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ACC Tournament Quarterfinals - NCAA Tournament Implications

How Thursday’s games may impact NCAA Tournament seeds

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Here is a breakdown of the ACC Tournament quarterfinal games, and how their results may affect seeding in the NCAA Tournament.

#1 Virginia 75 - #9 Louisville 58

The Cavaliers continue their march towards the top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. They stretched out to a 17 point lead in the first half, eventually leading by 11 at halftime. The Cardinals closed the gap to four with around nine minutes to play, but the Virginia defense clamped down at the end of the game to seal the victory.

With their second round victory over Florida State, a top-30 strength of schedule rating, and adjusted efficiency margin of +16.46, Louisville should have enough to get into the tournament in the 10-11 seed range. However, a loss by Middle Tennessee in the C-USA Tournament pushes Louisville onto the bubble.

#4 Clemson 90 - #12 Boston College 82

The upstart Eagles were not able to keep their streak alive against the Tigers. Late the second half, BC got with two, and later within four, but were not able to stop Clemson down the stretch.

The Eagles have likely earned a berth to the NIT backed by their quality wins over Duke, Miami, Syracuse, and Florida State. For Clemson, they remain in the 4-5 seed range for the NCAA Tournament.

#2 Duke 88 - #10 Notre Dame 70

The first bucket of the second half brought the Irish within two, but that was as close as Notre Dame got since early in the first half. A win tonight may have pushed Notre Dame off the bubble and into the tournament, but now all they can do is wait for Sunday.

A solid two seed in the NCAA Tournament, Duke is pushing for a number one seed.

#3 Miami 65 - #6 North Carolina 82

Boy, what a start. But thanks to a career night from Theo Pinson, the Tar Heels are moving on to the semifinals. This is the ninth win over a RPI Top 50 (Q1) team. This victory at least locks Carolina into a three seed, but the Heels are vying for a two as they advance in Brooklyn.

Miami’s top victory this season was last week in Chapel Hill, and a win tonight may have moved them into a five seed, however the Hurricanes, with a RPI of 25 and KenPom ranking of 35, are likely to be slotted into a six or seven seed.