No. 1 seed Notre Dame
Record: 28-1 overall, 16-0 ACC
Outlook: Ranked No. 2 nationally, the Irish have rolled through their ACC schedule and should earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. The only blemish on their record was a 10-point loss at Connecticut in December, and they’re 54-1 against ACC teams and have won two ACC tournament titles since joining the league three years ago.
Player to watch: Arike Ogunbowale, 5-8, fr. G: Rated the best sixth man in the ACC by Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw, Ogunbowale is the third-leading scorer for the Irish at 12.2 ppg and has led the Irish in scoring in three of their last six games.
No. 2 Louisville
Record: 24-6, 15-1
Outlook: The Cardinals, ranked No. 7, gave Notre Dame its closest call in ACC play, a 66-61 home loss to the Irish. ESPN bracketologist Charlie Creme has the Cardinals as a No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament, but that could improve with an ACC title.
Player to watch: Myisha Hines-Allen, 6-2, so. F: Hines-Allen leads the Cardinals in scoring (17.0) and rebounding (8.1), ranking among the top four in the ACC in each category, and is a candidate for ACC Player of the Year honors.
No. 3 Syracuse
Record: 23-6, 13-3
Outlook: The No. 17 Orange got the all-important third seed by virtue of an 83-73 homecourt win over Florida State and take a nine-game winning streak into the ACC tournament, making them the hottest team not named Notre Dame in the league. Charlie Creme sees Syracuse as a rising No. 4 seed for the NCAA tournament.
Player to watch: Alexis Peterson, 5-7 Jr. G: Peterson leads the Orange in scoring (14.5 ppg) and ranks second in the ACC in assists (5.2 apg), with a 2-1 ratio in assists to turnovers.
No. 4 Florida State
Record: 23-6, 13-3
Outlook: The Seminoles, ranked No. 14 nationally, also are viewed as a No. 4 seed in the NCAA field. But their path to an ACC championship could be formidable, with likely matchups against Miami and Notre Dame in the quarterfinals and semifinals.
Player to watch: Shakayla Thomas, 5-11 So. F: Thomas has started only six games for the Seminoles but is the ACC’s third-leading scorer at 17.3 ppg and ranks 23rd nationally in field goal percentage (55.9).
No. 5 Miami
Record: 22-7, 10-6
Outlook: The No. 21-ranked Hurricanes are projected as a No. 7 seed in the NCAA tournament, but they have struggled lately. Their only win in their last five games came in overtime against lowly Virginia Tech, and they were blown out by Notre Dame and Louisville.
Player to watch: Adrienne Motley, 5-9 Jr. G: Motley leads the Hurricanes in scoring (15.8) and is hitting 37 percent of her 3-point attempts (51 of 137).
No. 7 Georgia Tech
Record: 18-11, 8-8
Outlook: The Yellow Jackets earned the seventh-seed tiebreaker over Duke by virtue of a 64-59 win at Durham on Feb. 21. They are a longshot for the NCAA field because of an RPI of 75, while Duke, a bubble team listed among the “Next Four Out” by Creme, has an RPI of 54.
Player to watch: Aaliyah Whiteside, 6-0 Sr. G-F: Whiteside leads the ACC in scoring at 19.4, which ranks 38th in the nation, and she is also the team’s second-leading rebounder at 7.2 rpg.
No. 9 Virginia
Record: 16-14, 6-10
Outlook: The Cavaliers are probably headed to the WNIT thanks to a late-season boost from All-ACC guard Faith Randolph. The senior missed nine games (seven of them losses) with a broken thumb on her shooting hand, but the Cavaliers are 3-2 since her return.
Player to watch: Mikayla Venson, 5-7 So. G: The Cavaliers’ point guard paces the team in scoring (15.4) and assists (2.7), and she also leads the ACC in free throw percentage (87.4).
No. 10 Wake Forest
Record: 15-14, 6-10
Outlook: For only the second time in program history and not since the 1987-88 season, Wake beat all three of its Tobacco Road rivals during the regular season. The payoff will probably be a berth in the WNIT.
Player to watch: Amber Campbell, 5-9 So. G: Campbell is the only player to start every game for the Demon Deacons, and the point guard leads the team with a 13.1 scoring average.
No. 11 Virginia Tech
Record: 17-12, 5-11
Outlook: The Hokies, who lead the ACC in scoring defense at 53.1 ppg (15th nationally), are yet another ACC candidate for the WNIT. They broke a four-game losing streak by closing out the regular season with victories over Wake Forest and Virginia.
Player to watch: Hannah Young, 6-1 Sr. F: The Australian leads the Hokies in scoring with 10.4 ppg, and 68 of her 101 field goals are 3-pointers, where she hits at a 36.7 percent clip.
No. 12 Pittsburgh
Record: 12-17, 4-12
Outlook: The Panthers confound conventional wisdom in that all four of their ACC victories have come on the road this season (at Virginia, Clemson, Virginia Tech and North Carolina). Stasha Carey led Pitt’s 76-60 victory over UNC, its first-round opponent, at Chapel Hill two weeks ago with 14 points and 15 rebounds.
Player to watch: Brenna Wise, 6-0 Fr. G-F: Wise is second in scoring (10.0) and leads the Panthers in rebounding (7.6), making her a strong candidate for the All-ACC freshman team.
No. 14 Boston College
Record: 14-15, 2-14
Outlook: The Eagles have struggled offensively, ranking 13th in the ACC in scoring offense and 14th in turnover margin. Boston College averages 17.6 turnovers per game and over the last five games has totaled 100.
Player to watch: Kelly Hughes, 5-11 Jr. G: Hughes (14.3 ppg) ranks second in the ACC with 88 3-pointers and is fourth in 3-point percentage at 41.9 percent.
No. 15 Clemson
Record: 4-25, 0-16
Outlook: The Tigers are headed to their worst season ever and are the ninth team to go winless in the ACC, the first since Wake Forest went 0-14 (9-20 overall) in the 2006-07 season. The previous low ebb for the Tigers was going 6-22 in the 2011-12 season, when they were 2-14 in the ACC.
Player to watch: Nelly Perry, 5-10 So. G: Perry is the only player averaging in double figures for the Tigers at 14.0 ppg.