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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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Virginia snaps 3-game losing streak with 63-58 win over Georgia Tech

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Virginia snaps 3-game losing streak with 63-58 win over Georgia Tech

ATLANTA (AP) -- Jay Huff and Mamadi Diakite scored 17 points apiece as defending national champion Virginia snapped a three-game losing streak with a 63-58 win over Georgia Tech on Saturday night.

The Cavaliers (12-5, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) finally regained their winning touch after dropping out of The Associated Press ranking for the first time since November 2017.

Georgia Tech (8-10, 3-5) lost its fourth straight home game. The Yellow Jackets haven't won at McCamish Pavilion since a Dec. 4 victory over Nebraska. 

Diakite's dunk with 14:47 remaining gave Virginia its biggest lead, 43-29.

The Cavaliers were still up 48-37 with just over 10 minutes to go when Georgia Tech suddenly came to life offensively.

The Yellow Jackets scored on four of five possessions, stringing together a 9-0 run that cut Virginia's edge to 48-46.

That was as close as Georgia Tech would get.

Huff, a 7-foot-1 center, knocked down a 3-pointer from the top of the key to thwart Georgia Tech's momentum. A few minutes later, he swished another open jumper to make it 55-48. 

Georgia Tech got a basket and a defensive stop, but Braxton Key swooped on for an offensive rebound to give the Cavaliers a second chance. With just over 2 minutes to go, Diakite was left open on the wing for a jumper that made it 57-50, effectively finishing off the Yellow Jackets.

Jose Alvarado paced Georgia Tech with 20 points.

Virginia led 33-25 at halftime, taking advantage of the home team's sloppy play. The Yellow Jackets hit 11 of 18 shots (61.1%) but turned it over 13 times, wasting far too many possessions against the defensive-minded Cavaliers.

BIG PICTURE

Virginia: The Cavaliers picked up a desperately needed victory to avoid their longest losing streak since a four-game skid from Feb. 12-20, 2017. While still a far cry from their national championship squad, Virginia showed some offensive efficiency to go along with its always-tenacious defense. Key chipped in with 10 points. 

Georgia Tech: This is shaping up to be another disappointing season, raising more doubts about whether coach Josh Pastner can turn around a program that is approaching a decade since its last NCAA Tournament appearance. The Yellow Jackets continue to show flashes of promise, but Pastner has been unable to develop any sort of consistency in his fourth season. 

UP NEXT

Virginia: Returns home to play North Carolina State on Monday night. 

Georgia Tech: Hits the road for the first of two meetings against No. 11 Louisville. The teams will meet again in Atlanta on March 7, the final game of the regular season. 

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Hyland scores 21 to lead VCU past St. Bonaventure

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Hyland scores 21 to lead VCU past St. Bonaventure

Nah'Shon Hyland had a season-high 21 points as VCU easily beat Saint Bonaventure 91-63 on Saturday.

Hyland hit 5 of 6 3-pointers. He added eight rebounds.

Marcus Santos-Silva had 17 points and 11 rebounds for VCU (13-5, 3-2 Atlantic 10 Conference). Issac Vann added 10 points. Corey Douglas had seven rebounds.

VCU dominated the first half and led 52-24 at the break. The Rams' 52 first-half points marked a season best for the team.

Justin Winston had 17 points for the Bonnies (12-6, 4-1), whose four-game win streak was broken. Jaren English added 15 points. Dominick Welch had seven rebounds.

VCU takes on Saint Joseph's on the road on Tuesday. Saint Bonaventure plays Dayton on the road on Wednesday.

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