The ACC men's basketball tournament will return to Greensboro, N.C. for the third time in four years in 2013. The conference's 12 teams will square off in the annual four-day event that will crown an ACC champion and earn one team an automatic bid to the 2013 NCAA tournament.
A year ago, Florida State shocked the college basketball universe in Atlanta, taking out Duke in the semifinals and then upending North Carolina in the final to clinch the school's first ever ACC tournament.
Will we see a similar Cinderella-type run this March, or will the top dogs reign supreme?
Here we'll get you set with everything you need to know to make sure you don't miss a minute of the action this March.
Where: Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, N.C.
When: Thursday, March 14 through Sunday, March 17
Watch: ACC Network, ESPN and ESPN2
Live Streaming: ESPN3
Will Miami Affirm Champion Status?
The Hurricanes shocked the nation this season with their incredible 13-0 start in ACC play. Miami proved it was for real early in the season, knocking off Michigan State at home and then blasting Duke by nearly 30 points at home in January.
Since those big-time victories, though, Jim Larranaga's squad has come back down to earth. The 'Canes are the regular-season ACC champs, but there's still a lot of basketball to be played in Greensboro this week, and the argument can be made that the Blue Devils are once again the team to beat at the ACC tournament.
After all, Miami has dropped three of its last five games overall, including a 79-76 loss at Duke less than two weeks ago.
Mike Krzyzewski's Blue Devils have won three straight to conclude the regular season and look like the biggest threat to Miami's conference title chances this March. Keep in mind that Duke has won three of the last four ACC tournaments and 10 of the last 14 overall.
Which Teams Will Surprise?
Selection Sunday won't take place until after this week's ACC tournament, but that doesn't mean there won't be any madness in Greensboro.
While most agree that Miami and Duke are the two favorites to meet for all the marbles in Sunday's championship game, there's a good chance we'll see an upset or two along the way. Virginia and NC State are both talented teams that finished above .500 in the conference this season. Plus, each boasts a win over Duke this season.
The North Carolina Tar Heels should also be considered a threat this week as they'll be playing relatively close to home as well. Not to mention, prior to Saturday's embarrassing loss to rival Duke to round out the regular season, Roy Williams' Tar Heels had won six straight conference games that included three on the road.
Outside of the top five teams, though, the rest of the ACC is .500 or worse in conference play this season. That means that fans shouldn't expect a whole lot from most of the teams playing in the first round on Thursday.
2013 ACC Tournament Schedule (via TheACC.com)
|Date||Round||Game||Start Time (ET)||Network|
|Thursday, March 14||1st Round||
No. 8 Georgia Tech vs. No. 9 BC
No. 12 Virginia Tech vs. No. 5 NC State
No. 10 Wake Forest vs. No. 7 Maryland
No. 11 Clemson vs. No. 6 Florida State
|Friday, March 15||Quarters||
No. 1 Miami vs. Game 1 winner
No. 4 Virginia vs. Game 2 winner
No. 2 Duke vs. Game 3 winner
No. 3 North Carolina vs. Game 4 winner
|Saturday, March 16||Semis||
Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner
Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner
|Sunday, March 17||Final||Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner||1 p.m.||ESPN|
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