The ACC Tournament is set to start on Wednesday afternoon at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro.
There are a few teams in the ACC this year that are being considered as locks to be in the field of teams in the NCAA Tournament. There are also a few teams who are not considered a lock to make the tournament and currently are on the bubble.
Virginia, Syracuse, Duke, and North Carolina are the four teams that most people are considering locks for the tournament. Florida State and Pittsburgh are two teams that most people are considering to be on the bubble and will have to prove themselves worthy to be in the field of 68.
Clemson, Maryland, and NC State are not likely to make the tournament, but all still have a chance to prove themselves worthy with a few wins this week. Of course, any team in the conference that isn’t considered a lock could survive and advance with an ACC Tournament championship win.
The Tar Heels are a 4 seed this week after finishing fourth in conference play, going 13-5 in the ACC. Being the four seed gives the Heels automatic placement in the quarterfinals, which has them playing their first game this Friday at 2 p.m.
North Carolina will face the Game 5 winner. Game 5 will be between the Pittsburgh Panthers, who are the 5 seed, and the winner of Game 1. Game 1 is between #12 Wake Forest and #13 Notre Dame.
If the Heels want to win, they’ll have to keep on doing what they’ve been doing with the last Duke game being the exception. If all cylinders are turning for the Tar Heels come Friday, then they should have no problem advancing to the semifinal round where they could potentially play top-seeded Virginia.
The Heels previously lost to Virginia by a score of 61-76 when the two teams played each other towards the end of January in Charlottesville. However, after that loss, North Carolina went on their 12-game win streak.
Catch the UNC basketball team in action against the Game 5 winner on Friday, March 14 at 2 p.m. on the ACC Network or on ESPN/2. Tickets are sold out for the ACC Tournament according to UNC’s online ticket office.
The full ACC Tournament bracket can be found here: http://raycomsports.com/sports_labs_docs/m-baskbl/2014_acctourney_bracket.pdf