61st ACC Tournament Gets Under Way Wednesday

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by Brian Morrison

March 9, 2014, GREENSBORO, N.C. (ISN) – Regular-season champion Virginia will be the top seed for the 61st annual Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Tournament, which gets under way Wednesday, March 12, at the Greensboro Coliseum.

The Cavaliers (25-6, 16-2), who are seeded No. 1 for the first time since 1981, will join second-seeded Syracuse (27-4, 14-4), third-seeded Duke (24-7, 13-5) and fourth -seeded North Carolina (23-8, 13-5) in earning a double bye into Friday’s quarterfinal round.

The tournament, which for the first time will feature 15 teams and 14 total games, gets under way Wednesday with three first-round contests. No. 12 Wake Forest (16-15, 6-12)  faces No. 13 Notre Dame (15-16, 6-12) at 1 p.m., followed by No. 10 Miami (16-15, 7-11) vs. No. 15 Virginia Tech (9-21, 2-16) at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday’s schedule concludes with a 7 p.m. game between No. 11 Georgia Tech (15-16, 6-12) and No. 14 Boston College (8-23, 4-14).

Thursday’s second-round schedule features four games, beginning with No. 8  Maryland (17-14, 9-9) taking on No. 9 Florida State (18-12, 9-9) at noon. No. 5 Pitt (23-8, 11-7) will face the Wake Forest-Notre Dame winner at 2 p.m., followed by No. 7 NC State (19-12, 9-9) against the Virginia Tech-Miami winner at 7 p.m.  The session concludes with No. 6 Clemson (19-11, 10-8) meeting the Georgia Tech-Boston College winner at 9 p.m.

Thursday’s winners advance to face the tournament’s top four seeds on Friday, when play will again resume at 12 noon.  The semifinals are set for 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, with the championship tipping on Sunday at 1 p.m. The tournament winner receives the ACC’s automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.

61st Annual ACC Tournament

March 12-16, 2014

Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum

Wednesday, March 12 (First Round)

#12 Wake Forest vs. #13 Notre Dame      ESPN2/ACCN      1:00

#10 Miami vs. #15 Virginia Tech ESPN2/ACCN      3:30

#11 Georgia Tech vs. #14 Boston College ESPN2/ACCN      7:00

Thursday, March 13 (Second Round)

#8 Maryland vs. #9 Florida State       ESPN/ACCN       noon

#5 Pittsburgh vs. #12 vs. #13 winner    ESPN/ACCN       2:00

#7 NC State vs. #10 vs. #15 winner      ESPN/ACCN       7:00

#6 Clemson vs. #11 vs. #14 winner       ESPN/ACCN       9:00

Friday, March 14 (Quarterfinals)

#1 Virginia vs. tba     ESPN or ESPN2/ACCN      noon

#4 North Carolina vs. tba       ESPN or ESPN2/ACCN      2:00

#2 Syracuse vs. tba     ESPN or ESPN2/ACCN      7:00

#3 Duke vs. tba ESPN or ESPN2/ACCN      9:00

Saturday, March 15 (Semifinals)

Game #12        ESPN/ACCN       1:00

Game #13        ESPN/ACCN       3:00

Sunday, March 16 (Finals)

Game #14        ESPN/ACCN       1:00

Standings:

        ACC Games                               Overall

Team    W       L       Pct.    Hm      Rd      W       L       Pct.    Hm      Rd      Nu      Streak

Virginia        16      2       .889    9-0     7-2     25      6       .806    15-2    7-4     3-0     Lost 1

Syracuse        14      4       .778    7-2     7-2     27      4       .871    16-2    8-2     3-0     Won 1

Duke    13      5       .722    9-0     4-5     24      7       .774    17-0    4-5     3-2     Won 1

North Carolina  13      5       .722    8-1     5-4     23      8       .742    15-3    6-5     2-0     Lost 1

Pittsburgh      11      7       .611    4-5     7-2     23      8       .742    13-5    7-2     3-1     Won 1

Clemson 10      8       .556    6-3     4-5     19      11      .633    13-3    4-7     2-1     Lost 1

NC State        9       9       .500    5-4     4-5     19      12      .613    13-6    6-6     0-0     Won 2

Maryland        9       9       .500    7-2     2-7     17      14      .548    12-4    2-8     3-2     Won 2

Florida State   9       9       .500    4-5     5-4     18      12      .621    9-4     6-6     3-1     Lost 1

Miami   7       11      .389    3-6     4-5     16      15      .516    8-8     7-6     1-1     Won 1

Georgia Tech    6       12      .333    3-6     3-6     15      16      .484    10-7    5-7     0-2     Won 2

Wake Forest     6       12      .333    5-4     1-8     16      15      .516    14-4    1-9     1-2     Lost 1

Notre Dame      6       12      .333    5-4     1-8     15      16      .484    13-6    1-9     1-1     Lost 2

Boston College  4       14      .222    1-8     3-6     8       23      .258    4-9     3-11    1-3     Lost 2

Virginia Tech   2       16      .111    1-8     1-8     9       21      .300    8-10    1-8     0-3     Lost 6

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