10 March 2014

2014 ACC Tournament Predictions

The ACC Tournament kicks off this Wednesday in the Gate City and while it features all of the usual faces that dot the conference, it also features a couple of new and worthy adversaries for the old guard in Syracuse and Pittsburgh. All of that considered, I am not sure of too many people thinking that Virginia, of all teams, would win the conference by two games and thus get the conference's top seed. But could they win the conference in this format?

It's my 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament predictions, coming right at you.

First Round - March 12th
#13 Notre Dame vs. #12 Wake Forest - ACC Network/ESPNU, 1:00
Pick: Wake Forest

#15 Virginia Tech vs. #10 Miami - ACC Network/ESPNU, 3:30
Pick: Virginia Tech

#14 Boston College vs. #11 Georgia Tech - ACC Network/ESPNU, 7:00
Pick: Georgia Tech

Second Round - March 13th
#9 Florida State vs. #8 Maryland - ACC Network/ESPNU, 12:00
Pick: Maryland

#12 Wake Forest vs. #5 Pittsburgh - ACC Network/ESPNU, 2:00
Pick: Pittsburgh

#15 Virginia Tech vs. #7 NC State - ACC Network/ESPNU, 7:00
Pick: NC State

#11 Georgia Tech vs. #6 Clemson - ACC Network/ESPNU, 9:00
Pick: Georgia Tech

Quarterfinals - March 14th
#8 Maryland vs. #1 Virginia - ACC Network/ESPN2, 12:00
Can Maryland upset the Hoos again when UVA has something to actually play for? I don't think so either.
Pick: Virginia

#5 Pittsburgh vs. #4 North Carolina - ACC Network/ESPN2, 2:00
The Heels are the classic great when you least expect them, disappoint when you most expect kind of club. Had they not lost convincingly to Duke on Saturday, I would take Pitt, but I think they are ripe to win here.
Pick: North Carolina

#7 NC State vs. #2 Syracuse - ACC Network/ESPN2, 7:00
Pick: Syracuse

#11 Georgia Tech vs. #3 Duke - ACC Network/ESPN2, 9:00
Pick: Duke

Semifinals - March 15th
#4 North Carolina vs. #1 Virginia - ACC Network/ESPN, 1:00
As you can tell, I like North Carolina's chances and I think they can upset Virginia. In fact, I think they will. So there's that. 
Pick: North Carolina

#3 Duke vs. #2 Syracuse - ACC Network/ESPN, 3:00
Who is the superior club here? I actually may lean towards the Blue Devils as I don't like how the Orange finished their regular season.
Pick: Duke

Championship - March 16th
#4 North Carolina vs. #3 Duke - ACC Network/ESPN, 1:00
You know the folks at ESPN and at Raycom will love a third UNC-Duke showdown. I think the Heels will come in looser and get the tournament title.
Pick: North Carolina

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