ACC bracket set: Pack earn No. 7 seed; Duke, UNC get double byes
Posted March 9
Updated March 10
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).
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