ACC: First game of a looooooong day

By Glenn Tanner - May 26, 2007

10 a.m. Georgia Tech-NC State, in the only game that means nothing to the tournament title

Followed by UNC-Virginia...

Followed by Clemson-FSU...

Followed by Miami-Wake Forest

The Bracket B side of the tournament is easy -- the winner of the Virginia-UNC game will advance to Sunday's title game.

Bracket A is a mess, as all four teams are 1-1, but none control their own destiny. Florida State, Miami, Clemson, and Wake Forest each need to win and get some help. If two teams are tied for first, head-to-head is the tiebreaker.

So to advance to Sunday's title game...
-- FSU needs a win and a Wake Forest win
-- Clemson needs a win and a Miami win
-- Miami needs a win and an FSU win
-- Wake needs a win and a Clemson win

I don't see Wake Forest winning, and FSU is throwing 14-0 Bryan Henry, so Miami looks to be in the best shape of the four. Weirder things have happened, though.

Our first game matches two starting pitchers with 5+ ERAs. NC State is throwing Jimmy Gillheeney. He has made 17 appearances and 7 starts, and sports a 4-2 record with a 5.49 ERA in 57.1 innings. Tech's Ryan Turner will oppose him. He's making his 16th start and has a 5-4 record with a 5.01 ERA. Opposing hitters are batting a robust .333 against him, but he has walked only 15 batters in 73.2 innings.

Both of these teams will be in the tournament, and both actually look locked into 2-seeds -- NC State is ranked 18th by the RPI, while GT is at #27.

Posted by Glenn Tanner at 09:54 AM on May 26, 2007

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