The 2009 ACC Tournament results for the first round went as expected. Even the 2009 ACC Tournament’s only first round upset wasn’t that big of a surprise. Clemson’s ACC Tournament result of a first-round upset continued their slide back into mediocrity, and remaining a step down from the ACC elite. Now, the 2009 ACC Tournament finally has the biggest teams of all participating. As such, the ACC Tournament results in the second round are expected to have the likes of North Carolina, Duke and Wake Forest prevail.
The 2009 ACC Tournament second round has North Carolina starting the festivities at noon in the Georgia Dome. The Tar Heels can coast through the ACC Tournament and still have a number 1 NCAA seed, but would like to win the ACC anyway. Their quest begins vs. Virginia Tech, which has one last shot to impress the selection committee.
The Tar Heels would seem to have a clear path to the ACC tournament final, not having to face Duke or Wake Forest until the final.
The ACC Tournament’s only surprising result so far is last place Georgia Tech upsetting Clemson. As a reward, the hometown Yellow Jackets have to face fourth seeded Florida State at approximately 2:30 today. The Seminoles are playing for a possible 4 seed in the NCAA tournament.
The ACC Tournament results are largely expected to result in a North Carolina-Florida State semifinal. There are slightly better chances for an upset in the bottom of the ACC tournament bracket.
The ACC Tournament nightcap starts with Wake Forest taking on Maryland. The Demon Deacons were a top ranked team at one point, but slid down a bit in ACC play. Wake Forest and Maryland often play very close games, with Maryland needing an upset as they fighfor their NCAA lives. Wake Forest wants to make a statement to get at least a 2 seed.
To end the 2009 ACC tournament second round, third seeded Duke faces Boston College. Duke often gets upset at this level lately, so they might want to be extra careful. Boston College is likely already in the NCAAs, and is out to improve their ranking.
North Carolina, Duke and Wake Forest have dominated much of the ACC this season. As such, the ACC tournament results tonight are expected to have them to go on, and set up some mega-showdowns in later rounds.
However, the Big East tournament had dominant teams fall last night in Pitt and Connecticut, in games which ultimately mean nothing to NCAA seeding. The 2009 ACC Tournament isn’t likely to change much for the selection committee, so upsets could be a little more likely.
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