The 2013 ACC Tournament has already featured one shocking upset, and the excitement is set to continue until the last second of the competition.
Maryland knocked off second-seeded Duke in the quarterfinals to book a spot in the semis against North Carolina. However, the Terps were unable to get another surprising result—the Tar Heels will play for the ACC championship.
In the other semifinal, top-seeded Miami avoided the same fate as the Blue Devils and took care of North Carolina State.
Here is how the bracket played out as well as everything you need to know about the ACC Tournament final.
Where: Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, N.C.
When: Sunday, March 17, 1 p.m. ET
Live Stream: ESPN3
Key to Victory for North Carolina: James Michael McAdoo’s Offensive Performance
North Carolina relies on the talented sophomore on the offensive end of the floor, and if he does not deliver an impressive performance, the Tar Heels stand little chance in this contest.
McAdoo is averaging 14.5 points per game, and he has a well-rounded offensive skill set. He has the ability to work his mid-range game and pull the Miami big men away from the basket, but he also has the strength and technique to score in the post.
However, he has struggled to emerge as a legitimate star this season.
Now is the time for McAdoo to play to his full potential, and if he does not, Roy Williams should start to worry.
Key to Victory for Miami: Defense in the First Half
Miami is an excellent defensive team, and it must look to shut down the North Carolina shooters and set the tone early in this match.
McAdoo and P.J. Hairston are two of the Tar Heels’ main scorers, and they are both sophomores. In addition, the team has a freshman point guard in Marcus Paige.
If the Hurricanes are active and aggressive defensively in the first half, UNC will not be able to find a rhythm on offense. This will leave the young North Carolina players rattled in such a pressure-packed atmosphere.
Defense and experience are Miami’s two main advantages in this matchup, and if the team locks down the Tar Heels in the first 20 minutes, it will take full advantage of its assets.