What about State? Life on the NCAA bubble is like a ride on a roller coaster. N.C. State was at a crest after its win on the road at North Carolina mid-week, and then at a valley after its double-digit loss at Boston College on Saturday.
As good as the top of the ACC has been, the rest of the ACC has been sorely lacking, so much so that it’s hard to see the conference getting anybody outside the Power 5 into the NCAA Tournament on Selection Sunday.
Going into the 2014 ACC Tournament, Florida State was a first four out team in ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi’s rendering of the NCAA Tournament field. The ‘Noles knew they needed at least a win on Thursday in the second round against Maryland to get on the right side of the bubble. Not that FSU coach Leonard Hamilton is admitting that he even gave it a scintilla of thought or anything.
UVa. (21-5, 12-1 ACC) is a season-high 13th in the USA Today coaches poll and 14th in the Associated Press poll this week.
The short answer: win, early and often. Virginia (21-10, 11-7 ACC) is still listed as one of the last four teams in the NCAA Tournament field by ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi, but that is far from being the consensus feeling from those in the know.
UVa., down and apparently out in terms of its hopes for an NCAA Tournament bid, trailing by as many as 17 in the first half, somehow reversed fortune in the second half, forced an overtime period, and then got just enough in the extra session to win 61-58 over Maryland on Sunday.
The short answer: no, not yet, anyway. A review of the various self-appointed bracketologists still has UVa. getting an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament anywhere between a #9 seed and a #11 seed, which is significant because that means the Cavs are not being considered one of the final four teams into the field.