Got Game?

Got Game

Who’s got game? The answer? ACC men’s basketball, but we didn’t need to tell you that now did we? With three of the top four teams in this week’s AP Top 25 and USA Today Coaches’ Poll the ACC can back up the claim to being ‘college basketball’s best conference’. As college conference tournaments get underway across the country (13 begin this week) it’s a good time to look at the polls, rankings and projected brackets. We’ll start with a history lesson. Here’s a look back (on paper) at the 2018 NCAA Tournament and how things played out.

That was then and this is now. This year there seems to be a new ‘big question’ every day in college basketball and that doesn’t preclude the ACC. The most recent question comes courtesy of ESPN (full of questions, less so answers) where Jeff Borzello presents the following scenario for your consideration. “Can the ACC really get three 1-seeds?”

The answer will begin to play out for the selection committee this week. That’s especially true if North Carolina can bump off Duke one more time. A shared ACC regular season title with Virginia may well be on the line, too. Should that scene play out the Blue Devils will have to hope that a healthy Zion Williamson hits the court during the ACC Tournament. Otherwise, gasp, Duke will drop off that top line.

The ACC delivers five solid performers in the Top 25 of the AP and USA Today Coaches’ Polls. Does it really matter at this point in the season that none of them are considered the Number 1 team in the nation? Well, that’s not entirely true as Virginia gets the nod in KenPom and ESPN’s BPI.

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AP Top 25/USA Today Coaches’ Poll

  • #1 Gonzaga
  • #2 Virginia
  • #3 North Carolina
  • #4 Duke
  • #5 Tennessee
  • #14/#13 Florida State
  • #15/#16 Virginia Tech
  • RV –
  • #32/#28 Louisville


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Let’s delve into a far more critical piece of the puzzle as we inch closer to post season play. The NCAA NET Rankings have a story to tell and will ultimately impact conference teams more than any other metric.


NCAA NET Rankings

  • #1 Gonzaga
  • #2 Virginia
  • #3 Duke
  • #4 Tennessee
  • #5 Kentucky
  • #7 North Carolina
  • #12 Virginia Tech
  • #19 Florida State
  • #24 Louisville
  • #31 NC State
  • #39 Syracuse
  • #40 Clemson

A total of nine conference teams have post-season potential. But, just how much? How do bracketologists Jerry Palm of CBS Sports and Joe Lunardi of ESPN view these same conference teams when putting pencil to paper? (03/03/19)

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Bracketology

  • EAST (Palm)
  • #1 Virginia
  • #7 Louisville
  • SOUTH
  • #1 Duke
  • MIDWEST
  • #2 North Carolina
  • #5 Virginia Tech
  • #8 Syracuse
  • WEST
  • #4 Florida State
  • LAST FOUR IN
  • #12 Clemson (South)
  • FIRST FOUR OUT
  • NC State

  • EAST (Lunardi)
  • #1 Virginia
  • #7 Louisville
  • SOUTH
  • #1 Duke
  • MIDWEST
  • #2 North Carolina
  • #5 Florida State
  • #8 Syracuse
  • WEST
  • #4 Virginia Tech
  • #10 NC State
  • LAST FOUR BYES
  • NC State
  • FIRST FOUR OUT
  • Clemson

The possibility of 9 ACC teams sufficiently selling the selection committee? Not so good. The brackets are nothing less than “iffy” for Clemson and NC State. The projections for ACC Teams at TeamRankings.com aren’t kind to either team as well.


But first, wrapping up the regular season on Saturday, March 9. Then, hitting the court at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte for the ACC Tournament, March 12-16.



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