Duke, UNC earn byes until Friday at expanded ACC Tournament

Mar. 09, 2014 @ 11:27 PM

The first 15-team ACC Tournament begins Wednesday at the Greensboro Coliseum with three familiar names and a newcomer at the top of the seedings.

Longtime league members Virginia, Duke and North Carolina take up three of the top four seeds. Despite losing 75-69 in overtime at Maryland on Sunday, the Cavaliers (25-6) earned their first No. 1 seed for the tournament since 1981.

League newcomer Syracuse (27-4), playing its first ACC season, is the No. 2 seed, followed by No. 3 Duke and No. 4 North Carolina.

All four of those teams will get two extra days of rest before opening their tournament play in the quarterfinals on Friday.

Long before that, the tournament will hold its opening day on Wednesday with three games involving the bottom six teams in the league standings.

No. 12 seed Wake Forest (16-15) plays another league newcomer, 13th-seeded Notre Dame (15-16) in the tournament’s first game Wednesday at 1 p.m.

At 3:30 p.m., No. 10 seed Miami (16-15) plays No. 15 seed Virginia Tech (9-21). Miami won its only ACC Tournament championship on the Greensboro Coliseum court a year ago.

Wednesday’s play concludes at 7 p.m. when No. 11 seed Georgia Tech (15-16) plays No. 14 seed Boston College (8-23).

On Thursday, No. 8 seed Maryland (17-14) begins the day’s four-game slate with a noon game against No. 9 seed Florida State (18-12).

At 2 p.m., No. 5 seed Pittsburgh takes the court for its first ACC Tournament game. Playing in its first ACC season, the Panthers face the winner of the Wake Forest-Notre Dame game.

No. 7 seed N.C. State (19-12), and high-scoring forward T.J. Warren, plays its first ACC Tournament game of the year at 7 p.m. against either Miami or Virginia Tech.

In Thursday’s final game, No. 6 seed Clemson (19-11) battles the Georgia Tech-Boston College winner.

After Friday’s four quarterfinal games that feature Virginia, Syracuse, Duke and North Carolina, the semifinals are Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

The ACC Tournament championship game is Sunday at 1 p.m.

All games will be televised by the ACC Network on WRAL.