When and Where: Thursday - Sunday, Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC
Last year: Florida State advanced through the tourney by beating Miami, Duke and North Carolina. They got no favors from the bracket as they won their first ever ACC Title. The ACC is unique in that they do not honor an official regular season champion, having ended that practice in 1961. Fans still get jazzed (and rightfully so) and schools hang banners, but to win the ACC you have win the ACCT.
This year: The media pegged NC State as the preseason favorite, but they finished with the No. 5 seed. Instead, Miami got on an early roll and won their first 13 ACC games. They stumbled a bit down the stretch (2-3) but still finished a game ahead of Duke.
The favorite: With Ryan Kelly Duke is 18-0. Without Kelly they're 9-4. Unfortunately for the rest of the ACC, Kelly is back and helped Duke to a home win over Miami and then curb stomps of Wake Forest and North Carolina. In those games he made 9-14 3s (64%).
Duke's one weakness is their defense, which is "only" the 24th best nationally. But from 2007-2011 they were top 10, and that's where Coach K expects to be. Last year they were awful on defense, and this year they've struggled at times, especially when Kelly was out. The primary problem is that they are giving opponents too many possessions. They're pedestrian at forcing turnovers (122nd) and aren't a very good defensive rebounding team (229th).
Duke has won 10 of the past 14 ACC Tournaments.