Game 1 of the 2014 ACC tournament is now in the books. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons disposed of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish by a score of 81-69 on Wednesday afternoon. Wake Forest will now move on to play No. 5 Pittsburgh in Thursday's second round.
As Wednesday's second game gets under way, let's take a look at the updated schedule for the remainder of the tournament and give some predictions as to how it could all play out.
|Updated ACC Tournament Schedule Following Game 1|
|Time (ET)||Team 1||Team 2||TV Info|
|Wed., March 12|
|Final||No. 12 Wake Forest (W)||No. 13 Notre Dame (L)||ESPN2|
|3:30 p.m.||No. 10 Miami||No. 15 Virginia Tech||ESPN2|
|7 p.m.||No. 11 Georgia Tech||No. 14 Boston College||ESPN2|
|Thurs., March 13|
|12 p.m.||No. 8 Maryland||No. 9 Florida State||ESPN|
|2 p.m.||No. 5 Pittsburgh||No. 12 Wake Forest||ESPN|
|7 p.m.||No. 7 NC State||Game 2 Winner||ESPN|
|9 p.m.||No. 6 Clemson||Game 3 Winner||ESPN|
|Fri., March 14|
|12 p.m.||No. 1 Virginia||Game 4 Winner||ESPN|
|2 p.m.||No. 4 North Carolina||Game 5 winner||ESPN|
|7 p.m.||No. 2 Syracuse||Game 6 Winner||ESPN|
|9 p.m.||No. 3 Duke||Game 7 Winner||ESPN|
|Sat., March 15|
|1 p.m.||Game 8 Winner||Game 9 Winner||ESPN|
|3 p.m.||Game 10 Winner||Game 11 Winner||ESPN|
|Sun., March 16|
|1 p.m.||Game 12 Winner||Game 13 Winner||ESPN|
The ACC tournament can be live streamed on ESPN3.
Full tournament bracket can be viewed at TheACC.com.
After Wake Forest's win, they will be the first team to advance into the second round of play. Miami and Virginia Tech are just getting underway, and the Hurricanes shouldn't have trouble with a Hokies team that only won two conference games during the season. Later, Georgia Tech takes on Boston College, a team that the Yellow Jackets swept during the regular season—that trend will continue on Wednesday.
In Round 2, Maryland faces Florida State—these teams split their regular-season games. However, Maryland currently has a hot hand and will come out victorious here. Wake Forest meets Pittsburgh after, and the Demon Deacons will have trouble getting past the Panthers stout defense. Pittsburgh will advance through to the quarterfinals.
NC State is riding a hot streak, and should be able to ride that through to a victory against the Hurricanes. Clemson defeated Georgia Tech in two low-scoring contests during the regular season, and nothing has changed to think that their meeting in the ACC tournament would be any different.
The Terrapins run comes to an end in the quarterfinals, as taking on a Virginia team that only dropped two conference games during the regular season will be too much to handle. Pittsburgh will get its revenge against North Carolina in the quarterfinals, riding a hot streak to beat the recently struggling Tar Heels.
Syracuse struggled against NC State earlier this season, beating the Wolfpack by just one point. After a shaky end of the season, the Orange will falter due to a lack of confidence, as NC State gets the upset win. Clemson couldn't handle Duke during the regular season, and they won't be able to keep pace again, as the Blue Devils advance to the semifinals.
Pittsburgh's solid run comes to an end, as the team meets Virginia in the semifinals. The Cavaliers are just too well-rounded for the Panthers. NC State makes a close game of it against Duke, but the Blue Devils' perimeter shooting will advance them to the finals.
This brings us to the final game of Virginia against Duke.
The only time these teams met in the regular season, Duke emerged victorious by a score of 69-65. However, Virginia has been playing some great ball of late and will flip the tables in the finals. Expect a very close game with Virginia's top-ranked defense fending off Duke's perimeter shooting.
Tournament Winner: Virginia
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