Fresh off an 18-point home loss against North Carolina to end the regular season, the Duke Blue Devils enter the ACC Tournament looking to defend their crown and possibly earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
The Tar Heels earned the top seed thanks to that victory against their rivals. Roy Williams has his team playing their best basketball of the season at just the right time.
Stop me if you have heard this before: North Carolina and Duke are the two favorites to win the tournament.
First Round—March 8, 2012 (All Games Broadcast on ESPNU and ACC Network, Streaming on ESPN3.com)
Game 1: No. 8 Maryland vs. No. 9 Wake Forest, 12:00 p.m. EDT
Game 2: No. 5 North Carolina State vs. No. 12 Boston College, 2:00 p.m. EDT
Game 3: No. 7 Clemson vs. No. 10 Virginia Tech, 7:00 p.m. EDT
Game 4: No. 6 Miami vs. No. 11 Georgia Tech, 9:00 p.m. EDT
Quarterfinals—March 9, 2012 (All Games Broadcast on ESPN 2 and ACC Network)
Game 5: No. 1 North Carolina vs. Maryland/Wake Forest Winner, 12:00 p.m. EDT
Game 6: No. 4 Virginia vs. NC State/Boston College Winner, 2:00 p.m. EDT
Game 7: No. 2 Duke vs. Clemson/Virginia Tech Winner, 7:00 p.m. EDT
Game 8: No. 3 Florida State vs. Miami/Georgia Tech Winner, 9:00 p.m. EDT
Semifinals—March 10, 2012 (All Games Broadcast on ESPN and ACC Network)
Game 9: Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner, 1:00 p.m. EDT
Game 10: Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner, 3:00 p.m. EDT (Streaming on ESPN3.com)
Finals—March 11, 2012 (ESPN and ACC Network, Streaming on ESPN3.com)
Game 11: Game 9 Winner vs. Game 10 Winner
Who Powerhouse Is More Likely To Win The ACC Tournament?
(Las Vegas Odds Not Yet Released)
No. 1 North Carolina: 2-to-1
No. 2 Duke: 3-to-1
No. 3 Florida State: 6-to-1
No. 4 Virginia: 15-to-1
No. 5 North Carolina State: 18-to-1
No. 6 Miami: 18-to-1
No. 7 Clemson: 25-to-1
No. 8 Maryland: 25-to-1
No. 9 Wake Forest: 30-to-1
No. 10 Virginia Tech: 30-to-1
No. 11 Georgia Tech: 35-to-1
No. 12 Boston College: 50-to-1
North Carolina over Duke