In news that should surprise absolutely no one, the ACC was stacked again this season. Although it could've been even more stacked had Maryland not moved to the Big Ten, the ACC still had six teams in the national top 10 for the entire season. Which brings us to the ACC Tournament: For most conferences, these tournaments are make or break for postseason lives; in the ACC, it's mainly to bring lacrosse fans more colossal matchups. While nobody will leave the shores of the Delaware River heartbroken at the thought of their season ending, some teams will be grumpy they didn't pick up at least one huge win for their NCAA Tournament seeding.
The semifinals are Memorial Day Weekend-quality: Sixth-ranked Duke plays top-ranked Notre Dame in a rematch of last year's national championship game and third-ranked Syracuse will face second-ranked North Carolina in a tasty offensive duel. The ACC even has a showcase game to
blatantly boost the conference's RPI give lacrosse fans another awesome duel with fifth place finisher Virginia taking on Pennsylvania in a non-conference battle. (Good news, Penn: You're a part of the ACC for the weekend! Bad news, Penn: You're not in the tumultuous Ivy League for the weekend.) Sunday is guaranteed to be a huge throwdown between two of the country's best teams and could very well determine which team gets the top seed in The Big Barbeque. Basically, the road to the NCAA championship ends in Philadelphia; for the ACC, the road will begin there as well.
Let's get you set for all the fun at PPL Park with a special ACC Tournament edition of THE FACEOFF: