Bracket set for 2016 New York Life ACC Tournament

2016 acc tournamentThe Atlantic Coast Conference has announced the seedings and bracket for the 63rd annual New York Life ACC Tournament, which will be played Tuesday through Saturday at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

Regular-season champion North Carolina (25-6 overall, 14-4 ACC) will be the top-seeded team for the 25th time. The Tar Heels will receive a double-bye into Thursday’s quarterfinal round, along with No. 2 Virginia (24-6, 13-5), No. 3 Miami (24-6, 13-5) and No. 4 Notre Dame (20-10, 11-7).

The tournament’s Opening Day on Tuesday features a pair of first-round games. No. 12 NC State (15-16, 5-13) faces No. 13 Wake Forest (11-19, 2-16) at noon, followed by No. 11 Florida State (18-12, 8-10) versus No. 14 Boston College (7-24, 0-18) at 2 p.m.

Fifth-seeded Duke (22-9, 11-7), No. 6 Virginia Tech (18-13, 10-8), No. 7 Clemson (17-13, 10-8), No. 8 Pitt (20-10, 9-9), No. 9 Syracuse (19-12, 9-9) and No. 10 Georgia Tech (18-13, 8-10) will see their first tournament action on Wednesday.

For the second year in a row and the 30th time in its history, the ACC Tournament will culminate with a pair of semifinal games on Friday night and the championship game on Saturday. This year’s Saturday championship game is set for a primetime 9 p.m. tipoff.

All 13 tournament games will be nationally televised on ESPN or ESPN2 and the ACC Network.

The full schedule for the 2016 New York Life ACC Tournament:

 

Tuesday, March 8

First round

Noon – No. 12 NC State vs. No. 13 Wake Forest (ESPN2/ACC Network)

2 p.m. – No. 11 Florida State vs. No. 14 Boston College (ESPN2/ACC Network)

 

Wednesday, March 9

Second round

Noon – No. 8 Pitt vs. No. 9 Syracuse (ESPN/ACC Network)

2 p.m. – No. 5 Duke vs. Tuesday noon winner (ESPN/ACC Network)

7 p.m. – No. 7 Clemson vs. No. 10 Georgia Tech (ESPN2/ACC Network)

9 p.m. – No. 6 Virginia Tech vs. Tuesday 2 p.m. winner (ESPN2/ACC Network)

 

Thursday, March 10

Quarterfinals

Noon – No. 1 North Carolina vs. Wednesday noon winner (ESPN/ACC Network)

2 p.m. – No. 4 Notre Dame vs. Wednesday 2 p.m. winner (ESPN/ACC Network)

7 p.m. – No. 2 Virginia vs. Wednesday 7 p.m. winner (ESPN/ACC Network)

9 p.m. – No. 3 Miami vs. Wednesday 9 p.m. winner (ESPN/ACC Network)

 

Friday, March 11

Semifinals

7 p.m.Thursday afternoon winners (ESPN/ACC Network)

9 p.m.Thursday evening winners (ESPN/ACC Network)

 

Saturday, March 12

Championship

9 p.m.Friday evening winners (ESPN/ACC Network)

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