ACC Basketball: Predicting the Final Stretch

JB McCandlesCorrespondent IFebruary 17, 2009

Its hard to believe, but selection Sunday is just 25 days away. Still many questions remain in the ACC. 

Going team by team and predicting their remaining games, including the ACC tournament and whether or not that team will make the tourney.

North Carolina:
vs. NC State, Win
@ Maryland, Win
vs. Georgia Tech, Win
@ Virginia Tech, Win
vs. Duke, Loss 
Regular Season: 13-3
Clearly the top team in the ACC. As usual they will spilt the season series with Duke.

vs. Wake, Win
@ Maryland, Loss
@ Virginia Tech, Loss
vs. Florida State, Win
@ North Carolina, Win
Regular Season: 10-6 
Duke has been playing poorly of late. I think the trend continues with back-to-back losses at Maryland and Virginia Tech.

@ Georgia Tech, Loss
vs. Virginia Tech, Win
@ Florida State, Win
vs. Virginia, Win
@ Wake Forest, Loss
Regular Season: 10-6 
Clemson escaped Boston College with great help from Terrence Ogelsby. Clemson has a tough time at the Georgia Dome and looses a heart breaker to Wake.

Wake Forest:
vs. Georgia Tech, Win
@ Duke, Loss
vs. NC State, Win
@ Virginia, Win
@ Maryland, Win
vs. Clemson, Win
Regular Season: 11-5
Wake regains its balance after stumbling slightly. They will lose to Duke. Duke doesn't lose to the same team in one season.

Boston College:
@ Miami, Win
vs. Florida State, Win
@ NC State, Win
vs. Georgia Tech, Loss
Regular Season: 10-6  
Georgia Tech gave BC a tough time earlier in the year. BC handles Miami and Florida State, as they stay hot off their upset over Duke.

Virginia Tech:
@ Virginia, Loss
vs. Florida State, Win
@ Clemson, Loss
vs. Duke, Win
vs. North Carolina, Loss
@ Florida State, Loss
Regular Season: 8-8
After playing the soft part of the schedule already, Virginia Tech struggles to maintain as competition increases. FSU, Clemson, Duke, UNC, and FSU again isn't the ideal way to close out ACC play. Considering VT is only 6-4 in the ACC during the easy stretch doesn't say much, but overrated.

Florida State:
vs. Miami, Loss
@ Virginia Tech, Loss
@ BC, Loss
vs. Clemson, Loss
@ Duke, Loss
vs. Virginia Tech, Win
Regular Season: 7-9
FSU, another overrated ACC team. Like Virginia Tech they have the toughest games ahead.

@ Florida State, Win
vs. BC, Loss
@ Virginia, Win
@ Georgia Tech, Win
vs. NC State, Win
Regular Season: 8-8
Miami has lost too many close games this year. They will get their footing and string together some wins as the schedule softens up.

vs. North Carolina, Loss
vs. Duke, Win
@ NC State, Win
vs. Wake Forest, Loss
@ Virginia, Win
Regular Season: 8-8
Maryland has a moderate schedule to end the season, but they do just enough to improve their ACC standing.

NC State:
@ North Carolina, Loss
vs. Virginia, Win
@ Wake Forest, Loss
vs. Maryland, Loss
vs. BC, Loss
@ Miami, Loss
Regular Season: 5-11
NC State's struggles continue. The schedule gets tougher and State fails to keep up with the rest of the league for the second straight year.

vs. Virginia Tech, Win
@ NC State, Loss
vs. Miami, Loss
vs. Wake Forest, Loss
@ Clemson, Loss
vs. Maryland, Loss
Regular Season: 3-13
Virginia is just too young. They will beat VT, which will be a great win for their program.

Georgia Tech:
@ Wake Forest, Loss
vs. Clemson, Win
@ North Carolina, Loss
vs. Miami, Loss
@ BC, Win
Regular Season: 3-13
Georgia Tech's struggles continue. They will beat Clemson and BC to end the season on a positive note. Georgia Tech had traditionally owned BC since they joined the ACC in 2005. 

Final ACC Regular Season Standings:
1. North Carolina 13-3
2. Wake Forest 11-5
3. Clemson 10-6
4. Boston College 10-6
5. Duke 10-6
6. Miami 8-8
7. Virginia Tech 8-8
8. Maryland 8-8
9. Florida State 7-9
10. North Carolina State 5-11
11. Virginia 3-13
12. Georgia Tech 3-13

ACC Tournament:
Duke vs. Georgia Tech: Duke
Miami vs. Virginia: Miami
Virginia Tech vs. NC State: NC State
Maryland vs. Florida State: Florida State

North Carolina vs. Florida State: North Carolina
Boston College vs. Duke: Boston College
Wake Forest vs. NC State: Wake Forest
Clemson vs. Miami: Miami

North Carolina vs. Boston College: Boston College
Wake Forest vs. Miami: Wake Forest

Wake Forest vs. Boston College: Wake Forest

NCAA Tournament Bids:
Wake Forest (Automatic)
North Carolina (At Large)
Clemson (At Large)
Boston College (At Large)
Duke (At Large)
Miami (At Large)
Maryland (At Large)
Florida State (At Large)

Wake Forest, North Carolina: One Seeds
Clemson: Three Seed
Boston College, Duke: Four Seeds
Miami: Eight Seed
Florida State: 10 Seed
Maryland: 12 Seed

Wake Forest: Sweet 16
North Carolina: Natl. Champs (As of today, may change)
Clemson: Second Round
Boston College: Sweet 16
Duke: Elite Eight
Miami: Second Round
FSU: Second Round
Maryland: First Round

Freshman of the year: Sylven Landesberg, UVA 
Coach of the Year: Al Skinner, BC
Sixth Man Award: Greg Paulus, Duke 
Most Improved: Terrence Ogelsby, Clemson
Player of the Year: Tyler Hansbrough 

All ACC First Team:
Tyrese Rice, BC
Jeff Teague, Wake 
Tony Douglas, FSU
Jack McClinton, MIA
Tyler Hansbrough, UNC 

All ACC Second Team:
AD Vassallo, VT 
Sylven Landesberg, UVA
Kyle Singler, Duke
Ty Lawson, UNC
Gerald Henderson, Duke

All ACC Honorable Mention:
Grevis Vasquez, MRL 
Gani Lawal, GT
Malcom Delaney, VT
Trevor Booker, Clem
Wayne Ellington, UNC
Brandon Costner, NC State
Jeff Allen, VT
Joe Trapani, BC
Rakim Sanders, BC
KC Rivers, Clem
Terrence Oglesby, Clem

All ACC Frosh Team:
Reggie Jackson, BC
Sylven Landesberg, UVA
Al-Faroquo Aminu, Wake
Iman Shumpert, GT
Ed Davis, UNC

Early Bird Prediction for 2009-10 Season:
ACC Champ: Boston College
Coach of the Year: Paul Hewitt, GT
Sixth Man Award: Biko Paris, BC
Most Improved: Reggie Jackson, BC
Player of the Year: Kyle Singler, Duke

1. Boston College
2. North Carolina
3. Duke
4. Wake Forest
5. Clemson
6. Georgia Tech
7. Virginia
8. Florida State
9. Virginia Tech
10. Maryland
11. Miami
12. NC State