ACC bracket set: Pack earn No. 7 seed; Duke, UNC get double byes
Posted March 9, 2014
Updated March 10, 2014
It took until the final game of the regular season, but finally, the bracket is set for the ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Virginia (25-6, 16-2 ACC) clinched the overall No. 1 seed and a double bye in the ACC tourney more than a week ago with their win over Syracuse. The Orange, who were in the driver’s seat for much of the year, however, needed a win Sunday to complete the rest of the top four.
By virtue of their win over Florida State, Syracuse (27-4, 14-4) earned the No. 2 seed, a game better than North Carolina and Duke in conference play. 2014 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament bracket }Duke (24-7, 13-5) earned the tiebreaker over UNC for the No. 3 seed and will open play on Friday at 9 p.m.
UNC (23-8, 13-5) is seeded No. 4, and after also earning the double bye, will play Friday at 2 p.m.
Seeds five through nine will all open up Thursday. NC State (19-12, 9-9) will be the No. 7 seed after winning out on a three-way tie with Florida State and Maryland. The Wolfpack will play the winner of No. 10 Miami and No. 15 Virginia Tech Thursday at 7 p.m.
“We are the near-miss team,” NC State head coach Mark Gottfried said following Sunday’s win over Boston College that lifted the Wolfpack to the No. 7 seed. “We had a couple near misses here and there, but the reality is we are not there.”
No. 9 FSU (18-12, 9-9) and No. 8 Maryland (17-14, 9-9) will open against each other on Thursday at Noon.
Pittsburgh (23-8, 11-7) earned the No. 5 seed while Clemson (19-11, 10-8) will be the No. 6.
The tournament will get underway at 1 p.m. Wednesday as No. 12 Wake Forest (16-15, 6-12) plays No. 13 Notre Dame (15-16, 6-12). That will be followed by the Miami (16-15, 7-11) vs. Virginia Tech (9-21, 2-16) game.
The Day 1 night cap will feature No. 11 Georgia Tech (15-16, 6-12) and No. 14 Boston College (8-23, 4-14).
Most games will air on WRAL-TV as well as 99.9 The Fan ESPN Radio. Check the TV/Radio schedule for full details.