The ACC Tournament kicks off today as the Virginia Cavaliers square off against the Miami Hurricanes, and the victor will advance to play the North Carolina Tar Heels.

The ACC Tournament gets started in Greensboro, NC on Thursday afternoon, and two of the teams that have struggled for the majority of the season are going to try to get some positive mojo going. Either the Miami Hurricanes or the Virginia Cavaliers will live to fight another day to take on the awaiting North Carolina Tar Heels

Miami HurricanesThin Canes Need Big Game From Johnson

The Miami Hurricanes really don't have that deep of a squad, especially since DeQuan Jones hasn't been in the lineup in eight games. There are only five scorers that are averaging more than 4.1 PPG on the season, and these five end up spending a tremendous amount of time on the court.

Malcolm Grant is the scoring leader in the bunch with 14.9 PPG, while Durant Scott is good for 13.2 PPG. However, the man that really needs to step it up is Reggie Johnson. A legit center at 6'10", 303 lbs, Johnson has the ability to throw his weight around in the paint. He does have three straight games with at least a dozen boards, but averaging just 12.0 PPG and 9.7 RPG just doesn't seem quite right for a man his size.

The Hurricanes aren't a particularly great rebounding team, and if Johnson isn't at his best, the squad is really in some trouble on the glass.

Cavvies Catching Fire at Right Time

Virginia CavaliersAll of a sudden, UVA really came on strong at the end of the season and won four of its last five games to at least put it in a spot where it could be an NIT team. The team is averaging allowing just 62.2 PPG this year, a great number considering how much offense there is in the ACC.

Shooting 38.7 percent from beyond the arc is a great number (No. 23 in the country, in fact), but it just isn't showing up on the scoreboard. The Cavaliers are only averaging 61.9 PPG, ranking No. 311 in the country. Since Mike Scott has been knocked out of the lineup, the scoring onus really has been on Mustapha Farrakhan and Joe Harris. These two guards are averaging 13.5 PPG and 10.6 PPG respectively, and they are the leaders of this club when things get tough.

Rebounding is also a huge problem. UVA not only lost its best scorer, but its best rebounder as well when Scott saw his season come to an end just 10 games in. Now, only Assane Sene is averaging even five boards per game. The Cavs are outrebounding their foes for the season, but only by a margin of less than a rebound per game.

Stacking Up the ACC Tournament Odds

For whatever reason, these two teams have some weird quirks about Thursday games. Virginia is just 2-10 ATS in its last 12 played on this day of the week, while Miami is 10-2 ATS in its last 12 in this situation.

Neither one of these teams really has gained the upper hand on the other in recent years. The two have split 10 meetings from an ATS standpoint, while the Canes have the slender 6-4 SU edge since January 2005 in this rivalry.

My Pick: Though the NCAA Basketball odds makers have tabbed the Cavaliers as the underdogs in this one, we're not so sure that it is justified. We're going to take the three points given to us on the betting odds boards and run, knowing that we can win both with an outright victory, or with a game that really comes down to the wire.