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ACC Tournament gets under way on Wednesday


ACC letters - full-colorRegular-season champion UVa. will be the top seed for the 61st annual Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Tournament, which gets under way Wednesday, March 12, at the Greensboro Coliseum.

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The Cavaliers (25-6, 16-2), who are seeded No. 1 for the first time since 1981, will join second-seeded Syracuse (27-4, 14-4), third-seeded Duke (24-7, 13-5) and fourth -seeded North Carolina (23-8, 13-5) in earning a double bye into Friday’s quarterfinal round.

The tournament, which for the first time will feature 15 teams and 14 total games, gets under way Wednesday with three first-round contests. No. 12 Wake Forest (16-15, 6-12) faces No. 13 Notre Dame (15-16, 6-12) at 1 p.m., followed by No. 10 Miami (16-15, 7-11) vs. No. 15 Virginia Tech (9-21, 2-16) at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday’s schedule concludes with a 7 p.m. game between No. 11 Georgia Tech (15-16, 6-12) and No. 14 Boston College (8-23, 4-14).

Thursday’s second-round schedule features four games, beginning with No. 8 Maryland (17-14, 9-9) taking on No. 9 Florida State (18-12, 9-9) at noon. No. 5 Pitt (23-8, 11-7) will face the Wake Forest-Notre Dame winner at 2 p.m., followed by No. 7 NC State (19-12, 9-9) against the Virginia Tech-Miami winner at 7 p.m. The session concludes with No. 6 Clemson (19-11, 10-8) meeting the Georgia Tech-Boston College winner at 9 p.m.

Thursday’s winners advance to face the tournament’s top four seeds on Friday, when play will again resume at 12 noon. The semifinals are set for 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, with the championship tipping on Sunday at 1 p.m. The tournament winner receives the ACC’s automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.

61st Annual ACC Tournament
March 12-16, 2014
Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum

Wednesday, March 12 (First Round)
#12 Wake Forest vs. #13 Notre Dame ESPN2/ACCN 1:00
#10 Miami vs. #15 Virginia Tech ESPN2/ACCN 3:30
#11 Georgia Tech vs. #14 Boston College ESPN2/ACCN 7:00

Thursday, March 13 (Second Round)
#8 Maryland vs. #9 Florida State ESPN/ACCN noon
#5 Pittsburgh vs. #12 vs. #13 winner ESPN/ACCN 2:00
#7 NC State vs. #10 vs. #15 winner ESPN/ACCN 7:00
#6 Clemson vs. #11 vs. #14 winner ESPN/ACCN 9:00

Friday, March 14 (Quarterfinals)
#1 Virginia vs. tba ESPN or ESPN2/ACCN noon
#4 North Carolina vs. tba ESPN or ESPN2/ACCN 2:00
#2 Syracuse vs. tba ESPN or ESPN2/ACCN 7:00
#3 Duke vs. tba ESPN or ESPN2/ACCN 9:00

Saturday, March 15 (Semifinals)
Game #12 ESPN/ACCN 1:00
Game #13 ESPN/ACCN 3:00

Sunday, March 16 (Finals)
Game #14 ESPN/ACCN 1:00



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