With three more ACC games having wrapped up today, the conference's regular season is over. That means we now have the final, official pairings in the ACC tournament. Maryland's first round matchup? N.C. State, who they beat by 7 about two weeks ago.
The pairings are below; I'll update later with a nice bracket.
First Round (Thursday)
Game 1 (Noon): #8 Virginia vs. #9 Miami
Game 2 (2:00): #5 Boston College vs. #12 Wake Forest
Game 3 (7:00): #7 Maryland vs. #10 N.C. State
Game 4 (9:00): #6 Virginia Tech vs. #11 Georgia Tech
Update: Here's my ugly home-made bracket. Someone make a prettier one, stat:
Game 1 (Noon): 8/9 Winner vs. #1 UNC
Game 2 (2:00): 5/12 Winner vs. #4 Clemson
Game 3 (7:00): 7/10 Winner vs. #2 Duke
Game 4 (9:00): 6/11 Winner vs. #3 Florida St.
Again, I'll update with a bracket when I either find one or make one
You have to like the breakdown. Maryland just beat N.C. State pretty easily, and they match up pretty well with the Wolfpack; certainly better than they do with Miami. And Maryland also avoids facing UNC, another bad matchup, and instead getting Duke, who they played decently both times during the season.
Hey, I doubt Maryland will make a run, but if they were going to, this is the group to do it against. And this way, there's a pretty solid chance Maryland will be playing to at least the second day. Whether that's good or bad is up to you.