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ACC Tournament 2018: Round 1 Schedule, Live-Stream Info and Bracket Predictions

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistMarch 6, 2018

Notre Dame's Bonzie Colson (35) celebrates after his team went on a big run during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Georgia Tech, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)
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Tuesday marks the start of the ACC tournament in Brooklyn, New York, as the six worst teams from the regular season square off.

Normally, the first round of the ACC tournament doesn't provide a ton of intrigue, but with Notre Dame participating in one of the three games, there's a bigger interest due to the Fighting Irish's NCAA men's basketball tournament status.

Outside of Notre Dame's late surge for a March Madness bid, the storylines are lacking a bit since Syracuse had an underwhelming season and none of the other four teams playing Tuesday have much to play for.

Tuesday's victors move on to Wednesday's second round, where NC State, Virginia Tech and North Carolina await.

        

ACC 1st-Round Schedule (All Times ET)

No. 12 Boston College vs. No. 13 Georgia Tech (12 p.m., ESPN2)

No. 10 Notre Dame vs. No. 15 Pittsburgh (2 p.m., ESPN2)

No. 11 Syracuse vs. No. 14 Wake Forest (7 p.m., ESPNU)

*All games can be live-streamed on Watch ESPN.

     

Bracket Predictions

No. 12 Boston College def. No. 13 Georgia Tech

No. 10 Notre Dame def. No. 15 Pittsburgh

No. 11 Syracuse def. No. 14 Wake Forest

     

Notre Dame Looking To Make Final March Madness Push

Notre Dame presents an interesting case to the selection committee, as it would've been a lock for the field of 68 on Selection Sunday if Bonzie Colson was healthy throughout ACC play.

Colson returned last week and is expected to power the Fighting Irish to a win or two in Brooklyn this week, which could lead to the committee taking a closer look at Mike Brey's squad.

Yahoo's Pat Forde outlined the case for Notre Dame, who also played without Matt Farrell for a stretch:

Pat Forde @YahooForde

Notre Dame 12-4 with Bonzie Colson, 6-9 without him, 0-4 with neither Colson nor Matt Farrell. Bonzie's back now, and was great against Virginia today in a close loss. Irish will be the single most fascinating topic for the selection committee.

Notre Dame's opening game at the Barclays Center against Pittsburgh is as straightforward of a task as they come.

To say Pitt was terrible this season is a compliment to Kevin Stallings' bunch, who failed to win a single game in conference play.

Even without Colson or Farrell, Notre Dame could've handled the lowly Panthers, but with the pair of stars back in the fold, the Fighting Irish should win by close to 30 points.

In their only meeting February 28, Colson scored 12 points and pulled down nine rebounds in his return to the court in a 73-56 victory.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - MARCH 3: Bonzie Colson #35 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish shoots over Isaiah Wilkins #21 of the Virginia Cavaliers in the first half during a game at John Paul Jones Arena on March 3, 2018 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Ry
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Farrell, who averages 16.8 points per game, led the way for the Irish with 14 points in the victory that serves as a preview of what to expect Tuesday afternoon in Brooklyn.

A victory over Pitt wouldn't do much for Notre Dame's resume, but it would set it up with a clash against Virginia Tech in the second round—a game in which the Fighting Irish need to come out on top to get to Duke in the quarterfinals.

       

Syracuse Desperate To Keep NCAA Tournament Hopes Alive

Syracuse is hopelessly residing on the NCAA tournament bubble once again, and it needs to show it's worthy of a bid over the next few days in Brooklyn.

Just like Notre Dame, the Orange won't get much credit for beating Wake Forest in the first round, but it's an important first step to earn a matchup with North Carolina in the second round.

Syracuse's best wins from nonconference play are against Maryland, UConn and Buffalo, a trio of victories that no team wants at the top of its resume.

Jim Boeheim's team landed on the bubble due to struggles in the final few weeks of the regular season, as it lost four of its last six games.

Before falling apart down the stretch, the Orange knocked off Wake Forest in the second meeting between the teams February 11.

In the 78-70 victory, Tyus Battle went off for 34 points on 10-of-18 shooting. Wake Forest's Bryant Crawford tried to match Battle, but he scored 10 less than the Syracuse guard.

SYRACUSE, NY - FEBRUARY 21:  Tyus Battle #25 of the Syracuse Orange shoots the ball against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the second half at the Carrier Dome on February 21, 2018 in Syracuse, New York. North Carolina defeated Syracuse 78-74. (Photo
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In the first meeting between Syracuse and Wake Forest, which resulted in a 73-67 Demon Deacons win, Crawford led the victorious side with 19 points.

As long as Syracuse finds a way to contain Crawford, it should experience an easy 40 minutes, but if it lets the potential second-round matchup with the Tar Heels get in its head, we could witness an interesting conclusion to Tuesday's action.

     

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Statistics obtained from ESPN.com.

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