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March Madness: What A Duketastrophe!

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March Madness: Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament Projection


The 30-part series of conference tournament projections finally reaches its conclusion as the computer spits out its predictions for the Atlantic Coast Conference.

This tournament has the potential to produce a rubber match between Duke and North Carolina, this time on the neutral court of Bobcats Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina.

To this point in the year, Duke and North Carolina have met twice, with each team marching into enemy territory and leaving with a win. The long-standing rivalry resumed on the court on February 6, when the then-second-ranked Blue Devils knocked off the then-third-ranked Tar Heels in Chapel Hill by an 89-78 score.

A little over a month later, North Carolina — now the top team in the country — visited sixth-ranked Duke on Senior Night at Cameron Indoor Arena and avenged its earlier loss, coming away with a 76-68 win and evening the season series.

With North Carolina holding the number one seed in the ACC Tournament and Duke seeded second, the teams appear destined for a showdown in the tournament finals that could have a huge impact on where each team is seeded in the NCAA Tournament. Appropriately, that theoretical clash would take place hours before the Selection Committee finalizes the bracket for the 65-team tournament.

So, is UNC-Duke destined to take place? Or will one of those damned other teams fighting to keep their season alive step in and ruin it for everybody else? Let’s have a look.

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Amateur Bracketology: South Region

Please feel free to post your comments regarding my first attempt at projecting the field and pairings of this year’s NCAA tournament. Keep in mind that these projections reflect games through February 24.

First and Second Rounds:
Little Rock, Arkansas:
#1 Memphis vs. #16 Morgan State
#8 Mississippi vs. #9 Butler

Birmingham, Alabama:
#5 Xavier vs. #12 Kent State
#4 Marquette vs. #13 Virginia Tech

Omaha, Nebraska:
#6 West Virginia vs. #11 Drake
#3 Kansas State vs. #14 Winthrop

Washington, D.C.:
#7 Western Kentucky vs. #10 Indiana
#2 Duke vs. #15 Oral Roberts

South Regional to be played in Houston, Texas. Winner of South Regional to meet winner of Midwest Regional in Final Four in San Antonio, Texas.

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