#8 Wake Forest vs. #9 Florida State
Winner plays #1 North Carolina
#5 Miami vs. #12 NC State
Winner plays #4 Virginia Tech
#7 Georgia Tech vs. #10 Virginia
Winner plays #2 Duke
#6 Maryland vs. #11 Boston College
Winner plays #3 Clemson
Favorites Duke and UNC. Could this be more obvious? The two best teams in the conference and in the country. Hopefully we will see round 3 of the rivalry in the finals.
Sleepers - Wake Forest and Virginia. I really like the Demon Deacons this year. Led by two freshman, Jeff Teague and James Johnson, this is a talented, but inexperienced team. They have beaten Duke this year, as well as BYU and Miami, and are good enough that they can get hot and win four in a row. Virginia is now finally healthy with Singletary fully recovered from his hip pointer and Mikalauskas back. Virginia has lost three ACC games this season in OT, and three others by one or two points. This team is a better team than their record indicates.
Most Intriguing Match-up - If Maryland can hold seed against BC, they take on the Clemson Tigers, to whom they blew a 20 point lead last Sunday - and with it went their at large chances.
My Pick - UNC. Against Duke, they showed that they can play some defense - what most critics said was the achilles heel of their team. Oh, and Ty Lawson will only get healthier.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008