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ACC Tournament Day 1: Could Be Good, Might Even Be Great

This could be the best first day since expansion.

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Notre Dame v Virginia
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - MARCH 3: Bonzie Colson #35 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish defends De’Andre Hunter #12 of the Virginia Cavaliers in the first half during a game at John Paul Jones Arena on March 3, 2018 in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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It’s March! It’s March!

Or as we call it here in North Carolina, Second Christmas.

Okay, maybe it’s just us, but that’s how it’s always felt.

And while normally, Day One of the expanded ACC Tournament is a snooze - remember the Les Robinson play-in game? - this year it could/should be highly entertaining.

Take the first game.

Boston College has a backcourt that alone is worth the price of admission. But Georgia Tech has shown they can smite good teams and Ben Lammers is finally somewhat healthy. Who knows who wins, but it could be a very entertaining game. Josh Okogie vs. Jerome Robinson alone is compelling. Kick in Ky Bowman and that’s guaranteed to be fun.

Then there’s Game 2, where the Return of Bonzie continues with a nearly guaranteed win over 0-18 Pitt.

It’s been a tough year for Pitt and there’s always a chance someone could get hot and hit a ton of threes or something but it seems unlikely. Mike Brey will get a chance to reincorporate Colson and the added benefits his teammates have gotten as they had to all grow in his absence, not least of all Martinas Gebben and John Mooney.

With Colson in the lineup, they were strictly complimentary players. When he went out though their producing went up considerably. And in Matt Farrell, they have a guy who can get a winning shot - Colson too, for that matter.

Virginia Tech is, we’re quite sure, preparing for something fairly rare: a sure thing in the second round.

In his column up today, Al Featherston knocked us for a bit of a loop: Jim Boeheim has never won an ACC Tournament game? Seriously? It hadn’t occurred to us.

It underscores just how tough the ACC is. He had no trouble getting wins in the Big East.

Well he’ll have a shot Tuesday. Wake Forest won by six at Syracuse but the Orange won by eight in Winston.

Wake Forest has been a real disappointment this year. They’re not hugely talented but they have Wake Forest type talent which is generally good enough to challenge the ACC powers.

Unfortunately the Deacons lately manage to compete for 32-39 minutes before collapsing.

On the other hand, Syracuse can’t score so something has to give.

Only one game is a sure thing and the other four teams each could do something interesting so this should be a really fun day.

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