The teams from the state of North Carolina have won 20 of the 23 ACC Tournaments played here at the Greensboro Coliseum, and the Tar Heels are going to hope to continue to carry the torch for the boys from Tobacco Road. Head Coach Roy Williams has really shortened his bench over the course of the last few weeks of the season, ever since getting killed by the Hurricanes back early in
February. Only six players really played extensive minutes in the semifinals against the Maryland Terrapins, and all six put up at least eight points. G PJ Hairston hurt his hand on Saturday, and though he played through the pain and was second in the team in minutes with 36. He only shot 3-of-10 from the field though, and he is going to have to do a heck of a lot better than that if the Tar Heels are going to take down the top team in the ACC.
The Canes have the inside track towards the ACC title, and when push comes to shove, that might be enough to get them on the top line for the NCAA Tournament. It’s not likely to happen, but anything is possible. G Shane Larkin is having an absolutely amazing ACC Tournament to date. He put up 23 against the NC State Wolfpack in the semifinals, and that came on the heels of a 20-point game against the Boston College Eagles. Larkin could very well be the MVP of this tournament when push comes to shove. G Durant Scott had a huge game against the Wolfpack, scoring 32 points and knocking down five shots from beyond the arc. Over the course of the last several games, the Hurricanes have played quite well offensively. They are averaging 72.2 points per game in their last six games, and this 82-point effort was the best game that the team has had in terms of scoring since beating these Tar Heels 87-61 in South Beach back in February.
The Hurricanes have won both of the meetings between these two teams this year. North Carolina though, is going to have the home court advantage in this one, and we think that it is going to get the job done in this one to keep the Canes from getting a top seed in March Madness. North Carolina 72 – Miami 67
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