Mar 11, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Florida State Seminoles guard Michael Snaer sits on top of the rim as he celebrates after defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels 85-82 in the finals of the 2012 ACC Men

2013 ACC Tournament Bracket: Seedings, Schedule, Predictions


The ACC Tournament, better known colloquially as the Duke Invitational, runs for the final time in its current form this week before Pittsburgh, Syracuse and possibly Notre Dame take up the gauntlet starting next season.

After a brief cameo in Atlanta, where Florida State bowled over the Carolina bluebloods last year en route to a surprising league title, the tournament returns to its familiar home in Greensboro, North Carolina with an unfamiliar name headlining the bracket. Miami, which won the ACC regular season outright, pinned down the No. 1 seed. The Hurricanes beat out Duke, North Carolina and preseason conference favorite NC State to earn the distinction.

The second-seeded Blue Devils have won 10 of the last 15 tournaments and enter play a modest favorite with a healthy Ryan Kelly back in the fold. The complete tournament schedule is as follows:


First Round – Thursday, March 14

Game 1: No. 8 Boston College vs. No. 9 Georgia Tech, 12 p.m. ET (ESPNU)
Game 2: 
No. 5 NC State vs. No. 12 Virginia Tech, 2 p.m. ET (ESPNU)
Game 3:
No. 7 Maryland vs. No. 10 Wake Forest, 7 p.m. ET (ESPNU)
Game 4:
No. 6 Florida State vs. No. 11 Clemson, 9 p.m. ET (ESPNU)

Quarterfinals – Friday, March 15

Game 5: No. 1 Miami vs. Game 1 Winner, 12 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
Game 6: 
No. 4 Virginia vs. Game 2 Winner, 2 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
Game 7: 
No. 2 Duke vs. Game 3 Winner, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
Game 8: 
No. 3 North Carolina vs. Game 4 Winner, 9 p.m. ET (ESPN2)

Semifinals – Saturday, March 16

Game 9: Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner, 1 p.m. ET (ESPN/ACC Network)
Game 10: 
Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner, 3 p.m. ET (ESPN/ACC Network)

Championship – Sunday, March 17

Game 11: Game 9 Winner vs. Game 10 Winner, 1 p.m. ET (ESPN/ACC Network)

Predictions

Notes: Expect Florida State, which finished strongly and received nice contributions from Kiel Turpin and Devon Bookert down the stretch, to make one last feverish bid at an automatic tournament berth. The Seminoles are out of the at-large picture and must run the Greensboro table for senior assassin Michael Snaer to get one last crack in the Big Dance. NC State is the unpredictable dark horse in the field whose week can go in either extreme. The Wolfpack is just as likely to drop its opening round game against No. 12 Virginia Tech as it is to win the tournament altogether. Mark Gottfried’s team won’t shy away from a potential semifinal date against Miami. The Pack had the Hurricanes beat before a last-second Reggie Johnson tip-in (after an uncalled push-off) swung the game in the other direction. NC State finished strong at the end of last year, nearly upsetting top-seeded North Carolina before surging to the Sweet 16. The boys from Raleigh could use a similar jolt again in what’s otherwise been a deflating, anticlimactic season.

Projected winning teams are bolded.

First Round – Thursday, March 14

No. 8 Boston College vs. No. 9 Georgia Tech
No. 5 NC State
vs. No. 12 Virginia Tech
No. 7 Maryland vs. No. 10 Wake Forest
No. 6 Florida State
vs. No. 11 Clemson

Quarterfinals – Friday, March 15

No. 1 Miami vs. No. 9 Georgia Tech
No. 4 Virginia vs. No. 5 NC State
No. 2 Duke
vs. No. 10 Wake Forest
No. 3 North Carolina vs. No. 6 Florida State

Semifinals – Saturday, March 16

No. 1 Miami vs. No. 5 NC State
No. 2 Duke
vs. No. 6 Florida State

Championship – Sunday, March 17

No. 2 Duke vs. No. 5 NC State



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  • Anduha

    Really? Florida State over UNC? So UNC loses to Duke at home and they are dogs now? UNC beat Florida state at home and demolished them in Chapel Hill. I could easily see them losing to Duke but FSU? Try again.