The 2015 ACC Tournament kicks off today in Greensboro and it should be a fantastic week of action and drama at the Greensboro Coliseum.
As one of the best conferences in the country throughout the season, the ACC Tournament features five teams ranked in the Top 25 (Duke, Virginia, Notre Dame, Louisville, North Carolina) and a handful of other teams still looking to lock up a spot in the NCAA tournament. N.C. State has likely guaranteed itself a spot in The Big Dance but could help its potential seed with a strong performance, while Miami and Pittsburgh may need at least one win to secure a berth.
Tournament play begins at 1:00pm this afternoon with 12-seed Boston College facing off against 13-seed Georgia Tech. That game will be followed by 11-seed Wake Forest taking on 14-seed Virginia Tech.
As the No. 2 seed in the tournament, Duke gets a bye for the first two rounds before facing off against the winner of the N.C. State/Pittsburgh game. The Blue Devils are scheduled to play at 7:00pm on Thursday night.
If the bracket plays out according to seeding, Duke’s path to a championship would include games against N.C. State and Notre Dame before a rematch of last season’s ACC Tournament championship with a battle against top-seeded Virginia.
However, if March Madness has taught us anything, it’s to expect the unexpected.
I wrote yesterday about why Duke’s current circumstances might actually favor the Blue Devils suffering an early loss in Greensboro and taking advantage of the time to get some extra rest before heading to the NCAA Tournament.
Get excited, ACC fans! This should be a thrilling few days of basketball!
Here’s the full bracket for the tournament.