Welcome Back Pack

By Jeff Lippman - March 02, 2007

Welcome back to Greensboro in what looks to be a much more crowded Coliseum.

Today's action sees another four games, but this time the big boys...er, girls are playing. The top four seeds, idol yesterday as they earned first-round byes, are returning to action to meet the winners of yesterday's drama.

In the opener, No. 5 Florida State, who defeated Wake Forest rather handily in the opener, will meet the Wolfpack of N.C. State, the four seed.

The Pack is back after finishing the year on a hot streak. State owns a 3-game winning streak, defeating Miami, Virginia Tech and, yes, then-No. 2 North Carolina as they dedicated Kay Yow Court.

CSTV.com women's basketball analyst and television personality Debbie Antonelli is calling the action today but this first game must hold a special place in her heart.

The N.C. State faithful knew Antonelli when she went by another name as a member of the Pack playing for the same Kay Yow who patrols the sidelines today.

By now, everyone knows that Yow is in a battle for her life with stage four cancer and that storyline will continue, regardless of whether Yow's team advances.

However, peaking at the right time, N.C. State looks like a dangerous team in this tournament and they showed, when they beat Carolina, that they can hang with the country's elite.

In the rest of the day's action: No. 1 Duke will be taking on a No. 8 Virginia squad that took down Clemson yesterday. No. 2 North Carolina will meet No. 7 Virginia Tech who handled Boston College in overtime. And in the nightcap, No. 4 Maryland will be trying to gain revenge on No. 6 Georgia Tech for beating them in Atlanta back on Feb. 1.

It's going to be an awesome day of basketball here at the Greensboro Coliseum--even the children of Greensboro took a day off from school to witness the action.

You'll find all the nuances, big plays and interesting storylines here at She's On Fire live from the 2007 ACC Tournament.

Posted by Jeff Lippman at 10:36 AM on March 02, 2007

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