The ACC Tournament starts on Tuesday afternoon at the Barclays Center in New York; some picks and predictions for the event

The ACC Tournament starts on Tuesday afternoon at the Barclays Center in New York; some picks and predictions for the event.

The University of Louisville won't play in the ACC Tournament until Thursday.

But the Cardinals will leave tomorrow morning for New York City and the ACC Tournament will begin a five-day run tomorrow at the Barclays Center in New York City with the first three games.

Cardinal Authority will be on site covering the event.

Here are a few odds and ends before the tournament:

LOUISVILLE'S PATH: Louisville (24-7) has a tough path to the finals, including an opener that is likely going to be No. 5 seed Duke.

The Cardinals are the No. 4 seed and will have a double-bye and won't play until Thursday. Duke will play the winner of Tuesday's N.C. State-Clemson game on Wednesday at 2 p.m.

The Cardinals would then likely have to play ACC regular-season champion North Carolina in the semifinals before playing either Florida State, Notre Dame or Virginia in the title game.

Remember, it's not supposed to be easy.

HOMECOMING FOR THE CARDS: Not only is Rick Pitino from the New York area, but so is Donovan Mitchell.

There will be plenty of support for Pitino, Mitchell and the Cardinals in the Big Apple.

It will be a huge stage for Mitchell, the leading scorer for the Cardinals and the first-team All-ACC performer. Mitchell's father works for the New York Mets organization and while he played high school ball at a prep school he's still well-known in the area.

ODDS TO WIN TITLE: North Carolina is the pick to win the title, according to the bookmakers in Las Vegas.

Louisville is the second-choice followed by Duke, while Virginia is next and the lowest odds from a team in the bottom of the bracket. After Virginia it's Florida State and then Notre Dame before Syracuse and Miami.

SLEEPER PICK: Notre Dame is the No. 3 seed but just the sixth-best team in the odds and kind of forgotten.

Remember, the Irish made a run to win the title in 2015 and are sitting in a nice spot in the bracket again this time around. The Wake Forest and Boston College winner will play Virginia Tech and then Notre Dame gets the survivor.

Prior to Saturday's loss at Louisville, Notre Dame had won four in a row.

VALUE PICK: Virginia Tech is 40-1 to win the title and has been playing really solid ball in recent weeks.

The Hokies did just lose to Wake Forest, a team they will likely play in the second round, which means they have the revenge factor. And then it would be Notre Dame before perhaps Florida State or Virginia in the semifinals.

It's not a likely thing to happen, but at 40-1 that's great odds.

WINNING THE TITLE: It's been Duke's title nine times since the turn of the century, but the Blue Devils haven't won the ACC Tournament title since the 2011 season.

Florida State won in 2012, Miami in '13 before Virginia and Notre Dame won the next two years. North Carolina won last year and the Tar Heels are trying to win back-to-back titles for the first time since the 2007 and '08 seasons.

THE PICK: I'm going with the homer pick.

I do think Louisville will knock off Duke and then gets revenge for the loss at North Carolina before overcoming a lot of recent frustrations in the title game by beating Virginia.

Let's go with Quentin Snider as the MVP of the tournament and the Cards make a case for a No. 1 seed.

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