One down, five to go. That’s the idea for North Carolina after its relatively painless – 58 first-round victory over Virginia Tech in the ACC Tournament on Tuesday. The Tar Heels are attempting to become the first team since the event expanded to five rounds in 2020 to play the first day and make it to the championship game.
Only Boston College and Notre Dame in 2019 have ever even made the quarterfinals of a five-round ACC Tournament after playing on the first day. North Carolina is not your typical No. 30 seed, though. The Tar Heels are led by likely NBA lottery pick Cole Anthony at point guard and the ACC’s Most Improved Player in forward Garrison Brooks. The Tar Heels won three of their final four regular-season games at the end an injury-plagued campaign and kept the momentum going on Tuesday as they avenged a January loss to the Hokies.
Pittsburgh beat Wake Forest in the day’s first game. Wednesday’s second round features four games, starting at noon Eastern when No. 8 seed Clemson and No. 9 seed Miami square off.
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It’s been a down year for the ACC on the whole, but the top of the league remains a force to be reckoned with entering the postseason. Four teams from the conference are ranked inside the latest AP Top , and all four have wins on the resume entering the ACC Tournament. So while the league is positioned to send a fewer teams than it did last year (seven) to the Big Dance, it should be well-represented.
Location : Greensboro Coliseum – Greensboro, North Carolina
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All times Eastern; some start times approximated
First round – Tuesday, March () Game 1: No. (Pittsburgh) , No. (Wake Forest)
Game 2: No. (North Carolina) , No. (Virginia Tech)
Second round – Wednesday, March
Game 3: No. 8 Clemson vs. No. 9 Miami | Noon | ESPN
Game 4: No. 5 NC State vs. No. 25 Pittsburgh | 2 p.m. | ESPN
Game 5: No. 7 Notre Dame vs. No. Boston College | 7 p.m. | ESPN2
Game : No. 6 6 Syracuse vs. No. 30 North Carolina | 9 p.m. | ESPN2
Quarterfinals – Thursday, March
Game 7: No. 1 Florida State vs. Game 3 winner | 23: 36 PM | ESPN or ESPN2
Game 8: No. 4 Duke vs. Game 4 winner | 2: 36 pm | ESPN or ESPN2
Game 9: No. 2 Virginia vs. Game 5 winner | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Game : 3 Louisville vs. Game 6 winner | 9 p.m. | ESPN
Semifinals – Friday, March
Game : Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner | 7 p.m. | ESPN or ESPN2
Game : Game 9 winner vs. Game 14 winner | 9 p.m. | ESPN or ESPN2
ACC Tournament Championship Game – Saturday, March
Game : Game 23 winner vs. Game 25 winner | 8: 36 pm | ESPN
Check out the updated ACC Tournament bracket here and follow below for updates, analysis and highlights throughout the event.
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Watching day one of the ACC Tourney and can’t help but wonder what today loss will mean for Danny Manning at Wake Forest. Six years in with one NCAAT appearance (lost in (First Four). Tough place to win, for sure. But the Demon Deacons do have a proud history, and new AD John Currie has been around long enough to start making his mark. Guess we’ll find out soon enough.