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Women's college basketball preview: ACC tournament

ACC women's basketball tournament

When/where: Today-Sunday; Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum

Today's schedule: No. 5 seed Georgia Tech vs. No. 12 Clemson, 11 a.m.; No. 8 North Carolina State vs. No. 9 Wake Forest, 3 p.m.; No. 7 Boston College vs. No. 10 Miami, 6; No. 6 Virginia vs. No. 11 Virginia Tech, 8

TV: FSN will carry the 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. games today and Friday with the late games both days available via Web cast on ACC Select (go to theacc.com). FSN will air Saturday's semifinals at 1 and 3:30 p.m. and Sunday's final at 1.

Favorite: It's hard not to like top-seeded and No. 4 Maryland. The Terrapins have won their past nine and are led by two All-ACC picks, senior PG Kristi Toliver (18.1 ppg, 5.1 apg) and senior G/F Marissa Coleman (17.1 ppg, 7.9 rpg).

Dark horse: It's hard to say the nation's No. 24 team should be a dark horse, but Virginia (22-8, 8-6) is the sixth seed in this powerful league. Like Maryland, the Cavaliers have two All-ACC picks, junior G Monica Wright (21.1 ppg) and senior F Lyndra Littles (21.4 ppg).

What FSU must do: The No. 12 Seminoles have ridden a stingy defense (60 ppg) and a balanced offense to a share of the regular-season title (a first) and a No. 2 seed (another first). They've never won more than one ACC tournament game, but this year has been all about making history. They'll begin against BC or Miami, and they're 3-0 against those teams. If they advance, they'll likely face another team they've beaten, Duke, so this should be as confident a group as ever.

Brian Landman, Times staff writer

Women's college basketball preview: ACC tournament 03/04/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 4, 2009 11:16pm]
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