The regular season has come and gone and now we head to Greensboro for the ACC Tournament, an event that surely will bring us more memories in the college basketball world. Below, you get a chance to check out the bracket and it brings us some potential storylines, which is why we want to take a crack at it. Check out some of the storylines and thoughs we have this week.
Most intriguing First-Round matchup
Fans will have three games to watch in the first round on Tuesday but the game that I think should grab your attention will be Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest. Why? Because you get to see some intriguing talent for both teams. For the Irish, you have Prentiss Hubb who has led the way in scoring but also Nate Laszewski, an intriguing forward that can stretch the floor. Also, get to watch others like Juwan Durham and Trey Wertz. For Wake Forest, they have a team that brings a lot of Phenom Alums, which is why it will have our attention. Players like Daivien Williams, Ian DuBose, Ody Oguama, Jalen Johnson, Isaiah Mucius, and Carter Whitt are all alums with Phenom but this is a team that has depth and intriguing players to watch. Outside that matchup, fans will certainly have their eyes on Duke vs. BC, to see if the Blue Devils can make a run and it would be an intriguing matchup in the second round vs. Louisville.
Which team between 5-9 can make a run to a championship?
When talking about which team starting their play in the second round can make a run, you certainly have to look at the potential matchups ahead as well. Clemson is one that could make a run but they could face a hot Georgia Tech team in the quarterfinals and possibly have to handle the defense vs. Virginia. But the team I have my eye on is at the No. 6 seed in North Carolina. If they can defeat the winner of Notre Dame/Wake Forest, they will face the No. 3 seed Virginia Tech and there are two reasons to watch… 1) this is the first time these two teams have played so there is no past film between these two to prepare and 2) the Hokies haven’t played since Feb 27 and have only played two games since Feb. 6. There could be a little rust on the wheels for the Hokies coming into the ACC Tournament. If UNC can secure those wins, they may have to face a team in FSU, a team that has played well against in both matchups and secured a win last time around. The Tar Heels could make a run but they could also see their run come up short, it has been that type of year at times.
Most interesting team to watch?
In all honesty, I’m really interested in watching what Georgia Tech can do. They have won six in a row, they have their offense rolling right now, and it still feels like this is a program that isn’t being talked about enough; simply they are being overlooked at the No. 4 seed. Moses Wright just won Player of the Year in the ACC, posting some impressive numbers that need to be recognized more nationally but they also have three other players averaging double-figures. The Yellow Jackets have things clicking and will they continue that in the ACC Tournament? It will be interesting to watch.
Who will be crowned champion?
When looking at the bracket, and taking into what we have seen this season, Florida State looks to be the most balanced team in my opinion and I think that they will be the ones crowned champion. Love their depth, their size, and what they can do on both sides of the floor. MJ Walker has played well to lead the way, while RaiQuan Gray isn’t far behind. It gives fans another chance to also watch Scottie Barnes, one of the top freshmen in the conference. The Seminoles are balanced on both ends and it just feels like they are the best team in the conference.