It's a big, huge, enormous, gigantic week for basketball. You have your pick of the VHSL state tournament in Richmond and/or the ACC Tournament in Greensboro. We'll have coverage of both so stay tuned to ABC 13 and wset.com. Here are the schedules for the state semis and the ACC tourney:
Salem vs. Liberty-Bealton Girls, 7 p.m.
Hidden Valley vs. Liberty-Bealton boys, 9 p.m.
Christiansburg vs. Potomac Falls boys, 12:15 p.m.
Bath County vs. Sussex Central Girls, 3 p.m.
Radford vs. Lancaster boys, 7 p.m.
James River vs. George Mason boys, 9 p.m.
Radford vs. George Mason Girls, 12:15 p.m.
2011 Men's ACC Tournament Schedule
First Round - Thursday, March 10
#8 Virginia vs. #9 Miami ACC Network Noon
#5 Boston College vs. #12 Wake Forest ACC Network 2:00
#7 Maryland vs. #10 NC State ESPN2 7:00
#6 Virginia Tech vs. #11 Georgia Tech ACC Network 9:00
Quarterfinals - Friday, March 11
#1 North Carolina vs. 8/9 winner ACC Network/ESPN2 Noon
#4 Clemson vs. 5/12 winner ACC Network/ESPN2 2:00
#2 Duke vs. 7/10 winner ACC Network/ESPN2 7:00
#3 Florida State vs. 6/11 winner ACC Network/ESPN2 9:00
Semifinals - Saturday, March 12
Game 9 (game 5 & 6 winners) ACC Network/ESPN 1:00
Game 10 (game 7 & 8 winners) ACC Network/ESPN 3:00
Finals - Sunday, March 13
Game 11 (championship game) ACC Network/ESPN 1:00
For some reason, as of Monday night, several "bracketologists" STILL have Virginia Tech IN the NCAA Tournament. Yes they did win over Duke but then looked very bad against BC and Clemson. Tech is 19-10 heading to the NCAA Tournament. After Saturday's loss to Clemson, Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg said, "If you don't win your opening round of the ACC, you're in the NIT. There's no doubt about it." So he's giving the selection committee an excuse to leave his team out IF they lose Thursday against Georgia Tech. I wouldn't say that if I were Tech's coach.
Virginia Tech's Malcolm Delaney became the first Hokie ever to be named first team All-ACC... twice. He was 3rd team all-conference his sophomore year, then first team last year and again this year.
Duke's Nolan Smith was the ACC Player of the Year. Also on the first team, his teammate Kyle Singler, Maryland's Jordan Williams, and Boston College's Reggie Jackson.
Tech's Jeff Allen made the second team. Allen did not practice Monday with a swollen ankle but Seth Greenberg says he'll be ready to go for Thursday.
I'd like to say watch out for UVa but when you say that you have to expect them to win at least two games. I think they'll beat Miami but then they'd play UNC who is playing extremely well. They have skyrocketed up the Top 25. They're up to 6 in the AP Poll.
Also make sure you join us Friday night for the season finale of Full Court Press.
We'll have state tournament coverage from Richmond, the ultimate trifecta, we'll name the boys and girls First Team All-FCP. Plus player and cheerleaders of the week and coverage of the ACC Tourney from Greensboro.
As always rock it out.