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.
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)
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.