The Canes start what will hopefully be a run into the weekend in the ACC tournament, matching up first with the Yellow Jackets, whom the Canes thumped 64-49 in Atlanta earlier this season. That Georgia Tech team was with its star Glen Rice, Jr, who will not play tonight due to suspension. At this point, I don't care. Great. Just find a way to advance to tomorrow night vs. Florida State, and this certainly makes it easier. This game should do nothing but hurt the RPI anyways.
However, as Northwestern showed us today, first-round tourney games can be disastrous to a bubble team. The 75-68 loss puts the Wildcats out in Lunardi's latest projection. A loss tonight by the Canes almost certainly would send the Canes to the NIT.
Stay the course. One game at a time, starting with Georgia Tech. Let's hopefully enjoy the ride.