Preview 2016 ACC Basketball Tournament

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by Free Picks USA - 3/3/2016 1:21 PM Share
Preview 2016 ACC Basketball Tournament The ACC basketball tournament will start Tuesday March 8. The regular season of the ACC has gone nearly to script as North Carolina, the preseason favorite to win the national championship, holds the inside track as the top seed of the tournament while Virginia, Duke and Louisville are all teams in the top 25.

One exception however jumps out and that is the Miami Hurricanes. The Canes are ranked No. 7 in the nation and tied atop the ACC with North Carolina. Miami plays Virginia Tech on Saturday and a win would clinch a share of the ACC title for the regular season.

A great deal must still be worked out before the March 8 first tip off to the tournament.

The lower seeds 11-14 will open things up on March 8, with the top seed getting a bye in not playing until March 10.

While most will print North Carolina's name in as the favorite due to their talented roster, it is Virginia that is playing the better basketball approaching this tournament.

The Cavaliers are one of only two teams in the country, Kansas is the other, to rank within the top 10 in both offensive and defensive efficiency.

The Cavaliers have six losses in the regular season and none were over 7 points and half were by 3 points or less.

Virginia's top player is Malcolm Brogdon its senior guard who is scoring 18.5 points a game. Brogdon and teammate London Perrantes form one of the best one two punches the country has from behind the three-point arc.

Duke has won seven of its past nine games following a huge funk during midseason, including losing three straight, which is almost unheard of.

Like many recent teams from Durham, the unit is big on offense and weak on defense. Grayson Allen has been in the spotlight for good and bad this season, while Brandon Ingram might be the No. 1 pick in this year's NBA draft.

Duke is an underdog, which is unfamiliar territory for the defending national champions, but has proved they can beat any of the best teams this season in the ACC with the exception of Miami. However, if they were to face Miami, this time it would be on a neutral court.

Never count Duke out, but there is good value in Virginia.


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