Friday, March 2, 2007

Nobody knows Anything

UVA Wins the league, UNC follows the Florida plan to get ready for NCAA, and Duke plays on Thursday. Who Knew? The answer is Nobody.

There were several different organizations that predicted finish order for the ACC. Most of them look pretty much like this.

  1. UNC
  2. Duke
  3. BC
  4. FSU
  5. GaTech
  6. UVA
  7. VaTech
  8. Maryland
  9. Clemson
  10. NCState
  11. Wake
  12. Miami
How is it really looking?

(As Of March 1)
School Conf. Pct. Overall Pct.
Virginia 11-4 .733 20-8 .714
North Carolina 10-5 .667 24-6 .800
Virginia Tech 10-5 .667 20-9 .690
Boston College 10-5 .667 19-9 .679
Maryland 9-6 .600 23-7 .767
Duke 8-7 .533 22-8 .733
Georgia Tech 7-8 .467 19-10 .655
Clemson 6-9 .400 20-9 .690
Florida State 6-9 .400 18-11 .621
NC State 5-10 .333 15-13 .536
Wake Forest 4-11 .267 13-15 .464
Miami 4-11 .267 11-18 .379

They got the bottom mostly right, but not much else. I won't even attempt to disect what went wrong, but can you imagine a year that the ACC Tournament is more wide open. You'd think Carolina would be the favorite, but they are completely lost at the moment. Anyone think Duke CAN'T win it? They've owned the tournament of late. Virginia, Maryland and GaTech are all hot. BC and FSU each have game changing stars capable of Randolf Childress/John Gilchrest type tournaments. And while it is easy to write off Clemsons early season run as a mirage because of scheduling, but it really was more than that. If they somehow regain some confidence, they are deep enough to make a 4 day run. And while Miami is down to 7 players and Wake just simply bad, the wolfpack might have at least a one game suprise left in the tank.

I've been to the ACC Tournament for at least 15 years in a row. Most years of late, I've shown up for NC State games and maybe caught one or two others, and spent the rest of the time enjoying the scene and friends outside the arenas. This may be the year that the basketball is too compelling to miss. Tampa, here we come.


Anonymous said...

There is a scenario that would have all of the Big 4 teams playing on Thursday. I'll put up a post later tonight that examines the possibilities.

Ken White said...

Any chance of them all being in separate games? Would also be interesting to see who State's potential opponents are.

Anonymous said...

I would be interested in seeing specifically which of the "most" of them had NC State 10th in the ACC before the season started.

The ACC Media chose the Pack a clear and distant l2th...and the rest of the league as follows:

1. UNC (59) 741
2. Duke (2) 660
3. Boston College (1) 619
4. Georgia Tech 531
5. Florida State 410
6. Virginia Tech 385
7. Maryland 375
8. Virginia 365
9. Clemson 281
10. Wake Forest 177
11. Miami 173
12. N.C. State 119

Ken White said...

Don't think my research was good enough to give you a list. I would agree that NC State has achieved better than what many expected, and I hope everyone give's Sidney a lot of credit for that. I just hope they have a little left for Tampa. They didn't seem to have quite enough in college park today.