Known in college basketball as the best conference, year-in and year-out, the ACC had another banner campaign during the 2017-18 season.
North Carolina is returning from a national championship run. Duke is touting the most talented lineup in the entire country, littered with high-school All-Americans. Miami continues to establish themselves as an upper-tier team and have locked-down a homecourt in Coral Gables. Clemson has emerged as an additional ranked team and is looking to return to the dance for the first time since 2011.
Oh and that’s not even mentioning the unanimous No. 1 team in all of the land, Virginia. (Who was not supposed to be near the top of the ACC this season)
Unless there is chaos in the 2018 ACC Tournament, eight teams are making the NCAA Tournament, with three more hovering around the bubble. All may make the tournament to make it 11 teams from the ACC.
Virginia is going to be a No. 1 seed and likely No. 1 overall with a win or two in Brooklyn. North Carolina and Duke are No. 2s, with Clemson not too far behind.
But before all that happens, an ACC Tournament champion must be crowned. Nearly every team would benefit on the seed line with the title and who knows, maybe Notre Dame or Boston College can win themselves into the big dance.
ACC TOURNAMENT 2018 INFORMATION:
When is the 2018 ACC Tournament?
The ACC Tournament is March 6-10. The ACC Championship game is on Saturday, March 10 at 8:00 pm.
Where is the 2018 ACC Tournament?
The 2018 ACC Tournament is hosted at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
How to watch the 2018 ACC Tournament?
The ACC Tournament will be televised and streamed on ESPN’s family of networks. The first round will be on the ESPN2 or ESPNU, the second round will be split between ESPN and ESPN2, and from there on ESPN will carry all of the remaining ACC tournament games. All games can be streamed on the ACC Network and on watchESPN.com.
Who is the defending 2017 ACC Champion?
Duke was the 2017 ACC Champion after beating Notre Dame 75-69 in the championship game. The Blue Devils won after taking the No. 5 seed and beat the No. 12, 4, 1, and 3 seeds.
ACC TOURNAMENT 2018 BRACKET:
ACC Tournament First Round (3/6)
- No. 12 Boston College 87, No. 13 Georgia Tech 77
- No. 10 Notre Dame 67, No. 15 Pittsburgh 64
- No. 11 Syracuse 73, No. 14 Wake Forest 64
ACC Tournament Second Round (3/7)
- No. 9 Louisville 82, No. 8 Florida State 74
- No. 12 Boston College 91, No. 5 NC State 87
- No. 10 Notre Dame 71, No. 7 Virginia Tech 65
- No. 6 North Carolina 78, No. 11 Syracuse 59
ACC Tournament Quarterfinals (3/8)
- No. 1 Virginia 75, No. 9 Louisville 58
- No. 4 Clemson 90, No. 12 Boston College 82
- No. 2 Duke 88, No. 10 Notre Dame 70
- No. 6 North Carolina 82, No. 3 Miami 65
ACC Tournament Semifinals (3/9)
- No. 1 Virginia 64, No. 4 Clemson 58
- No. 6 North Carolina 74, No. 2 Duke 69
ACC Tournament Championship (3/10)
- 8:30 PM - No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 6 North Carolina (ESPN)
ACC TOURNAMENT 2018 PREVIEW:
After the improbable transition into this season, Tony Bennett unsurprisingly was named the ACC Coach of the Year after taking the Cavaliers to the No. 1 seed. They were picked sixth coming into the season and won 17 of their 18 ACC games, a conference record. With a dominant defense and style of play that many new-age fans do not favor, they held teams to 52.8 ppg, the best in the country by five points. Virginia also became the nation’s No. 1 team for the first time in 30 years.
With all that said, they are clearly the best team in the league. However, it has yet to be seen if they can succeed in a tournament setting. Their NIT Season Tip-Off tournament was only two games. They also do not have a run past the Sweet 16 in their past four tournament appearances, two of which they were a No. 1 seed.
Duke, the No. 2 team in the ACC has Marvin Bagley III, the ACC Player of the Year. Averaging a double-double, he brings 20.7 points and 11.9 rebounds a contest. They also have Grayson Allen from the outside and Wendell Carter Jr. They finished the season winning six out of seven and beat longtime Tobacco Road rivals North Carolina to finish the season.
Speaking of the Tar Heels, even as a No. 6 seed they cannot be counted out with Joel Berry II and Roy Williams as their coach. A championship run is not likely in their future, but they should be a favorite over No. 3 Miami in the semifinals. The Hurricanes are without Bruce Brown Jr. and may not even get him back for the NCAA Tournament.
The potential No. 7 Virginia Tech- No. 10 Notre Dame matchup in the second round is intriguing, given the Fighting Irish are an NCAA Tournament bubble team. With Bonzie Colson back, who knows how the committee will view them.
Additionally, No. 11 Syracuse and No. 9 Louisville both have the chance to win their way into the NCAA Tournament field with a win or two in this tournament.
PICK: No. 2 Duke
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