What Duke’s Win Over North Carolina Means For The Tournament
Duke defeated North Carolina on Saturday afternoon in a game with serious ACC Tournament ramifications.
While the Blue Devils coming out victorious over a group that has underperformed all year long is not a particularly big deal in itself, it is absolutely still a win they needed to have.
Vernon Carey Jr. led the way with 25 points for Duke. Tre Jones and Cassius Stanley chipped in 21 points and 19 points, respectively.
#ACC tournament seeds:
First time in league history neither Duke nor #UNC among the top three seeds.
— David Teel (@ByDavidTeel) March 7, 2020
On the North Carolina side, Garrison Brooks scored 26 points in the losing effort. Armando Bacot chipped in 13 points and Brandon Robinson had 11 points.
With Duke’s win, North Carolina is now set to be the No. 14 ranked team in the ACC tournament – the lowest seed. That means the Tar Heels play No. 11 ranked Virginia Tech and then No. 13 ranked Pitt ends up facing No. 12 Wake Forest.
Meanwhile, the top of the ACC bracket is set as well.
Florida State leads the way at No. 1, followed by Virginia, Louisville and Duke.
This marks the first time in conference history that neither Duke nor North Carolina are one of the top three seeds, but it also tells you everything you need to know about the current state of the ACC.
The ACC Tournament is set to begin this coming Tuesday at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina.