In less than one week, the biggest conference tournament will officially tip off. The ACC tournament is typically seen as one of the fiercest competitions in college basketball prior to the commencement of the NCAA tournament.
There might be new faces this year, but the power at the top remains the same.
Following Duke's throttling of Wake Forest on Wednesday night, the Blue Devils clinched the No. 2 seed. Virginia has already won the top spot, and Notre Dame locked up its place as the third-best team in the conference.
Where the rest of the teams fall is slowly taking shape, as just one game remains for nearly every team. Before the tourney gets underway, here's a look at the full schedule and projected seeds for the tournament.
ACC Tournament Information
First Round: Tuesday, March 10
No. 12 seed vs. No. 13 seed: 1 p.m. ET on ESPN2/ACC Network
No. 11 vs. No. 14 seed: 3 p.m. ET on ESPN2/ACC Network
Second Round: Wednesday, March 11
No. 8 seed vs. No. 9 seed: 12 p.m. ET on ESPN/ACC Network
No. 5 seed vs. No. 12/No. 13 winner: 2 p.m. ET on ESPN/ACC Network
No. 7 seed vs. No. 10 seed: 7 p.m. on ESPN/ACC Network
No. 6 seed vs. No. 11/14 winner: 9 p.m., ESPN/ACC Network
Quarterfinals: Thursday, March 12
No. 1 seed vs. No. 8/9 winner: 12 p.m. ET ESPN2/ACC Network
No. 4 seed vs. No. 5 vs. No 12/13 winner: 2 p.m. ET on ESPN2/ACC Network
No. 2 seed vs. No. 7/10 seed winner: 7 p.m. ET on ESPN/ACC Network
No. 3 seed vs. No. 6 vs. No. 11/14 winner: 9 p.m. ET on ESPN/ACC Network
Semifinals: Friday, March 13
Semifinal No. 1: 7 p.m ET on ESPN/ESPN2/ACC Network
Semifinal No. 2: 9 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN2/ACC Network
Championship Game: Saturday, March 14, 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN/ACC Network
|Projected ACC Tournament Seeds|
|3||Notre Dame||10||Florida State|
|5||North Carolina||12||Georgia Tech|
|7||N.C. State||14||Virginia Tech|
|R. Cory Smith's Projections|
Duke and UVA might be the top seeds in the ACC tournament, but they are looking to earn even more. Heading into the next week, both have aspirations of earning a No. 1 seed in the NCAA bracket. To secure that honor, they might be facing a rematch from last March, a game in which the Hoos came out on top.
The Devils aren't at the top of the ACC, but they made a statement Wednesday, as SportsCenter noted:
That leaves a fight for who owns the right to be called the No. 3 team in the ACC. Notre Dame not only sits at that spot heading into the tournament, but it also has wins over Louisville and North Carolina this season.
Led by Jerian Grant, the Irish are rolling into March looking like one of the best teams in the country. Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports passed along his thoughts on Mike Brey's team:
As for the No. 4 spot, that remains a dogfight that will come to a conclusion this weekend.
UNC will renew its rivalry with Duke at the Dean Dome, while Louisville will hope to rebound against Virginia. Neither matchup will be easy, but these games will ultimately decide who owns the final double bye, as Andrew Carter of the News & Observer pointed out:
Needless to say, figuring out exactly what the bracket will look like is like trying to piece together a jigsaw puzzle in one night. When it's all settled, there's no doubt next week will be just as enthralling as fans have come to expect from the ACC.
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