NCAA

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)

RELATED: Everything to know about the 2017 Big Ten Tournament 

Could Maryland safety Darnell Savage Jr. jump into 2019 NFL Draft's first round?

Could Maryland safety Darnell Savage Jr. jump into 2019 NFL Draft's first round?

Coming out of the NFL combine, former Maryland safety Darnell Savage Jr. was projected to be a second-round pick in the NFL Draft. But could he end up sliding into the first round on Thursday?

It seems like a possibility now, based on some of the teams he's met with, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Monday. And NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah has previously said Savage could rise to the first round too.

NBC Sports Washington's latest NFL Mock Draft has Savage going to the Green Bay Packers as the 44th overall pick.

According to Rapoport, Savage met with 11 teams, including the Carolina Panthers (No. 16 overall pick), Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 20 overall pick), Seattle Seahawks (No. 21 overall pick), Philadelphia Eagles (No. 25 overall pick) and Los Angeles Rams (No. 31 overall pick). 

The three-year starter out of College Park was named Second Team All-Big Ten this season after recording 52 tackles (38 solo, 14 assist) for the Terps, along with four interceptions, including one pick six. He's versatile, strong and fast, and even if he gets passed by in the first round of the NFL Draft, it seems unlikely that he'll still be available by the end of the second.

At 5-foot-11 and 198 pounds, Savage ran a 4.36-second 40-yard dash at the NFL combine in February -- a time that was second-fastest among all safeties -- and posted a 39.5-inch vertical, third among safeties, and a 126-inch broad jump. He also had 11 bench-press reps.

Pro Football Focus has Savage listed as the second-best safety in this year's draft class behind Delaware's Nasir Adderley because he's "a missile around the line of scrimmage".

MORE NFL DRAFT NEWS

Jamion Christian, GW basketball receive commitment from Jameer Nelson's son Jameer Jr.

jameer-nelson-jr-commits.jpg
USA TODAY SPORTS

Jamion Christian, GW basketball receive commitment from Jameer Nelson's son Jameer Jr.

The George Washington University men's basketball team landed the son of longtime NBA point guard Jameer Nelson Tuesday. 

Jameer Nelson Jr., a 2019 guard out of Pennsylvania's Haverford School, decommitted from his father's alma mater (Saint Joseph's) following the news that Phil Martelli would not return for the 2019-20 season. 

This marks first-year head coach Jamion Christian's second commitment since being named head coach of the Colonials after one year at Siena College. 

Nelson Sr. played in the Association from 2004 to 2018, including 10 seasons in Orlando. The point guard averaged a career-best 16.7 points per game during the 2008-09 campaign.