March 3, 2018
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech (13-18, 6-12 ACC) has drawn the No. 13 seed and will face the No. 12-seed, Boston College (17-14, 7-11 ACC) at 12 p.m. Tuesday in the opening round of the 65th annual New York Life Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament, which will be played Tuesday through Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The Yellow Jackets won their final two games of the regular season in less than 48 hours, knocking off NC State, 78-75, Thursday night and Wake Forest, 64-56, Saturday afternoon at McCamish Pavilion. Tech and BC will be meeting in the opening round of the ACC Tournament for the fourth time in the last six years.
Tuesday’s game will be televised on the ACC Network (Peachtree TV in Atlanta) in the ACC footprint, and ESPN2 outside the ACC markets. Radio coverage will be provided by the Georgia Tech IMG Radio Network (680 AM, 93.7 FM in Atlanta) and can also be heard on satellite radio (Sirius ch. 81, XM ch. 81 and 371, Internet 81). Tech lost to the Eagles, 80-72 in overtime, on Feb. 4 in the teams’ only regular season meeting. The winner of Tuesday’s game advances to face the fifth-seed, NC State (21-10, 11-7) at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Georgia Tech has played in 38 ACC Tournaments, and has a 26-35 all-time record in the event. The Yellow Jackets have won three championships, in 1985 (Atlanta), 1990 (Charlotte) and 1993 (Charlotte).
Regular-season champion Virginia (28-2 overall, 17-1 ACC) will be the top-seeded team for the third time in five years and the fourth time overall. The Cavaliers will receive a double-bye into Thursday’s quarterfinal round, along with No. 2 seed Duke (25-6, 13-5), No. 3 Miami (22-8, 11-7) and No. 4 Clemson (22-8, 11-7).
The tournament opens Tuesday with three first-round games. No. 12 Boston College (17-14, 7-11) faces No. 13 Georgia Tech (13-18, 6-12) at noon, followed by No. 10 Notre Dame (18-13, 8-10) versus No. 15 Pitt (8-23, 0-18) at 2 p.m. No. 11 seed Syracuse (19-12, 8-10) faces No. 14 Wake Forest (11-19, 4-14) at 7 p.m.
Fifth-seeded NC State (21-10, 11-7), No. 6 North Carolina (22-9, 11-7), No. 7 Virginia Tech (21-10, 10-8), No. 8 Florida State (20-10, 9-9) and No. 9 Louisville (19-12, 9-9) will see their first tournament action on Wednesday. Florida State and Louisville will square off at noon, while NC State, North Carolina and Virginia Tech will meet the winners of Tuesday’s three first-round games.
Wednesday’s winners will advance to face the tournament’s four top seeded teams in Thursday’s quarterfinal round.
The 2018 New York Life ACC Tournament will culminate with a pair of semifinal games on Friday night and the championship game on Saturday evening. This year’s championship game is set for a primetime 8:30 p.m. start.
Duke will enter this year’s tournament as the defending champion. The Blue Devils made history last year at Barclays by becoming the first No. 5 seed to claim the title and the first team to do so by winning four games.
All 14 tournament games will be nationally televised on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU and the ACC Network (ACCN). In addition, all games also will be available via ACC Network Extra.
The full schedule for the 2018 New York Life ACC Tournament:
Tuesday, March 6
Noon – No. 12 Boston College vs. No. 13 Georgia Tech (ESPN2/ACC Network)
2 p.m. – No. 10 Notre Dame vs. No. 15 Pitt (ESPN2/ACC Network)
7 p.m. – No. 11 Syracuse vs. No. 14 Wake Forest (ESPNU/ACC Network)
Wednesday, March 7
Noon – No. 8 Florida State vs. No. 9 Louisville (ESPN/ACC Network)
2 p.m. – No. 5 NC State vs. Tuesday noon winner (ESPN/ACC Network)
7 p.m. – No. 7 Virginia Tech vs. Tuesday 2 p.m. winner (ESPN2/ACC Network)
9 p.m. – No. 6 North Carolina vs. Tuesday 7 p.m. winner (ESPN2/ACC Network)
Thursday, March 8
Noon – No. 1 Virginia vs. Wednesday noon winner (ESPN/ACC Network)
2 p.m. – No. 4 Clemson vs. Wednesday 2 p.m. winner (ESPN/ACC Network)
7 p.m. – No. 2 Duke 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 9
7 p.m. – Thursday afternoon winners (ESPN or ESPN2/ACC Network)
9 p.m. – Thursday evening winners (ESPN or ESPN2/ACC Network)
Saturday, March 10
8:30 p.m. – Friday evening winners (ESPN/ACC Network)
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