Mar 22, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guard Marcus Paige (5) shoots a jumpshot as Villanova Wildcats guard James Bell (32) defends in the second half of the game during the second round of the 2013 NCAA tournament at the Sprint Center. North Carolina won 78-71. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

NCAA Tournament Four Corners: There Were Four Now We Have Three from the ACC

March Madness is in full swing and four teams from the ACC had caught the virus until NC State was cured by Temple Friday afternoon.  The Wolfpack will have to settle for the old phrase wait until next year as their tournament hopes were crushed by an Owl.  North Carolina survived it’s game with Villanova while duke and Miami coasted through their first round opponent.  Over the past two days there are dozens of moments we can look at, but tonight we will focus on four things that matter moving forward.

One: NC State is out of the tournament. If UNC cannot move past Kansas on Sunday assuming Kansas defeats Western Kentucky the Wolfpack who were favored to win the ACC ended their season before UNC.  Reporters were actually asking CJ Leslie and lorenzo Brown if they were coming back.  Are either impact players at the next level? I did not think so either.

Two: Marcus Paige is looking less and less like a freshman each game I watch him play.  His three point shot to extend the lead back to four late in the game was as cool a shot as I have seen from a young player in a long time.  Paige is managing the game well and rarely makes the same mistake.  Sunday will be a prime opportunity for the youngster to take his game to another level if the Tar Heels can move past Kansas.

Three: I am breaking up with Georgetown.  Never again can I allow them to ruin my brackets as they do every year. Have you been a victim of the Georgetown promise?  The promise to go deep in tournament only to ruin your bracket on day one.  I vow never to pick Georgetown again until the brackets come out next year and they lure me back with false promises and lies.

Four:  Roy Williams won his 700th game tonight and I am very glad that it came against a quality opponent in the NCAA tournament.  When Coach Smith broke the record for most wins ever by a NCAA Coach he did it in the NCAA tournament.  Congratulations Coach Williams on your 700th win! We hope the boys give you 701 on Sunday.

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