ACC tournament brackets have scores and results to report from day one. The 2016 ACC tournament schedule had two games on Tuesday, March 8, with the results favoring the better-seeded schools so far. In the first game, No. 12 NC State beat No. 13 Wake Forest 75-72. It was a hard-fought win that nets NC State a second-round game against Duke. In the second game of the ACC tournament brackets, No. 11 Florida State easily beat No. 14 Boston College 88-66. Wake Forest and Boston College have been eliminated.
The ACC tournament results from day one were exactly as the oddsmakers predicted, but the second-round match-ups might just have an upset or two brewing. On Wednesday, March 9, the ACC tournament brackets have four games. The day begins with No. 8 Pittsburgh vs. No. 9 Syracuse at 12 p.m. ET, followed by No. 5 Duke vs. No. 12 North Carolina State at 2 p.m. ET. The late games are No. 7 Clemson vs. No. 10 Georgia Tech at 7 p.m. ET and No. 6 Virginia Tech vs. No. 11 Florida State at 9 p.m. ET.
Based on the ACC tournament scores from day two, the quarterfinals to be played on Thursday, March 10. No. 1 North Carolina starts day three at 12 p.m. ET against the winner of the Pittsburgh vs. Syracuse game. No. 4 Notre Dame then plays at 2 p.m. ET against the survivor of Duke vs. NC State. No. 2 Virginia opens the night games at 7 p.m. ET against the winner of Clemson vs. Georgia Tech, and then-No. 3 Miami plays the winner of Virginia Tech vs. Florida State at 9 p.m. ET.
The ACC semi-finals will take place at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET on Friday, March 11, leading to the ACC Championship Game at 9 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 12. Midway through the 2016 ACC Tournament, Joe Lunardi at ESPN.com has seven conference teams getting invites to the 2016 NCAA Tournament. That would tie the conference with the Big 12 for most teams receiving invites. There is also a chance that the North Carolina Tar Heels could emerge with a No. 1 seed should the school run the table in the ACC Tournament.
The ACC schools currently projected to receive invites to the 2016 NCAA Tournament are North Carolina, Virginia, Miami, Notre Dame Duke, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse. Louisville, despite a 23-8 record this year, has been banned from postseason play. Schools like Virginia Tech (18-13), Clemson (17-13), Georgia Tech (18-13), and Florida State (19-12) will have to string together a number of wins in the ACC Tournament in order to earn an invite. This makes it possible for the conference to send eight or even nine teams to the Big Dance.
One game of extreme interest could be a North Carolina vs. Duke match-up in the top of the ACC tournament brackets. The schools could end up playing against each other in the first semi-final game on March 11. On the other side of the brackets, a very intriguing game between Virginia (24-6) and Miami (24-6) could be waiting in the semi-finals. It’s possible that one of those schools could be fighting for a chance to be named a No. 1 seed when the NCAA Selection Committee makes it’s announcement on Sunday, March 13.
The day two ACC tournament results have not been predicted to fall in favor of the better-seeded teams in each game. The oddsmakers have Pittsburgh by three points over Syracuse, Duke by eight points over North Carolina State, Clemson by one point over Georgia Tech, and Florida State by 2.5 points over Virginia Tech. The No. 6 seeded Virginia Tech team is actually predicted to lose to No. 11 Florida State. This could make the day two ACC tournament scores very interesting, especially if Florida State can find a way to win another game and improve its resume even further.
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