Duke (27-4) was ranked No. 5 and
(24-6) was No. 6 in The Associated Press’ poll on Monday, two days after the Tar Heels’ 81-67 win over Duke. North Carolina
When possible, the committee that selects the NCAA tournament tries to keep teams with regional seeds of No. 1 through No. 4 close to home. Duke and
both seem certain to secure seeds of No. 4 or higher. North Carolina
If the Tar Heels and Blue Devils both play in
, they will be in separate “pods” or brackets, and wouldn’t face each other there. Charlotte
“We probably should be there, and I’d rather be there,” Krzyzewski said of
during a news conference Monday, “because it’s closer, and. . .it’s Friday-Sunday, too. So if you do go to Sunday in the ACC championship game, it’s really a lot better for both of the two teams that play Sunday to be given a Friday-Sunday thing.” Charlotte
During the ACC coaches’ teleconference Monday,
North Carolina coach Roy Williams also sounded receptive to playing in . Charlotte
"I'm sure that we would all love it, but you've heard me say before -- it's not just where you play, but how you play when you get there,” he said. “But there's no question it would be a lot easier for everybody, just to travel and the accessibility for our parents and fans and everyone."
Williams said he doesn’t pay attention to seeding, but laughed and said he prefers to play some place where there is warm weather.
Krzyzewski said he expects Duke to be rewarded for its strong regular season with a high seed.
“I would think it’s at least a 2, no matter what happens [in the ACC tournament],” Krzyzewski said. “And it could be a 1.”
Duke held its pre-ACC tournament news conference Monday afternoon, and its players still were frustrated with their performance Saturday with the conference regular season title on the line.
The Blue Devils broke down defensively against the Tar Heels and gave up 51 first-half points.
“We feel like we could have won that game if we had the right mind set and effort to stop them,” said Duke senior guard Nolan Smith. “. . .I think everybody’s mad. They know we messed up.”
With spring break taking place this week, players will have extra time to improve and catch up on their rest as they prepare to meet the N.C. State-Maryland winner at 7 p.m. Friday in the ACC quarterfinals in
“We haven’t had just a week to get better and practice in a while,” said junior center Mason Plumlee.