ACC Home Stretch

Here we go. The penultimate Saturday of the ACC college basketball regular season. The top 6 teams are all ranked. The top 6 teams all have 3 conference games remaining. The top 6 teams are separated by only 2 games. This is fun.

Here’s the pecking order heading into the weekend action:

  1. UNC (12-3)
  2. Miami (11-4)
  3. Louisville (11-4)
  4. Virginia (10-5)
  5. Duke (10-5)
  6. Notre Dame (10-5)

Each team has a game this weekend (Duke plays Sunday while the other 5 teams play Saturday), and 4 of the 6 play each other. UNC travels to Virginia while Louisville heads to Miami.

Each of the top 6 then has a game at some point during the week.

Finally, on the last Saturday of the regular season, all 6 top ACC teams are back in action with (once again) 4 of the top 6 playing each other. UNC makes the short trip to Cameron Indoor while Louisville and their self-imposed ban will play their final game of the season at Virginia.

Did I mention that this is fun?

Here’s the kicker: there are 5 remaining games between these top 6 teams, which means there are 5 guaranteed remaining losses amongst them. The head-to-head games are:

  1. Louisville @ Miami (2.27)
  2. UNC @ Virginia (2.27)
  3. Miami @ Notre Dame (3.2)
  4. Louisville @ Virginia (3.5)
  5. UNC @ Duke (3.5)

Suffice it to say, there is much to be decided in the final week of ACC regular season action. The regular season championship is on the line (which, along with pride, is the only thing on the line for Louisville). Conference tournament seeding is on the line (remember, the top 4 teams all get a double bye). NCAA tournament seeding is on the line. It should be a great last week of conference games.

Oh, by the way, this is fun.

For reference sake, here are the remaining schedules of the current top 6 ACC schools:

UNC (12-3)

  1. @ Virginia (2.27)
  2. Syracuse (2.29)
  3. @ Duke (3.5)

Miami (11-4)

  1. Louisville (2.27)
  2. @ Notre Dame (3.2)
  3. @ VT (3.5)

Louisville (11-4)

  1. @ Miami (2.27)
  2. GT (3.1)
  3. @ Virginia (3.5)

Virginia (10-5)

  1. UNC (2.27)
  2. @ Clemson (3.1)
  3. Louisville (3.5)

Duke (10-5)

  1. @ Pitt (2.28)
  2. Wake (3.1)
  3. UNC (3.5)

Notre Dame (10-5)

  1. @ FSU (2.27)
  2. Miami (3.2)
  3. NC St. (3.5)
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