One hundred and four days ago, the ACC Men’s Basketball tournament was kicking off in Greensboro, North Carolina. Two days and six games later — Georgia Tech didn’t play as the Yellow Jackets were serving their postseason ban — the tournament abruptly ended as the coronavirus pandemic took over the country.
Now, the ACC is releasing a four-part docuseries that will go in-depth behind the scenes of “The Tournament That Wasn’t.”
For the first time in history, the #ACCTourney was cut short.— ACC Men's Basketball (@accmbb) June 15, 2020
Join us next Monday (June 22) at 9 pm ET as we take you behind the surreal scenes with our four-part series, “The Tournament That Wasn’t.”
The series debuts tonight (Monday, June 22), and will run through Thursday, June 25. All episodes will broadcast on the ACC Men’s Basketball Twitter (@ACCMBB) account, and will air at 9PM (ET).
From the ACC’s press release:
The series gives viewers an all-access look at the unprecedented tournament that was canceled after two days due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The series features accounts from nearly two dozen individuals who were involved in the event, including ACC Commissioner John Swofford, the league’s student-athletes, coaches and administrators, ESPN and ACC Network talent, and long-time members of the media.
The feeling around the Greensboro Coliseum was uneasy throughout Wednesday, March 11 as news broke of Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert testing positive for the coronavirus. Utah’s game with the Oklahoma City Thunder was delayed, and the NBA suspended its season shortly after.
It was the first ACC men’s basketball tournament cancelled in 67 years of the event.
Virginia didn’t play a game in the 2020 ACC tournament, as the event was called off Thursday morning before the Hoos were scheduled to play the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Cavaliers were the No. 2 seed in the event, finishing with a 15-5 record that tied them with Louisville and Duke.
Florida State, the No. 1 seed with a 16-4 record in conference play, was awarded the ACC tournament trophy in an impromptu ceremony with Commissioner Swofford.
FSU has been named the 2020 ACC Men’s Tournament champion pic.twitter.com/4P5h0oZcRH— the girl fritz (@thegirlfritz) March 12, 2020