UNC-VT: Another Nailbiter?

By Jeff Lippman - March 02, 2007

After two games here in Greensboro, we've had two blowouts. More to come? Yeah, I'd have to assume so.

North Carolina is the two seed and they will meet the seven seed Virginia Tech. Tech is coming off a 60-54 overtime win over Boston College. Neither team looked great and the truth is, Tech stole this one when a Mickel Picco runner tap danced over every inch of the rim before it rolled out at the end of regulation, forcing overtime, giving the Hokies the chance to win the game.

I thought Boston College played better than VT in that game. Either way, if that game was close, I just don't think this one will be.

The Tar Heels have had a week to prepare and really didn't need it. In their last outing they were defeated by Duke and will surely be hungry to make up for their season finale loss.

You can bet Ivory Latta, Erlana Larkins and company will be fired up to start their tournament and a game against 18-13 Virginia Tech has them licking their lips in anticipation.

The Heels are the defending ACC Tournament champions. This group has won it before and they can win it again.

I've seen UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell scouting out the other teams more than any other coach. She wants the ACC crown badly.

UNC has been overshadowed at times this year by defending NCAA champs Maryland and undefeated No. 1-ranked Duke and even by Tobacco Road member N.C. State, who defeated the Heels the last time they met.

You can bet Carolina will come out firing on all cylinders in this one, trying to step to the forefront of the ACC once again.

Posted by Jeff Lippman at 05:44 PM on March 02, 2007

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