Originally written March 09, 2013 on SCACC Hoops:
The last weekend of ACC regular season basketball is here.  Six games this weekend will decide the ACC tournament seeding and there is still a lot unknown.  Once the seeds are set on Sunday night, make sure to check out SCACCHoops.com and submit your bracket for our ACC Tournament Bracket contest.  I'm still working on the prize for the winner, so stay tuned! The big matchup today is obviously Duke playing UNC in Chapel Hill.  The funny thing, is I'll be watching how Miami performs just as close.  Will the Miami defense show up today?  That said, expect Duke and UNC to be a great one.  The Blue Devils are back healthy and UNC may be the hottest team in the conference.  It will be fascinating to see who Duke puts Ryan Kelly on, neither PJ Hairston or Reggie Bullock seem to be a good matchup for Kelly.  On the other side of the ball, I think UNC will be able to react to Kelly on the perimeter with their quickness.  Will Kelly be able to use his size advantage to help Duke on the boards or scoring in the post?  Shooting will obviously play a huge role in the game as both teams rely heavily on eFG%, but its the other three (of the four) factors that will likely decide this one.  Make sure to follow the live tempo-based stats for this one. In other games, NC State needs a win to clinch at least a 4th seed and a first round bye in the ACC tournament.  Of course, if NC State wins and UNC loses, the Pack move to the 3rd seed.  The conundrum here is that the Pack may rather be a 4th seed and face a struggling Miami team on Saturday as opposed to facing Duke. Check out the game sim predictions, links, previews, and more below. Game Sim Predictions Georgia Tech at Boston College - Boston College wins 62-61 Sim the game here NC State at FSU - NC State wins 68-67 Sim the game here Clemson at Miami - Miami wins 65-53 Sim the game here Duke at UNC - Duke wins 71-70 Sim the game here  Team Conf Pct Overall Pct  Miami  14-3  0.824  23-6  0.793  Duke  13-4  0.765  26-4  0.867  UNC  12-5  0.706  22-8  0.733  NC State  11-6  0.647  22-8  0.733  Virginia  10-7  0.588  20-10  0.667  Maryland  8-9  0.471  20-10  0.667  FSU  8-9  0.471  16-14  0.533  Georgia Tech  6-11  0.353  16-13  0.552  Boston College  6-11  0.353  14-16  0.467  Clemson  5-12  0.294  13-16  0.448  Wake Forest  5-12  0.294  12-17  0.414  Virginia Tech  4-13  0.235  13-17  0.433  Injury Report  KJ McDaniels (CL) ankle John Auslander (MD) left tibia fracture - out for season Darion Atkins (VA) stress reaction in shins Links UNC band student expands on his letter about being a Duke fan Ballad to the class of 2013 Duke basketball talks UNC, Kelly, postseason Community slams Durham-Chapel Hill crime story Duke Game Notes: at North Carolina (March 9, 2013) Duke Speaks Before Regular Season Finale vs. UNC Coach K Press Conference Interviews: Mason Plumlee l Ryan Kelly l Quinn Cook Hairston, UNC rolling into tonight’s game with Duke Heels carry six-game win streak into Duke game Duke faces UNC with bigger things in mind Duke, UNC rivalry comes full circle DeCock: Two freshmen going different directions may be deciding factor for UNC, Duke UNC forward James Michael McAdoo on playing through back pain: I am tough P.J. Hairston hits his stride in his sophomore year Duke to host UNC as the battle of Tobacco Road continues on the court Duke reminds everyone why it’s a title threat McAdoo's Back Is Giving Him Some Trouble Through trials and tribulations, Evans has stayed the course at UVa Terps coach Mark Turgeon needs to lose hangdog look Kelly-Hairston key matchup in Duke-UNC battle UNC Band Member Apologizes For Talking Smack About Carolina Miami Hurricanes can clinch ACC basketball title on Seniors day Wolfpack has eye on tournament bye Dropping the ball on academics and tradition in the ACC Big East seeking $2.5M from Irish for early exit Yesterday's Games Matchup   No Games on the Schedule Today's Games Time Matchup TV    12:00:00 PM  Georgia Tech @ Boston College  ACCN  Preview  2:00:00 PM  NC State @ FSU  ESPN  Preview  2:30:00 PM  Clemson @ Miami  ACCN  Preview  9:00:00 PM  Duke @ UNC  ESPN  Preview  
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