Saturday's ACC Tournament Viewing Guide
This is Zach Berman, providing a quick glimpse of what to watch while you count down toward Sunday’s unveiling of the NCAA tournament bracket…
No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 4 Florida State, 1:30 – Neither the Tar Heels nor the Seminoles won convincingly on Friday, although both proved able to make plays in the game’s final moments. With North Carolina guard Ty Lawson sidelined, the key to this meeting is whether backup point guard Bobby Frasor can stay with Florida State’s Toney Douglas, who was a candidate for Lawson’s ACC player of the year. When asked about the loss of Lawson after Friday’s game, Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg was quick to remind that Frasor was a McDonald’s All-American and a heralded recruit out of high school. He must play like that to ensure the Tar Heels reach Sunday.
No. 3 Duke vs. No. 7 Maryland, 3:30 – The Terrapins made it this far, but the Blue Devils provide a stiffer test than either North Carolina State or Wake Forest. Although Duke barely outlasted Boston College on Friday night, it beat Maryland twice this season. Duke’s players acknowledged the difficulty of beating a team three times, and three players independentaly mentioned how Maryland is hot and there are no secrets between the teams at this point of the season. Although Maryland is likely safe for the NCAA tournament, there are some conference champion possibilities (San Diego State, Baylor, Duquesne/Temple) that could at least make Selection Sunday interesting. A Terrapins win would serve as a definitive stamp.
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