The ACC tournament 2010 results, in near uncharted territory, may be the wildest in championship week with the wildest perhaps to come. This year was already crazy enough as it is, with North Carolina’s self-destruction and Maryland’s surprise tie for the regular season crown. But being the best in the regular season has been a curse so far, for everyone except Duke. As it stands, the ACC tournament 2010 results may have made it incredibly easy for Duke to win it all – though nothing may be easy in Greensboro this week.
Yesterday’s quarterfinals started simple enough, as Duke defeated Virginia as expected. However, even that was problematic, as the Cavaliers were even with the Blue Devils much of the way. Duke finally pulled away in the last several minutes, but at least they were a favorite that won. Otherwise, the ACC tournament 2010 results have not favored favorites.
Virginia Tech was the first to learn that yesterday, as it looked like they would have an easy time against last place Miami. But after the Hurricanes slaughtered Wake Forest, they slipped past the Hokies to get their second straight upset. Now the last place team in the ACC will face the first place team for a berth in the final.
The insanity of the ACC tournament 2010 results was only getting started. At night, the red hot Maryland Terrapins were the next to fall. Georgia Tech, a fragile bubble team coming in, jumped out to a huge lead against the second seed. Yet the Terrapins nearly came all the way back, but missed several chances to tie or lead late, preserving the upset.
The final upset came when third seeded Florida State took on 11’th seeded N.C. State. Like the Hurricanes, the Wolfpack got their second straight win against an NCAA tournament team. For the second time in four years, N.C. State has made the semifinals as a double digit seed.
The ACC tournament 2010 results now leave a 1 seed with a 7, 11 and 12. Duke was already regarded as the conference’s best team by far, and now they don’t have to beat the other contenders to prove it.
The conference is set to get seven NCAA bids at the most, depending on Virginia Tech. But the absolute worst bubble nightmare is if the two bottom seeds, N.C. State and Miami, play for the title. If one of them steals the automatic bid, one bubble team – maybe even the Hokies – will be gone.
Even with these shocking ACC tournament 2010 results, no one expects Duke to lose now, especially with who’s left. Still, winning against low seeds may not be that impressive, although the Blue Devils will likely still get a top NCAA seed either way.
Today’s unusual semifinals begin with Duke vs Miami at 1:30 pm est, followed by Georgia Tech vs N.C. State 30 minutes later.
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