No sleep til Brooklyn? The ACC finished up its regular season schedule on Saturday, and the ACC Tournament bracket is now officially set. Wake Forest earned a big victory over Virginia Tech and earned the 10 seed as a result. That means the Wake Forest Demon Deacons will take on the Boston College Eagles for the third time this season. The Deacs won the first contest by 13 in Winston-Salem, and won by 5 in Chestnut Hill. Let’s take a look at the bracket.
What does the path look like for Wake Forest?
I don’t think Wake could’ve asked for a much better path in this one. In my opinion, Wake really just needs to beat Boston College in order to make the NCAA Tournament. Wake’s win over Virginia Tech was excellent for NCAA Tournament purposes, but was also excellent for ACC Tournament seeding. A Virginia Tech win today would have meant that Virginia would have been the 7 seed. That would have been quite troubling for Wake, as they likely would have needed to beat the #6 overall team in Ken Pom in order to make the Big Dance. Now, Wake would have a second round matchup against a team they’ve already beaten on the road. If Wake is fortunate enough to win that, then they’d taken on a Florida State team that they led on the road with less than 10 minutes remaining. Having North Carolina, Louisville, and Duke on the other side of the bracket is great news for Wake.
There is by no means a “good” path to an ACC Championship, as all paths require beating multiple teams that are excellent, but Wake fans should lovelike this set up. What are your thoughts?