ACC Tournament 2012 Bracket: 4 Matchups That Will Come Down to the Wire

Cameron McCauleyContributor IIIMarch 7, 2012

DURHAM, NC - MARCH 03:  Kendall Marshall #5 of the North Carolina Tar Heels shoots a foul shot against the Duke Blue Devils during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 3, 2012 in Durham, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Picking the best conference in college basketball is never an easy task. If you ask five different people, you may get five different answers. This weekend, the ACC could show that they play the best basketball in the country. 

North Carolina and Duke are the clear front-runners for an ACC tournament championship, but there are also some other matchups that will show there are other teams in the conference who could contend for the title.

Here are four games that should help the ACC's case as being one of the more exciting conferences in basketball.


No. 5 N.C. State vs. No. 4 Virginia 

Assuming the Wolfpack beats the No. 12 seed Boston College, they will face a Virginia team that clinched a bye in the tournament on March 4 with a win at Maryland in overtime.

The last time these two met back on Jan. 25, they went down to the wire as N.C. State's Lorenzo Brown missed the game winning shot to fall to Virgina 61-60. A similar result would take place if these two teams meet up on Friday.


No. 6 Miami vs. No. 3 Florida State

The state of Florida hasn't fielded this many good teams in the ACC for quite some time. These two teams split their season meetings 1-1, and another good clash between them could have NCAA seeding implications. 

Usually two of the more exciting football teams in the conference, Miami and Florida State now have the chance to spice things up in the ACC tournament.


No. 3 Florida State vs. No. 2 Duke

Duke and Florida state split their regular season meetings, and the Seminoles will once again be looking for an upset if these two teams meet up in the semifinals on Saturday. Duke had a nice end to the season before being blown out by North Carolina by 18 on March 3, so they should rebound and have a nice ACC tournament run.

Florida State will be their biggest road block to the championship game and will provide a good opponent for the Blue Devils.


No. 2 Duke vs No. 1 North Carolina

Duke will have revenge on their minds if they happen to meet up again with North Carolina in the championship game on Sunday. After winning the first meeting on an Austin Rivers' three-pointer, Duke then stumbled at home to their bitter rival last Saturday.

The Tar Heels are the favorite to capture the ACC tournament, and they possibly earn a number one seed in the NCAA tournament. Expect to see an exciting match up in the finals if these are the two teams vying for the crown.