ACC Tournament 2012 Schedule: Start Times, Live Streaming and TV Info

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistMarch 5, 2012

DURHAM, NC - MARCH 03:  Harrison Barnes #40 of the North Carolina Tar Heels celebrates with his head coach Roy Williams after a 88-70 victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 3, 2012 in Durham, North Carolina. The North Carolina Tar Heels won the ACC regular season title with their win against the Duke Blue Devils.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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After a lackluster end to the regular season, with North Carolina destroying Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium, the ACC kicks off its conference tournament to determine who really is the big boy on the block. 

Obviously, the two teams that everyone will be watching are North Carolina and Duke. Those two programs met in the finals last season, with the Blue Devils coming out on top.

There is good depth in the conference this year, starting with Florida State, so don't think that the Tar Heels and Blue Devils will have an easy time when the games start. 


Where: All Games at Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA

When: March 8-11


First Round—March 8, 2012 (All Games Broadcast on ESPNU and ACC Network, Streaming on

Game 1: No. 8 Maryland vs. No. 9 Wake Forest, 12:00 p.m. EDT

Game 2: No. 5 North Carolina State vs. No. 12 Boston College, 2:00 p.m. EDT

Game 3: No. 7 Clemson vs. No. 10 Virginia Tech, 7:00 p.m. EDT

Game 4: No. 6 Miami vs. No. 11 Georgia Tech, 9:00 p.m. EDT


Quarterfinals—March 9, 2012 (All Games Broadcast on ESPN 2 and ACC Network)

Game 5: No. 1 North Carolina vs. Maryland/Wake Forest Winner, 12:00 p.m. EDT

Game 6: No. 4 Virginia vs. NC State/Boston College Winner, 2:00 p.m. EDT

Game 7: No. 2 Duke vs. Clemson/Virginia Tech Winner, 7:00 p.m. EDT

Game 8: No. 3 Florida State vs. Miami/Georgia Tech Winner, 9:00 p.m. EDT


Semifinals—March 10, 2012 (All Games Broadcast on ESPN and ACC Network)

Game 9: Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner, 1:00 p.m. EDT

Game 10: Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner, 3:00 p.m. EDT (Streaming on


Finals—March 11, 2012 (ESPN and ACC Network, Streaming on

Game 11: Game 9 Winner vs. Game 10 Winner


Teams To Watch

CHAPEL HILL, NC - FEBRUARY 08:  Tyler Zeller #44 of the North Carolina Tar Heels drives to the basket against Mason Plumlee #5 of the Duke Blue Devils during their game at the Dean Smith Center on February 8, 2012 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  (Photo b
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Everything starts with the two Tobacco Road teams: Duke and North Carolina. 

They have met twice already this season—one was a classic, the other was a slaughter. The Blue Devils and Tar Heels are the class of the conference, and no one else is particularly close. 

The Blue Devils are going to go as far as Austin Rivers can carry them. The super frosh has gotten better as the season has gone on, but he did struggle in the final game against North Carolina. He can't let that linger with him in this tournament.

The Tar Heels have proven over the last three weeks that they are the class of the conference. Since that home loss to Duke, they have been steamrolling everyone. Going into enemy territory on Saturday night could have taken its toll on them, but they responded with one of their best all-around games of the year. 

Florida State did beat both teams earlier this year, including a 33-point destruction of North Carolina. If the Seminoles are going to conquer the two titans of the ACC, they will have to play with the same intensity and consistency on offense that they do on defense.