Despite a loss Saturday at Duke, the Miami Hurricanes have locked up a share of their first ever ACC basketball title and the top seed in the conference tournament. The Hurricanes lost 79-76 to the Blue Devils Saturday, dropping to 14-2 in conference play with two games remaining. However, they hold a two-game lead over Duke and the tiebreaker over the Blue Devils by virtue of a season sweep over Virginia, NC State and Maryland, three teams that have beaten Duke. Even if the Hurricanes collapse in upcoming games against Clemson and Georgia Tech, they will win the conference regular season title.
Duke sits alone in second in the conference standings at 12-4, 1.5 games ahead of North Carolina and Virginia. The Tar Heels host Florida State Sunday and travel to Maryland Wednesday night before closing the season against Duke Saturday. Virginia travels to Boston College and Florida State this week, and ends the season with a home game against Maryland.
North Carolina State, at 9-6, is alone in fifth, 1.5 games ahead of 8-8 Maryland. Florida State, currently in seventh place at 7-8, can catch the Terps with a win Sunday at North Carolina. Georgia Tech, at 5-10, is a half-game ahead of Clemson and Wake Forest for eighth place. Boston College (4-11) and Virginia Tech (4-12) round out the standings.
The teams are jockeying for position in the upcoming ACC Tournament, held in Greensboro, N.C. March 14-17. The top four seeds receive byes into the second round.
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