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Wild first day in Tampa

Well, if you wanted unpredictable and wild, you came to the right place --- Adam Kilgore's hotel room. Nah, seriously, I mean the ACC tournament here in Tampa. Four games yesterday resulted in four upsets. All were great games. Maryland and Georgia Tech were two of the ACC's hottest teams, and they go out and lose to two of the conference's least accomplished schools, Miami and Wake Forest. No one I talked to here over the past couple days --- man, woman or beast --- saw Maryland's first-round loss coming.

The sense around these parts is that Georgia Tech is still in the NCAAs right now. Florida State might be iffy, although I say they should be in for a host of reasons, not the least of which is that they have Toney Douglas back. Looking around the country, the loss by Air Force could prove a costly one. The Falcons still should be okay Sunday, but they will be sweating it out.

We are scheduled to have five writers make appearances at the St. Pete Times Forum today. Venerable baseball/ACC scribe Barry Svrluga checked in last night. Mike Wise should arrive sometime in the afternoon.

The question I have: Will any of the teams that won here yesterday win again today? I say they won't, that's it. All the favorites win out today.

What will Maryland's seed be: I say a 5. That dream Maryland-Missouri State matchup in a 5-12 game is still possible, which means I'm still smiling.

On a personal note, Heather Dinich of the Baltimore Sun will be hauling more than 200 pounds of luggage back to the airport on her way home today, so best wishes for her. Glad I brought the carry-on bag.

And Patrick Stevens, bracket guru of the Washington Times, has cordially been invited to join other area writers, including myself, to a fine post-game dinner tonight. Mr. Stevens has turned us down seven times so far during the tourney.

By Eric Prisbell  |  March 9, 2007; 9:26 AM ET
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Remember, if P. Steezy turns down your invitation but all the other writers go to dinner, it means that all the writers went to dinner together. Just ask the ACSMA.

Posted by: Lindemann | March 9, 2007 10:26 AM | Report abuse

nice ... a little blog hub bub over luggage between prisbell and dinich ... THIS IS WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT BABY!!

Posted by: littles | March 9, 2007 10:28 AM | Report abuse

so if maryland is a 5, where do you think virginia tech and uva will get seeded? if the hokies and uva get a lower (higher number) seed, how is that explained seeing how head to head, regular season, and tourney results (well, yet to be determined since tech and uva haven't played yet) they did better than the terps?

Posted by: hmmmmm | March 9, 2007 10:29 AM | Report abuse

IF UVA and VPI get seeded lower than Maryland it would most likely be explained by Maryland's much better out of conference profile.

Posted by: Chris | March 9, 2007 10:53 AM | Report abuse

if the Hokies and UVA get lower (higher number) seeds, the explanation is RPI and SOS. I believe MD's RPI is still 17.

Posted by: kwamebrownsucks | March 9, 2007 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Once again Ibekwe runs his mouth off earlier this week to give an unhearalded opponent Locker Room clippings to paste on their bulletin/grease boards. He did two cardinal sins, number 1 he under estimated the opponent and secondly, by doing so had no respect for the game, You would think a senior would know better.....

Posted by: terpfan4141 | March 9, 2007 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Cue the Gary media machine...

Posted by: BlueberryRuffin | March 9, 2007 12:23 PM | Report abuse

If they get lower seeds it will be due to RPI. Maryland's is 12th (thanks to them changing the Notre Dame game to a "home" game...what a load of bull), VT's is 31, and VA's is 41 I do believe.

Posted by: Laura | March 9, 2007 2:43 PM | Report abuse

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