ACC Tournament 2018: TV Schedule and Early Bracket Predictions

Maurice Bobb@@ReeseReportFeatured ColumnistFebruary 27, 2018

PITTSBURGH, PA - FEBRUARY 24:  Jack Salt #33 of the Virginia Cavaliers battles against the Pittsburgh Panthers at Petersen Events Center on February 24, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Some of the most iconic moments in men's college basketball history happened during the ACC tournament.

That makes it one of the most anticipated preludes to March Madness every year.

Who could forget last season's premier semifinals match-up between Duke and North Carolina? The Blue Devils engineered a serious second-half comeback to win 93-83 and go on to becoming the first team in ACC history to win the tournament title by winning four games in four days.

Need another reason to tune in?

How about the fact that two of the last three NCAA champions come from the ACC?

This year, the New York Life ACC tournament will be played from March 6 to March 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Here is the proposed bracket schedule and TV schedule for each game in the ACC tournament. 

*Final bracket seedings will be available by Saturday, March 3.

ACC Tournament Schedule

First Round—Tuesday, March 6

Game 1 | No. 12 seed vs. No. 13 seed | 12 p.m. ET

Game 2 | No. 10 seed vs. No. 15 seed | 2 p.m. ET

Game 3 | No. 11 seed vs. No. 14 seed | 7 p.m. ET

        

Second Round—Wednesday, March 7

Game 4 | No. 8 seed vs. No. 9 seed | 12 p.m. ET

Game 5 | Game 1 winner vs. No. 5 seed | 2 p.m. ET

Game 6 | Game 2 winner vs. No. 7 seed | 7 p.m. ET

Game 7 | Game 3 winner vs. No. 6 seed | 9 p.m. ET

         

Quarterfinals—Thursday, March 8

Game 8 | No. 1 seed vs. Game 4 winner | 12 p.m. ET

Game 9 | No. 4 seed vs. Game 5 winner | 2 p.m. ET

Game 10 | No. 2 seed vs. Game 6 winner | 7 p.m. ET

Game 11 | No. 3 seed vs. Game 7 winner | 9 p.m. ET

           

Semifinals—Friday, March 9

Game 12 | Game 8 winner vs. Game 9 winner | 7 p.m. ET

Game 13 | Game 10 winner vs. Game 11 winner | 9 p.m. ET

          

Championship—Saturday, March 10

Game 14 | Championship Game | 8:30 p.m. ET

*Per ACC.com, all games will be carried by ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and the ACC Network (ACCN). All games will also be available on the ESPN app or theACC.com.

     

Favorite: Virginia

Declaring Virginia as the favorite to win the ACC tournament is a no-brainer.

Outside of becoming the top-ranked team in the country for the first time since 1982, the Cavaliers also wrapped up the top seed in the tourney.

And if that weren't enough, Virginia (26-2, 15-1 in the ACC) also became the ACC regular-season champs with their 66-37 drubbing of Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Led by Kyle Guy, the Hoos already has signature wins over Duke, Clemson, Louisville, Florida State and North Carolina. And while their offense is not top-20, their elite defense is smothering. They are ranked No. 1 on KenPom in adjusted defensive efficiency at 83.7.

To win the title, they'll have to step it up on the offensive end, but with the way Duke is struggling and their ability to shut teams down, Virginia is poised to enter the NCAA tournament on a championship high.

          

Sleeper: Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech just pulled off the upset of the year in beating Duke 64-63.

Chris Clarke scored the final six points, including the putback to win it with 4.1 seconds left.

The win over the Blue Devils, plus the victories over North Carolina, Virginia and Clemson, puts the Hokies in a good place to get a bid for the NCAA tournament.

Look for Virginia Tech (21-9, 10-7 in the ACC) to use their boost of confidence as a springboard to do damage in the ACC tournament.

       

Winner: Virginia

The only real threat to Virginia's chances this year is Duke, and they are falling fast.

The Blue Devils have lost four games now to unranked opponents while they were ranked in the AP top five.

Not a good sign for Duke.

Meanwhile, the Hoos are playing extremely well and will show all comers why they were able to take the No. 1 spot in the AP from Michigan State in the same week they took a loss.

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