Ugh those are two of the least opponents I wanted to face even though the Tigers swept both of them this season! It's very hard to beat a good team 3 times in a season. Almost never happens! The Hokies were without Cattoor in the first meeting, and he was in his second game back from injury in the second meeting, which the Tigers barely won at home. Then there's State, who the Tigers annihilated by 30 points on their own court just a week ago. Any time that happens, the team that got slaughtered usually wins the next meeting--especially when it's a very good team like State! Not only that, but whoever comes out of that game will have confidence, momentum and court familiarity with the Tigers playing their first game of the tourney. Incidentally, the Hokies have to beat Notre Dame before they play State, but there's no way Notre Dame beats both the Hokies and the Pack. I guess if I had a pick, I would pick the Pack because the Tigers blew them out in both meetings, while both games against the Hokies went down to the wire. Also, the Hokies beat the Tigers on an overtime buzzer-beater 3 in the ACC Tourney last year before going on to win the whole thing, and I don't want a repeat of history!
The matchups and times are below!
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – The Atlantic Coast Conference has announced the seedings and bracket for the 2023 New York Life ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament, which will be played Tuesday through Saturday (March 7-11) at Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina. The 70th edition of the tournament will be played for the 29th time in Greensboro.
After capturing its first ACC regular-season championship since the 2012-13 season, Miami (24-6, 15-5 ACC) claimed the tournament’s No. 1 seed as well as a double bye into the Thursday quarterfinals. Virginia (23-6, 15-5) shared the ACC regular-season crown and notched the No. 2 seed in the tournament, with the Hurricanes earning the tiebreaker for the top seed based on their 66-64 victory over UVa on Dec. 20 in Coral Gables, Florida.
No. 3 seed Clemson (22-9, 14-6) and No. 4 Duke (23-8, 14-6) also claimed double byes and will open tournament play on Thursday. The Tigers notched their best tournament seed since earning the No. 3 seed in 2008.
The tournament opens Tuesday with a trio of games. No. 12 seed Florida State (9-22, 7-13) faces No. 13 Georgia Tech (14-17, 6-14) in the opener at 2 p.m. No. 10 Boston College (15-16, 9-11) plays No. 15 Louisville (4-27, 2-18) at 4:30 p.m., while No. 11 Virginia Tech (18-13, 8-12) takes on No. 14 Notre Dame (11-20, 3-17) in the nightcap at 7 p.m.
No. 8 seed Syracuse (17-14, 10-10) plays No. 9 Wake Forest (18-13, 10-10) at noon Wednesday to start the second round. No. 5 seed Pitt (21-10, 14-6) battles the winner of the Florida State-Georgia Tech contest at 2:30 p.m. In the second session, No. 7 North Carolina (19-12, 11-9) plays the winner of the Boston College-Louisville game at 7 p.m., while No. 6 NC State (22-9, 12-8) takes on the Virginia Tech-Notre Dame winner at 9:30 p.m.
The Wednesday winners then will move on to play the tournament’s top four seeds on Thursday in the quarterfinals.
All 14 tournament games will be nationally televised on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or ACC Network. In addition, all games will be available for streaming via ACCNX.
The full 2023 New York Life ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament schedule:
Tuesday, March 7
2 p.m. – No. 12 Florida State vs. No. 13 Georgia Tech (ACC Network)
4:30 p.m. – No. 10 Boston College vs. No. 15 Louisville (ACC Network)
7 p.m. – No. 11 Virginia Tech vs. No. 14 Notre Dame (ACC Network)
Wednesday, March 8
Noon – No. 8 Syracuse vs. No. 9 Wake Forest (ESPN)
2:30 p.m. – No. 5 Pitt vs. Florida State-Georgia Tech winner (ESPN)
7 p.m. – No. 7 North Carolina vs. Boston College-Louisville winner (ESPN2/ESPNU)
9:30 p.m. – No. 6 NC State vs. Virginia Tech-Notre Dame winner (ESPN2/ESPNU)
Thursday, March 9
Noon – No. 1 Miami vs. Wednesday Noon winner (ESPN/ESPN2)
2:30 p.m. – No. 4 Duke vs. Wednesday 2:30 p.m. winner (ESPN/ESPN2)
7 p.m. – No. 2 Virginia vs. Wednesday 7 p.m. winner (ESPN/ESPN2)
9:30 p.m. – No. 3 Clemson vs. Wednesday 9:30 p.m. winner (ESPN/ESPN2)
Friday, March 10
7 p.m. – Thursday afternoon winners (ESPN/ESPN2)
9:30 p.m. – Thursday evening winners (ESPN/ESPN2)
Saturday, March 11
8:30 p.m. – Semifinal winners (ESPN)