2012 ACC Tournament Preview, Prediction, Bracket, and TV Schedule

After crushing Duke in the season finale, North Carolina will be playing to maintain its grip on a one seed when the ACC Tournament tips off on Thursday.

If things go according to seed, the final will be the rubber match between UNC and Duke, but don’t count out a Florida State team that has summoned its share of late-game heroics throughout the season.

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ACC Tournament Preview

The Favorite

The Tar Heels came into the seaaon as one of the favorites to win the National Championship, but they suffered an early season loss against UNLV and hit rock bottom in a 33-point loss at Florida State.  However, UNC responded to win 12 of their final 13 games with the lone loss coming on Austin Rivers’ buzzer-beater at the Dean Dome.

Tyler Zeller and John Henson form one of the nation’s best frontcourt duos and combine to score over 30 points and grab nearly 20 boards per game.  Sophomore Harrison Barnes leads the team in scoring and knocks down nearly 40 percent from long range, and all of them benefit from the passing skills of point guard Kendall Marshall.

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Tyler Zeller dunks during a practice in the basketball arena on the flight deck aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (Photo by U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans via Wikimedia Commons)

The Contenders

Duke and Florida State are the other tournament locks from the ACC.  The Blue Devils have five players scoring at least 9.0 points per contest, led by star freshman Austin Rivers, who has shown consistent improvement throughout the season.  They shoot nearly 39 percent from beyond the arc as a team and always seem to come up big in the ACC Tournament.

At one point, the Seminoles were just 9-6 with losses to a pair of Ivy League teams, but they won 12 of their last 15 games to close out the season, with a few of those victories coming in dramatic fashion.  FSU can still get it done on the defensive end, but the offense has improved as well behind the strong play of Michael Snaer.

Virginia boasts one of the league’s top players in forward Mike Scott, and even though they haven’t beaten a tournament lock since November, the Cavaliers are in good position to receive an at-large bid.

Miami and North Carolina State aren’t quite so lucky and have some work to do if they want to go dancing.  The Canes have wins over Duke and Florida State, but they need at least a couple more victories to make their case more compelling, while N.C. State probably needs to get to the finals since they currently have no Top 50 wins.

ACC Tournament Prediction

At the risk of choosing the favorite again, it’s tough to pick against North Carolina here.  The Tar Heels have a relatively easy road to the Finals, and they should have the advantage there regardless of the opponent.

UNC’s start may have been a bit disappointing, but Roy Williams’ club seems to be peaking at the right time.

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Roy Williams and the North Carolina Tar Heels are looking to dump their immense talent on the rest of the competition and take home another ACC Tournament title.

ACC Tournament Bracket

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via TheACC.com

2012 ACC Tournament TV Schedule and Results

GameDateMatchupTimeTV
1Thu, March 8#8 Maryland def #9 Wake Forest 82-6012:00 ETESPNU/ACC Network
2Thu, March 8#5 NC State def #12 Boston College 78-572:00 ETESPNU/ACC Network
3Thu, March 8#10 Virginia Tech def #7 Clemson 68-637:00 ETESPNU/ACC Network
4Thu, March 8#6 Miami def #11 Georgia Tech 54-369:00 ETESPNU/ACC Network
     
5Fri, March 9#1 North Carolina def #8 Maryland 85-6912:00 ETESPN2/ACC Network
6Fri, March 9#5 NC State def #4 Virginia 67-642:00 ETESPN2/ACC Network
7Fri, March 9#2 Duke def #10 Virginia Tech 60-567:00 ETESPN2/ACC Network
8Fri, March 9#3 Florida State def #6 Miami 82-719:00 ETESPN2/ACC Network
     
9Sat, March 10#1 North Carolina def #5 NC State 69-671:00 ETESPN/ACC Network
10Sat, March 10#3 Florida State def #2 Duke 62-593:00 ETESPN/ACC Network
     
11Sun, March 11ACC Tournament Championship Game: #1 North Carolina v #3 Florida State1:00 ETESPN/ACC Network

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ACC Mens Basketball Tournament History: Past Champions, Runners-Up, and MVPs

YearACC Tournament ChampionScoreACC Tournament Runner-UpACC Tournament MVP
1954NC State Wolfpack82-80Wake Forest Demon DeaconsDickie Hemric
1955NC State Wolfpack87-77Duke Blue DevilsRon Shavlik
1956NC State Wolfpack76-54Wake Forest Demon DeaconsVic Molodet
1957North Carolina Tar Heels95-75South Carolina GamecocksLennie Rosenbluth
1958Maryland Terrapins86-75North Carolina Tar HeelsNick Davis
1959NC State Wolfpack80-56North Carolina Tar HeelsLou Pucillo
1960Duke Blue Devils64-59Wake Forest Demon DeaconsDoug Kistler
1961Wake Forest Demon Deacons96-81Duke Blue DevilsLen Chappelle
1962Wake Forest Demon Deacons77-68Clemson TigersLen Chappelle
1963Duke Blue Devils71-66Wake Forest Demon DeaconsArt Heyman
1964Duke Blue Devils80-59Wake Forest Demon DeaconsJeff Mullins
1965NC State Wolfpack91-85Duke Blue DevilsLarry Worsley
1966Duke Blue Devils71-66NC State WolfpackSteve Vacendak
1967North Carolina Tar Heels82-73Duke Blue DevilsLarry Miller
1968North Carolina Tar Heels87-50NC State WolfpackLarry Miller
1969North Carolina Tar Heels85-74Duke Blue DevilsCharlie Scott
1970NC State Wolfpack42-39South Carolina GamecocksVann Williford
1971South Carolina Gamecocks52-51North Carolina Tar HeelsJohn Roche/Lee Dedmon
1972North Carolina Tar Heels73-64Maryland TerrapinsBob McAdoo
1973NC State Wolfpack76-74Maryland TerrapinsTommy Burleson
1974NC State Wolfpack103-100Maryland TerrapinsTommy Burleson
1975North Carolina Tar Heels70-68NC State WolfpackPhil Ford
1976Virginia Cavaliers67-62North Carolina Tar HeelsWally Walker
1977North Carolina Tar heels75-69Virginia CavaliersJohn Kuester
1978Duke Blue Devils85-77Wake Forest Demon DeaconsJim Spanarkel
1979North Carolina Tar Heels71-63Duke Blue DevilsDudley Bradley
1980Duke Blue Devils73-72Maryland TerrapinsAlbert King
1981North Carolina Tar Heels61-60Maryland TerrapinsSam Perkins
1982North Carolina Tar Heels47-45Virginia CavaliersJames Worthy
1983NC State Wolfpack81-78Virginia CavaliersSidney Lowe
1984Maryland Terrapins74-62Duke Blue DevilsLen Bias
1985Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets57-54North Carolina Tar HeelsMark Price
1986Duke Blue Devils68-67Georgia Tech Yellow JacketsJohnny Dawkins
1987NC State Wolfpack68-67North Carolina Tar HeelsVinny Del Negro
1988Duke Blue Devils65-61North Carolina Tar HeelsDanny Ferry
1989North Carolina Tar Heels77-74Duke Blue DevilsJ.R. Reid
1990Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets70-61Virginia CavaliersBrian Oliver
1991North Carolina Tar Heels96-74Duke Blue DevilsRick Fox
1992Duke Blue Devils94-74North Carolina Tar HeelsChristian Laettner
1993Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets77-75North Carolina Tar HeelsJames Forest
1994North Carolina Tar Heels73-66Virginia CavaliersJerry Stackhouse
1995Wake Forest Demon Deacons82-80North Carolina Tar HeelsRandolph Childress
1996Wake Forest Demon Deacons75-74Georgia Tech Yellow JacketsTim Duncan
1997North Carolina Tar Heels64-54NC State WolfpackShammond Williams
1998North Carolina Tar Heels83-68Duke Blue DevilsAntawn Jamison
1999Duke Blue Devils96-73North Carolina Tar HeelsElton Brand
2000Duke Blue Devils81-68Maryland TerrapinsJason Williams
2001Duke Blue Devils79-53North Carolina Tar HeelsShane Battier
2002Duke Blue Devils91-61NC State WolfpackCarlos Boozer
2003Duke Blue Devils84-77NC State WolfpackDaniel Ewing
2004Maryland Terrapins95-87Duke Blue DevilsJohn Gilchrist
2005Duke Blue Devils69-64Georgia Tech Yellow JacketsJ.J. Redick
2006Duke Blue Devils78-76Boston College EaglesJ.J. Redick
2007North Carolina Tar Heels89-80NC State WolfpackBrandan Wright
2008North Carolina Tar Heels86-81Clemson TigersTyler Hansbrough
2009Duke Blue Devils79-69Florida State SeminolesJon Scheyer
2010Duke Blue Devils65-61Georgia Tech Yellow JacketsKyle Singler
2011Duke Blue Devils75-58North Carolina Tar HeelsNolan Smith
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About the Author

Andy Bottoms

While Andy was born and raised in Indiana, he would like to point out that he grew up shooting hoops in his driveway and not against the side of a barn like you see in all the March Madness promos or in the middle of a field like Jimmy Chitwood. Andy ranks among the top bracketologists according to the Bracket Matrix and has provided his projections to Fox Sports for the past three seasons. When not compiling excuses for missing work during the NCAA Tournament, Andy enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters. He is a proud IU graduate and co-hosts The Assembly Call postgame show following every IU game. Twitter: @AndyBottoms