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By Marc Lawrence — From the Playbook Basketball Newsletter: Only three times in the last 43 ACC basketball tourneys has the title game not featured either Duke or North Carolina.

In fact it’s happened only ONCE since 1991 when Wake Forest edged Georgia Tech, 75-74.

The good news is that should they face one another in the ACC semifinals on March 12 the domination will continue for at least another season.

Every Breath You Take

Gonzaga’s bid to go wire-to-wire No. 1 is now in its final week.

The Zags received 61 of 63 first-place votes from a media panel in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll released Monday as they attempt to become the first wire-to-wire No. 1 since Kentucky in 2014-15.

“I don’t know about how important it is and all that. I mean it would be a heck of an accomplishment, quite frankly,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. “It’s hard to be the front-runner and lead the mile all four laps. Everybody’s gunning for you.”

Gonzaga will likely be a No. 1 seed regardless of what happens this week and could be gunning to become the first team to finish a perfect season since Indiana in 1975-76. To read more on this week’s College Hoops rankings click here.

Trending Today

Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie has told the team to prioritize making Jalen Hurts successful in 2021 as opposed to creating a true quarterback competition.

Hurts is currently the only quarterback under contract in Philadelphia. More quarterbacks will be added, but Lurie wants his staff to build around Hurts.

Philadelphia agreed to trade Carson Wentz to Indianapolis last month for a 2021 third-round pick and a conditional 2022 second-rounder that can turn into a first-round pick.

The Eagles hold the No. 6 overall pick in the draft and could be in the market for a receiver.

Two of the top wideouts in the draft class, Jaylen Waddle and DeVonta Smith, were teammates of Hurts at Alabama.

There is a strong likelihood that one of the two will likely be wearing an Eagles uniform in 2021.

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