The ACC Tournament has not been devoid of drama in its early rounds.
Miami was in a battle with Boston College for 26 minutes until pulling away in the final four. Maryland pulled déjà vu in Greensboro with practically an end-to-end victory over Duke.
After all that talk about the Blue Devils being undefeated with Ryan Kelly, they’ll go home early from the ACC Tournament. The madness has begun.
If the quarterfinals were any indication, the ACC Tournament’s final acts will be must-see television.
With the March Madness theme in mind, here are some left-field predictions that won’t be so far fetched come Sunday.
The Champion Will Come From the Miami-NC State Matchup
No offense to Maryland, North Carolina and Florida State, but the two best teams left in the tournament will play each other in the early semifinal.
Both Miami and NC State sport multiple interior defenders unmatched on the other side of the bracket. In addition, both teams have at least four seniors playing significant minutes.
That formula will combine for an ACC Championship, whether it's the 'Canes or the Wolfpack.
Miami Will Be Upset in the ACC Semifinals
The Hurricanes played down to Boston College in the quarterfinals, hardly looking like the league’s top seed. The Eagles finished 7-11 in the ACC and had a two-point lead at the end of the first half.
That lethargic play from Miami won’t be tolerated against a hot NC State team. The Wolfpack displayed their offensive prowess as Scott Wood rained down seven threes to a blowout win.
Miami and NC State played down to the wire in their one matchup this season, with a Reggie Johnson tip-in being the difference. The Wolfpack look engaged and are playing their best basketball now, though, which will derail Miami’s tournament hopes.
An NC State ACC Championship Will Become a Reality
The Wolfpack look like they are putting it all together in Greensboro.
Left for dead by many ACC prognosticators, NC State may have the most talent in the conference. They put on a talent showcase against Virginia and looked eerily similar to the 2011 squad that went to the Sweet 16. They have no problem scoring the basketball, evidenced by their top 10 ranking in Ken Pom’s offensive efficiency.
This NC State team has gotten hot at the right time and will outlast its finals opponent when they meet on Selection Sunday.
Mike Shiekman is a Breaking News Writer for Bleacher Report. Follow his sports musings and random life observations on Twitter.
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