13 March 2013

2013 ACC Tournament Predictions

It is the 60th anniversary of the ACC Tournament and it will also be the final tourney with 12 teams as they are adding Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse, which should only make the tournament even more fun, if you are into that sort of thing. Will we see another Miami-Duke showdown in the final on Sunday or will somebody come out and surprise? Here are my 2013 ACC Tournament predictions.

1st Round - March 14
#8 Boston College vs. #9 Georgia Tech (ACC Network/ESPNU, 12:00)
Pick: Georgia Tech

#5 NC State vs. #12 Virginia Tech (ACC Network/ESPNU, 2:30)
Pick: NC State

#7 Maryland vs. #10 Wake Forest (ACC Network/ESPNU, 7:00)
Pick: Maryland

#6 Florida State vs. #11 Clemson (ACC Network/ESPNU, 9:30)
Pick: Florida State

Quarterfinals - March 15
#1 Miami vs. #9 Georgia Tech (ACC Network/ESPN2, 12:00)
Pick: Miami

#4 Virginia vs. #5 NC State (ACC Network/ESPN2, 2:30)
Pick: NC State

#2 Duke vs. #7 Maryland (ACC Network/ESPN2, 7:00)
Pick: Duke

#3 North Carolina vs. #6 Florida State (ACC Network/ESPN2, 9:30)
FSU has been a disappointment but Leonard Hamilton knows how to crank out the unexpected. Give me the upset.
Pick: Florida State

Semifinals - March 16
#1 Miami vs. #5 NC State (ACC Network/ESPN, 1:00)
I really like the Canes, but NC State played them tough in Coral Gables and are very good when they are on.
Pick: NC State

#2 Duke vs. #6 Florida State (ACC Network/ESPN, 3:30)
FSU won't be able to pull off another upset in a row, particularly against a much stronger Duke club.

Final - March 17
#2 Duke vs. #5 NC State (ACC Network/ESPN, 1:00)
Of course, we also know how inconsistent the Wolfpack can be and that will rear its ugly head in the final. Hate to be that guy, but give me the Dukies.
Pick: Duke

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