The second day of the ACC tournament ha been wildly entertaining so far and best part is the nightcap of North Carolina – Syracuse has yet to tip off. Louisville, Boston College, and Notre Dame all came into the game as the underdog and all knocked off the better seed (That’s a pretty good omen for Syracuse who sits on the bubble, currently sitting on the outside looking in according to ESPN’s Joe Lunardi, and in need of a win over North Carolina). So let’s take a look at how each game played an effect on each teams tournament hopes.
Louisville 82 – Florida State 74
Louisville dominated Florida State from the beginning and never looked back. The way Florida State played in the first half it was almost like they had no business being on the same court as Louisville. Quieten Snider led the way for the Cardinals with 19 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds in 35 minutes. Ray Spalding and chipped in 18 points and combined with Anas Mahmoud to block 7 shots.
Louisville needed a win here to help solidify a bid. Louisville is likely safe to make it to the tournament but a loss would have put things into question. Up next Virginia in the quarterfinals. A win tomorrow and Louisville does not even sweat selection Sunday. Florida State is still likely to dance but this was a not a great looking loss. A projected 9-10 seed is likely for the Seminoles.
Boston College 91 – North Carolina State 87
Shades of Chris Webber and the 1993 National Championship Game! Maybe not on the level but we did get a timeout by Markell Johnson, when they had none remaining, which resulted in a technical foul in the closing seconds. Boston College was scorching hot on offense all game as Ky Bowman and Jerome Robinson put on a show at the Barclays. The BC back court combined for 50 points, 9 assists and 3 steals. North Carolina State couldn’t keep up and figure out a way to slow the duo down. Al Freeman led the Wolfpack with 21 points.
Boston College may have to many losses (14) but they are slowly picking up enough quality wins to begin the conversation as a dark horse at large. There’s still work to be done for the Eagles but an upcoming game against Clemson is exactly what they need. A win would be a big boost to the resume and BC may be catching Clemson at the right time. North Carolina State should still be safely in the tournament despite the loss. The Wolfpack had a difficult non conference schedule and has wins over North Carolina, Duke, and Arizona. They will be dancing.
Notre Dame 71 – Virginia Tech 65
What a tale of two halves. All the talk of if Notre Dame deserved consideration for an at large because Bonzie Colson returned from injury looked pointless. The Irish trailed bed 13 at the half, as much as 21 in the second half and yet stormed back with about 11 minutes remaining to come back and beat Virginia Tech. The game was a beautiful mess but a game Notre Dame needed to have any hope at the tournament. ESPN is now saying the Irish have a 72% of making the dance after the win. I would not put it that high but a 55/45 odds may be better suited. Notre Dame now gets a huge resume test against Duke. It’ll be the teams third game in third days. If they win, be sure the committee will have in the dance as an at large come selection Sunday.
The loss does not really effect Virginia Tech all that much. VT is pretty safe and will be a likely 8 or 9 seed. The offense and the team as a whole fell apart in the second half. Regardless, Buzz Williams has a talented bunch who will make the necessary adjustments prior to the tournament game. Virginia Tech will be a dangerous team to play as a 1 seed in Second Round.