- The Washington Times - Friday, March 11, 2005

The pretenders are gone; it’s now the real ACC tournament. Four games, 12 hours of hoops with dinner at Tony Chang’s. This is nirvana for hoopheads.

As for Maryland — well, the NIT isn’t all bad. It may mean a home game and a chance to knock off Georgetown.

North Carolina-Clemson

The best bet of the tournament. Clemson has its moments, especially outside shooting, but the Tar Heels’ depth and inside game should have this one over at halftime. Linger over lunch at intermission, buy some T-shirts or tour Chinatown, and we’ll see you back for the second game. North Carolina wins 99-62.

Virginia Tech-Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech finally seems to have regained its rhythm after one of the more disappointing seasons nationally. Last year’s NCAA finalist is healthy once more and could make a March run. Virginia Tech has overachieved all season, but the Hokies are dangerous around the rim. Georgia Tech wins 81-74.

Wake Forest-N.C. State

This game might be decided at the foul line because the officials will turn blue blowing the whistle. Just five days after Wake Forest beat N.C. State at the buzzer, the Demon Deacons won’t have suspended guard Chris Paul, who hit N.C. State guard Julius Hodge in the groin Sunday. Look for N.C. State to gain revenge and upset Wake Forest. N.C. State wins 86-82.

Duke-Virginia

Pete Gillen, pick up the white courtesy phone: Your ride out of town is ready. The motor is running. Good luck. No way Virginia wins this game. Melt down your gold, cash in your bonds on this 1,000-star lock. Duke wins 97-72.

Rick Snider

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