After the ACC tournament's bottom six teams kicked the event off on Wednesday, the action heats up on Day 2.
The top four teams, Virginia, Syracuse, Duke and North Carolina, remain idle, but there are four games on tap for Thursday.
No. 8 Maryland will take on No. 9 Florida State. The other three games feature the winners of Wednesday's matches taking on Pittsburgh, North Carolina State and Clemson.
As for Day 1, here are the results. The schedule for the remainder of the tournament and a few predictions for Thursday will follow below.
|Day 1 Results|
|1||No. 12 Wake Forest, 81||No. 13 Notre Dame, 69|
|2||No. 10 Miami, 57||No. 15 Virginia Tech, 53|
|3||No. 11 Georgia Tech, 73||No. 14 Boston College, 70|
Schedule and Viewing Guide
*The ACC tournament can be live streamed on ESPN3.
|ACC Tournament Day TV Schedule and Predictions|
|Game No.||Date/Time (ET)||Team||Team||Prediction||TV|
|4||March 13 at 12 p.m.||No. 8 Maryland||No. 9 Florida State||Maryland, 69-60||ESPNU/ACC Network|
|5||March 13 at 2 p.m.||No. 5 Pittsburgh||No. 12 Wake Forest||Pitt 74-62||ESPNU/ACC Network|
|6||March 13 at 7 p.m.||No. 7 NC State||No. 10 Miami||Miami 79-71||ESPNU/ACC Network|
|7||March 13 at 9 p.m.||No. 6 Clemson||No. 11 Georgia Tech||Clemson 56-49||ESPNU/ACC Network|
|Remainder of the ACC Tournament Schedule|
|Game No.||Date/Time (ET)||Team||Team||TV|
|8||March 14 at 12 p.m.||No. 1 Virginia||Game 4 Winner||ESPN2/ACC Network|
|9||March 14 at 2 p.m.||No. 4 North Carolina||Game 5 Winner||ESPN2/ACC Network|
|10||March 14 at 7 p.m.||No. 2 Syracuse||Game 6 Winner||ESPN2/ACC Network|
|11||March 14 at 9 p.m.||No. 3 Duke||Game 7 Winner||ESPN2/ACC Network|
|12||March 15 at 1 p.m.||Game 8 Winner||Game 9 Winner||ESPN/ACC Network|
|13||March 15 at 3 p.m.||Game 10 Winner||Game 11 Winner||ESPN/ACC Network|
|14||March 16 at 7 p.m.||Game 12 Winner||Game 13 Winner||ESPN/ACC Network|
No. 8 Maryland vs. No. 9 Florida State
After both teams went .500 in the conference, Maryland and Florida State face off in a tight matchup.
In two head-to-head games in the regular season, these two split. The victories were comfortable and on the teams' home court.
Maryland's win was more recent. That came on Feb. 8. The Terrapins have won just three of the seven games that followed that contest. On the surface, that's a bad sign. There's far more to it than that, however.
One of the three wins was over No. 1 seed Virginia. Of the four losses, two of them were two-point losses to Syracuse and Duke. Another was a respectable eight-point loss to Virginia.
Maryland has had a tough stretch of games, but the Terrapins have battled through it all and are getting better. The regular-season finale was the triumph over Virginia.
Florida State did not face the same kind of challenge to close out its season, and in the closing stretch the Seminoles lost, on their home court, to Syracuse by 16 and North Carolina by six.
Maryland will pull away down the stretch and win by nine. They may not stop there, either. As Pregame.com founder RJ Bell shares, the Terps are an appealing bet with their moderately long odds:
Prediction: Maryland 69, Florida State 60
No. 7 NC State vs. No. 10 Miami
Miami downed Virginia Tech 57-53 in the first round and now has North Carolina State waiting.
Virginia Tech was awful this season and entered the tournament as its lowest seed, so Miami's four-point win is less than inspiring. For the Hurricanes, however, it is a step in the right direction. Miami went 0-2 against Virginia Tech in the regular season.
The Hurricanes had far more success against the Wolfpack. On Feb. 8, Miami hosted North Carolina State and lost, 56-55.
That was the beginning of a turnaround for Miami. The Hurricanes won six of their last nine to close out the season and start the tournament. That included travelling to take on the Wolfpack and crushing them, 85-70.
The Hurricanes, who have had their struggles shooting this year, shot 58.7 percent from the floor in that game. They had their way with North Carolina State's defense, which was fueled by 20 points from guard Rion Brown.
Miami's defense will help its offense get off to a good start in this one.
The Hurricanes have been playing well on defense. Since allowing the Wolfpack to score 70, Miami has not allowed more than 58 points in a game.
Senior forward Erik Swoope provided a big interior defensive presence for Miami against Virginia Tech.
Hurricanes coach Jim Larranaga explains, via Patrick Stevens of Syracuse.com, how this helps the whole team:
He's persevered through a lot this year, but in the last month he's been the difference. The other guys have played similarly, but Erik gives us a great defensive presence, he helps the other guys defensively extremely well, he rebounds the ball and on offense he's taking the ball to the rim extremely well at a very high level and the other guys know he can do that.
With Swoope powering the defense to a big performance, it will help the Hurricanes get some easy, early buckets. This will boost their confidence and help get them started to another solid shooting night.
That will be enough to carry Miami to the victory.
Prediction: Miami 79, NC State 71
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