As it becomes more likely that the Hoos will need to win the ACC Tournament to make the field of 64, focus shifts to the annual spring gathering that's held in Durham this year. In order to win the ACC Tournament, you must first qualify for it.

As each ACC series preview has noted, the top twelve teams qualify. That means two conference squads are left at home with their season over.

UVA is currently in its annual exam break with the next game scheduled for May 3 against Louisville. But while the Hoos crack open their blue books, the rest of the league is chugging along. Let's see where things stand heading into the weekend.

Current Standings

Atlantic ACC Overall
Louisville 15-6 36-9
NC State 14-10 34-12
Florida State 14-10 28-15
Clemson 12-12 27-18
Wake Forest 12-12 27-20
Notre Dame 12-12 19-23
Boston College 8-16 24-24
Coastal ACC Overall
North Carolina 15-9 34-12
Georgia Tech 15-9 30-14
Miami 14-10 31-14
Duke 13-11 27-17
Virginia 10-14 27-20
Virginia Tech 7-17 24-22
Pitt 4-17 16-28

This Weekend's Action

Pitt at Florida State

Western Carolina at Georgia Tech

Louisville at Notre Dame

Radford at NC State

Bethune-Cookman at Miami

Gardner-Webb at Clemson (2 games)

Boston College at Virginia Tech

VCU at Duke (2 games)

Series Spotlight

With Wake Forest and UNC joining the Hoos without a series this weekend, several ACC teams are playing games outside the league. The Louisville at Notre Dame and Boston College at Virginia Tech series do have some intrigue.

A Louisville series win will tie Notre Dame in the loss column with UVA. And a Louisville sweep puts the Irish ahead in the loss column. The Hoos won the series with Notre Dame this year so those extra losses for the Irish could have some importance should the teams tie.

Of course, UVA hosts Louisville next weekend while Notre Dame plays out of the league. The Irish will have just a series left against Boston College after this weekend. That combination does not favor UVA so any gains this weekend could be erased ultimately.

As mentioned already, UVA hosts ACC leader Louisville next weekend. That will be a tough task. Looking past the Cardinals, the Hoos then hit the road to finish league play in Blacksburg. That's sure to be an emotionally charged series.

In the competition to stay out of thirteenth place, it's great for UVA that one of the two teams with legit shots to pass UVA will have to take a couple losses. After this weekend, the Eagles only have the series at Notre Dame remaining in ACC play. The Hokies will only have the UVA series remaining. For UVA's purposes, a sweep by either team would be ideal. Other than that, the Hoos are probably ambivalent about who takes the series.


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Baseball, 2019, Exam Break
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