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The obvious top two picks for the ACC Basketball tournament would be Duke and defending Champion North Carolina. Duke is 25-3 as of this writing on March 4th, and 14-2 in the conference. The Tar Heels are 27-2 overall and also 14-2 in the conference. But we give the edge to Duke here. They played a tougher overall schedule than North Carolina and, perhaps most importantly, they beat North Carolina at North Carolina by 10 points.
Once you get by North Carolina and Duke, it's a wide open field. The ACC is the 3rd strongest College basketball conference according to the Pomeroy Ratings, with any of the remaining teams capable of beating each other.
So with the parity in the league, outside of Duke and North Carolina, we look to find a team that perhaps is getting on a roll and building some momentum at just the right time to possibly make some noise in this tournament. How about the Miami Hurricanes? Miami has won 5 of their last 6 games and is 4-1 against the spread their last 5. They also own wins over Duke and Clemson. Speaking of Clemson, they are also heating up at the right time. They have won 6 of their last 8 games and are 4-1 against the spread their last 5.
Looking for some teams as cold as ice? These are teams you probably won't want to include in your tournament picks. It should come as no surprise that we find the two coldest teams in the basement of the ACC. Boston College leads the way going just 1-9 over their last 10 games followed by NC State who is 2-8 their last 10 both straight up and against the spread.
Let's also not forget last year. Last year saw number 10 seeded North Carolina State make it all the way to the ACC championship game only to lose to North Carolina 89-80.
As solid as the middle of the conference is, it wouldn't seem right if we weren't treated to a Duke vs. North Carolina final. As of this writing, they still have to play each other once more to close out the year on March 8. Let's hope we get to see them on March 16th as well! Don't forget to check in with the Bettorsworld Key Release crew for Free ACC tournament picks
2008 ACC TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Opening Round: Thursday, March 13
1 #8 vs. #9 Noon RLF
2 #5 vs. #12 2 p.m. RLF
3 #7 vs. #10 7 p.m. ESPN2
4 #6 vs. #11 9 p.m. RLF
Quarterfinals: Friday, March 14
5 #1 vs. 8/9 winner 12 noon RLF/ESPN2
6 #4 vs. 5/12 winner 2 p.m. RLF/ESPN2
7 #2 vs. 7/10 winner 7 p.m. RLF/ESPN2
8 #3 vs. 6/11 winner 9 p.m. RLF/ESPN2
Semifinals: Saturday, March 15
9 Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner 1:30 p.m. RLF/ESPN
10 Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner 3:30 p.m. RLF/ESPN
Championship: Sunday, March 16
11 Championship Game 1 p.m. TV: RLF/ESPN
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