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ACC Tournament moving to Tuesday-Saturday format in 2015

Posted May 13

The Virginia Cavaliers raise the ACC trophy following the finals of the 2014 Men's ACC Basketball Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum between the Duke Blue Devils and the Virginia Cavaliers on March 16, 2014 in Greensboro, NC. (Will Bratton/WRAL contributor)

— The Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball tournament will move to a Tuesday through Saturday format beginning in 2015, the league announced Tuesday.

The new schedule will feature semifinal games on Friday night at 7 and 9 p.m. and a championship game at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday. 

All 14 tournament games will continue to be televised nationally by ESPN and the ACC Network. 

The league tournament final has not been held on a Saturday night since 1981, but the first 28 tournaments featuredSaturday title games. 

“This is kind of a ‘Back to the Future’ moment for our conference,” ACC Commissioner John Swofford said in a statement. “The Sunday championship game worked tremendously well for more than three decades, but I believe our schools, teams and our fans will be excited about crowning a champion on Saturday night. This will be a win-win for everyone involved – players, coaches, fans – and we greatly appreciate our television partners, ESPN and the ACC Network, working with us to make this happen.”

Because of the earlier start to tournament play, the ACC's regular season will conclude on Saturday of the previous weekend. Three first-round games will be held on Tuesday, followed by four games on Wednesday and Thursday. 

Greensboro Coliseum – site of 10 Saturday ACC Tournament finals from 1967 through 1980 – will play host to the event for the 26th time in 2015. The tournament will be played at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. in 2016, followed by a two-year run at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 2017 and 2018.

The city of Charlotte, N.C., will host for the 13th time in 2019 when the ACC Tournament will be held at Time Warner Cable Arena, and the tournament will return to Greensboro Coliseum in 2020.

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  • LuvsThePack May 14, 4:00 p.m.

    "Why do you think Congressmen are even getting involved now?" - LuvsThePack

    Because our economy,... View More

    — Posted by heelsforever

    So the first response was the standard "everybody is doing it"

    And now you have just given us the backup "deflection" type of response.

    You guys went out of sequence. The first response is normally a DENIAL. I guess you've given up on denying it since you really cannot pull that one off any more.

  • heelsforever May 14, 12:00 p.m.

    "Why do you think Congressmen are even getting involved now?" - LuvsThePack

    Because our economy, healthcare, crime rates, foreign affairs, etc. are all just peachy and they don't have anything better to do.

  • JohnnyWalker May 14, 11:48 a.m.

    Objective Scientist... no worries. At UN*C, they don't have classes to attend anyway! And... View More

    — Posted by LuvsThePack

    Do you really think that this only goes on at UNC?

    — Posted by thomasew

    Yes

  • LuvsThePack May 14, 11:47 a.m.

    Objective Scientist... no worries. At UN*C, they don't have classes to attend anyway! And... View More

    — Posted by LuvsThePack

    Do you really think that this only goes on at UNC?

    — Posted by thomasew

    Absolutely, at least on the scale they are doing it. Yes.

    They found a way around APR. Schools (like UConn) got in trouble when their athletes did their own "real" work and received bad grades. At Carolina, they have fake classes to preserve good GPAs. Since their APR remains high, the NCAA looks the other way. Their whole system is a FARCE, as is the NCAA for allowing it to continue.

    Why do you think Congressmen are even getting involved now?

    Carolina has perfected their ways of cheating. And they have too many cronies in charge of organizations that are supposed to police these things (Swofford is ACC commissioner, they have folks at the NCAA, lawyers, judges, a BIG majority of the NC Board of Governors... even the head honcho at ESPN is a Carolina grad -- no wonder ESPN has been so silent throughout this scandal). It's really been an amazing, well-oiled, cheating machine!

    That "everybody's doing it" argument fails on all levels.

  • thomasew May 14, 8:41 a.m.

    Objective Scientist... no worries. At UN*C, they don't have classes to attend anyway! And... View More

    — Posted by LuvsThePack

    Do you really think that this only goes on at UNC?

  • LuvsThePack May 14, 6:39 a.m.

    Objective Scientist... no worries. At UN*C, they don't have classes to attend anyway! And since the NCAA obviously doesn't care about the academic fraud, they have effectively given the rest of the country a (Carolina) BLUEprint for how to scam the NCAA and not get in trouble for it.

  • 903 Free Paul Frampton 2 May 13, 10:52 p.m.

    This makes it much more difficult for those who attend the tournament. We've gone from only... View More

    — Posted by caniac87

    It did not seem to stop folks from attending last year with the inclusion of an additional day.

    — Posted by UpChuck

    Actually, attendence was pretty bad this year. Wednesday wasn't part of the tourney booklet and they put curtains up in the upper deck so TV wouldn't show empty seats. Then when the real games started on Friday, demand for tickets never really picked up...

  • heelsforever May 13, 9:10 p.m.

    Yeah, there are some who don't ever want anything change. Guess they would prefer to live in caves, walk everywhere, and club their food to death.

  • rush May 13, 4:14 p.m.

    This makes it much more difficult for those who attend the tournament. We've gone from only... View More

    — Posted by caniac87

    Won't matter when it's up in NYC. It's not about the fans of each school anymore, it's about getting as much money as possible. We're going from a ~2 hr RT daily commute until your team loses to a required flight and five night hotel stay (you can't just change your flight and cancel your room once your team loses, at least not economically).

  • jmcdow2792 May 13, 3:58 p.m.

    This is good. I assume the first and possibly even the second day tickets will be sold separately as they were this year. That makes it a Thursday, Friday, Saturday tourny for the top teams. A lot of folks can buy that first day or first two days ticket and then go home. I saw very few if any students at the tourny last year. It is not a student driven event.

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