Saturday was a wild ride for the ACC in determining the final seeding in the ACC Tournament that starts next week in Brooklyn, NY. While the top and bottom seeds have been set for quite some time, nothing in the middle seemed even remotely close to settled. Had North Carolina beaten Duke tonight, they would have been the No. 2 seed. Instead, they dropped all the way to No. 6. That’s how crazy this season has been.
Unless you’re the Virginia Cavaliers, who finished the regular season with a 17-1 record, becoming the first team in ACC history to rack up 17 conference wins in a single season. The Cavaliers were a single point, in overtime, away from an undefeated 18-0 season. In doing so, they also became the first team to ever rack up a perfect 9-0 record in ACC road games.
Virginia absolutely dominated the conference, and it wasn’t even close. The No. 2 seed in the ACC Tournament will be Duke, who finished with a 13-5 conference record. That’s a full four games behind Virginia, and really five when you consider that Virginia held the tiebreaker between the two schools.
There was a four-way tie for third in the conference, between Miami, Clemson, NC State, and North Carolina, who all finished 11-7. Based on tiebreaker rules (first, the winning percentage against all those that are tied, then, the record against the rest of the conference, starting at the top of the standings), Miami will play as the 3-seed, Clemson as No. 4, NC State as No. 5, and North Carolina as No. 6.
Virginia will tip off on Thursday afternoon at noon against the winner of the 8/9 game between Florida State and Louisville. The game will be on ESPN.
Here’s what the entire schedule looks like:
Tuesday, March 6
Noon – No. 12 Boston College vs. No. 13 Georgia Tech (ESPN2/ACC Network)
2 p.m. – No. 10 Notre Dame vs. No. 15 Pitt (ESPN2/ACC Network)
7 p.m. – No. 11 Syracuse vs. No. 14 Wake Forest (ESPNU/ACC Network)
Wednesday, March 7
Noon – No. 8 Florida State vs. No. 9 Louisville (ESPN/ACC Network)
2 p.m. – No. 5 NC State vs. Tuesday noon winner (ESPN/ACC Network)
7 p.m. – No. 7 Virginia Tech vs. Tuesday 2 p.m. winner (ESPN2/ACC Network)
9 p.m. – No. 6 North Carolina vs. Tuesday 7 p.m. winner (ESPN2/ACC Network)
Thursday, March 8
Noon – No. 1 Virginia vs. Wednesday noon winner (ESPN/ACC Network)
2 p.m. – No. 4 Clemson vs. Wednesday 2 p.m. winner (ESPN/ACC Network)
7 p.m. – No. 2 Duke vs. Wednesday 7 p.m. winner (ESPN/ACC Network)
9 p.m. – No. 3 Miami vs. Wednesday 9 p.m. winner (ESPN/ACC Network)
Friday, March 9
7 p.m. – Thursday afternoon winners (ESPN or ESPN2/ACC Network)
9 p.m. – Thursday evening winners (ESPN or ESPN2/ACC Network)
Saturday, March 10
8:30 p.m. – Friday evening winners (ESPN/ACC Network)