ACC Tournament 2017: Schedule and Bracket Predictions for Conference Tourney

David KenyonFeatured ColumnistMarch 3, 2017

CHAPEL HILL, NC - FEBRUARY 22:  Teammates Justin Jackson #44 and Nate Britt #0 of the North Carolina Tar Heels talk during their game against the Louisville Cardinals at the Dean Smith Center on February 22, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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If the first and second rounds of March Madness are the most exciting time in college basketball, conference championship week is a close second. And of those tournaments, no league demands more attention in 2016-17 than the ACC.

As the exciting week approaches, the conference has eight teams locked into the NCAA tournament while four others live on the bubble.

One final day of regular-season action remains, but we're peeking toward the future and have laid out the complete ACC tourney schedule with game times and television listings.

The league's tournament runs from March 7-11. All games will be played at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

ACC Tournament Schedule
DateGame No.MatchupTime (ET)TV
March 71No. 13 seed vs. No. 12 seed12 p.m.ESPN2
March 72Boston College vs. No. 102 p.m.ESPN2
March 73No. 14 vs. No. 117 p.mESPNU
March 84No. 9 vs. No. 812 p.m.ESPN
March 85No. 5 seed vs. Game 1 winner2 p.m.ESPN
March 86No. 7 vs. Game 2 winner7 p.m.ESPN2
March 87No. 6 vs. Game 3 winner9 p.m.ESPN2
March 98North Carolina vs. Game 4 winner12 p.m.ESPN
March 99No. 4 vs. Game 5 winner2 p.m.ESPN
March 910No. 2 vs. Game 6 winner7 p.m.ESPN
March 911No. 3 vs. Game 7 winner9 p.m.ESPN
March 1012Game 8 winner vs. Game 9 winner7 p.m.ESPN/ESPN2
March 1013Game 10 winner vs. Game 11 winner9 p.m.ESPN/ESPN2
March 1114Championship Game9 p.m.ESPN
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Bracket Predictions

Projected Final ACC Standings
SeedTeamProjected ACC W-L
1North Carolina14-4
2Notre Dame13-5
3Florida State12-6
4Virginia11-7
5Louisville11-7
6Virginia Tech11-7
7Duke11-7
8Syracuse10-8
9Miami10-8
10Wake Forest8-10
11Georgia Tech8-10
12Clemson6-12
13NC State4-14
14Pittsburgh4-14
15Boston College2-16
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Early-Round Team to Watch: Virginia Tech

Depending on how the final day shakes out, Virginia Tech may avoid the 8/9 game that results in a quarterfinals date with North Carolina. Instead, the Hokies would face a more favorable opponent before taking on a top ACC squad.

They've played well down the stretch, winning five of the last six games and only falling at Louisville by four points. And, according to ESPN Insider's John Gasaway, Buzz Williams' efficient squad is approaching an impressive achievement.

Virginia Tech doesn't need a victory in the ACC tourney to solidify an NCAA bid, but another marquee win would be a great benefit.

It's flirting with a seventh—and maybe, if things go perfectly, a sixth—seed for a March Madness, which is preferable to an 8/9 matchup because of the virtual certainty a matchup with a No. 1 team comes next.

Because of Chris Clark's injury, the Hokies probably don't have enough to assemble a championship run. But it won't be surprising if they steal an upset in the quarterfinals to pad the NCAA resume and rise a seed line.

   

Wild Card: Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - FEBRUARY 27: London Perrantes #32 of the Virginia Cavaliers shoots the ball over Joel Berry II #2 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during a game at John Paul Jones Arena on February 27, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Che
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In a recent seven-day stretch, Tony Bennett's team struggled to score. Virginia mustered 55 points in a loss to Duke, 41 in a blowout at UNC and just 48 during an overtime loss to Miami.

Had the cold streak occurred in the middle of the season, the panic meter wouldn't have been on watch. The Hoos have limited time to shake the troubles.

Yes, Virginia scored 70 against NC State, but it would be worrisome if that didn't happen against the ACC's worst defense. And yes, the Cavaliers toppled North Carolina, but they still shot a meager 32.2 percent from the field.

Although defense carries Virginia, that's not a sustainable way to win. When the Hoos finish with a shooting percentage 45 percent or worse, they're just 4-4. At 50 percent or above, however, Virginia is 9-1, with the only loss coming at Villanova.

Which UVA offense shows up during the tournament?

   

Favorite and Projected Winner: North Carolina

North Carolina needs to rebound from a terrible showing at Virginia, but it followed the pattern of a once-a-month stinker.

UNC's Worst Shooting Days 2016-17
DateOpponentFG%3PT%Final Score
Dec. 31Georgia Tech33.319.2L 75-63
Jan. 28Miami35.029.2L 77-62
Feb. 27Virginia35.425.0L 53-43
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Both overall success (25-6) and trends suggest the Tar Heels—who have already clinched the No. 1 seedwill recover quickly.

Among the eight other programs with nine-plus conference wins this season, UNC holds a 6-3 record against those teams. No team has a better mark, and Roy Williams' club could improve that with a home victory over Duke in the finale.

Though Justin Jackson, Joel Berry II and Kennedy Meeks are the featured players, Isaiah Hicks is an important piece for a championship chase. He's picked up at least four personal fouls in four of the last five games, but if he can avoid early foul trouble, the Heels will be a burden to contain.

North Carolina, which will attempt to repeat as ACC tournament champions for the first time since 2007-2008, is the deserving pick.


Follow Bleacher Report Writer David Kenyon on Twitter @Kenyon19_BR.

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