Sweet 16 Breakdown: Five ACC teams make the Sweet 16

Sweet 16 Breakdown: Five ACC teams make the Sweet 16

Conceivably, the Final Four could be made up of only ACC teams. By earning three No. 1 seeds on Selection Sunday, there was always a good chance of having multiple teams advance to the Sweet 16. The ACC always had a pair of No. 4 seeds in the NCAA Tournament. They also advanced. Therefore, the ACC is littered with competitors in the four different regions.

In all, the three No. 1 seeds are favored to win their Sweet 16 matchups and the lines shouldn’t change much. The two No. 4 seeds are underdogs going into the Sweet 16. With some many high seeds advancing, chances are better for seed upsets in the later rounds.


East Region- No. 1 Seed Duke Blue Devils / No. 4 Seed Virginia Tech Hokies

The overall No. 1 seed Duke Blue Devils are still the favorites out of the East region. They survived to defeat the UCF Knights, 77-76 in the final seconds. However, at least one ACC will be eliminated when the Blue Devils take the court. They will face fellow ACC member Virginia Tech Hokies on Friday night. Therefore, one ACC team will automatically make the Elite 8. The Hokies defeated the Blue Devils earlier in the season. The 77-72 victory was the only meeting of the year. Both teams were missing key pieces to the starting lineup due to injury. Zion Williamson was being held out because of the sneaker fiasco. Point guard Justin Robinson missed all of February and didn’t really return until Friday night in the First round of the NCAA Tournament. He suffered a foot injury against the Miami Hurricanes.

West Region: No. 4 Seed Florida State Seminoles

The Florida State Seminoles has been one of the most impressive teams during the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. After fending off the Vermont Catamounts by seven points, the Seminoles dominated Murray State in round two. The Seminoles won by 28 points and discarded Ja Morant from the tournament. Interestingly enough, the Seminoles will face a familiar Sweet 16 foe. Last season, they ousted the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the same round. The Bulldogs have retooled the lineup and should make for a much tougher game as the No. 1 seed.

South Region: No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers

For a moment, things appeared to be dicey for the No. 1 seed Virginia Cavaliers. Once again, they were trailing by double digits to a 16 seed. The Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs were slicing through the vaunted defense early on. Yet, they still won by 15 points in the first round. The Cavaliers didn’t have much trouble in round two against the Oklahoma Sooners. They won by 12 points on Sunday. The more the Cavaliers advance, the freer they will play. They face the surging No. 12 seed Oregon Ducks on Thursday.

Midwest Region: No. 1 Seed North Carolina Tar Heels

The No. 1 Seed North Carolina Tar Heels may be playing the best basketball of the teams in the Sweet 16. However, they have had two favorable matchups in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. They have beaten the Iona Gaels and Washington Huskies by an average of 18.5 points per game. The Tar Heels will face another quick, guard dominant team when they play the No. 5 Seed Auburn Tigers on Thursday. So far, the Tar Heels are scoring 84.5 points per game in the tournament. The Tigers are scoring 83.5 points per game. Therefore, this should be the most explosive game of the Sweet 16 round.

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