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2017 ACC Tournament: Preview, Bracket, Seeds, Location, Time, How to Watch

2017 ACC Tournament: Preview, Bracket, Seeds, Location, Time, How to Watch

Tournament season is upon us, and, as always, the ACC will offer up some of the best college basketball matchups in the country.

Will Duke and North Carolina get another shot at each other? Will Virginia hang onto its momentum from its late-season win streak? Or will Pitt or NC State make an unexpected Cinderella run?

All these questions and more will be answered throughout this week’s New York Life ACC Tournament, which starts Tuesday, March 7 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Fourteen games of ACC basketball in five days — including Saturday’s 9 p.m. ET championship matchup — will help determine which team gets an automatic NCAA Tournament bid and which teams will have to wait until Selection Sunday.

The conference’s top four teams — No. 1 seed North Carolina, No. 2 seed Florida State, No. 3 seed Notre Dame and No. 4 seed Louisville — all received byes to the quarterfinals on Thursday, March 9.

The Tar Heels (26-6 overall, 14-4 ACC) are the defending tournament champions, are coming off their regular-season championship and have earned the tournament’s top seed for the 26th time.

Florida State, Notre Dame and Louisville all finished regular season conference play with 12-6 records, earning them their double-byes.

No. 5 seed Duke, No. 6 seed Virginia and No. 7 seed Virginia Tech also have byes but only to the second-round games.

With six different champions in the last six ACC Tournaments, this year’s is sure to produce some nail-biters.

2017 ACC TOURNAMENT HOW TO WATCH

When: Tuesday, March 7 – Saturday, March 11

Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York

How to watch: All 14 games will be broadcast on ESPN’s networks along with the ACC Network. Saturday’s championship game will be at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN and the ACC Network.

Online Stream: All games can be streamed online at ACC.com and through the WatchESPN app.

2017 ACC TOURNAMENT BRACKET

2017 ACC TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

First round, Tuesday, March 7
No. 14 Pittsburgh 61, No. 11 Georgia Tech 59
No. 12 Clemson 75, No. 13 NC State 61
No. 10 Wake Forest 92, No. 15 Boston College 78

Second round, Wednesday, March 8
No. 9 Miami 62, No. 8 Syracuse 57
No. 7 Virginia Tech 99, No. 10 Wake Forest 90
No. 5 Duke 79, No. 12 Clemson 72
No. 6 Virginia 75, No. 14 Pittsburgh 63

Quarterfinals, Thursday, March 9
No. 1 North Carolina 78, No. 9 Miami 53 
Game 9: No. 4 Louisville vs. No. 5 Duke— 2:00 p.m. (ESPN/ACCN)
Game 10: No. 2 Florida State vs. No. 7 Virginia Tech — 7:00 p.m. (ESPN/ACCN)
Game 11: No. 3 Notre Dame vs. No. 6 Virginia — 9:00 p.m. (ESPN/ACCN)

Semifinals, Friday, March 10
Game 12:
 No. 1 North Carolina vs. 4/5 winner — 7:00 p.m. (ESPN or ESPN2/ACCN)
Game 13: 2/7 winner vs. 3/6 winner — 9:00 p.m. (ESPN or ESPN2/ACCN)

Championship, Saturday, March 11
Game 14:
Game 12 winner vs. Game 13 winner — 9 p.m. (ESPN/ACC Network)

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Guy drops 29 points in Virginia's win over VCU

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Guy drops 29 points in Virginia's win over VCU

Kyle Guy scored 29 points and hit two 3-pointers in the final three minutes Friday, leading Virginia to a 76-67 victory against VCU.

Ty Jerome also hit from long range in the closing minutes and Virginia (3-0) saw its lead trimmed to three at 63-60 with five minutes left. Neither team scored for the next two minutes before Guy came off a screen right in front of the Cavaliers' and doubled their lead.

Issac Vann made it 66-62 with a driving basket for VCU (2-1), but Guy hit a pair of free throws and Jerome followed with a 3-pointer.

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Jerome added 13 points and seven assists for Virginia.

Vann led VCU with 19 points, Johnny Williams had 14 and Khris Lane 12.

THE BIG PICTURE

Virginia: The Cavaliers had little trouble with VCU's pressure, turning the ball over just five times and outscoring the Rams 12-5 off turnovers. They also outscored the Rams 18-0 on fast break points, but they were beaten on the backboards 36-26.

VCU: The Rams averaged 94.5 points in their first two games, but are still working to integrate what first-year coach Mike Rhoades wants them to do on offense and defense. Johnny Williams can be a force driving to the basket, and transfer Vann gives them another quality 3-point shooter.

UP NEXT

Virginia is at home on Sunday against Monmouth.

VCU faces Marquette in the Maui Invitational on Monday.

Saint Louis tops Virginia Tech behind Bess' 22 points

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Saint Louis tops Virginia Tech behind Bess' 22 points

NEW YORK -- Character was the theme espoused by Saint Louis coach Travis Ford and Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams.

Ford praised his team's ethos, as opposed to Williams, who wondered about his squad's makeup.

"What haunts me is our character was revealed in how we played," Williams said after Saint Louis topped Virginia Tech, 77-71, in the opening round of the 2K Classic on Thursday night.

"This was the first time I was caught off-guard," Williams said.

Javon Bess scored 22 points and Jordan Goodwin added 19 for Saint Louis (3-0).

"All week in practice we worked on getting back in transition," Goodwin said. "Make sure we help each other out. We take pride in our defense. Sometimes the offense might not go but every night we guard we're going to be there every play."

Despite getting a career-high 26 points from Ahmed Hill, Virginia Tech fell to 2-1. Justin Bibbs scored 15 in his first game of the season after sitting out the first two games for disciplinary reasons. Kerry Blackshear Jr. added 10 before fouling out.

"They were tougher than us from start to finish," Williams said. "I didn't think we were ever in the fight. I don't think we were ever in the mix."

The eighth all-time matchup between the Atlantic 10 and Atlantic Coast Conference programs was taut as St. Louis' 61-49 advantage with 7:57 left was the largest lead for either team.

On the strength of an 11-3 run, though, Virginia Tech cut the deficit to 64-60. Four points is as close as the Hokies would get.

Davell Rovy's baseline layup pushed the lead back to 66-60. Bess made seven free throws and Goodwin three in the final minute to help seal the win.

"It was good to see," Ford said. "We've had some really poor performances from the free-throw line in some games -- exhibition games and different things; we've had some other games where we've shot them a little bit better -- it was good to see because I think that's when you're tested.

"I've seen that from Javon. I've seen that from Jordan and different guys. When it's on the line, they seem to rise to the occasion."

Benefiting an early-season game, there were areas in which Williams and Ford to work on with their teams. For the Hokies, free-throw shooting was a significant issue as they made only 23 of 36 (63.9 percent).

Saint Louis made just 4 of 18 from the arc.

"I thought they overwhelmed us," Williams said.