Friday's ACC Tournament Viewing Guide
Here is what to watch in Friday's ACC tournament as you await another six-overtime game...
No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 8 Virginia Tech, noon: The Hokies still need a win to feel secure about the NCAA tournament, and beating the top-ranked team in the nation would bolster Coach Seth Greenberg's team going into Selection Sunday. This game could depend on the health of North Carolina point guard Ty Lawson, the ACC player of the year. A toe injury might sideline Lawson. The Tar Heels have the most talent in the nation, but losing a star point guard would alter the game.
No. 4 Florida State vs. No. 12 Georgia Tech, 2 p.m.: The Seminoles must be thrilled to have the Yellow Jackets instead of Clemson. Georgia Tech finished last in the ACC this season, although forward Gani Lawal said the team is ironically drawing inspiration from Georgia's improbable march through the SEC tournament at the Georgia Dome last season. Playing in Atlanta helps, but there is a reason why Florida State might be one of the NCAA tournament's sleeper teams. The Seminoles are led by senior Toney Douglas, who might be the most complete guard in the ACC.
No. 2 Wake Forest vs No. 7 Maryland, 7 p.m.: Like Virginia Tech, Maryland faces another must-win game. The Demon Deacons were once the top-ranked team in the nation and have the size to hurt Maryland on the glass. The Terrapins displayed resiliency in fighting back against North Carolina State on Thursday. Wake Forest beat Maryland by two points at the Comcast Center on March 3, but the Terrapins need Friday's game more than the Demon Deacons.
No. 3 Duke vs. No. 6 Boston College, 9 p.m.: The Eagles upset the Blue Devils earlier this season, and the Duke assistants were on the baseline of Thursday's BC-Virginia game keeping notes. What those assistants saw is a methodical, well-coached team that could give Duke trouble. Duke has changed since the teams last met -- freshman Elliot Williams assumed a larger role -- but BC Coach Al Skinner was unconcerned. "There is not a lot of adjustments to be made at this point in the year, " Skinner said. "We are going to go out there and establish what we intend to do.”
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