ACC Tournament moves final to Saturday night!

In a move that was not on my radar, because I don’t care to follow basketball all that much, the ACC has decided to change the scheduling of the ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament so that the Final will end up being a primetime Saturday night tip.

The Atlantic Coast Conference will move its tournament championship game to the Saturday night before Selection Sunday after being a Sunday afternoon staple since 1982.

The ACC announced the scheduling change Tuesday during its spring meetings in Amelia Island, Florida.

This will result in a Tuesday-to-Saturday format for the tourney and cause the regular season to end on the previous Saturday instead of Sunday.

From the quotes in the linked article, it appears that the coaches overwhelmingly support this move.  However, from reaction of my friends and others on social media, a lot of folks feel like it’s another brick in the proud tradition of the “glory days” of the ACC that’s being chipped away.

Personally, I’m ambivalent aside from the fact that I usually spend that Friday out with friends drinking and watching 4 games on ACC Friday.  Not sure if that routine will be followed with as much gusto on a Thursday or on a Friday with only two semi-final games, but c’est la vie.

What do the fine folks at Thee Sports Blog think of the change?

All Americans and ACC Tournament Time UPDATE: All ACC teams.

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Each of the three triangle ACC schools have players who chosen as All-Americans by The Sporting News.  Duke freshman Jabari Parker was named 1st team All-American. UNC’s Marcus Paige and NC State’s TJ Warren were named 2nd team All-Americans. Complete list here.

The 2014 ACC Tournament starts on Wednesday. The top four seeds, Virginia, Syracuse, Duke and North Carolina all have byes until Friday.

Wednesday, 1PM.  Wake Forest vs Notre Dame (winner plays Pittsburgh)

3:30PM,  Miami vs Virginia Tech (winner plays NC State)

7PM, Georgia Tech vs Boston College (winner plays Clemson)

Thursday, Maryland vs Florida State (winner plays Virginia)

All ACC Teams after the jump

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Snaer’d

For the fifth time in the last two seasons, Florida State’s Michael Snaer has hit a game winning shot at the buzzer or in the final seconds of the game. His latest victim was Virginia last night.

FSU’s win helped out NC State in the ACC Tournament seeding department.  NC State would clinch an opening-round bye with a win over FSU in Talahassee on Saturday.

They would be the No. 3 seed if Duke beats UNC on Saturday.

State would be the No. 4 seed with a win and a UNC win over Duke.

A State loss and a Virginia win  over Maryland would put NCSU as the five seed and they would have to play on the first day of the ACC Tournament.

Bottom line, if the game is close at the end and FSU has the ball, expect Snaer to be triple teamed, or quadruple teamed.

 Miami (FL) (6) 14-3 23-6
 Duke (3) 13-4 26-4
 North Carolina 12-5 22-8
 N.C. State 11-6 22-8
 Virginia 10-7 20-10

Does the ACC have an Empire State of Mind?

We are one month and one week away from the start of the 2013 ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament. This year the tournament is back at the Greensboro Coliseum after being in Atlanta last year. In 2014 and 2015 the ACCT will also be in Greensboro.

But what about after that?

With the additions of Syracuse and Pittsburgh, the ACC is expanding into the northeast. Throw in Notre Dame, who are big in the northeast, and a Pitino led Louisville team. With the changing dynamics of the conference, why not have the Men’s Tournament up North?

Cant forget the University of Southern New Jersey in Durham.

So why not New York City….NEW YORK CITY!! You have Madison Square Garden and the brand spanking new Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Home of Jay-Z’s team.

The deadline to bid for the 2016-21 ACC tournaments was in September and the league has already eliminated bids from Miami, Orlando, Pittsburgh and Atlanta (Georgia Dome). Even though the deadline has passed, the ACC is still considering its options.

Another factor is that Madison Square Garden could open up because there might not be a Big East Tournament in a few years with Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Louisville, West Virginia and the “Catholic 7″ schools leaving.  You really think MSG wants to host a South Florida vs Tulane tournament championship game?  I believe they would welcome the ACC with open arms.

Besides New York, other cities being considered to host the 2016-21 ACC tournaments are Atlanta (Philips Arena), Charlotte, Greensboro, N.C., Tampa, Fla., and Washington D.C. (ESPN)

ACC will stick to 8 game football schedule, two primary partners for ACC basketball

From SI.com

The Atlantic Coast Conference has dropped a plan to play nine conference football games starting next season and revised its scheduling setup for basketball with the addition of Notre Dame.

The ACC had planned an 18-game basketball schedule with teams having only one primary partner that they played twice every season. (see: UNC and Duke)

Now ACC teams will now have two primary partners, a move that will ensure annual home-and-away matchups between longtime rivals such as North Carolina and North Carolina State; Virginia and Maryland; and Pittsburgh and Syracuse.

These announcements were made after the ACC’s fall business meetings.

For the ACC basketball tournament, all teams will be included, with the top four seeds receiving byes into the quarterfinal round.

The annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge will include the 12 teams with the best RPI from the previous year.

Any school barred from postseason competition due to NCAA sanctions (UNC football) would be ineligible for regular-season or divisional recognition within the conference.

Monday Morning Fodder

The NCAA will announce the punishment for UNC football today at 3pm.

Great weekend for college basketball fans. Brackets are set, madness begins on Tuesday with the First Four, second round begins on Thursday.

Congratulations to Florida State, 2012 ACC Tournament Champions. First ever ACC Tournament win for the Seminoles. Championship game came down to the last possession as they held off UNC 85-82.

Some ACC Tournament history was made as Leonard Hamilton became the first African-American coach to win the ACC Tournament. Not a bad year for the ACC Coach of the Year. Seminoles beat both of “The Blues” twice and were undefeated in the state of North Carolina.

More about the Brackets after the jump…

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NC State finishes 9-7 in ACC, sits firmly on the bubble

The NC State Wolfpack closed out their first ACC season under Mark Gottfried with a 70-58 win on the road over Virginia Tech.  This put them at 9-7 overall and the fifth seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament.

The big question is, will that be enough for them to make the NCAA Tournament? The News & Observer compared State to other 9-7 ACC bubble teams since the league expanded.  Out of the three 9-7 teams in the ACC this year (NSCU, UVa, Miami), State has the best strength of schedule but they have zero wins against teams with a Top 50 RPI. Virginia and Miami each have two wins against top 50 teams. NC State beat Miami twice this season, but Miami’s win at Duke really bumps them up. The loss to Georgia Tech really stings right now (pardon the pun).

Bubble breakdown.

Yahoo has Virginia as a 9 seed, Miami as a 12 seed, and State “on the bubble”. Another team they have on the bubble is Texas, who NC State beat earlier this year.

SI.com has Miami as one of the last four in as an 11 seed, Virginia is a 10 seed. State isnt on the board.

ESPN has the ACC getting only 4 bids, Virginia is in, State and Miami are out. State is “first four out”.

So the Wolfpack are not getting much love from the “bracketologists”. They can change that by making a deep run in the ACC Tournament.  Probably getting to Saturday, which would mean they beat Virginia…and then most likely play UNC.

 

 

Weekend is here…its March.

Duke and North Carolina, Round 2. Saturday night at 7pm in Durham.

Another must win for NC State at Virginia Tech. Sunday at 6pm.

FSU’s Michael Snaer hit another buzzer beater as the Seminoles secured the #3 spot in the ACC with a win over Virginia

Final weekend of the regular season for the ACC in college basketball. ACC Tournament kicks off next Thursday.

Smaller conference tournaments are already underway.

ACC Tuesday. Must wins and Platinum unis

Final week of the ACC regular season kicked off last night as Duke held off Wake Forest in Winston-Salem 79-71. The Blue Devils finished 8-0 on the road in the ACC, the third team in school history to do that. Wake rallied from a 23 point deficit to cut the game to 6, but didnt get any closer.

NC State vs Miami. This is a must win for both teams, if they have any chance of making the NCAA Tournament. Especially State,as they are trying to snap their 4 game losing streak. Reggie Johnson was reinstated by the NCAA for Miami. It is Senior Night at the RBC Center for C.J. Williams, Kendall Smith & Alex Johnson.

It is also Senior Night in Chapel Hill as UNC takes on Maryland. Last game at home for ACC POY candidate Tyler Zeller, Justin Watts and three other UNC seniors.  The Tar Heels will be wearing their Nike Platinum uniforms for the game tonight.

Also,

Georgia Tech visits Boston College.

Bitter writer (from Virginia) calls for boycott of ACC basketball games because of UNC/Duke bias.