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ACC Tournament 2018: Round 2 Scores, Updated Bracket, Quarterfinals Schedule

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMarch 7, 2018

Florida State's Trent Forrest (3) defends as Louisville's Dwayne Sutton (24) drives during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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The ACC tournament continued on Wednesday, with four second-round matchups scheduled and a number of teams fighting for their NCAA tournament lives.

Below, we'll break down the day's results and the Thursday schedule for the quarterfinals.

                                      

Wednesday Scores

Boston College beats NC State, 91-87

The Boston College Eagles held off the NC State Wolfpack on Wednesday, 91-87, keeping their miniscule NCAA tournament hopes alive.

Despite leading by as many as 17 points, Boston College saw their lead evaporate after NC State tied the game at 75 with just over four minutes to play. But Jerome Robinson (26 points, five assists), Ky Bowman (24 points, six rebounds) and Nik Popovic (15 points, seven rebounds) combined to score the team's final 16 points, holding off the Wolfpack in the process.

Steffon Mitchell pulled down a whopping 15 boards for the Eagles, while Allerik Freeman (21 points) and Omer Yurtseven (20 points, nine rebounds, three blocks) led the way for NC State.

Despite the win, Boston College still likely needs to win the ACC tournament to earn an NCAA bid, while NC State's spot in the tourney is likely safe:

Andy Katz @TheAndyKatz

Guards. Guards. Guards. Boston College has two of the best in Bowman and Robinson. BC advances. NC State still in the field comfortably (for me!). BC-Clemson should be a good one in the quarterfinals.

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Matt Norlander @MattNorlander

NC State (21-11) gets upset by Boston College. I think the Wolfpack will be fine and in, but this loss obviously will cost it a seed line. Wolfpack have beat Duke, Zona, UNC and Clemson.

Boston College will next face Clemson on Thursday.

Louisville beats Florida State, 82-74

The Louisville Cardinals held off a spirited second-half comeback by the Florida Seminoles on Wednesday at the ACC tournament on Wednesday, winning 82-74 and bolstering their bubble resume in the process. 

Louisville led 41-22 at the half before Florida State cut the deficit to 78-70 with just over three minutes remaining. The Seminoles didn't get much closer, cutting Louisville's lead to six with 16 seconds remaining, but were unable to pull off the miracle comeback. 

Quentin Snider led the way for the Cardinals with 19 points, six assists and five rebounds, while Ray Spalding (18 points, four rebounds and two blocks) and Deng Adel (15 points, eight rebounds) were solid for the team as well.

Trent Forest and P.J. Savoy chipped in 14 points apiece off the bench for the Seminoles. 

The loss may not hurt Florida State. Coming into the day, ESPN's Joe Lunardi had the Seminoles as a No. 9 seed, with the team's 9-9 schedule in the ACC regular season and 7-5 record against the RPI top-50 solid marks for the team.

Louisville's fate, meanwhile, remains uncertain: 

Pat Forde @YahooForde

Louisville gets its first-ever ACC tournament win. Is it enough to make the Big Dance? TBD. Not a ton of good wins: FSU (twice), VT (twice) and ND (sans Bonzie). No bad losses. Early wins over IU and Memphis didn't count for as much as UL had hoped. As bubble as it gets.

Jon Rothstein @JonRothstein

Louisville gets the win it needed. Cards with a business like performance against Florida State. A rematch with Virginia awaits on Thursday. Should be in regardless.

Jeff Borzello @jeffborzello

Don't think Louisville punches its ticket with the win over Florida State, but the Cardinals keep their hopes alive heading into a third matchup with Virginia. Still a lot to play out over the next five days. Louisville is still only 5-12 against Quadrants 1 + 2.

A win against Virginia on Thursday would surely seal the deal for Louisville, however.

Notre Dame beats Virginia Tech 71-65

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish kept their dream of an at-large bid alive in dramatic fashion as they erased a 21-point second-half deficit and defeated the Virginia Tech Hokies, 71-65. 

Although Notre Dame was downright listless in the first half, the Fighting Irish caught fire midway through the final frame and found a rhythm from beyond the arc that sparked a 50-point eruption after halftime. 

The Hokies, meanwhile, mustered 31 points in the second half as they watched their lead slip away against a scorching hot Notre Dame offense. 

Jonathan Wasserman @NBADraftWass

Good thing about Virginia Tech is it has 5 guys who average double figures. The bad: Can't lean on any as go-to scorers when you need a bucket.

Matt Farrell led the Fighting Irish with 22 points, while Bonzie Colson fought through first-half struggles and some clear exhaustion in his first back-to-back games since returning from a foot injury to finish with 12 points and seven rebounds. 

In fact, Colson's banked-in three with 2:03 remaining in regulation gave Notre Dame its first lead since early in the first half and kept the NCAA tournament hopefuls in front for good. 

The Fighting Irish will now square off against the Duke Blue Devils on Thursday night in a tilt that could amount to a play-in game: 

Jeff Eisenberg @JeffEisenberg

Season-saving rally from Notre Dame. Irish may still need one more win, but they absolutely were out with a loss tonight.

With their Big Dance dreams hanging in the balance, Notre Dame will have to combat tired legs and show up with its finest effort of the season against a high-powered Blue Devils team. 

Duke won the only regular-season meeting, 88-66, back on Jan. 29. 

North Carolina beats Syracuse, 78-59

The North Carolina Tar Heels steamrolled the Syracuse Orange, 78-59, in the session's final showdown to set up a quarterfinal date with the Miami Hurricanes. 

UNC received quality outings from Kenny Williams (17 points), Theo Pinson (16 points, 11 rebounds, six assists), Luke Maye (13 points, nine boards) and Cameron Johnson (13 points), and the balanced effort was too much for the overmatched Orange to handle. 

Syracuse, which entered the day as one of Lunardi's first four teams out, will almost assuredly now be on the outside looking in come Selection Sunday. 

Looking ahead, the Tar Heels will try and exact revenge against Miami after the Hurricanes bested them behind Ja'Quan Newton's last-second heave during their matchup on Feb. 27. 

In order to come out on top this time, the Tar Heels will need more out of point guard Joel Berry II. 

The senior, who mustered eight points versus Syracuse, has now scored 14 points in his last two games after struggling mightily Saturday against Duke. 

The good news for the Tar Heels: Berry erupted for 31 points last time out against Miami and should be motivated to flip the script on Thursday. 

                        

Thursday Quarterfinal Schedule

No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 9 Louisville: 12 p.m. ET (ESPN)

No. 4 Clemson vs. No. 12 Boston College2 p.m. ET (ESPN)

No. 2 Duke vs. No. 10 Notre Dame: 7 p.m. ET (ESPN)

No. 3 Miami vs. No. 6 North Carolina9 p.m. ET (ESPN)

        

Be sure to check out TheACC.com for the full and updated bracket.

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