3 top 10 teams favored at ACC women's tourney

JOEDY McCREARY AP Sports Writer Published:

Rarely has the Atlantic Coast Conference women's basketball tournament been this top-heavy.

Each of the top three seeds is ranked in the top 10. It's the first time that's happened since 2007, and just the third time in the event's history.

No. 5 Duke (24-4) holds the top seed. No. 7 Miami (25-4) is second and No. 6 Maryland (25-4) third for the tournament that begins Thursday in Greensboro, N.C.

Terrapins coach Brenda Frese says it reminds her of the 2006 tournament. Maryland lost to North Carolina in the ACC title game that year, then wound up joining the Blue Devils and Tar Heels at the Final Four and won the national championship.

Miami's Katie Meier says there's no way anyone can predict who's going to win.