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Not an ACC Tournament Preview

...just some miscellaneous thoughts on who might do well this weekend:

  • Clemson Few teams are better than the Tigers in pushing their opponents out of their comfort zone, with disruptive steals and a perimeter-oriented game that keeps their opponents from shooting the three. The Tigers also have a good road recor and the most impressive win over Duke this season. If they can fix the lapse in focus that had them finish 1-3 they could go far.
  • Wake Forest The Deacs get the winner of what could be the most overall ineptly played of the Thursday games - N.C. State/Maryland, two teams that have been known to just not show up for the occassional game. Couple that with a four game winning streak, and something to prove to the NCAA selection committee, and they could just be cutting down the nets on Sunday.
  • Miami The Hurricanes gave the Tar Heels a scare earlier in the season, slowing the pace of the game down and relying on Jack McClinton to score at will. It took a heroic effort by Ty Lawson to win that game, and if Lawson's not in the lineup, they could slip through to the weekend. Although Miami has had that much luck on the road in conference, they pull down rebounds pretty well and have the most overtime experience of anyone in the league with three games. Of course, they lost all three...