2008 ACC Tournament Quarterfinals: Preview

The day we all ignore our jobs and watch basketball.

#1 UNC vs #9 FSU

Deja vu.

Lawson will start and UNC will try to win over FSU for the 3rd time this season. The upside to being a top four seed is you face a team that played the day before. In this case FSU will put five players on the floor who all played at least 30 minutes versus Wake Forest on Thrusday. What is more than that Toney Douglas and Jason Rich played 39 and 37 minutes respectively. In getting Lawson back close to full speed UNC can begin the process of gelling for the NCAAs and the ACC Tournament is a good testing ground for that.

UNC 94 FSU 74

#4 Virginia Tech vs #5 Miami

I admit this is a tough game to get a read on. I predicted before the tournament that Miami would win this one but the Hurricanes must shoot the ball better than they did versus NCSU. Virginia Tech did go 9-7 in the ACC but did not clock any wins over significant competition unless you count Maryland. The other oddity is you have two teams that lost to NCSU in the regular season though Miami avenged that on Thursday. Some of how this game is determined will be predicated on how the refs call it and also how the Hokies younger players handle playing on a bigger stage versus the better Miami backcourt. In the end I think Miami wins the game but probably not in the prettiest fashion.

Miami 77 VT 68

#2 Duke vs #7 Georgia Tech

This game could end up being difficult for Duke. GT played exceptionally well against Virginia and if that continues this game might be one of the better ones of the day. In the only meeting during the regular season, GT missed several close shots, lost Matt Causey to a concussion at the end of the 1st half and also had to play the game at Cameron which is tougher than playing on a neutral court in Charlotte. Duke will try to bounce back from the loss to UNC and I expect will be focused out of the gate.

Duke 81 GT 74

#3 Clemson vs #11 Boston College

As well as Boston College played versus Maryland I am convinced Clemson is looking to make noise in the ACC Tournament and exceed the previous performances by Tiger teams in this event. And barring Tyrese Rice going bonkers like he did versus UNC, I do not see how BC has much hope in staying in this one. The Tigers are as close to UNC in terms of being a complete team with the huge exception being what goes on between the ears in terms of actually believing they belong with the big boys. If they roll the Eagles today, it might be evidence they have gotten over that particular hump.

Clemson 88 Boston College 64

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5 Responses to 2008 ACC Tournament Quarterfinals: Preview

  1. 52BigGameJames says:

    THF–Freudian slip, or pre-posting mistake?

  2. Tar Heel Fan says:

    Preposting mistake. I wrote the preview when MD went up 15 and I meant to go back and write one for BC too so I could just delete one of them and post. The problem was I had to write a review, the preview for Friday and a game preview for UNC so I got tired and finished it all up this morning.

  3. 52BigGameJames says:

    maybe a little of each lol?

  4. robuck says:

    I’ll say this – being on our side of the bracket is a MUCH easier path to the Finals than the other side, that’s for sure. I think that if we handle the Semonoles today (memo to Roy – PLEASE don’t let Ty drive the lane today. I don’t trust Ryan Reid at ALL), then whoever survives the Miami/VT game is a nice matchup for us.

    University of New Jersey (south campus) has GT and presumably Clemson to deal with. Not that Tech will win, but it does provide interesting matchps and might make for a good game. Also, as THF fan astutely pointed out, if Clemson could grasp the concept of how good they are, the Tigers could be REALLY scary.

  5. 52BigGameJames says:

    question campers: how sweet would it be to beat Dook 3 times in one season? think K would have acid reflux? has there ever been a UNC tri-fecta?

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