As you have probably noted by now, the ACC Tournament seedings were settled over the weekend and UNC ended up in the #10 slot ahead of NC State and Miami. UNC will play on Thursday of the ACC Tournament for the first time ever at 7:00 PM on ESPN against #7 Georgia Tech. Obviously, given how the other two games went with the Yellow Jackets I would have rather have them play Wake Forest. After all the air in Winston-Salem is rank with internal dissension and a coach no one wants to openly say is on the hot seat. Georgia Tech on the other hand has a coach who everyone talks about being on the hot seat except for the folks that actually make the decision.
The upside here is despite the horrible beatdown at Duke, you could argue that UNC is playing somewhat better than they did when the Jackets rolled them in Atlanta. I like the Heels' chances, especially since beating a team three times in one season is immensely difficult to do. On the flip side, the last non-Duke team to beat UNC three times in one season was....wait for it....Georgia Tech! How about that!
In case you were wondering, it was 1985 when the Mark Price-led Yellow Jackets knocked UNC off three times that season, the last of those in the ACC Championship game. Here are some more fun facts. UNC is 4-4 versus Georgia Tech in the ACC Tournament and presently have a two game losing streak vs the Jackets in conference postseason play. However, UNC is 3-1 versus GT in Greensboro and should enjoy a pro-Tar Heel crowd. UNC leads the overall series 59-21 with the Heels' longest losing streak being three on two occasions, the aforementioned 1985 season and the 1993 ACC Championship followed by two regular season losses in 1994.