ACC Predictions and Previews: March Madness Edition

ctsports picksAnalyst IFebruary 27, 2009

This is the third conference prediction for the NCAA tournament from Handicapper Craig Trapp from CT Sports Picks. Make sure you check out his first two conference breakdowns: Big 12 March Madness predictions and Pac-10 team previews of the big dance.

Keep checking back over the next week; Craig will cover the other main conferences and also keep you updated with his Bubble Watch articles.

The ACC has had a ton of upsets this year, and there are two schools of thought about the strength of the ACC this year. Either you think this conference is so good that anyone can win on any given day, or it's a conference that is overrated and not near as strong as the rankings. Let's predict who is in the big dance as of right now and predict how they will perform. 

North Carolina has been the favorite in all future books to win it all since the end of last season. If it's possible for a team to be a little disappointing with only three losses, this would be the case. Only one of their losses is to another top ranked team. Consistent defensive lockdown play has been the problem in all of their losses this year. Each loss has had one player go off for 25-plus and dominate them almost by themselves.

Definite No. 1 seed and will get to play pretty close to home first four games. Don't think they have enough depth in the backcourt to win six in a row. Final Four for this team, but no further.

Duke has had a very nice year, and even though they still lack the inside presence, they only have five losses, and if they win out would split the conference title with UNC. Coach K has this team trying to avenge early losses the last two years in the NCAA tournament.

This team looks like a No. 3 seed for this year's big dance. Another second round loss is a high probability. Second round games versus a No. 6 seed from a power conference like the Big East such as Syracuse or a Pac-10 team like Stanford would give this team fits. No Sweet 16 for Duke for the third year in a row.

Wake Forest has been a welcome surprise for the ACC this year. Jeff Teague has been unbelievable and will be up for conference player of the year. This team is extremely hard to play against with their length and athleticism at all positions. This team is going to finish strong and end up with...


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