15-3), Notre Dame (26-5, 14-4) and Louisville (24-7, 12-6) all received a two-round bye for finishing in the top four of the ACC. Those four teams will take the court on Thursday.