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Between the economy and the poor state of the ACC lately, the conference and the member schools are reconsidering how they distribute tickets for the tournament.

Tuesday Night ACC Action!
Teams Times TV
Virginia Tech @ Wake Forest 7:00 PM ESPN2
School Conf. Pct. Overall Pct.
Duke 12-1 .923 25-2 .926
North Carolina 10-2 .833 20-6 .769
Florida State 9-3 .750 19-7 .731
Virginia Tech 7-5 .583 17-8 .680
Clemson 7-6 .538 18-9 .667
Maryland 6-6 .500 17-10 .630
Boston College 6-6 .500 16-10 .615
Miami 4-8 .333 16-11 .593
NC State 4-8 .333 14-12 .538
Virginia 4-8 .333 13-13 .500
Georgia Tech 3-9 .250 11-15 .423
Wake Forest 1-11 .083 8-19 .296

For one, the traditional equal distribution of tickets is over at least for now: the North Carolina schools and Virginia Tech got several hundred more than the other schools, while Maryland, Clemson and Virginia constitute a second tier.  Boston College, Georgia Tech, Florida State and Miami are in a smaller third tier.

The basic motivation right now is geographical proximity. If that's the case, then the smart thing to do would be to quit dragging the tournament up and down the East Coast and leave it in Greensboro permanently.

Look, the reality for a long time has been this: go to Greensboro for the opening day, miss the first game and buy a book from fans of whoever lost. It's cheaper, it's very easy to do, and you can get a really good deal to boot.

There's only one game on Tuesday, but it's an interesting one in some regards: Virginia Tech, somewhat rattled after Virginia perhaps, goes to Winston-Salem where they absolutely cannot afford to lose.

If they come out tight or tentative, they might give Wake Forest, as pathetic as they are, an opening.

Also making things interesting is the status of freshman Jarell Eddie, who will play despite being arrested on marijuana charges on February 15th.

With Virginia Tech down to just eight serviceable players and no margin for error with the NCAA committee, Seth Greenberg appears to have decided he cannot afford to discipline his rookie. He should consider himself lucky that Eddie was arrested for marijuana rather than a DWI, which would've made the situation much more difficult.

In keeping with the courageous nature of this decision, Greenberg refused to discuss it at all during Monday's ACC teleconference. Odds are however that even a dispirited Wake Forest student body will remember to bring it up.

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