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UNC, NC State will get diamond rematch in ACC tourney

Posted May 19, 2013

— The deciding game of the regular-season series between North Carolina and North Carolina State was a wash but the teams will get a chance to swing the ledger in a favorable direction Saturday as they will meet on Day 4 of the ACC tournament at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

The official seeds and subsequent schedule for the tournament was released Sunday, revealing the matchup between the Tar Heels and the Wolfpack in the pool play format. ACC Logo 2013 ACC Championship Bracket

UNC (47-8, 21-7) earned the No. 1 overall seed and heads Division A. NC State (42-13, 19-10) will join UNC in Division A after earning the No. 4 seed. No. 5 Clemson (39-17, 18-12) and No. 8 Miami (35-21, 14-16) fill the division.

Division B will be led by No. 2 Florida State (44-11, 20-10). The Seminoles are joined by No. 3 Virginia (45-9, 22-8), No. 6 Virginia Tech (35-19, 15-14) and No. 7 Georgia Tech (33-24, 15-15).

Of the eight teams in the tournament field, six found themselves in the latest Baseball America top 25 - only Miami and Georgia Tech were outside. Four were in the Baseball America top 10 - No. 3 UNC, No. 5 NC State, No. 7 Virginia and No. 9 Florida State,

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Top-seed UNC, who has not won the ACC tournament since 2007, will open their pool play schedule Thursday against Miami. They will then take on Clemson Friday before the matchup against NC State Saturday night. The Tar Heels took two of three from each Miami and Clemson in the regular season.

The Wolfpack, who has not claimed a conference tournament title since 1992, will open up with a Wednesday night game against Clemson. They will then have Thursday off before an 11 a.m. start Friday against Miami. NC State dropped two of three against Clemson during the regular season and did not play Miami.

The top team from each division will play for the ACC title Sunday at 1 p.m. in an ESPN2 telecast. The winner of the title game will earn an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.

In 2012, Georgia Tech became the first No. 8 seed to ever win the ACC Tournament as they stormed through Clemson, Virginia and Florida State before topping Miami in the final.

Game times Wednesday through Saturday are set for 11a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. All games will be played at DBAP. Single-game tickets and full tournament passes are available at the DBAP box office, by phone at 919.956.BULL or durhambulls.com.

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  • 75Tarheel May 20, 3:55 p.m.

    [quote=12464478]Post by chivegas[/quote

    Hey Kmart leadership graduate - how's that Wake Tech working out for you on Saturdays?

  • Gunnstigator May 20, 3:54 p.m.

    According to the schedule, UNC will play Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and possibly Sunday. State... View More

    — Posted by ncstateforever

    That's exactly what I'm thinking, Cuss. The schedule doesn't make any sense and it doesn't reward the top seeded team.

  • 75Tarheel May 20, 3:50 p.m.

    They know that they can't beat Rodon. Advantage us.

    — Posted by REDRAGERS

    LMAO....we can beat anybody on any given night/day. So bring Rodon on if you get that far with him. My prediction is Cowpattie U. 2-2 at best. UNC 4-0.

    Here we come Omaha!! GO HEELS!!

  • cjw6105 May 20, 2:42 p.m.

    Oh, but I DO understand the pool format. What I DON'T understand is why they use it if they're allowing only 8 teams to participate in the ACCT. I would agree to a pool format with more than 8 teams, but apparently the big shots don't want all of their teams in the tourney, despite playing a 50-game regular season schedule.

    And what will they do when the ACC goes to 15 and then 16 teams? Keep on limiting the field to 8 teams, which will be only half the conference? I believe last season we had teams making the NCAA field who weren't allowed to play in their own conference tourney. Wrong.

    I still don't see much of an incentive to have two teams playing a tournament game that will have no bearing whatsoever on deciding the ACC Championship.

  • toddrita May 20, 1:10 p.m.

    This "pool play" format may make Saturday's State-UNC game meaningless as far as the ACCT goes.... View More

    — Posted by cjw6105

    You just are not understanding the pool format.

    There is a real possibility that the winner of the game will move to the championship game. If both UNC and NCSU are 2-0 when they play Saturday, then the winner moves on. If one is 2-0 and the other is 1-1, then there is a shot that the winner will play Sunday (would depend on the other game). If both teams are 1-1, then it could still be a winner advances to the title game situation, again depending on what happens in the other games. If either NC State or UNC are 0-2 when they play Saturday, then it could be that the 0-2 team is trying to deny the other team a shot at the title game. You don't think UNC or NC State would both be fired up to try to deny the other a shot at the title, even if they are out of it? The only way it is truly a meaningless game is if both teams are 0-2 and I just dont' see that happening.

    A double elimination tourney involving 12 teams would require at least 22 games to play. At the rate of 4 games per day, it would take more than a week. Some teams would have to play doubleheaders, others would not. That's a crazy idea.

  • heelsforever May 20, 12:45 p.m.

    I'm betting that returnofthepack is a sheep in wolves clothing.

    — Posted by heelsforever

    Wrong tarhole. I know that if we don't win the postponed rubber match with tarhole U, we'll have... View More

    — Posted by REDRAGERS

    Heel fans have to listen to your hateful dribble regardless of the outcome of any games.

    — Posted by Jewelry-EricLeak

    well, if this thing is a Fack fan, then at least one of them has finally admitted what we've known for a VERY long time.

  • ncstateforever May 20, 12:07 p.m.

    According to the schedule, UNC will play Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and possibly Sunday. State plays Wednesday, then a day off, then Friday, Sat. and possibly Sunday. It would seem to me the higher rated team would get the advantage of playing on Wednesday, getting a day's rest before playing their next game. State could pitch Rodon on Wednesday and pitch him again on Sat. Carolina's top pitcher wouldn't be able to pitch again until Sunday.

  • Kenan-FlaglerAlumni May 20, 11:11 a.m.

    All that matters is beating the holes. I don't care if we lose all the other games.

    — Posted by REDRAGERS

    this attitude is why State will never be a relevant athletic program

    — Posted by Kenan-FlaglerAlumni

    exactly! that is pitiful but typical of state fans.

    LOL, beating Carolina every once in a blue... View More

    — Posted by BeastOfTheHill

    Just like CHeats are obsessed with Duke! The school they couldn't get into. What is it they... View More

    — Posted by chivegas

    Many of us were accepted at Duke but chose to pay far less money to attend Carolina in-state. Based on the nonsense you post, I'm guessing college wasn't your thing, huh?

  • chivegas May 20, 10:33 a.m.

    What makes you think the other games don't matter? State lost the series with Clemson and... View More

    — Posted by unc70

    All that matters is beating the holes. I don't care if we lose all the other games.

    — Posted by REDRAGERS

    this attitude is why State will never be a relevant athletic program

    — Posted by Kenan-FlaglerAlumni

    exactly! that is pitiful but typical of state fans.

    LOL, beating Carolina every once in a blue... View More

    — Posted by BeastOfTheHill

    Just like CHeats are obsessed with Duke! The school they couldn't get into. What is it they say about throwing stones in a glass house???

    Oh well, most Walmart CHeat fans on this board probably couldn't get into any ACC school.

  • chivegas May 20, 10:30 a.m.

    I'm betting that returnofthepack is a sheep in wolves clothing.

    — Posted by heelsforever

    Wrong tarhole. I know that if we don't win the postponed rubber match with tarhole U, we'll have... View More

    — Posted by REDRAGERS

    Heel fans have to listen to your hateful dribble regardless of the outcome of any games.

    — Posted by Jewelry-EricLeak

    Walmart Hypocrisy!

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