Wolfpack and Terps, one more time?

Posted by Joe Giglio on March 5, 2014 

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    The first three days of the ACC tournament schedule:

    Wednesday's games

    No. 12 vs. No. 13, 1 p.m.

    No. 10 vs. No. 15 Virginia Tech, 3:30 p.m.

    No. 11 vs. No. 14, 7 p.m.

    Thursday's games

    No. 8 vs. No. 9, noon

    No. 5 vs. 12-13 winner, 2:30 p.m.

    No. 7 vs. 10-15 winner, 7 p.m.

    No. 6 vs. 11-14 winner, 9:30 p.m.

    Friday's games

    8-9 winner vs. No. 1 Virginia, noon

    5-12/13 winner vs. No. 4, 2:30 p.m.

    7-10/15 winner vs. No. 2, 7 p.m.

    6-11/14 winner vs. No. 3, 9:30 p.m.

Maryland's last ACC football game was against N.C. State. The Terrapins could leave the conference the same way in basketball.

N.C. State and Maryland will meet in the ACC tournament in Greensboro next Thursday, if Florida State beats Syracuse on Sunday in the regular-season finale.

It would be a fitting sendoff for the Terps, who are leaving for the Big Ten in June. State and Maryland met in one of the best college basketball games ever 40 years ago in the same building in the 1974 title game.

The Wolfpack won that game 103-100 in overtime and went on to win the NCAA title. The NCAA tournament rules changed after that game to allow more than one team per conference in the tournament field.

N.C. State (18-12, 8-9 ACC) can still finish as high as seventh in the ACC. If the Wolfpack beats Boston College on Sunday and Florida State (9-8 ACC) loses to Syracuse, the Pack would be the No. 7 seed and play at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the ACC tournament.

If Florida State wins Sunday, it would clinch the No. 7 seed and push the Wolfpack into the 8-9 game with Maryland in the ACC tournament, no matter what the Pack does against Boston College in its regular-season finale. The 8-9 game is at noon Thursday. The winner would meet No. 1 Virginia in the same time slot Friday.

Maryland (8-9 ACC) would be the No. 8 seed with a win over Virginia on Sunday and an N.C. State loss to Boston College. The Wolfpack, which beat both FSU and Maryland, would be the No. 8 seed with a win over BC and an FSU win over Syracuse.

N.C. State can't fall below the No. 9 seed, which means it's guaranteed to avoid Wednesday's play-in round after Miami's loss at Clemson on Wednesday.

The Wolfpack will start Thursday regardless. The tournament seeding scenarios for N.C. State, UNC and Duke, courtesy of Syracuse Post-Standard writer Patrick Stevens:

N.C. State

•  The Wolfpack will be the No. 7 seed with a win AND a Florida State loss;

•  The Wolfpack will be the No. 8 seed with a win AND a Florida State win;

•  The Wolfpack will be the No. 8 seed with a loss AND a Maryland loss;

•  The Wolfpack will be the No. 9 seed with a loss AND a Maryland win.

UNC

•  The Tar Heels have clinched a double-bye into the quarterfinals

•  The Tar Heels will be the No. 2 seed with a win AND a Syracuse loss

•  The Tar Heels will be the No. 3 seed with a win AND a Syracuse win

•  The Tar Heels will be the No. 4 seed with a loss

Duke

•  The Blue Devils have clinched a double-bye into the quarterfinals

•  The Blue Devils will be the No. 2 seed with two wins

•  The Blue Devils will be the No. 3 seed with a win over North Carolina AND a loss to Wake Forest

•  The Blue Devils will be the No. 3 seed with a loss to North Carolina AND a win over Wake Forest AND a Syracuse loss

•  The Blue Devils will be the No. 4 seed with a loss to North Carolina AND a win over Wake Forest AND a Syracuse win

•  The Blue Devils will be the No. 4 seed with two losses

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