The ACC Tournament 2016 bracket schedule has been released as of Sunday evening, revealing how all of the Atlantic Coastal Conference men’s basketball teams will be seeded, when they’ll play and for the most part, who they’ll be taking on. Just two games will open the first day of play, with four more on the next day. Four top seeds have byes until Thursday when the quarterfinals begin, including the North Carolina Tar Heels, who earned the No. 1 overall seed for tournament play. It will all ultimately yield a tournament champion who automatically qualifies for the NCAA Tournament. The question is whether a school not projected to make the field will shake things up. The 2016 conference tournament action will be presented thanks to ESPN and ACC networks.
According to Fayetteville Observer on March 6, the top four seeds for the ACC Tournament will be No. 1 North Carolina, No. 2 Virginia, No. 3 Miami and No. 4 Notre Dame. These four teams had the top overall records in the conference and have earned a bye until the quarterfinals on Thursday. The tournament itself will open up on Tuesday at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC, with No. 12 seed NC State taking on No. 13 seed Wake Forest at noon Eastern Time. No. 11 seed Florida State battles No. 14 seed Boston College at approximately 2:15 p.m. ET in the second and last game of the opening round. The two winning teams will move on to play No. 5 seed Duke and 6-seed Virginia Tech, respectively.
Those second round games go off on Wednesday. First up at noon will be No. 8 Pittsburgh against No. 9 Syracuse. They’ll be followed by the Duke game at 2:15 p.m. ET, and then No. 7 seed Clemson vs. No. 10 Georgia Tech at 7 p.m. ET. Virginia Tech takes on either FSU or BC starting at 9:15 p.m. ET. On Thursday, the four top seeds await their quarterfinals opponents. No. 1 seed UNC takes on either Pitt or Syracuse at Noon, while Notre Dame takes on either Duke, NC State or Wake at 2:15 p.m. ET. At 7 p.m. ET, it’s No. 2 seed Virginia vs. Clemson or Georgia Tech. The action closes out with a 9:15 p.m. ET game feature No. 3 seed Miami against Virginia Tech, FSU or BC.
Friday will feature two semifinals games taking place at 7 p.m. ET and 9:15 p.m. ET, with the championship finals going down at 9 p.m. ET on Saturday night. The various games will be shown on ESPN, ESPN2 and the ACC Network for live television coverage. Live streaming online coverage can be seen by cable and satellite subscribers who have access to the WatchESPN broadband sports website or mobile apps on their compatible devices. Another option for die hard fans who may want to watch the live stream for free is to sign up for the 7-day free trial of Sling TV which includes ESPN and ESPN2 on its starting package.