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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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Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

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Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

After testing the NBA Draft waters, Georgetown center Jessie Govan decided to return to the Hoyas for his senior season.

Govan announced his intention to return on Instagram a week before the final commitment deadline.

Returning to the Hoyas is definitely a boost to the program that will be in their second year under head coach Patrick Ewing.  At 6-10, Govan was the team’s leading scorer (17.9 ppg) and rebounder (10.0 rpg) averaging a double-double last season.

Paired alongside power forward Marcus Derrickson, the Hoyas were nearly unstoppable in the paint. Derrickson though decided to forgo his senior year and signed with an agent after the season.

Had Govan decided to leave that would have meant over 56 percent of the team’s scoring and rebounding would have departed (to graduation or professional pursuits) in a handful of months. Not the best outlook for a 15-win team that went 5-13 in the Big East.

Instead Ewing gets back his leading scorer that many believe he can mold as a young protégée. While in the draft process without an agent Govan had workouts with the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks. Both are valuable experiences that he will bring to a relatively young Georgetown squad.

Having Govan for one more year will bridge Ewing’s second season to transfer big-man, Omer Yurtseven to his first year of eligibility in 2019. They were set up to having a walk-on and two sophomores being the only returning Hoyas over 6-6 for the upcoming season.

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Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

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Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

The pieces are starting to come together for Patrick Ewing.

On Monday the Georgetown Hoyas picked up perhaps the biggest (literally and figuratively) target of the transfer market, Omer Yurtseven.

From North Carolina State, the transfer from Istanbul Turkey will have two years remaining of eligibility. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he is not allowed to play for the 2018-19 season.

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Standing at 7-0, the center helped power the Wolfpack to an NCAA tournament bid this past season. Averaging 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks a contest, Yurstseven earned All-ACC Third Team honors in the 2017-18 season. He also touted a 58.3 shooting percentage and was not afraid to pull it up from deep either (22 made three-pointers).

NC State lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 8 Seton Hall, but he was limited due to foul trouble with only two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes of play.

Initially, he is the option to fill the void that Jessie Govan will leave, whether that is during this offseason or next. Already the team has lost power forward Marcus Derrickson

Yurtseven will just be another frontcourt talent for Ewing with the Hoyas.

It was widely reported that he was considering playing options, both in the United States and abroad before this announcement. Easily he has the talent to go in first round of the NBA Draft whichever year he declares.

On the same day, the Hoyas also announced the signing of four-star guard James Akinjo.