The Last Word 3-21-2013 – The ACC Network’s Jeff Fischel joins Lewis to break down the four ACC teams who earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament. They discuss whether the ACC got the shaft on selection Sunday. They also look ahead to UNC, Duke, NC State and Miami’s match ups this weekend.
Time stamps are in parentheses.
Lewis opens with a question about the ACC only receiving four bids to the NCAA Tournament. Jeff responds, “I do disagree with the committee, but we all saw it coming. We all know what kind of decisions the committee’s been making the last few years in favoring mid majors, trying to get those story-lines into the tournament (1:02).”
After discussing whether ACC teams received appropriate seeds, Lewis asks whether UNC or NC State fans should be more concerned with their first round game. Jeff cautions that every 8/9 game is dangerous, but believes NC State fans have more cause for concern. “NC State worries me more. Not because of talent. I still believe they have top 10 talent. I just haven’t seen it consistently on the defensive end. So I don’t know why after 30 games I would expect to see it now for 40 minutes (7:40).”
Jeff also adds that UNC is more likely to take down a one seed in the second round, “North Carolina would surprise me a whole lot less. I just love the way Reggie Bullock and PJ Hairston have incredibly quick triggers and they’re great shooters (8:48).”
Lewis wonders if Duke could possibly lose to a fifteen seed in back-to-back years Jeff doesn’t think so. “There’s no way. I don’t see how Duke does it two years in a row (12:37).”
Lewis then asks how many ACC teams will survive the first weekend. Jeff picks three, with North Carolina pulling the upset over Kansas in the second round. He doesn’t feel incredibly confident in the pick, but he’s sticking with it. “It’s an unusual 8 seed. Carolina is playing extremely well and they’re coming from a great conference that isn’t getting enough respect from the NCAA tournament committee (13:20).”
When it comes to Duke, Lewis questions their toughness on defense and on the glass. Jeff strongly disagrees. “I’m not ready to jump off the Duke bandwagon yet. There’s not one factor that I’ve seen from this team that worries me.” He continues, “I think they have arguably the best starting five in the country (15:40).”
Despite his belief in Duke, Jeff feels that Miami is more likely to advance to the Final Four based on an easier draw. He worries about the Blue Devils’ potential tilts with Michigan State and Louisville, but refuses to count them out. “I think Duke is a tough out. I think they play great defense (16:05).”
They close by discussing how strong the league will become after Syracuse, Notre Dame, Pitt and Louisville join the league over the next two years.
~Lewis Woodard, WFNZ Sports Radio The Fan 610 AM
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