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Monday, March 07, 2005

Toil and Trouble

6 pm edit: It sounds like McCants will likely be unable to return until the NCAAs. Very wise way for Coach Williams to handle the issue. Wait and see, and then wait and see how he practices.

4 pm edit: Wake Forest announced that Paul will be suspended for Friday's ACC Tournament game (which may be a rematch with the Wolfpack). Good leadership shown here by the ACC Commissioner's office. (As an aside, this gives the Wolfpack a legitimate shot at the NCAAs - if they beat Florida State and a depleted Wake Forest, they may have enough for an at-large bid.)

2 pm edit: The ACC will have an announcement this afternoon regarding the actions of Chris Paul in Sunday's WFU-NCSU tilt.

Georgia Tech - Should be in the NCAAs after the win this weekend. The selection committee will take the 5th place ACC team after considering the key injuries they suffered early in the year. Not the most impressive resume however. Lucky for the Jackets that they only faced UNC once.

Maryland - Maryland fell to be the 8 seed in the ACC Tournament. This pits them against 9 seed Clemson (winner to face UNC in the Noon game on Friday). Any other year, I would expect Maryland to sail by the Tigers, but Clemson swept the Terps during the regular season. That said, it is hard to beat a decent-to-good team three times. Maryland needs at least one win (and maybe two) to get into the Big Dance. Much will depend on how other ACC bubble teams fare in DC. Bottom line: Terps must beat the Tigers and hope the Hokies and Wolfpack suffer defeats on Thursday (or else a win over UNC is a must).

Miami - Dead in the water. The Canes have been tossed around lately, and they need a good performance this weekend. They lucked out drawing UVA in the Thursday game, but Miami probably needs to beat UVA and Duke to make the NCAAs.

NC State - After getting railroaded late in the Wake game on Sunday, State needs a good ACC Tournament. FSU is improved here late in the eyar, but the Pack should advance if they play as they are capable. This would set a rematch with the Deacs. State will be hyped for that game as revenge for the difficult loss and the low blow dealt to Hodge by Paul. Paul is just fortunate he didn't do that against John Chaney's Owls. (Prosser needs to deal with this or the ACC needs to step in and show the Atlantic 10 how a real conference treats thuggery. More on the poor sportsmanship of college athletics to come later - to include Lee Melchionni's postgame reaction to the UNC comeback.) The Pack likely needs two wins, it's possible.

Virginia Tech - In my opinion the Hokies should be NCAA bound. A good list of conference wins plus an 8-8 ACC record should be enough. Sure, they had bad losses back in November and December, but we should be looking at who the best 34 teams are on Selection Sunday (not the best 34 in November). A win over the Jackets would make the Hokies hard to overlook. Sadly, finishing 4th in the ACC may hurt the Hokies NCAA hopes because it means they don't get a game against a lower-tier ACC team that would allow them an easier opening round victory.

For more informative reading on the NCAA Selection Committee's work, look to Jay Bilas.

posted by Rhodenhiser @ 6:01 PM

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