The ACC Tournament is set to move into the quarterfinals Thursday after an exciting first round, capped off by a dramatic shot for Notre Dame to advance. Miami also advanced by knocking off Pittsburgh but will have much more of a challenge in round two against Georgia Tech.
We’ve got everything you need to know for today’s action from the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina. Each of the ACC Tournament Quarterfinals games are slated to air on ESPN and ESPN2.
No. 8 Syracuse vs. No. 1 Virginia: 12 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN2
Point Spread: Virginia -5
Point Total: 132.5
The Orange embarrassed North Carolina State in the first round on Tuesday winning as just 2-point favorites 89-68. Things will get exponentially harder for them from here on out, and the top-seeded Cavaliers are favored to end their ACC season on Thursday. However Joe Lunardi after last night’s win has the Orange as his last team in the NCAA Tournament.
Virginia knows a thing or two about being upset (see the first-round results of the 2018 NCAA Tournament). But the Hoos took care of business 81-58 against Syracuse in January. I’m rolling with them even if they did slide down the stretch in the regular season. I’d even bet Virginia ATS up to -8.
The pick: Virginia -5
No. 13 Miami vs. No. 4 Georgia Tech: 2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN2
Point Spread: Georgia Tech -9
Point Total: 138
The Hurricanes were disrespected as 9-point underdogs in Round One, but blew Clemson away in a spring storm on 67-64 on Tuesday. Chris Lykes-less Miami will likely go down a lot easier in the quarterfinals, as the Yellow Jackets have their number. Georgia Tech crushed Miami by 87-60 on its own turf, so the underdog would appear be in trouble at a neutral venue.
Miami’s thin roster got tired in its last outing and blew a 9-point lead in the final seven minutes of regulation. The U can’t afford to do the same against Georgia Tech, especially playing on back-to-back days.
The pick: Georgia Tech -9
No. 10 Duke vs. No. 2 Florida State: 6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN2
Point Spread: FSU -3
Point Total: 154
Florida State is considered to be the ACC’s most dangerous team in many circles. While the Seminoles unexpectedly lost two of their final three regular-season games, they handed Virginia a 21-point defeat in Mid-February. Duke, a small, private university in Durham, North Carolina with lovely gothic architecture, has struggled with real contenders this year outside of a home win over Virginia, and Florida State’s dynamic offense could give the Blue Devils fits in their third game in three days.
The pick: Florida State -3
No. 6 North Carolina vs. No. 3 Virginia Tech: 9:00 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN2
Point Spread: UNC -3
Point Total: 140
The rare higher-seed-that-played-yesterday-over-the-bye-team favorite. UNC paved Notre Dame 101-59 on Tuesday with limited energy expended. Meanwhile Buzz Williams’ Hokies have been phenomenally mediocre since February started, and a three-week COVID pause likely has something to do with it. Georgia Tech beat them at home by 16 on their return.
And except for a somewhat-fluky loss at Syracuse, the Heels are playing great basketball. Seeds only matter in farming and outfield assists, take the chalk.
The pick: Carolina -3