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ACC Tournament

March 12, 2005|By Paul McMullen and Jeff Zrebiec

Semifinals

No. 1 North Carolina (27-3) vs. No. 5 Georgia Tech (18-10)

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Regular season: North Carolina 1-0 (91-69 at Chapel Hill, N.C.)

Key matchup: Tar Heels center Sean May has slimmed down, but he remains considerably stronger than Luke Schenscher, who was limited to 14 foul-hampered minutes yesterday.

Outlook: Second-ranked North Carolina is the nation's highest-scoring team, but nobody in the conference defends as well as Georgia Tech. If the Tar Heels have an advantage, it's around the basket. The Yellow Jackets can match their talent on the perimeter, where Jarrett Jack and Will Bynum can challenge Raymond Felton at the point. Georgia Tech beat North Carolina in a quarterfinal thriller last year.

No. 3 Duke (23-5) vs. No. 7 N.C. State (19-12)

Time: 4 p.m.

Regular season: Duke 1-0 (86-74 at Raleigh, N.C.)

Key matchup: Wolfpack guard Engin Atsur held Duke sharpshooter J.J. Redick to a season-low eight points on 1-for-5 shooting in the regular season. Redick has had 13 points or more every game since.

Outlook: When the Blue Devils beat their local rival in mid-January, N.C. State was a reeling team. It marked the Wolfpack's fourth straight loss, but it's gotten increasingly better. N.C. State has won six of its last eight games and likely secured an NCAA tournament spot. The game will feature two teams that take their cues from their defenses. A win would put the Blue Devils in the ACC final for the eighth straight year.

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