ACC women's tournament

Site -- Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum

When -- Today through Sunday

Web site -- theacc.com

TV -- Today, first-round game, 11 a.m.; tomorrow, quarterfinal, 11 a.m.; Saturday, semifinals, 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.; Sunday, championship game, 1 p.m.; all on Comcast SportsNet.

Favorite -- Top-seeded North Carolina (27-2, 14-0)

State entry -- Third-seeded Maryland (29-2, 13-1)

Outlook -- With eight teams having 17 regular-season wins or better, the ACC tournament appears as balanced as ever, with each game likely having NCAA tournament implications. Georgia Tech, Florida State, Boston College and North Carolina State all likely need at least two wins to assure themselves of NCAA bids. Virginia, which has played each of the top three seeds tough in recent meetings, could play its way into a top four NCAA seed with a title-game appearance. Duke is the No. 3 seed and looks shaky. At the top of the bracket, North Carolina and Maryland are playing for a top seed in the NCAA tournament. The two teams met once in the regular season, with the Tar Heels, the defending ACC tournament champion, beating the Terps, 97-86, in double overtime in Chapel Hill. Maryland and North Carolina have won eight tournament titles, but the Terps haven't captured the crown since 1989 and have appeared in the final only twice since then.

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