Women's conference tournament

The Baltimore Sun


Site -- Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, N.C.

When -- Today through Sunday

Web site -- www.theacc.com

TV -- First round, today (11 a.m., 3, 6, 8 p.m.); quarterfinals, tomorrow (11 a.m., 3, 6, 8 p.m.); semifinals, Saturday (2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.); championship Sunday 1 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet. Remaining games Webcast on ACC Select.

Favorite -- Top-seeded Duke (29-0, 14-0)

State entry -- Third-seeded Maryland (26-4, 10-4)

Outlook -- The conventional wisdom holds that the tournament winner will come from a pool consisting of No. 1 Duke, the ACC regular-season winner; No. 4 North Carolina, the No. 2 seed; and No. 6 Maryland, the reigning national champion. Fourth-seeded North Carolina State, which has won eight of its past nine, including a 72-65 win over the Tar Heels two weeks ago, and sixth-seeded Georgia Tech, which has won eight of its past 10, including a 77-72 win over Maryland, could throw scares into both sides of the bracket. The Blue Devils, who beat North Carolina and Maryland twice each this year, would have to face only one of them to win the championship, while the Terps and Tar Heels would have to slug it out in a semifinal before getting Duke, assuming the seeding holds up. Duke guard Lindsey Harding is averaging 22.0 points a game in four meetings with North Carolina and Maryland and is a leading candidate for ACC and National Player of the Year honors. Either Duke or North Carolina has won the past seven ACC tournament titles, with the Tar Heels capturing the past two. Maryland has won the most ACC tournaments (eight), but none since 1989.

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