If the Cavaliers win at Wake Forest today, they will claim the ACC regular season championship outright for the first time in 26 years. [AK, Wapo]
Unless Virginia is defeated by Wake Forest, North Carolina can't do any better than the 2 seed regardless of the outcome of the Duke game. [Turtle Waxing]
No matter the outcome of Sunday's rivalry game, Duke will finish sixth in the 12-team conference. The team will play on Thursday of the ACC Tournament – the first time in history that has happened. [Rocky Mount Telegram]
North Carolina’s 84-77 loss to Georgia Tech on Thursday put the Tar Heels in danger of finishing as low as fifth in the conference and possibly missing out on a first-round bye for the ACC tournament next week. A loss Sunday to Duke plus wins by Virginia Tech Boston College and Maryland this weekend would force UNC into a Thursday afternoon game in Tampa. UNC would lose out on a tiebreaker with the Terps for the fourth seed, based on the head-to-head tiebreaker.
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"North Carolina's sudden malaise is puzzling. They played lackluster defense last night as Georgia Tech carved up their perimeter defense and bullied them on the glass. Roy Williams probably deserves some criticism for over coaching this group with his substitution patterns. He should have reduced his rotation by this time in the year yet had over 50 substitutions against Maryland on Sunday. In the loss to Georgia Tech he also substituted liberally which may indicate that he has too many players whom he does not have confidence in on either offense or defense."