The ACC basketball tournament 2011 bracket settled its top seeds on Saturday. Yet the full ACC basketball tournament 2011 bracket wasn’t set in stone until yesterday. North Carolina and Duke were already set in the top two, as they have been most of the season. Yet the order behind them, and fellow bye teams Florida State and Clemson, shifted one more time on Sunday. As such, the ACC basketball tournament 2011 bracket is now set for those looking to upset the Tar Heels and Blue Devils.
North Carolina snuck up to take the top seed from Duke, while Florida State is settled in third, and Clemson clinched the final bye on Saturday. Yesterday’s final games would determine if Boston College would leap Virginia Tech for the fifth spot, and how the middle of the pack would look.
As such, the ACC basketball tournament 2011 bracket will start to unfold on Thursday, with Virginia facing Miami. The Hurricanes went down to the ninth seed after losing to Georgia Tech, and would now face North Carolina if they won the first round.
Boston College got up to the fifth slot by defeating Wake Forest, and they get to face the Demon Deacons again as a result. The Eagles can’t afford to get upset, although they may still need to beat Clemson next to feel safe.
Of course, the biggest bubble team on the ACC basketball tournament 2011 bracket is Virginia Tech, as always. The Hokies are down to sixth, and need to take care of business against Georgia Tech on Thursday night. If they win, they will face Florida State next, and may need a win there as well to finally get in.
Maryland has likely fallen out of the running, as the seventh seeded Terrapins have to face N.C. State. If they win, they will take on Duke, and would need to shock the Blue Devils to get back on the bubble. Fortunately for them, Duke has appeared more vulnerable lately.
Common wisdom is that the ACC basketball tournament 2011 bracket will end with Duke and North Carolina playing for the title. However, they haven’t met in Greensboro for some time, as an upset or two has usually kept them apart. This year, there are a lot of desperate teams looking to do it again, and secure their own NCAA bid.
If things hold to form on Thursday, then Friday could feature several elimination games. Bubble schools like Clemson, Boston College and Virginia Tech need one win to survive – with B.C. and Virginia Tech perhaps needing two. Most of the season, the conference has had Duke and North Carolina above everyone else, yet that doesn’t guarantee they will be left standing on Sunday.
A lot is on the line in the ACC basketball tournament 2011 bracket, with several fates to be determined starting on Thursday afternoon.
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