The nation's best teams and most exciting players will gather in Greensboro, N.C. this week for the ACC Tournament. Things will tip off on Tuesday and continue through Saturday, with every game televised on ESPN or ESPN2 and the ACC Network.
The top five teams are more or less locked into the NCAA Tournament -- Virginia, Duke, Notre Dame, Louisville and North Carolina won't be required to do much to punch their tickets. The real intrigue lies in the bubble section. N.C. State and Miami can solidify their resumes with a good win or two, although the Hurricanes are more bubbly than other teams in this conference.
One team that desperately needs a boost is Pittsburgh. The Panthers' bubble all but burst after closing out the regular season with three straight losses, and they find themselves playing a red-hot Wolfpack in the second round. Pittsburgh will need to pull off several big wins this week just to get back in the conversation, and even then they could end up disappointed on Selection Sunday.
The ACC tournament will be without one familiar face this year after Syracuse self-imposed a postseason ban. As a result, 14 teams will compete. The top four seeds get a double-bye into the quarterfinals, while the next six teams have a single bye into the second round. The bottom four teams must play each other in the first round. After the first two rounds, the tournament follows a standard eight-team format.
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- Virginia Cavaliers
- Duke Blue Devils
- Notre Dame Fighting Irish
- Louisville Cardinals
- North Carolina Tar Heels
- Miami Hurricanes
- N.C. State Wolfpack
- Clemson Tigers
- Florida State Seminoles
- Pittsburgh Panthers
- Wake Forest Demon Deacons
- Boston College Eagles
- Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
- Virginia Tech Hokies
The ACC has an official downloadable bracket available here.
Schedule and results (all times Eastern)
Tuesday, March 10 (First round)
Game 1: No. 12 Boston College 66, No. 13 Georgia Tech 65 (Game reactions from our Boston College blog and Georgia Tech blog)
Game 2: No. 14 Virginia Tech 81, No. 11 Wake Forest 80 (Game reactions from our Virginia Tech blog and Wake Forest blog)
Wednesday, March 11 (Second round)
Game 3: No. 9 Florida State 76, No. 8 Clemson 73 (Game reactions from our Florida State blog and Clemson blog)
Game 4: No. 5 North Carolina 81, No. 12 Boston College 63 (Game reactions from our North Carolina blog and Boston College blog)
Game 5: No. 7 N.C. State 81, No. 10 Pittsburgh 70 (Game reactions from our N.C. State blog and Pitt blog)
Game 6: No. 6 Miami 59, No. 14 Virginia Tech 49 (Game reactions from our Miami blog and Virginia Tech blog)
Thursday, March 12 (Quarterfinals)
Game 7: No. 1 Virginia 58, No. 9 Florida State 44 (Game reactions from our Virginia blog and Florida State blog)
Game 8: No. 5 North Carolina 70, No. 4 Louisville 60 (Game reactions from our North Carolina blog and Louisville blog)
Game 9: No. 2 Duke 77, No. 7 N.C. State 53 (Game reactions from our Duke blog and N.C. State blog)
Game 10: No. 3 Notre Dame 70, No. 6 Miami 63 (Game reactions from our Notre Dame blog and Miami blog)
Friday, March 13 (Semifinals)
Game 11: No. 5 North Carolina 71, No. 1 Virginia 67
Game 12: No. 3 Notre Dame 74, No. 2 Duke 64
Saturday, March 14 (Championship)
No. 3 Notre Dame, 90 No. 5 North Carolina 82
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