Wake Forest is the only team standing in between Duke and a perfect ACC road record (pic per OrangeandWhite.com).
Just two games to go before the ACC Tourney…
(62-21 on ACC season picks)
9:00 PM ET – Duke 74 Wake Forest 61 (Winston-Salem) – Duke goes for a perfect road record at Wake Forest, trying to stay in contention for a 1-seed in the NCAA Tourney leading up to the big rematch with UNC in Cameron in Saturday. The Blue Devils cruised in the first matchup with the Deacs, shooting 54 percent and hitting 11 3-pointers to win 91-73. It is Senior Night in Winston-Salem, but I wouldn’t expect the Wake Forest seniors to go out on top against a strong Duke squad.
7:00 PM ET – Boston College 64 GT 60 (Chestnut Hill) – The #Questfor12 really heats up this week starting with Georgia Tech-Boston College, both tied for last at the moment. The Yellow Jackets ride a one-game winning streak going into Conte Forum going for the series sweep, after tripping the Terps, 63-61 in Philips Arena Saturday. Not surprisingly, they both bring up the rear in points per game in ACC play, GT at 58.3 to BC’s 57.1 PPG, and you need no more evidence than 51-47 Jackets’ win in Philips over BC earlier this season. After a string of tough losses, it just seems like the Eagles are due for a semi-breakout game here.
7:00 PM ET – UNC 78 Maryland 62 (Chapel Hill) – Maryland had some momentum, and then they lost to Georgia Tech. Their only hope here is the Tar Heels looking ahead to Duke.
9:00 PM ET – NC State 69 Miami 65 (Raliegh) – This is a bigger game NCAAs-wise for Miami now than NC State after Saturday’s misstep in Clemson by the Wolfpack, though I guess with a big ACC Tournament they’d still have a slight hope there. The big question coming in (apropos for the player involved) was answered Tuesday night when the NCAA reinstated Hurricanes center Reggie Johnson, counting the missed FSU game as time served. Miami stepped up to the task Sunday without him with four double-digit scorers, shooting 49 percent and posting 78 points against a solid defensive team in a 78-62 win over the rival Seminoles. Hurricanes forward Kenny Kadji posted 20 points and 11 rebounds in the first matchup between the two, where NC State dominated for much of the game and held on at the end to a 78-73 win. You wonder where the psyche is at on a Wolfpack team just in a tailspin of four crushing losses down the stretch, but they recover enough to take this one.
7:00 PM ET – Virginia 62 FSU 58 (Charlottesville) – After being in a solid spot for taking the ACC, two-straight losses later…FSU is just trying to keep the 3-seed and right the ship before the ACC Tournament next week. The first installment of this series was pretty entertaining – Mike Scott and Joe Harris both scoring 16 points, but a more balanced ‘Noles effort putting them over the top to a 58-55 win. The Cavaliers almost nipped UNC Sat. to really make things interesting down the stretch, holding the Tar Heels to 33 percent shooting, but couldn’t make the plays in the final minutes for the marquee win. They could use a win here to get a little breathing room for that last ACC Tourney bye, and with a little help, could even move up a spot past the Seminoles. I was projecting an FSU win here, but after a closer inspection of the stats – especially the amount of turnovers the Seminoles are committing in conference play (last in the ACC and 18 at Miami Sun.)…I’m flipping to UVa. here in a close one.
9:00 PM ET – Clemson 65 Virginia Tech 59 (Clemson) – After the 71-68 OT win over NC State, the Tigers moved to 19-4 in ACC home games over the last three seasons – one of those a crushing blow to Virginia Tech’s NCAA hopes last season, 69-60 in the ACC regular season finale. It’s been a tough season in Hokie-land, but one of their four ACC wins did come holding on for dear life at the end through a Tigers’ run to a 67-65 victory in Cassell Coliseum. More recently, Virginia Tech came this close to jumping up and biting the Blue Devils in Cameron Sat., but just couldn’t finish in a 70-65 loss. It’ll be an emotional Senior Night for a Tigers’ team charging down the stretch – taking four of their last five – with starters Andre Young, Tanner Smith and Bryan Narcisse, and the fan-favorite sixth-man, 7-footer Bobo Baciu playing their last game in Littlejohn. Don’t think it will be easy, but Clemson should make it five-of-six going to Tallahassee Sunday.
Sammy Watkins' Tigers travel to Wake Forest for a Thursday nighter on Oct. 25, which could be a good after the two battled for the Atlantic to a 31-28 Clemson win in Death Valley last November. (Pic per OrangeandWhite.com)
Breaking down the schedule with what you should like (and what I like) and dislike on your team’s schedule and things to note…
Check out my top-10 ACC games to watch on Southern Pigskin here as well.
Boston College Eagles
Likes: ACC opener with Miami on the opening weekend, bye week before hosting Clemson, and a FCS opponent sandwiched between Miami and going to Northwestern.
Dislikes: The FSU to Georgia Tech back-to-back road trips and hosting Virginia Tech and traveling to NC State to finish the season..
Strength Ranking in ACC: 9th.
Oddity: Three-straight road games in October.
Toughest Game: Florida State, Oct. 13.
Eagles Full Schedule
Sept. 1 MIAMI
Sept. 8 MAINE
Sept. 15 at Northwestern
Sept. 22 OPEN
Sept. 29 CLEMSON
Oct. 6 at Army
Oct. 13 at Florida State
Oct. 20 at Georgia Tech
Oct. 27 MARYLAND
Nov. 3 at Wake Forest
Nov. 10 NOTRE DAME
Nov. 17 VIRGINIA TECH
Nov. 24 at NC State
Likes: Rubber match with Auburn in the Georgia Dome after splitting the home-and-home series in 2010 and 2011, Thursday nighter at Wake Forest, and three home games to close November.
Dislikes: Back-to-back ACC road games with FSU and BC (BC coming off a bye), short turnaround off a tough Virginia Tech game to a Thursday trip to Wake and playing NC State before South Carolina.
Strength Ranking in ACC: 4th.
Oddity: Play only four road games, and they’re paired back-to-back with FSU-BC and Wake-Duke.
Toughest Game: at FSU, Sept. 22.
Tigers Full Schedule
Sept. 1 AUBURN (Georgia Dome)
Sept. 8 BALL STATE
Sept. 15 FURMAN
Sept. 22 at Florida State
Sept. 29 at Boston College
Oct. 6 GEORGIA TECH
Oct. 13 OPEN
Oct. 20 VIRGINIA TECH
Oct. 25 at Wake Forest (Thursday), ESPN
Nov. 3 at Duke
Nov. 10 MARYLAND
Nov. 17 NC STATE
Nov. 24 SOUTH CAROLINA
Duke Blue Devils
Likes: Tough, but winnable stretch in September with FIU, North Carolina Central and Memphis all coming to town, chance to play spoiler with UNC, Virginia, Clemson and Miami hitting Durham and a bye before Georgia Tech.
Dislikes: Trip to Stanford, trip to Virginia Tech, Clemson and FSU on the schedule and a trip to Georgia Tech.
Strength Ranking in ACC: 3rd.
Oddity: No bye until week 12.
Toughest Game: at Stanford, Sept. 8.
Devils Full Schedule
Sept. 1 FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL
Sept. 8 at Stanford
Sept. 15 NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL
Sept. 22 MEMPHIS
Sept. 29 at Wake Forest
Oct. 6 VIRGINIA
Oct. 13 at Virginia Tech
Oct. 20 NORTH CAROLINA
Oct. 27 at Florida State
Nov. 3 CLEMSON
Nov. 10 OPEN
Nov. 17 at Georgia Tech
Nov. 24 MIAMI
Florida State Seminoles
Likes: Four home-game start (back end with Atlantic contenders Wake and Clemson), bye before Thursday game at Lane Stadium and Florida coming to Tallahassee.
Dislikes: Underrated-ly tough back-to-back first road trips to South Florida and NC State, a Thursday game in Lane Stadium coupled with an ACC finale at Maryland.
Strength Ranking in ACC: 8th.
Oddity: The ‘Noles start with four homes games this season.
Toughest Game: at Virginia Tech, Nov. 8.
Seminoles Full Schedule
Sept. 1 MURRAY STATE
Sept. 8 SAVANNAH STATE
Sept. 15 WAKE FOREST
Sept. 22 CLEMSON
Sept. 29 at South Florida
Oct. 6 at NC State
Oct. 13 BOSTON COLLEGE
Oct. 20 at Miami
Oct. 27 DUKE
Nov. 3 OPEN
Nov. 8 at Virginia Tech (Thursday), ESPN
Nov. 17 at Maryland
Nov. 24 FLORIDA
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Likes: Easy landing with Presbyterian off the Labor Day opener at Virginia Tech starting a 4-game homestand, Duke to close ACC play.
Dislikes: Having Virginia Tech with a full offseason to prepare for the Labor Day road game, back-to-back road trip with Maryland/UNC and traveling to Georgia.
Strength Ranking in ACC: 6th.
Oddity: Has to be the Labor Day game to Saturday matchup with Presbyterian.
Toughest Game: at Virginia Tech, Sept. 3.
Yellow Jackets Full Schedule
Sept. 3 at Virginia Tech (Monday), ESPN, 8 pm
Sept. 8 PRESBYTERIAN
Sept. 15 VIRGINIA
Sept. 22 MIAMI
Sept. 29 MIDDLE TENNESSEE
Oct. 6 at Clemson
Oct. 13 OPEN
Oct. 20 BOSTON COLLEGE
Oct. 27 BYU
Nov. 3 at Maryland
Nov. 10 at North Carolina
Nov. 17 DUKE
Nov. 24 at Georgia
Likes: Edsall v. old school matchup with UConn in week three in College Park, bye before conference play starts against Wake, alternating home and road games the whole season.
Dislikes: Trips to WVU, Virginia and Clemson.
Strength Ranking in ACC: 5th.
Oddity: First ACC game on Oct. 6.
Toughest Game: at West Virginia, Sept. 22.
Terps Full Schedule
Sept. 1 WILLIAM & MARY
Sept. 8 at Temple
Sept. 15 CONNECTICUT
Sept. 22 at West Virginia
Sept. 29 OPEN
Oct. 6 WAKE FOREST
Oct. 13 at Virginia
Oct. 20 NC STATE
Oct. 27 at Boston College
Nov. 3 GEORGIA TECH
Nov. 10 at Clemson
Nov. 17 FLORIDA STATE
Nov. 24 at North Carolina
Likes: Neutral site game in Chicago with Notre Dame, FSU and Virginia Tech (Thursday) coming to them in September.
Dislikes: At BC and Kansas State then an FCS opponent before a trip to Georgia Tech.
Strength Ranking in ACC: 7th.
Oddity: Three of their first four games on the road and the next four games at home or at a neutral site.
Toughest Game: Florida State, Oct. 20.
Hurricanes Full Schedule
Sept. 1 at Boston College
Sept. 8 at Kansas State
Sept. 15 BETHUNE-COOKMAN
Sept. 22 at Georgia Tech
Sept. 29 NC STATE
Oct. 6 at Notre Dame (Chicago, Ill.)
Oct. 13 NORTH CAROLINA
Oct. 20 FLORIDA STATE
Oct. 27 OPEN
Nov. 1 VIRGINIA TECH (Thursday), ESPN
Nov. 10 at Virginia
Nov. 17 SOUTH FLORIDA
Nov. 24 at Duke
North Carolina Tar Heels
Likes: Easing into the first divisional game with ECU and Idaho before hosting Virginia Tech, and finishing the season with Maryland.
Dislikes: At Wake and Louisville in weeks two and three won’t be easy, nor will the back-to-back roadie to Miami and Duke before hosting NC State.
Strength Ranking in ACC: 10th.
Oddity: A late bye of Nov. 3 and a short turnaround from Georgia Tech to at Virginia on a Thursday night.
Toughest Game: at Virginia, Nov. 15 (because of the above fact).
Heels Full Schedule
Sept. 1 ELON
Sept. 8 at Wake Forest
Sept. 15 at Louisville
Sept. 22 EAST CAROLINA
Sept. 29 IDAHO
Oct. 6 VIRGINIA TECH
Oct. 13 at Miami
Oct. 20 at Duke
Oct. 27 NC STATE
Nov. 3 OPEN
Nov. 10 GEORGIA TECH
Nov. 15 at Virginia (Thursday), ESPN
Nov. 24 MARYLAND
NC State Wolfpack
Likes: Tennessee Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game, easing into the first conference game with a couple FCS games (at Miami, Sept. 29), bye before back-to-back road trips (Maryland and UNC), and closing with three of four at home.
Strength Ranking in ACC: 11th.
Oddity: Play three of four on the road in the middle of the season and three of four at home in their final four.
Toughest Game: at Clemson, Nov. 17.
Wolfpack Full Schedule
Aug. 31 TENNESSEE (Georgia Dome)
Sept. 8 at Connecticut
Sept. 15 SOUTH ALABAMA
Sept. 22 THE CITADEL
Sept. 29 at Miami
Oct. 6 FLORIDA STATE
Oct. 13 OPEN
Oct. 20 at Maryland
Oct. 27 at North Carolina
Nov. 3 VIRGINIA
Nov. 10 WAKE FOREST
Nov. 17 at Clemson
Nov. 24 BOSTON COLLEGE
Likes: Richmond leading into the Penn State home game, bye before the trip to NC State, Miami and UNC (Thurs.) coming to Scott Stadium in November.
Dislikes: Penn State-at Georgia Tech-at TCU stretch in September and finishing at Virginia Tech.
Strength Ranking in ACC: 2nd.
Oddity: They’ll have a little extra prep time on Virginia Tech with a Thursday night game the week before versus UNC.
Toughest Game: at Virginia Tech on Nov. 24.
‘Hoos Full Schedule
Sept. 1 RICHMOND
Sept. 8 PENN STATE
Sept. 15 at Georgia Tech
Sept. 22 at TCU
Sept. 29 LOUISIANA TECH
Oct. 6 at Duke
Oct. 13 MARYLAND
Oct. 20 WAKE FOREST
Oct. 27 OPEN
Nov. 3 at NC State
Nov. 10 MIAMI
Nov. 15 NORTH CAROLINA (Thur.), ESPN
Nov. 24 at Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech Hokies
Likes: Getting the offseason to prepare for Georgia Tech at home, bye before Miami Thursday night road trip, hosting FSU on a Thursday and getting Virginia at home.
Dislikes: At Clemson before a bye with a trip to Miami, home with FSU and traveling to BC right afterwards.
Strength in ACC Ranking: 1st.
Oddity: Clemson, Miami and FSU all come off byes going into their game with the Hokies.
Toughest Game: at Clemson, Oct. 20.
Hokies Full Schedule
Sept. 3 GEORGIA TECH (Monday)
Sept. 8 AUSTIN PEAY
Sept. 15 at Pittsburgh
Sept. 22 BOWLING GREEN
Sept. 29 at Cincinnati (FedEx Field)
Oct. 6 at North Carolina
Oct. 13 DUKE
Oct. 20 at Clemson
Oct. 27 OPEN
Nov. 1 at Miami (Thursday), ESPN
Nov. 8 FLORIDA STATE (Thursday), ESPN
Nov. 17 at Boston College
Nov. 24 VIRGINIA
Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Likes: UNC as an early home opener, bye before trip to Virginia, hosting Clemson on a Thursday then BC at home as well.
Dislikes: At FSU in week three, short turnaround from at Virginia to Clemson (5 days) and back-to-back November road trips to NC State and Notre Dame.
Strength Ranking in ACC: 12th.
Oddity: They wrap up conference play on Nov. 10 at NC State before the road game at Notre Dame and coming back home to face Vandy.
Toughest Game: at FSU, Sept. 15.
Deacs Full Schedule
Sept. 1 LIBERTY
Sept. 8 NORTH CAROLINA
Sept. 15 at Florida State
Sept. 22 ARMY
Sept. 29 DUKE
Oct. 6 at Maryland
Oct. 13 OPEN
Oct. 20 at Virginia
Oct. 25 CLEMSON (Thursday), ESPN
Nov. 3 BOSTON COLLEGE
Nov. 10 at NC State
Nov. 17 at Notre Dame
Nov. 24 VANDERBILT
Toughest Schedule in the ACC?
- Clemson (29%, 9 Votes)
- VT (23%, 7 Votes)
- NC State (19%, 6 Votes)
- Wake Forest (6%, 2 Votes)
- Miami (6%, 2 Votes)
- Duke (6%, 2 Votes)
- GT (3%, 1 Votes)
- FSU (3%, 1 Votes)
- BC (3%, 1 Votes)
- Maryland (0%, 0 Votes)
- UNC (0%, 0 Votes)
- Virginia (2%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 31
Check out my top-10 ACC games to watch on Southern Pigskin here as well.
This shot, and multiple NC State mistakes Saturday kept the Tigers' ACC Tournament bye hopes alive, and made things harder for the Wolfpack seeding-wise (Pic per OrangeandWhite.com).
Two games to go!
1) UNC vs. 8) Maryland/9) Wake Forest
2) Duke vs. 7) Clemson/10) Virginia Tech
3) Florida State vs. 6) Miami/11) Georgia Tech
4) Virginia vs. 5) NC State/12) Boston College
Day One (March 8)
12:00 (EST)–8) Maryland vs. 9) Wake Forest
2:00–5) NC State vs. 12) Boston College
7:00–7) Clemson vs. 10) Virginia Tech
9:00–6) Miami vs. 11) Georgia Tech
Day Two (March 9)
12:00–1) UNC vs. 8) Maryland/9) Wake Forest
2:00–4) Virginia vs. 5) NC State/12) Boston College
7:00–2) Duke vs. 7) Clemson/10) Virginia Tech
9:00–3) Florida State vs. 6) Miami/11) Georgia Tech
Team by Team Scenarios
1) Duke (12-2, 25-4)
Remaining Games: at Wake Forest and UNC.
If they go 2-0: Win ACC (1-seed).
If they go 1-1: Beat Wake, but lose to UNC – they’d have to have the Tar Heels lose to Maryland earlier in the week for hopes of taking the ACC’s top spot by tiebreaker. They’ll be a 2-seed if that doesn’t happen.
If they go 0-2: If FSU wins out, they’ll fall to third – but of course in this scenario, Duke has to lose to Wake Forest.
Prediction: 1-1 (13-3 overall), loss to UNC, 2-seed in ACC Tourney.
2) North Carolina (12-2, 25-4)
Remaining Games: Maryland and at Duke.
If they go 2-0: Win ACC (1-seed).
If they go 1-1: If the loss comes at Cameron, they’re a 2-seed – if somehow they lose to Maryland, but beat Duke – the Blue Devils still take the top spot.
If they go 0-2: Their chances to hold on to a 2-seed in this situation went up with FSU’s loss at Miami. If the Seminoles win out, UNC falls to third.
Prediction: 2-0 (14-2 overall), 1-seed in ACC Tourney.
3) Florida State (10-4, 19-9)
Remaining Games: at Virginia and Clemson.
If they go 2-0: They can’t win the ACC now, as Duke or UNC are guaranteed to win at least 13 league wins. Their best shot is a 2-seed thanks to either UNC or Duke losing out.
If they go 1-1: 3-seed.
If they go 0-2: They own a tiebreaker on Virginia should they make a run, but Miami is another matter. If the ‘Canes win out, they’ll be 10-6 as well and would be rooting hard for Duke to win to earn a tiebreaker over the Seminoles. In that scenario, Miami is a 3-seed and FSU a 4-seed. If Virginia, FSU and Miami all end up in a 3-way tie…it’s 3-seed Virginia, 4-seed FSU and 5-seed Miami.
Prediction: 2-0 (12-4 overall), 3-seed in ACC Tourney.
4) Virginia (8-6, 21-7)
Remaining Games: FSU and at Maryland.
If they go 2-0: If they end up in a 3-way tie with Miami and FSU at 10-6: it’s beneficial for the ‘Hoos with it being 3-seed Virginia, 4-seed FSU and 5-seed Miami. If FSU beats Clemson, Virginia would still own a tiebreaker with Miami to stay on day one.
If they go 1-1: They have to hope Clemson doesn’t win out, otherwise, they have the tiebreaker on NC State and Miami if either of them make it to 9-7. If all four end up 9-7, Clemson would be a 4-seed, Virginia a 5, NC State a 6 and Miami a 7. We also have three three-way tie scenarios – one with Virginia-NC State-Clemson, where the Tigers would be a 4 seed, Virginia a 5 and NC State a 6 seed. In the Virginia-Miami-Clemson situation, the Cavaliers get the bye, Miami is a 5-seed and Clemson is the 6-seed. In a Miami-NC State-Virginia one, it’s 4-seed Virginia, 5-seed NC State and 6-seed Miami.
If they go 0-2: At 8-8, that’s a precarious spot for hanging on to that bye with NC State, Miami and Clemson all in range. As we’ve referenced, they get locked into a tiebreaker with NC State and/or Miami – they’re good…but throw Clemson in there and all bets are off due to the Tigers’ marquee win over FSU to start the conference season. In this scenario since UVa. didn’t beat FSU or Duke or UNC, they lose the head-to-head tiebreaker with Clemson since they split the season series. Of course, if they go 8-8…Maryland stands a shot to jump up to 8-8 as well if they knock off Maryland, forcing a possible 5-way tie. If my math is correct there – say it happens with Miami over NC State…it’d be 4-seed Virginia, 5-seed NC State, 6-seed Maryland, 7-seed Clemson and 8-seed Miami. If Miami loses at NC State and beats BC (a more likely scenario), it’s 4-seed UVa, 5-seed Miami, 6-seed Maryland, 7-seed Clemson and 8-seed NC State. But really, is a 5-way tie going to happen?
Prediction: 1-1 (9-7 overall), 4-seed in ACC Tourney.
5) Miami (8-6, 17-10)
Remaining Games: at NC State and BC.
If they go 2-0: They have a chance to move as high as a 3-seed (see above FSU tiebreaker scenarios), but could be as low as a 5-seed.
If they go 1-1: Day one chances diminish a bit – they’d need Virginia to lose out to still have a shot. They’ll be stuck somewhere in the middle otherwise.
If they go 0-2: Definitely stuck in the middle, and possibly back in the 8-seed range.
Prediction: 1-1 (9-7 overall), lose at NC State, 6-seed in ACC Tourney.
6) Clemson (7-7, 15-13)
Remaining Games: Virginia Tech and at FSU.
If they go 2-0: They have a really good shot at an ACC Tourney bye for being 7-7 right now – they own tiebreakers on NC State and Virginia. Miami is the wild card though as the Hurricanes hold the edge there. If there’s a 3-way tie with Miami, Virginia and Clemson, the Cavaliers would be a 4-seed, Miami a 5-seed and Clemson a 6-seed.
If they go 1-1: Probably somewhere in the middle of the pack, ahead of Maryland, but probably behind Miami and NC State.
If they go 0-2: Either a 7 or 8-seed depending on if they’re tied with Maryland.
Prediction: 1-1 (8-8 overall, beat VT, 7-seed in ACC Tourney).
7) NC State (7-7, 18-11)
Remaining Games: Miami and at Virginia Tech.
If they go 2-0: They win out and Virginia loses out, and Clemson doesn’t win out…they get that 4-seed. Most of the crazy scenarios are played out above in the Virginia section, but essentially, they’re a 6-seed in a 4-way tiebreaker with Clemson-Virginia-Miami…6-seed with Virginia and Clemson, and a 5-seed with Virginia and Miami.
If they go 1-1: Seriously, see the scenarios with Virginia and 8-8 under “0-2″ – crazy stuff.
If they go 0-2: With Clemson and Miami likely moving to 8-8, they’ll likely be a 7 or 8-seed depending on how Maryland finishes.
Prediction: 2-0 (9-7 overall), win the final two, 5-seed in ACC Tourney.
8) Maryland (6-8, 16-12)
Remaining Games: at UNC and Virginia.
If they go 2-0: As far as I can see, their best shot at moving up is a 6-seed in a multiple-team tiebreaker.
If they go 1-1: 8-seed most likely.
If they go 0-2: 8-seed.
Prediction: 0-2 (6-10 overall), 8-seed in ACC Tourney.
9) Virginia Tech (4-10, 15-13)
Remaining Games: at Clemson and NC State.
If they go 2-0: 9-seed most likely.
If they go 1-1: A chance Wake knocks them down to a 10-seed.
If they go 0-2: 10-seed or worse. I’ll mention it here, and in the below capsules, but I’m projecting a 4-12 4-way tie which would work out like…9-seed Wake Forest, 10-seed Virginia Tech, 11-seed Georgia Tech and 12-seed BC. If Wake wins out and BC splits its two, Virginia Tech slips to an 11-seed.
Prediction: 0-2 (4-12 overall), 10-seed in ACC Tourney.
10) Wake Forest (4-10, 13-15)
Remaining Games: Duke and at Georgia Tech.
If they go 2-0: They’ll grab that 9-seed by either head-to-head v. Virginia Tech or the three-way between the Hokies and Terps.
If they go 1-1: 9-seed.
If they go 0-2: It starts to get fun – I’m projecting a 4-12 4-way tie which would work out like…9-seed Wake Forest, 10-seed Virginia Tech, 11-seed Georgia Tech and 12-seed BC. The Deacs would be 4-1 against the group.
Prediction: 0-2 (4-12 overall), 9-seed in ACC Tourney.
11) Boston College (3-11, 8-20)
Remaining Games: GT and at Miami
If they go 2-0: They’ll have a solid chance at that 9-seed, as they own a tiebreaker over Virginia Tech.
If they go 1-1: Let’s assume the win is GT, and the loss Miami – that would put them in my 4-12 4-way tie territory, which pegs the Eagles last. If it’s just BC-VT and Wake moves up to a 9-seed, they split the season series so the Eagles’ FSU win propels them to a 10-seed.
If they go 0-2: 12-seed.
Prediction: 1-1 (4-12 overall), 12-seed in ACC Tourney.
12) Georgia Tech (3-11, 10-18)
Remaining Games: at BC and Wake Forest.
If they go 2-0: Good shot at that 9-seed if the Hokies lose out.
If they go 1-1: They’ll fall into the 4-12 4-way tiebreaker where they end up an 11-seed.
If they go 0-2: 12-seed.
Prediction: 1-1 (4-12 overall), 11-seed in ACC Tourney.