ACC Tournament: North Carolina, Miami (FL) Ready for Championship Showdown

If earlier this week, I told you that North Carolina would be in the ACC Championship game and not Duke, what would you say?

The Tar Heels are dancing this season; they just haven’t featured the elite status that they normally do here in 2012-13. However, it’s UNC, not their hated rivals Duke, who are playing on Sunday as part of the ACC Tournament title contest, despite the Blue Devils garnering much of the credit prior to the start of this past week’s bracket.

However, it’s North Carolina’s opponent in this title bout that deserves most of the attention.

Yes, I’m talking about the ACC’s regular season champion and No. 1 seed – the Miami (FL) Hurricanes. Head coach Jim Larranaga’s squad has taken the back road as the true favorite in this year’s ACC Tournament, but once again the Hurricanes have played their game and taken care of business, earning a right to play for their first conference tournament championship.

The Hurricanes and Tar Heels have squared off twice this season, with Miami coming out on top on each occasion. They always say how hard it is to be a team three consecutive times, so we will see what UNC has learned from their first two losses to Miami. What adjustments will they make? How will they limit the Hurricanes’ inside-outside combination?

We’re about to find out on Sunday.

Both of these teams will hear their name called on Sunday evening, but which one will take home the hardware and tournament crown?