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March Madness: Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament Projection

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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: West 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:
Anaheim, California:
#1 UCLA vs. #16 Holy Cross
#8 Maryland vs. #9 Arkansas

Denver, Colorado:
#5 Wisconsin vs. #12 Rhode Island
#4 St. Mary’s vs. #13 George Mason

Washington, D.C.:
#6 Texas A&M vs. #11 Purdue
#3 Louisville vs. #14 Cal-Northridge

Little Rock, Arkansas:
#7 Notre Dame vs. #10 Baylor
#2 Tennessee vs. #15 UMBC

West Regional to be played in Phoenix, Arizona. Winner of West Regional to meet winner of East Regional in Final Four in San Antonio, Texas.

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