Louisville's head coach Rick Pitino shouts instructions to his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Georgia Tech, Tuesday, March 1, 2016 in Louisville Ky. Louisville won 56-53. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
Timothy D. Easley
March 04, 2016

A look at things to watch this week in the Atlantic Coast Conference:

GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 8 North Carolina at No. 17 Duke. The final weekend of the regular season includes a rematch of the fierce rivalry roughly 2 1/2 weeks after the Blue Devils won by a point in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels (24-6, 13-4) are tied with No. 7 Miami atop the league and can claim the No. 1 seed at the ACC Tournament with a win against the Blue Devils (22-8, 11-6). ''We'll have a big week of practice and go in there with a lot of energy,'' UNC senior Marcus Paige said after Monday's win against Syracuse. ''There's no reason for us not to.''

LOOKING AHEAD: The league begins play in its tournament in Washington on Tuesday. There will be several storylines, including whether the league will have a fifth straight champion from a school based outside of North Carolina to follow Notre Dame last year. And it will also be the second straight year the 15-team league will have only 14 teams in its tournament, with No. 11 Louisville sitting out due to a self-imposed ban due to NCAA violations as Syracuse did a year earlier.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: The league has six players with at least 10 double-doubles this season. North Carolina's Brice Johnson has a league-high 18 - including 39 points and 23 rebounds at Florida State - followed by Notre Dame's Zach Auguste (17), Georgia Tech's Charles Mitchell (15), Wake Forest's Devin Thomas (13), North Carolina State's Abdul-Malik Abu (13) and Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku (11). Johnson has posted 11 of his double-doubles in ACC play, while Onuaku (10) is the only other player to have at least 10 in league play.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Miami's Sheldon McClellan has been the Hurricanes' most reliable scorer. He's failed to reach double figures just three times all season and has a current streak of 17 games, including 17 points in Wednesday's win at Notre Dame. The redshirt senior is averaging 15.6 points on 50-percent shooting entering Saturday's regular-season finale at Virginia Tech.

ON THE WOMEN'S SIDE: The women's tournament is underway in its traditional home of Greensboro, North Carolina. Second-ranked and top-seeded Notre Dame begins its tournament play in Friday's quarterfinals along with No. 7 Louisville, the tournament's second seed. The semifinals are Saturday and the championship game is set for Sunday afternoon, with the Fighting Irish looking for a third title in as many seasons in the ACC.


Compiled by AP Basketball Writer Aaron Beard in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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