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Texas, Oklahoma, and the ACC Will Not Trigger Four 16-Team Super Conferences

September 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Only the Irish can trigger monumental realignment

 

There are a lot of unimaginative people out there who have prophesied about the day when four 16-team super conferences will rule the college landscape. This writer is here to tell you to not believe the hype. There will not be a super conference consolidation Armageddon.

Sure, the ACC is going in the direction of forming a 16-team conference and the Pac-12 is on the verge of becoming the Pac-16. But where is the other “super” expansion going to come from? Each of these conferences actually has an academic mandate as well. The Big Ten, for instance, seeks state universities with high academic standards. That means they won’t be in the market for just any school. Sure, Notre Dame will always have that open invite, but the Big Ten won’t be inviting Louisville or Cincinnati to the party anytime soon.

In fact, the pool of potential Big Ten acquisitions has really shrunk with the Big East defections of Syracuse and Pittsburgh, as both were previously mentioned and, possibly, considered for the Big Ten. Also, if UConn and Rutgers follow those schools to the ACC, then the Big Ten is extremely limited in their ability to expand eastward. Without a potential New York City market school, the Big Ten would be forced to look west.

But what schools would fill the Big Ten’s profile in the West? Possibly Missouri and Kansas. But Kansas would probably require that Kansas State join them as a package deal. That certainly would be a no-go as the Kansas City market isn’t that big to begin with. Remember, the biggest motivation for the Big Ten to expand to 16 would be to add more lucrative television markets. Kansas and Kansas State only bring Kansas City and that is shared with Missouri. As a result, the Big Ten will likely remain at 12 schools, unless they add Missouri and are able to convince Notre Dame to join.

The SEC will be at 13 schools when Texas A&M officially joins the conference. The SEC has already indicated that adding a 14th school will be on the agenda once A&M joins. But the ACC just increased the departure fees for its member schools to $20M and, with a round 16, are probably safe from being raided.

Like the Big Ten, the SEC wants to focus on the large, flagship state universities and land grant schools. Unless Kentucky wants Louisville to join and the SEC makes an exception there, the Cardinals are probably left out of that potential expansion as well. West Virginia is the more likely Big East school to join the SEC, especially if they aren’t included in the ACC expansion. Missouri would be another potential candidate if the SEC wants to continue their western expansion. But for the SEC to get to 16, they would have to take a regional public school, like Louisville or South and Central Florida, or continue to expand west and bring on the Kansas schools with Missouri. See how crazy these scenarios are getting?

What is probably going to happen is that the SEC will find a 14th school to give them two 7 school divisions. The Big Ten will remain at 12 schools for the foreseeable future. The ACC will add two more Big East schools to complete their expansion at 16. The Pac-16 will be formed with Texas and Oklahoma bringing their in-state rivals, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. That leaves the remnants of the Big East and Big 12 to join in either a loose confederation where the two conference champions meet for a BCS bid or the remaining Big East football schools leave for the Big 12. The latter is the more probable outcome.

That would leave a new Big 12 with Baylor, TCU, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Iowa State, Louisville, Cincinnati, and South Florida. They would probably look to add three more schools to return to the 12-school alignment and qualify for a conference championship game. BYU, Houston, SMU, Memphis, and Central Florida would have to be the leading candidates for the three spots. Long shot possibilities would include Air Force, UTEP, New Mexico, Colorado State, UNLV, Wyoming, and Boise State in the West and new FBS school, Massachusetts, and Temple in the East. Those two eastern schools both play in NFL stadiums and would bring exposure in two major metropolitan markets.

If the Big East loses their football schools, that won’t be that bad. The Big East will remain a viable and highly competitive basketball conference nationally, like they were for the first ten years of the league. With Georgetown, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Villanova, Providence, Marquette, DePaul and Notre Dame, they would have five schools that competed in last season’s men’s basketball tournament. With eight schools, they could easily expand by one or two and play a full round-robin schedule that is more conducive to college basketball.

Two schools that would have to be on the newly configured Big East’s list would be Xavier and Dayton from the Atlantic 10. Both are private schools and can help bridge the geographical gap between the East Coast and the Chicago region schools. That would leave the Big East as a very formidable hoops league.

While all of the realignment speculation is exciting, there probably won’t be as much as anticipated due to the factors that were laid out.

ACC Basketball Overview March 7

ACC Basketball Overview March 7

Team Overviews: Records are going into March 7th. RPI is courtesy of rpiforecast.com.

Current NCAA Locks:

Duke Blue Devils RPI 5

  • 27-4, 13-3 in ACC   Away: 8-4  Neutral:  2-0
  • OOC rundown: 14-1 with wins against Marquette, Kansas State, Michigan State, Butler, UAB , and Temple and a loss to St John’s. They also have 5 gimme wins. RPI 7, schedule 44.
  • ACC Wins: Mia, Mary, UVA, at NC St, at WF, BC, at Mary, NC St, UNC, at Mia, at UVa, GT, Clem      Losses: at FSU, at VT, at UNC
  • The Devils need to win the ACC tournament and maybe get help to get a 1 seed. As long as they win one game, they should be at least a 2 seed.

North Carolina Tar Heels RPI 6

  • 24-6, 14-2 in ACC   Away: 8-3  Neutral:  1-2
  • OOC rundown: 10-4 with a good win over Kentucky and losses to Minnesota, Vanderbilt, Illinois, and Texas. They also have 5 gimme wins. RPI 29, schedule 20.
  • ACC Wins: at UVa, VT, Clem, at Mia, NC St, at BC, FSU, at Clem, WF, BC, at NC St, Mary, at FSU, Duke     Losses: at GT, at Duke
  • The Heels can get a 1 seed if they win the ACC tournament and get help. They should be a 2 seed if they win two games. If they win one and lose one, it will be a coin flip for 2 or 3 seed. They won’t be lower than a 3 seed.

 

Bubble Territory:

Florida State Seminoles RPI 45

  • 21-9, 11-5 in ACC   Away: 8-5  Neutral:  1-1
  • OOC rundown: 10-4 with a win over Baylor and losses to Florida, Ohio State, Butler and a horrible loss to Auburn. They also have 9 gimme wins. RPI 104, schedule 190.
  • ACC Wins: Clem, Duke, NC St, at Mia, BC, WF, at GT, UVa, at WF, Mia, at NC St   Losses: at VT, at Clem, at UNC, at Mary, UNC
  • The Seminoles need to beat Virginia Tech to be safe. Otherwise they leave their fate up to the committee. Beating Duke again would lock them in and get them into an 8-9 game.

Virginia Tech Hokies RPI 63

  • 19-10, 9-7 in ACC   Away: 6-6  Neutral:  2-1
  • OOC rundown: 10-3 with notable wins against Oklahoma State and Penn State and losses to Kansas State, UNLV, and Purdue. They also have 6 gimme wins. RPI 73, schedule 151.
  • ACC Wins: FSU, WF, at Mary, Mia, at NC St, GT, Mary, at WF, Duke  Losses: UVa, at UNC, at GT, at BC, at UVA, BC, at Clem
  • Wow. Just can’t take a good win and capitalize. They have to beat FSU to have a chance. Beating Duke again after that would lock up their bid. When you see Seth crying next Sunday, remember that the ACC is the FIFTH ranked conference this season.

Boston College Eagles RPI 44

  • 19-11, 9-7 in ACC   Away: 4-6  Neutral:  2-1
  • OOC rundown: 10-4 with a good win over Texas A&M and a solid losses to Wisconsin and Harvard with strange ones to Yale and Rhode Island. They also have 3 gimme wins. RPI 66, schedule 57.
  • ACC Wins: at Mary, GT, NC St, UVa, VT, Mary, at UVa, at VT, WF   Losses: at Mia, at FSU, at Duke, UNC, at Clem, at UNC, Mia
  • The Eagles need to beat Clemson to wrap up their bid. A loss to Wake would send them to the NIT in a hurry. A win over UNC gets them a game in their white jerseys.

Clemson Tigers RPI 58

  • 20-10, 9-7 in ACC   Away: 3-7  Neutral:  2-1
  • OOC rundown: 11-3 with no good wins and losses to Old Dominion, Michigan, and South Carolina. They also have 6 gimme wins. RPI 90, schedule 199.
  • ACC Wins: Mia, GT, NC St, FSU, at GT, BC, at Mia, WF, VT  Losses: at FSU, at UNC, at Mary, at UVa, UNC, at NC St, at Duke
  • The Tigers need to beat BC to have a chance. Beating UNC would lock it up for them.

 

Better Win the Conference Tournament:

Maryland Terrapins RPI 99

  • 18-13, 7-9 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 11-4 with a decent win over Penn State and losses to Pittsburgh, Illinois, Temple, and Villanova. They also have 9 gimme wins. RPI 102, schedule 178.
  • Sorry Gary. Play and beat better OOC opponents next season.

Miami Hurricanes RPI 74

  • 18-13, 6-10 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 12-3 with a good win over West Virginia and losses to Memphis, Rutgers and Central Florida. They also have 6 gimme wins. RPI 46, schedule 145.
  • That loss to Georgia Tech finished their at-large hopes.

North Carolina State Wolfpack RPI 120

  • 15-15, 5-11 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 10-4 with a win over George Mason and losses to Georgetown, Wisconsin, Syracuse, and Arizona. They also have 8 gimme wins. RPI 105, schedule 181.
  • The Sidney Lowe watch has begun.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets RPI 161

  • 13-17, 5-11 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 8-6 with a win over Richmond and a bunch of losses. They also have 6 gimme wins. RPI 161, schedule 176.
  • How many more down years does Hewitt get? 2004 is a long time ago in hoop years.

Virginia Cavaliers RPI 134

  • 16-14, 7-9 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 9-5 with a win over Minnesota and a horrific loss to Seattle. They also have 5 gimme wins. RPI 218, schedule 302.
  • The Cavs are going to ruin one or two of their ACC mates’ seasons. Hello Va Tech. Anybody else want some?

Wake Forest Demon Deacons RPI 265

  • 8-23, 1-15 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 7-8 with no good wins and plenty of losses, both good and bad. They also have 7 gimme wins. RPI 267, schedule 246.
  • When did the Deacons turn into Fordham? The A-10 invite is forthcoming.

 Make sure you check in every morning for a review of the previous day’s games on the Road to Selection Sunday.

ACC Basketball Overview February 28

February 28, 2011 1 comment

ACC Basketball Overview February 28

Team Overviews: Records are going into February 28th. RPI is courtesy of rpiforecast.com.

Current NCAA Locks:

Duke Blue Devils RPI 5

  • 26-3, 12-2 in ACC   Away: 8-3
  • OOC rundown: 14-1 with wins against Marquette, Kansas State, Michigan State, Butler, UAB , and Temple and a loss to St John’s. They also have 5 gimme wins. RPI 8, schedule 45.
  • ACC Wins: Mia, Mary, UVA, at NC St, at WF, BC, at Mary, NC St, UNC, at Mia, at UVa, GT      Losses: at FSU, at VT
  • The Devils might have to run the table to claim a #1 seed. They have some nice wins, but lost their only OOC game against a top 25 RPI team (St John’s). They need to win at least 3 more games to be a 2 seed.

North Carolina Tar Heels RPI 10

  • 22-6, 12-2 in ACC   Away: 7-3
  • OOC rundown: 10-4 with a good win over Kentucky and losses to Minnesota, Vanderbilt, Illinois, and Texas. They also have 5 gimme wins. RPI 26, schedule 20.
  • ACC Wins: at UVa, VT, Clem, at Mia, NC St, at BC, FSU, at Clem, WF, BC, at NC St, Mary     Losses: at GT, at Duke
  • The Heels need at least 2 more wins to get a Sweet 16 seed. They can climb to as high as a 2 seed if they run the table. Winning at least 3 more games would give them a shot at a 3 seed, although it will probably take 4 more wins.

 

Bubble Territory:

Florida State Seminoles RPI 47

  • 20-8, 10-4 in ACC   Away: 7-5
  • OOC rundown: 10-4 with a win over Baylor and losses to Florida, Ohio State, Butler and a horrible loss to Auburn. They also have 9 gimme wins. RPI 117, schedule 210.
  • ACC Wins: Clem, Duke, NC St, at Mia, BC, WF, at GT, UVa, at WF, Mia   Losses: at VT, at Clem, at UNC, at Mary
  • The Noles need to win at least 2 more games to be safe on Selection Sunday. That’s going to be tough without Singleton. Getting the bye might actually hurt them for those 2 wins.

Virginia Tech Hokies RPI 55

  • 19-8, 9-5 in ACC   Away: 6-5
  • OOC rundown: 10-3 with notable wins against Oklahoma State and Penn State and losses to Kansas State, UNLV, and Purdue. They also have 6 gimme wins. RPI 77, schedule 156.
  • ACC Wins: FSU, WF, at Mary, Mia, at NC St, GT, Mary, at WF, Duke  Losses: UVa, at UNC, at GT, at BC, at UVA
  • The Hokies need to win at least 2 more games to be safe on Selection Sunday. Getting only one win puts them in their annual bubble spot.

Boston College Eagles RPI 46

  • 17-11, 7-7 in ACC   Away: 3-6
  • OOC rundown: 10-4 with a good win over Texas A&M and a solid losses to Wisconsin and Harvard with strange ones to Yale and Rhode Island. They also have 3 gimme wins. RPI 55, schedule 41.
  • ACC Wins: at Mary, GT, NC St, UVa, VT, Mary, at UVa   Losses: at Mia, at FSU, at Duke, UNC, at Clem, at UNC, Mia
  • The Eagles need to win at least 3 more games to be safe on Selection Sunday. Their OOC profile gets worse by the day.

Clemson Tigers RPI 69

  • 19-9, 8-6 in ACC   Away: 3-6
  • OOC rundown: 11-3 with no good wins and losses to Old Dominion, Michigan, and South Carolina. They also have 6 gimme wins. RPI 97, schedule 214.
  • ACC Wins: Mia, GT, NC St, FSU, at GT, BC, at Mia, WF  Losses: at FSU, at UNC, at Mary, at UVa, UNC, at NC St
  • The Tigers need at least 3 more wins to be safe on Selection Sunday. One caveat, they can probably clinch a spot by winning their two remaining ACC games and avoiding Wake in the first round.

 

Needs To Get Hot:

Maryland Terrapins RPI 85

  • 18-11, 7-7 in ACC   Away: 4-5
  • OOC rundown: 11-4 with a decent win over Penn State and losses to Pittsburgh, Illinois, Temple, and Villanova. They also have 9 gimme wins. RPI 99, schedule 171.
  • ACC Wins: at WF, Clem, at UVa, at GT, WF, NC St, FSU   Losses: BC, at Duke, VT, Duke, at BC, at VT, at UNC
  • The only scenario where the Terps could get an at-large would be running the table and losing in the ACC finals while beating Duke along the way. Got that?

Miami Hurricanes RPI 68

  • 17-12, 5-9 in ACC   Away: 4-7
  • OOC rundown: 12-3 with a good win over West Virginia and losses to Memphis, Rutgers and Central Florida. They also have 6 gimme wins. RPI 47, schedule 141.
  • ACC Wins: BC, GT, UVa, WF, at BC     Losses: at Duke, at Clem, FSU, at NC St, UNC, at VT, Duke, Clem, at FSU
  • The horrible bubble keeps the ‘Canes alive. They need to win their final 2 ACC games and win at least two in Greensboro to be safe. Yuck.

 

Better Win the Conference Tournament:

North Carolina State Wolfpack RPI 103

  • 15-13, 5-9 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 10-4 with a win over George Mason and losses to Georgetown, Wisconsin, Syracuse, and Arizona. They also have 8 gimme wins. RPI 101, schedule 164.
  • The Sidney Lowe watch has begun.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets RPI 181

  • 11-17, 3-11 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 8-6 with a win over Richmond and a bunch of losses. They also have 6 gimme wins. RPI 163, schedule 177.
  • How many more down years does Hewitt get? 2004 is a long time ago in hoop years.

Virginia Cavaliers RPI 147

  • 14-14, 5-9 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 9-5 with a good win over Minnesota and a horrific loss to Seattle. They also have 5 gimme wins. RPI 212, schedule 289.
  • The Cavs are going to ruin one or two of their ACC mates’ seasons. Hello Va Tech. Anybody else want some?

Wake Forest Demon Deacons RPI 252

  • 8-21, 1-13 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 7-8 with no good wins and plenty of losses, both good and bad. They also have 7 gimme wins. RPI 271, schedule 258.
  • When did the Deacons turn into Fordham? The A-10 invite is forthcoming.

 

That’s this week’s ACC overview. This will be updated next week.

Make sure you check in every morning for a review of the previous day’s games on the Road to Selection Sunday.

ACC Basketball Overview February 22

February 22, 2011 Leave a comment

ACC Basketball Overview February 22

Team Overviews: Records are going into February 22nd. RPI is courtesy of rpiforecast.com.

Current NCAA Locks:

Duke Blue Devils RPI 6

  • 25-2, 12-1 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 13-0 with wins against Marquette, Kansas State, Michigan State, Butler, and UAB and a loss to St John’s. They also have 5 gimme wins and a remaining game with Temple. RPI 11, schedule 84.
  • ACC Wins: Mia, Mary, UVA, at NC St, at WF, BC, at Mary, NC St, UNC, at Mia, at UVa, GT      Losses: at FSU
  • The Devils need at least 5 more wins to claim a #1 seed. They have some nice wins, but lost their only OOC game against a top 25 RPI team (St John’s).

North Carolina Tar Heels RPI 11

  • 20-6, 10-2 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 10-4 with a good win over Kentucky and losses to Minnesota, Vanderbilt, Illinois, and Texas. They also have 5 gimme wins. RPI 25, schedule 19.
  • ACC Wins: at UVa, VT, Clem, at Mia, NC St, at BC, FSU, at Clem, WF, BC     Losses: at GT, at Duke
  • The Heels need at least 4 more wins to get a Sweet 16 seed.

 

Bubble Territory:

Boston College Eagles RPI 45

  • 16-10, 6-6 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 10-4 with a good win over Texas A&M and a solid losses to Wisconsin and Harvard with strange ones to Yale and Rhode Island. They also have 3 gimme wins. RPI 59, schedule 55.
  • ACC Wins: at Mary, GT, NC St, UVa, VT, Mary   Losses: at Mia, at FSU, at Duke, UNC, at Clem, at UNC
  • The Eagles need to win at least 4 more games to be safe on Selection Sunday.

Florida State Seminoles RPI 49

  • 19-7, 9-3 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 10-4 with a win over Baylor and losses to Florida, Ohio State, Butler and a horrible loss to Auburn. They also have 9 gimme wins. RPI 121, schedule 225.
  • ACC Wins: Clem, Duke, NC St, at Mia, BC, WF, at GT, UVa, at WF   Losses: at VT, at Clem, at UNC
  • The Noles need to win at least 3 more games to be safe on Selection Sunday. That’s going to be tough without Singleton.

Virginia Tech Hokies RPI 67

  • 17-8, 7-5 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 10-3 with notable wins against Oklahoma State and Penn State and losses to Kansas State, UNLV, and Purdue. They also have 6 gimme wins. RPI 82, schedule 168.
  • ACC Wins: FSU, WF, at Mary, Mia, at NC St, GT, Mary  Losses: UVa, at UNC, at GT, at BC, at UVA
  • The Hokies need to win at least 3 more games, including Duke, to be safe on Selection Sunday. Otherwise, they probably need at least 4 wins.

Clemson Tigers RPI 66

  • 18-9, 7-6 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 11-3 with no good wins and losses to Old Dominion, Michigan, and South Carolina. They also have 6 gimme wins. RPI 104, schedule 224.
  • ACC Wins: Mia, GT, NC St, FSU, at GT, BC, at Mia  Losses: at FSU, at UNC, at Mary, at UVa, UNC, at NC St
  • The Tigers need at least 4 more wins to be safe on Selection Sunday.

 

Needs To Get Hot:

Maryland Terrapins RPI 92

  • 17-10, 6-6 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 11-4 with a decent win over Penn State and losses to Pittsburgh, Illinois, Temple, and Villanova. They also have 9 gimme wins. RPI 98, schedule 161.
  • ACC Wins: at WF, Clem, at UVa, at GT, WF, NC St   Losses: BC, at Duke, VT, Duke, at BC, at VT
  • The Terrapins need to win at least 6 games to be safe on Selection Sunday. That means winning out and at least 2 more wins in Greensboro. They just aren’t that impressive.

Miami Hurricanes RPI 75

  • 16-11, 4-8 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 12-3 with a good win over West Virginia and losses to Memphis, Rutgers and Central Florida. They also have 6 gimme wins. RPI 46, schedule 142.
  • ACC Wins: BC, GT, UVa, WF     Losses: at Duke, at Clem, FSU, at NC St, UNC, at VT, Duke, Clem
  • The horrible bubble keeps the ‘Canes alive. They need to win their final 4 ACC games and win another game or two in Greensboro to be safe. That would give them a good record over their final 10 games.

 

Better Win the Conference Tournament:

North Carolina State Wolfpack RPI 100

  • 14-12, 4-8 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 10-4 with a win over George Mason and losses to Georgetown, Wisconsin, Syracuse, and Arizona. They also have 8 gimme wins. RPI 103, schedule 165.
  • The Sidney Lowe watch has begun.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets RPI 155

  • 11-15, 3-9 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 8-6 with a win over Richmond and a bunch of losses. They also have 5 gimme wins and 1 more gimme to play. RPI 163, schedule 170.
  • How many more down years does Hewitt get? 2004 is a long time ago in hoop years.

Virginia Cavaliers RPI 146

  • 13-13, 4-8 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 9-5 with a good win over Minnesota and a horrific loss to Seattle. They also have 5 gimme wins. RPI 209, schedule 287.
  • The Cavs are going to ruin one or two of their ACC mates’ seasons. Hello Va Tech. Anybody else want some?

Wake Forest Demon Deacons RPI 252

  • 8-19, 1-11 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 7-8 with no good wins and plenty of losses, both good and bad. They also have 7 gimme wins. RPI 272, schedule 266.
  • When did the Deacons turn into Fordham? The A-10 invite is forthcoming.

 

That’s this week’s ACC overview. This will be updated next week.

Make sure you check in every morning for a review of the previous day’s games on the Road to Selection Sunday.

ACC Basketball Overview February 15

February 15, 2011 Leave a comment

ACC Basketball Overview February 15

Team Overviews: Records are going into February 15th. RPI is courtesy of rpiforecast.com.

Current NCAA Locks:

Duke Blue Devils RPI 6

  • 23-2, 10-1 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 13-0 with wins against Marquette, Kansas State, Michigan State, Butler, and UAB and a loss to St John’s. They also have 5 gimme wins and a remaining game with Temple. RPI 11, schedule 86.
  • ACC Wins: Mia, Mary, UVA, at NC St, at WF, BC, at Mary, NC St, UNC, at Mia      Losses: at FSU
  • The Devils need at least 6 more wins to claim a #1 seed. They have some nice wins, but lost their only OOC game against a top 25 RPI team (St John’s).

North Carolina Tar Heels RPI 10

  • 18-6, 8-2 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 10-4 with a good win over Kentucky and losses to Minnesota, Vanderbilt, Illinois, and Texas. They also have 5 gimme wins. RPI 21, schedule 19.
  • ACC Wins: at UVa, VT, Clem, at Mia, NC St, at BC, FSU, at Clem     Losses: at GT, at Duke
  • The Heels need at least 5 more wins to get a Sweet 16 seed.

 

Bubble Territory:

Boston College Eagles RPI 42

  • 16-9, 6-5 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 10-4 with a good win over Texas A&M and a solid losses to Wisconsin and Harvard with strange ones to Yale and Rhode Island. They also have 3 gimme wins. RPI 54, schedule 50.
  • ACC Wins: at Mary, GT, NC St, UVa, VT, Mary   Losses: at Mia, at FSU, at Duke, UNC, at Clem
  • The Eagles need to win at least 5 more games to be safe on Selection Sunday.

Florida State Seminoles RPI 48

  • 18-7, 8-3 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 10-4 with a win over Baylor and losses to Florida, Ohio State, Butler and a horrible loss to Auburn. They also have 9 gimme wins. RPI 116, schedule 223.
  • ACC Wins: Clem, Duke, NC St, at Mia, BC, WF, at GT, UVa   Losses: at VT, at Clem, at UNC
  • The Noles need to win at least 5 more games to be safe on Selection Sunday. That’s going to be tough without Singleton.

Virginia Tech Hokies RPI 65

  • 16-7, 6-4 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 10-3 with notable wins against Oklahoma State and Penn State and losses to Kansas State, UNLV, and Purdue. They also have 6 gimme wins. RPI 81, schedule 161.
  • ACC Wins: FSU, WF, at Mary, Mia, at NC St, GT  Losses: UVa, at UNC, at GT, at BC
  • The Hokies need to win at least 6 more games to be safe on Selection Sunday.

Clemson Tigers RPI 76

  • 17-8, 6-5 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 11-3 with no good wins and losses to Old Dominion, Michigan, and South Carolina. They also have 6 gimme wins. RPI 105, schedule 232.
  • ACC Wins: Mia, GT, NC St, FSU, at GT, BC  Losses: at FSU, at UNC, at Mary, at UVa, UNC
  • The Tigers need at least 6 more wins to be safe on Selection Sunday.

 

Needs To Get Hot:

Maryland Terrapins RPI 90

  • 16-9, 5-5 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 11-4 with a decent win over Penn State and losses to Pittsburgh, Illinois, Temple, and Villanova. They also have 9 gimme wins. RPI 98, schedule 159.
  • ACC Wins: at WF, Clem, at UVa, at GT, WF   Losses: BC, at Duke, VT, Duke, at BC
  • The Terrapins need to win at least 7 games to be safe on Selection Sunday.

 Miami Hurricanes RPI 67

  • 15-10, 4-7 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 11-3 with a good win over West Virginia and losses to Memphis, Rutgers and Central Florida. They also have 5 gimme wins. RPI 42, schedule 112.
  • ACC Wins: BC, GT, UVa, WF     Losses: at Duke, at Clem, FSU, at NC St, UNC, at VT, Duke
  • The Canes need to win at least 7 games to be safe on Selection Sunday. They can’t afford any more losses, except late in the ACC tourney.

 

Better Win the Conference Tournament:

North Carolina State Wolfpack RPI 97

  • 13-11, 3-7 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 10-4 with a win over George Mason and losses to Georgetown, Wisconsin, Syracuse, and Arizona. They also have 8 gimme wins. RPI 106, schedule 169.
  • The Sidney Lowe watch has begun.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets RPI 174

  • 10-14, 3-8 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 7-6 with a win over Richmond and a bunch of losses. They also have 5 gimme wins and 1 more gimme to play. RPI 183, schedule 179.
  • How many more down years does Hewitt get? 2004 is a long time ago in hoop years.

Virginia Cavaliers RPI 148

  • 12-12, 3-7 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 9-5 with a good win over Minnesota and a horrific loss to Seattle. They also have 5 gimme wins. RPI 190, schedule 274.
  • The Cavs are going to ruin one or two of their ACC mates’ seasons.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons RPI 256

  • 8-17, 1-9 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 7-8 with no good wins and plenty of losses, both good and bad. They also have 7 gimme wins. RPI 270, schedule 260.
  • When did the Deacons turn into Fordham? The A-10 invite is forthcoming.

 

That’s this week’s ACC overview. This will be updated next week.

Make sure you check in every morning for a review of the previous day’s games on the Road to Selection Sunday.

ACC Basketball Overview February 8

ACC Basketball Overview February 8

Team Overviews: Records are going into February 8th. RPI is courtesy of rpiforecast.com.

Current NCAA Locks:

Duke Blue Devils RPI 8

  • 21-2, 8-1 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 13-0 with wins against Marquette, Kansas State, Michigan State, Butler, and UAB and a loss to St John’s. They also have 5 gimme wins and a remaining game with Temple. RPI 11, schedule 92.
  • ACC Wins: Mia, Mary, UVA, at NC St, at Wake, BC, at Mary, NC St      Losses: at FSU
  • The Devils need at least 8 more wins to claim a #1 seed. They have some nice wins, but lost their only game against a top 25 RPI team (St John’s).

North Carolina Tar Heels RPI 15

  • 17-5, 7-1 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 10-4 with a good win over Kentucky and losses to Minnesota, Vanderbilt, Illinois, and Texas. They also have 5 gimme wins. RPI 23, schedule 19.
  • ACC Wins: at UVa, Va Tech, Clem, at Mia, NC St, at BC, FSU     Losses: at Ga Tech
  • Big game on Wednesday against Duke. They might be able to jump over the Devils in the seeding process if they sweep them. The Heels need at least 6 more wins to get a Sweet 16 seed.

 

Bubble Territory:

Boston College Eagles RPI 43

  • 15-8, 5-4 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 10-4 with a good win over Texas A&M and a solid losses to Wisconsin and Harvard with strange ones to Yale and Rhode Island. They also have 3 gimme wins. RPI 55, schedule 47.
  • ACC Wins: at Mary, Ga Tech, NC St, UVa, Va Tech   Losses: at Mia, at FSU, at Duke, UNC
  • The Eagles need to win at least 7 more games to be safe on Selection Sunday.

Florida State Seminoles RPI 53

  • 16-7, 6-3 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 10-4 with a win over Baylor and losses to Florida, Ohio State, Butler and a horrible loss to Auburn. They also have 9 gimme wins. RPI 116, schedule 230.
  • ACC Wins: Clem, Duke, NC St, at Mia, BC, Wake   Losses: at Va Tech, at Clem, at UNC
  • The Noles need to win at least 7 more games to be safe on Selection Sunday.

Virginia Tech Hokies RPI 69

  • 15-7, 5-4 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 10-3 with notable wins against Oklahoma State and Penn State and losses to Kansas State, UNLV, and Purdue. They also have 6 gimme wins. RPI 81, schedule 160.
  • ACC Wins: FSU, Wake, at Mary, Mia, at NC St  Losses: UVa, at UNC, at Ga Tech, at BC
  • The Hokies need to win at least 7 more games to be safe on Selection Sunday.

Clemson Tigers RPI 72

  • 16-7, 5-4 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 11-3 with no good wins and losses to Old Dominion, Michigan, and South Carolina. They also have 6 gimme wins. RPI 106, schedule 235.
  • ACC Wins: Mia, Ga Tech, NC St, FSU, at Ga Tech  Losses: at FSU, at UNC, at Mary, at UVa
  • The Tigers need at least 7 more wins to be safe on Selection Sunday.

Maryland Terrapins RPI 79

  • 15-8, 5-4 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 10-3 with a decent win over Penn State and losses to Pittsburgh, Illinois, Temple, and Villanova. They also have 8 gimme wins and another gimme. RPI 91, schedule 118.
  • ACC Wins: at Wake, Clem, at UVa, at Ga Tech, Wake   Losses: BC, at Duke, Va Tech, Duke
  • The Terrapins need to win at least 8 games to be safe on Selection Sunday.

 

Needs To Get Hot:

Miami Hurricanes RPI 71

  • 14-9, 3-6 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 11-3 with a good win over West Virginia and losses to Memphis, Rutgers and Central Florida. They also have 5 gimme wins. RPI 42, schedule 112.
  • ACC Wins: BC, Ga Tech, UVa     Losses: at Duke, at Clem, FSU, at NC St, UNC, at Va Tech
  • The Canes need to win at least 8 games to be safe on Selection Sunday. They can only afford 2 more losses, one being in the ACC tourney.

 

Better Win the Conference Tournament:

North Carolina State Wolfpack RPI 105

  • 12-11, 2-7 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 10-4 with a win over George Mason and losses to Georgetown, Wisconsin, Syracuse, and Arizona. They also have 8 gimme wins. RPI 101, schedule 161.
  • The Sidney Lowe watch has begun.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets RPI 163

  • 10-12, 3-6 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 7-6 with a win over Richmond and a bunch of losses. They also have 5 gimme wins and 1 more gimme to play. RPI 179, schedule 174.
  • How many more down years does Hewitt get? 2004 is a long time ago in hoop years.

Virginia Cavaliers RPI 148

  • 12-11, 3-6 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 9-5 with a good win over Minnesota and a horrific loss to Seattle. They also have 5 gimme wins. RPI 182, schedule 255.
  • The Cavs are going to ruin one or two of their ACC mates’ seasons.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons RPI 245

  • 8-15, 1-7 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 7-8 with no good wins and plenty of losses, both good and bad. They also have 7 gimme wins. RPI 270, schedule 260.
  • When did the Deacons turn into Fordham? The A-10 invite is forthcoming.

That’s this week’s ACC overview. This will be updated next week.

Make sure you check in every morning for a review of the previous day’s games on the Road to Selection Sunday.

ACC Basketball Overview February 1

ACC Basketball Overview February 1

Team Overviews: Records are going into February 1st. RPI is courtesy of rpiforecast.com.

Current NCAA Locks:

Duke Blue Devils RPI 13

  • 19-2, 6-1 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 13-0 with wins against Marquette, Kansas State, Michigan State, Butler, and UAB and a loss to St John’s. They also have 5 gimme wins and a remaining game with Temple. RPI 13, schedule 98.
  • ACC Wins: Mia, Mary, UVA, at NC St, at Wake, BC      Losses: at Fla St
  • The Devils need at least 10 more wins to claim a #1 seed. They have some nice wins, but lost their only game against a top 25 RPI team (St John’s).

North Carolina Tar Heels RPI 15

  • 15-5, 5-1 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 10-4 with a good win over Kentucky and losses to Minnesota, Vanderbilt, Illinois, and Texas. They also have 5 gimme wins. RPI 19, schedule 13.
  • ACC Wins: at UVa, Va Tech, Clem, at Mia, NC St     Losses: at Ga Tech
  • The Heels need at least 8 more wins to get a Sweet 16 seed.

 

Bubble Territory:

Boston College Eagles RPI 37

  • 14-7, 4-3 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 10-4 with a good win over Texas A&M and a solid losses to Wisconsin and Harvard with strange ones to Yale and Rhode Island. They also have 3 gimme wins. RPI 51, schedule 40.
  • ACC Wins: at Mary, Ga Tech, NC St, UVa   Losses: at Mia, at FSU, at Duke
  • The Eagles need to win at least 8 more games to be safe on Selection Sunday.

Florida State Seminoles RPI 54

  • 15-6, 5-2 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 10-4 with a win over Baylor and losses to Florida, Ohio State, Butler and a horrible loss to Auburn. They also have 9 gimme wins. RPI 121, schedule 233.
  • ACC Wins: Clem, Duke, NC St, at Mia, BC        Losses: at Va Tech, at Clem
  • The Noles need to win at least 8 more games to be safe on Selection Sunday.

Virginia Tech Hokies RPI 69

  • 14-6, 4-3 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 9-3 with notable wins against Oklahoma State and Penn State and losses to Kansas State, UNLV, and Purdue. They also have 6 gimme wins. RPI 77, schedule 152.
  • ACC Wins: FSU, Wake, at Mary, Mia  Losses: UVa, at UNC, at Ga Tech
  • The Hokies need to win at least 9 more games to be safe on Selection Sunday.

Clemson Tigers RPI 68

  • 15-6, 4-3 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 11-3 with no good wins and losses to Old Dominion, Michigan, and South Carolina. They also have 6 gimme wins. RPI 102, schedule 234.
  • ACC Wins: Mia, Ga Tech, NC St, FSU  Losses: at FSU, at UNC, at Mary
  • The Tigers need at least 9 more wins to be safe on Selection Sunday.

Maryland Terrapins RPI 72

  • 14-7, 4-3 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 10-3 with a decent win over Penn State and losses to Pittsburgh, Illinois, and Temple. They also have 8 gimme wins and an upcoming game at Villanova and another gimme. RPI 92, schedule 128.
  • ACC Wins: at Wake, Clem, at UVa, at Ga Tech   Losses: BC, at Duke, Va Tech
  • The Terrapins need to win at least 10 games to be safe on Selection Sunday.

 

Needs To Get Hot:

Miami Hurricanes RPI 70

  • 12-9, 1-6 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 11-3 with a good win over West Virginia and losses to Memphis, Rutgers and Central Florida. They also have 5 gimme wins. RPI 38, schedule 107.
  • ACC Wins: BC     Losses: at Duke, at Clem, FSU, at NC St, UNC, at Va Tech
  • The Canes need to win at least 10 games to be safe on Selection Sunday. They can only afford 2 more losses, one being in the ACC tourney.

North Carolina State Wolfpack RPI 101

  • 12-9, 2-5 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 10-4 with a win over George Mason and losses to Georgetown, Wisconsin, Syracuse, and Arizona. They also have 8 gimme wins. RPI 104, schedule 173.
  • ACC Wins: Wake, Mia    Losses: at BC, at FSU, Duke, at Clem, at UNC
  • The Pack need to win at least 10 more as well to be safe on Selection Sunday.

 

Better Win the Conference Tournament:

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets RPI 156

  • 10-10, 3-4 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 7-6 with a win over Richmond and a bunch of losses. They also have 5 gimme wins and 1 more gimme to play. RPI 199, schedule 214.
  • The CBI might take them.

Virginia Cavaliers RPI 149

  • 11-10, 2-5 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 9-5 with a good win over Minnesota and a horrific loss to Seattle. They also have 5 gimme wins. RPI 170, schedule 232.
  • Another CBI team?

Wake Forest Demon Deacons RPI 248

  • 8-13, 1-5 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 7-8 with no good wins and plenty of losses, both good and bad. They also have 7 gimme wins. RPI 270, schedule 258.
  • When did the Deacons turn into Fordham? The A-10 invite is forthcoming.

That’s this week’s ACC overview. This will be updated next week.

Make sure you check in every morning for a review of the previous day’s games on the Road to Selection Sunday.