29 games played and it comes down to the last game.
Sunday, March 7 at 6:00 against Wake Forest.
The game against Wake will be the Tigers only match against Wake this season, barring an ACC tournament rematch, which is not out of the realm of possibility.
So here we are.
This season the Tigers have played through ups and downs. They beat a then and now ranked Butler team after falling to Texas A&M in the 76 Classic in Anaheim.
They let a 23 point lead disappear against Illinois in the ACC-Big Ten challenge to lose the game 76-74.
They accelerated the UNC trainwreck with a proper throttling of the Tarheels in Littlejohn.
They played through Stitt's injury in the NCSU game.
They could not escape the distance and the frigid air in Chestnut Hill and lost a game they should have won to BC.
They battled in the Snow in Blacksburg, but came up short, 70-59.
They followed up the loss to VT with a string of three wins before another Illinois-like collapse against MD, in which the Tigers relinquished an 18 pt lead.
Again, the Tigers showed their resilience after the MD loss and put together two wins, including Trevor Booker and David Potter's final game in Littlejohn, a 91-80 beat down of GT, who had just barely defeated the Tigers earlier this year in ATL, 66-64.
Now, the Tigers have these options in front of them: (from D1scourse.typepad.com)
No. 3 with a win AND a Florida State win
No. 3 with a win AND a Virginia Tech loss
No. 4 with a win AND a Virginia Tech win AND a Florida State loss
No. 4 with a loss AND a Florida State loss
No. 6 with a loss AND a Florida State win
The formula is simple, a win for the Tigers and they will assure themselves of a first round bye in the ACC tournament.
A loss requires a bit of new math in order for the Tigers to procure a first round bye.
This seeding, of course, predicates the big tournament. Which, according to some analysts, the Tigers are a lock; while to others, the Tigers still have some work to do to make reservations.
This is it Tigers.
Win and you're in; or out- or whatever preposition you need. Sunday's game against Wake is nearly a must-win if the Tigers want to solidify their NCAA tournament hopes and grab a first round ACC tournament bye.