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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

ACC Tournament...New Venue, Same Teams -- TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE



15 TEAMS CONVERGE ON CONWAY

( I'm back  from the anniversary/birthday extended weekend with Sonja...fully reinvigorated and ready for the hoops barrage.) 

The University of Louisville women's basketball team leaves for Conway, SC today to take part in the 2017 Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Basketball Tournament in the HTC Center on the Coastal Carolina campus. 

Jeff Walz has called a 11:30 a.m. press conference today. He'll discuss the upcoming five day event. The Cards will start their quest to make it to the finals for the first time on Thursday...when they face the winner of Wednesday match-up between #12 seed Virginia Tech and #13 seed Clemson. Louisville gets the first game of the day on Thursday...playing at 11 a.m. The first game of the tournament is Virginia Tech vs. Clemson and it starts at 1 p.m. Wednesday. 

-- Interesting factoid #1 . The practice schedules have been released for the 15 teams. Louisville will practice Wednesday at 9:15 in the Kimbel Gym...not in the HTC Center. So will Florida State on Thursday. I'm guessing it's something like Cardinal Arena. 

-- Interesting factoid #2. Duke will practice at home, in the Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Looking at the bracket (and I will put one up here at the end of the article)...the Cards get 11 a.m. games two days in a row. If they advance to the semifinals, they'd play at noon Saturday and the finals are at 1 p.m. Sunday. 

If anyone is interested in a ACC Bracket Challenge, either leave your picks in the comments section or e-mail them to us at cardinalcouple@twc.com  I'll hit a couple of folks up for $25 gift cards for this and the NCAA Tournament Bracket Challenge. No entry fee, of course...for entertainment purposes only. 14 games, one point for picking correctly. Tie-breaker goes to the earliest entry. 

Sonja offers her picks. She usually does pretty well in this one. 

1st round: Clemson over Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech over Boston College, UNC over Pitt.
2nd round: Louisville over Clemson, Virginia over Wake Forest, Miami over Georgia Tech, Syracuse over UNC. 
Quarters: Louisville over NC State, Notre Dame over Virginia, Florida State over Miami, Syracuse over Duke
Semis:  Notre Dame over Louisville, Syracuse over Florida State
Finals: Syracuse over Notre Dame. 

It'll be interesting to see what Coastal Carolina and the HTC Center is all about. 
3370 is the listed capacity...so it should be easier to get around than the Greensboro Coliseum.  Getting to Conway should be interesting as well. I expect I'll just follow the signs to either Myrtle Beach or CCU. I'll be using my Google map on my smartphone. Yep...recipe for disaster.



The HTC is officially known as The Horry Telephone Cooperative Student Recreation and Convocation Center. That's a bunch to put on a letterhead...I get the abbreviation. I'm also trying to remember the last time I went to a convocation... 

I've been told it's about a nine hour drive from Louisville to Myrtle Beach. To catch the opener, I expect I'll need to leave around 2-3 a.m. We'll see how that works out. Maybe someone will give me round-trip airline passage. I'm not holding my breath on that one. 

I'm going to try and do a podcast each night and put it on Soundcloud...with a link to it on the daily articles as well. First one would be Wednesday night. What'll be on them...I have no idea. If the weather's good, they may be from the beach. Also, I'll try and get Walz's presser today up for listening in Wednesday's article. 

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HINES-ALLEN ACC PLAYER OF WEEK

Myisha Hines-Allen received the final regular season ACC Player of the Week Award. It's the second time this season she's been bestowed the honor. She had a great week...with 21 points and nine rebounds against Virginia and 22 points and 12 rebounds against Wake Forest. 

She'll be a key component if the Cards are going to dance for awhile in March. 


ALL ACC-TEAMS ANNOUNCED

2016-17 All-ACC Team as selected by the Blue Ribbon Panel
First Team
Lexie Brown, Jr., G, Duke
Rebecca Greenwell, R-Jr., G, Duke
Leticia Romero, Sr., G, Florida State
Shakayla Thomas, Jr., F, Florida State
Asia Durr, So., G, Louisville
Myisha Hines-Allen, Jr., F, Louisville
Lindsay Allen, Sr., G, Notre Dame
Brianna Turner, Jr., F, Notre Dame
Alexis Peterson, Sr., G, Syracuse
Brittney Sykes, R-Sr., G, Syracuse

Second Team
Mariya Moore, Jr., F, Louisville
Adrienne Motley, Sr., G, Miami
Jessica Thomas, Sr., G, Miami
Miah Spencer, Sr., G, NC State
Dominique Wilson, Sr., G, NC State

All-ACC Freshman Team
Kobi Thornton, Fr., P, Clemson
Leaonna Odom, Fr., F, Duke
Francesca Pan, Fr., G, Georgia Tech
Jackie Young, Fr., G, Notre Dame
Gabby Cooper, Fr., G, Syracuse
Dominique Toussaint Fr., G, Virginia
Jocelyn Willoughby, Fr., G, Virginia

Alex Sharp, Fr., G, Wake Forest


ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament | Conway, S.C. 


Wednesday, March 1 | First Round #13 seed vs. #12 seed .......................1:00 PM (RSN | ACCN Extra) #15 seed vs. #10 seed ......................3:30 PM. (RSN | ACCN Extra) #14 seed vs. #11 seed .......................6:30 PM (RSN | ACCN Extra) 

Thursday, March 2 | Second Round Game 1 Winner vs. #5 seed .............11:00 PM (RSN | ACCN Extra) #9 seed vs. #8 seed ...........................2:00 PM (RSN | ACCN Extra) Game 2 Winner vs. #7 seed ...............6:00 PM (RSN | ACCN Extra) Game 3 Winner vs. #6 seed ...............8:00 PM (RSN | ACCN Extra)

 Friday, March 3 | Quarterfi nals Game 4 Winner vs. #4 seed .............11:00 PM (RSN | ACCN Extra) Game 5 Winner vs. #1 seed ...............2:00 PM (RSN | ACCN Extra) Game 6 Winner vs. #2 seed ...............6:00 PM (RSN | ACCN Extra) Game 7 Winner vs. #3 seed ...............8:00 PM (RSN | ACCN Extra)

 Saturday, March 4 - Semifi nals Game 8 Winner vs. Game 9 Winner ..........................Noon (ESPN2) Game 10 Winner vs. Game 11 Winner ................ 2:30 PM (ESPNU)

 Sunday, March 5 - Championship Game 12 Winner vs. Game 13 Winner ......................1 PM (ESPN2)



paulie
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10 comments:

  1. Congratulations to Myisha Hines-Allen!

    ACC Tournament:

    Clemson, GaTech, Pitt, Louisville, Wake, Miami, Syracuse,
    NC St. Notre Dame, FSU, Duke, Notre Dame, Duke, Notre Dame

    Welcome back Paulie. Talked to "Hoots" yesterday. She said you and Sonja had a "big time" in the Burg!

    -- The Real Joe Hill --

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  2. Cards have to take care of the little things to do well in the ACC. Win the 50/50 loose ball chases. Score on turnovers. Limit opponent second chance scoring opportunities. Make the most out of bench appearances.

    My ACC entry:

    Weds: Clemson, Georgia Tech, Pitt
    Thurs: Louisville, Wake Forest, Miami, Syracuse
    Friday: Louisville, Notre Dame, Florida St. Duke
    Saturday: Notre Dame, Duke
    Sunday: Notre Dame

    The Cards will struggle against NC State but I think on a neutral court that they can get by them. The Deb Factor

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  3. Hello Cardinal Fans!

    Looking forward to the upcoming ACC women's basketball tournament and seeing you down there Paulie! It may be the first time in awhile that my Clemson Tigers may play more than once. Ha, ha!

    For you contest, I will predict these winners. Clemson, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Clemson, Virginia, Miami, Syracuse, NC State, Notre Dame, Florida State, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Notre Dame!

    Your Clemson friend,
    Arthur
    Greer, SC

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    1. Looking forward to it, Arthur. Collier, Thornton and Edwards are to be feared for the Tigers, no doubt...whether they can get past the Cards, tho...that's a bold prediction.

      Paulie

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  4. Clemson, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh
    Louisville, Virginia, Miami, Syracuse
    Louisville, ND, Florida St., Duke
    ND, Florida St.
    ND

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  5. Your All ACC teams:

    2016-17 All-ACC Team as selected by the Blue Ribbon Panel
    First Team
    Lexie Brown, Jr., G, Duke
    Rebecca Greenwell, R-Jr., G, Duke
    Leticia Romero, Sr., G, Florida State
    Shakayla Thomas, Jr., F, Florida State
    Asia Durr, So., G, Louisville
    Myisha Hines-Allen, Jr., F, Louisville
    Lindsay Allen, Sr., G, Notre Dame
    Brianna Turner, Jr., F, Notre Dame
    Alexis Peterson, Sr., G, Syracuse
    Brittney Sykes, R-Sr., G, Syracuse

    Second Team
    Mariya Moore, Jr., F, Louisville
    Adrienne Motley, Sr., G, Miami
    Jessica Thomas, Sr., G, Miami
    Miah Spencer, Sr., G, NC State
    Dominique Wilson, Sr., G, NC State

    All-ACC Freshman Team
    Kobi Thornton, Fr., P, Clemson
    Leaonna Odom, Fr., F, Duke
    Francesca Pan, Fr., G, Georgia Tech
    Jackie Young, Fr., G, Notre Dame
    Gabby Cooper, Fr., G, Syracuse
    Dominique Toussaint Fr., G, Virginia
    Jocelyn Willoughby, Fr., G, Virginia
    Alex Sharp, Fr., G, Wake Forest

    Paulie

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  6. Louisville over Virginia TECH second round!
    MLW One game @ a time!
    Go Card's ☺ smiley face only shows up.

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  7. Congrat. to Maryria, Myisha and Asia. Maryria should have made the first team.
    Go Cards.
    Merv

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  8. Not surprising we had zero freshman make the all freshman team. No one received enough consistent minutes to have a major impact. What's surprising is Erin Boley of ND didn't have a big enough year to make the team.

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  9. I believe the only McDonalds All American to make the all freshman team was Jackie Young

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