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ACC TOURNAMENT

Site: Georgia Dome, Atlanta

When: Today through Sunday

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Web site: theacc.com

TV: ESPN, ESPN2, chs. 54, 20

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Favorite: North Carolina (27-3, 13-3)

State entry: Maryland (18-12, 7-9)

Outlook: All eyes are on North Carolina and Duke. Nothing unusual about that. But Florida State picked up a first-round bye and is dangerous. The Seminoles (23-8) haven't had this many wins in a regular season since 1969-70. Toney Douglas has scored in double figures in 19 straight games. Wake Forest, though inconsistent, has size, so it can't be dismissed. James Johnson and Al-Farouq Aminu have combined for 19 double doubles. As was the case during football season, the ACC was notable this season for having teams bunched in the middle. Maryland, Miami and Virginia Tech all finished 7-9. While the big boys fight it out at the top, a secondary battle will be among the Terps, Hurricanes and Hokies. Each hopes - and needs - to win at least two games to make a reasonable case for the NCAA tournament selection committee.


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