BROOKLYN, NY - Productivity at work and school might be down as North Carolina's most anticipated sports week of the year is here.
That's right, it's ACC Tournament week! Eyes will be on TV sets, computer screens and cell phones across the Triad as the 65th men's tournament is set for Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York for the second-straight year. As always, all the action is live on WFMY News 2. We've got 14 games, 28 hours and one champion at the end.
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Defending national champion North Carolina finished as the league's sixth seed after falling to Duke 74-64 Saturday night. The Tar Heels (22-9, 11-7) enter the tournament having dropped two straight and will play the winner of No. 14 Wake Forest (11-19, 4-14) and No. 11 Syracuse (19-12, 8-10) Wednesday. UNC's Luke Maye and Joel Berry II placed on the All-ACC First Team.
Duke (25-6. 13-5) claimed its 20th ACC championship last year by winning four games in four days, the first time that's been done. Duke finished second in the league for a double bye and plays the winner of Wednesday's third second-round game. It's another freshman-laden team for Duke with conference Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year Marvin Bagley III as the brightest star.
Bagley III won ACC Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year Sunday, a day after he had a huge second half in a comeback win against UNC. The Blue Devils (25-6, 13-5) will tip off Thursday night.
No. 5 NC State (21-10, 11-7) finished the regular season with a Senior Night win against Louisville and will play the winner of No. 12 Boston College and No. 13 Georgia Tech Wednesday afternoon. The Wolfpack are primed to reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015.
Top-ranked Virginia (28-2), who finished the regular season with a 17-1 conference record and a No. 1 ranking nationally, is off until noon Thursday before playing the Florida State/Louisville winner. Rival Virginia Tech was the only ACC team to knock off the Cavaliers this season. UVA is widely projected to be a No. 1 seed for the NCAA Tournament.
Sports reporter Luke Lyddon (@Luke_Lyddon) and photographer Brian Hall (@bhallwfmy) are in Brooklyn so be sure to follow them on Twitter for the latest scores and information.
Here's the entire bracket with pairings:
Tuesday, March 6
Game No. 1 – No. 12 Boston College 87, No. 13 Georgia Tech 77
Game No. 2 – No. 10 Notre Dame 67, No. 15 Pitt 64
Game No. 3 – No. 11 Syracuse 73, No. 14 Wake Forest 64
Wednesday, March 7
Wednesday night, Wes Durham is scheduled to accept the Bob Bradley Award given for spirit and courage for his father, Woody Durham, who died early Wednesday.
Game No. 4 – No. 9 Louisville 82, No. 8 Florida State 74
Game No. 5 – No. 12 Boston College 91, No. 5 N.C. State 87
Game No. 6 – No. 10 Notre Dame 71, No. 7 Virginia Tech 65
Game No. 7 – No. 11 Syracuse 59, No. 6 North Carolina 78
Thursday, March 8
Game No. 8 – No. 1 Virginia 75, No. 9 Louisville 58
Game No. 9 – No. 4 Clemson 90, No. 12 Boston College 82
Game No. 10 – No. 10 Notre Dame 70, No. 2 Duke, 87
Game No. 11 – No. 6 North Carolina 82, No. 3 Miami, 65
Friday, March 9
Game No. 12 – No. 1 Virginia 75, No. 4 Clemson 58
Game No. 13 – No. 2 Duke 69, No. 6 UNC, 74
Sunday, March 4
Game No. 14 – No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 6 UNC Championship Game, 8:30 p.m.
WFMY News 2 is covering the tournament all week on-air and online. Can't watch us? You can stream every game on TheACC.com.
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