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BOZICH | ACC Snapshot: Would you pay $3,866.25 to watch Coach K chase Win 1,000 here?

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Mike Krzyzewski (right) could have a chance to win his 1,000th game against Rick Pitino at Louisville Jan. 17. Mike Krzyzewski (right) could have a chance to win his 1,000th game against Rick Pitino at Louisville Jan. 17.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The Atlantic Coast Conference scheduled like the league office expected everybody to be watching the NFL playoffs Saturday.

The ACC has four teams ranked in the Top 20 and none were positioned in the same Area Code.

The league is projected to push six or seven teams into the NCAA Tournament – and none were in the same arena Saturday.

What did I learn from the first Saturday of ACC play?

Several things:

1. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is on target to win his 1,000th game in Louisville. Bring money.

Duke visits the KFC Yum! Center Jan. 17. I checked StubHub.com for a snapshot on ticket prices.

Got your checkbook? Your change jar? And the college fund for all of your children.

Somebody is asking $3,866.25 – each – for two courtside seats. There are 42 tickets priced at $1,100 or more.

Out of your price range?

The cheapest seats listed are priced at $123.93, but you'll have to sit in Row S, Section 315, behind the basket in the upper arena.

What's going on? Well, it will be Duke's first trip to the KFC Yum! Center. And Coach K won his 996th game against Boston College Saturday.

If Duke beats Wake Forest and North Carolina State on the road and Miami at home, he'll try to become the first college coach to roll into four figures here Jan. 17.

2. Advantage, Virginia. I know the Cavaliers wheezed to a double-overtime victory at Miami Saturday. That's the point.

The Cavaliers won a game they tried to give away by missing free throws and fouling Miami guard Angel Rodriguez behind the three-point line, enabling Rodriguez to put the game into overtime with 0.9 seconds left in regulation.

Did I mention it was a road game?

Good. Eight ACC games have been played, two prior to Saturday.

Three teams have won on the road: Syracuse at Virginia Tech; North Carolina at Clemson and Virginia at Miami.

That Virginia win is the best one in the group. The Cavaliers won because they got five three-point field goals from guard London Perrantes, a guy who had only made five of 21 three-pointers all season.

That's why I say, “Advantage, Virginia.”

3. Louisville needs to win Sunday night at Wake Forest.

The Demon Deacons are one of five ACC teams ranked outside the Top 100 by Ken Pomeroy. Ditto for Jeff Sagarin.

Pomeroy ranks Wake Forest 122nd and projects the Cards to win, 69-60. Sagarin ranks Wake 127th and projects Louisville to win by 13.

The other ACC teams that are not ranked in the Top 100 by Sagarin are Virginia Tech, Boston College, Clemson and Florida State. The Cards visit Boston College and Florida State, but not the other two.

Gotta pop the patsies if you expect to win the league.

4. Notre Dame could make the ACC's Big Four a Fab Five. But hold the applause on North Carolina State.

I know the Wolfpack sit at the top of the league with Notre Dame. Both teams have won their first two league games. Both have played twice at home.

But Notre Dame beat Michigan State in early December and backed that up with a 31-point beatdown of Purdue in Indianapolis. N.C. State lost to Purdue by five in West Lafayette. The best non-league win by the Wolfpack? Louisiana Tech by eight.

The Irish rank behind only Duke in Pomeroy's offensive efficiency numbers. They're fun to watch – and will visit the KFC Yum! Center March 4. I don't think StubHub will have any $3,866.25 tickets for that one.

5. North Carolina is getting there.

Are the Tar Heels soft? That's what some believe.

Have the Tar Heels lost games they should have won? That's my read of their losses to Butler and Iowa.

Were the Tar Heels outclassed by Kentucky? Isn't everybody?

Could Roy Williams use another shooter? You bet. Probably two.

But the Heels punished Clemson on the road Saturday night, winning 74-50. The game was over after 10 possessions.

The Tar Heels outrebounded the Tigers by 29, had 20 assists on 28 field goals and only turned the ball over six times.

North Carolina looks one guard shy of a load. But the Heels are getting there – and get Notre Dame (Monday) and Louisville (Saturday) at home this week.

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