One year ago, the Florida State Seminoles lifted the 2020 ACC tournament trophy in an empty Greensboro Coliseum. Six games were played over two days before the remainder of the tournament was canceled as concerns over the coronavirus pandemic mounted. The NCAA tournament would be canceled less than a week later.
Well, we’re back!
The 2021 edition of the ACC Tournament gets underway March 9, and it’s back in Greensboro (relocated from Washington, DC) again. Virginia, the still reigning national champions, are the No. 1 seed after winning the conference regular season for the third time in four years. The Cavaliers picked up a huge road win at Louisville to claim the top spot after Florida State left the door open with a loss at Notre Dame.
Virginia Tech, the No. 3 seed, will be playing their first game since February 27 after multiple Covid-19 pauses both inside and outside of their program. Georgia Tech is the last team with the double bye as the Yellow Jackets finished 11-6 in the conference and ended the regular season on a six-game win streak. Moses Wright, the first ACC Player of the Year for GT since 1990, and pesky guard Jose Alvarado will try and help the Jackets secure a spot in the Big Dance.
As is often the case this time of year, many teams are looking to bolster their resumes for the postseason. Georgia Tech, North Carolina, and Louisville are currently on the right side of the bubble of the latest SB Nation bracket, while Syracuse, NC State, and Duke could all use a few (or a lot of) wins.
The top nine teams receive first-round byes and the top four teams receive double-byes to the quarterfinals. Teams are seeded by record within the conference, with a tiebreaker system to seed teams with identical conference records.
The Bracket & Schedule
Here is the full tournament bracket and day-by-day schedule. Game times subject to change. We’ll be updating it with results along the way.
Round 1: Tuesday, March 9 (All times ET)
Game 1: No. 13 Miami 79, No. 12 Pitt 73
Game 2: No. 10 Duke 86, No. 15 Boston College 51
Game 3: No. 11 Notre Dame 80, No. 14 Wake Forest 77
Round 2: Wednesday, March 10
Game 4: No. 8 Syracuse vs. No. 9 NC State, 12 p.m.
Game 5: No. 13 Miami vs. No. 5 Clemson, 2:30 p.m.
Game 6: No. 10 Duke vs. No. 7 Louisville, 6:30 p.m.
Game 7: No. 11 Notre Dame vs. No. 6 North Carolina, 9 p.m.
Quarterfinals: Thursday, March 11
Game 8: Winner of Game 4 vs. No. 1 Virginia, 12 p.m.
Game 9: Winner of Game 5 vs. No. 4 Georgia Tech, 2:30 p.m.
Game 10: Winner of Game 6 vs. No. 2 Florida State, 6:30 p.m.
Game 11: Winner of Game 7 vs. No. 3 Virginia Tech, 9 p.m.
Semifinals: Friday, March 12
Game 12: Winner of Game 8 vs. Winner of Game 9, 6:30 p.m.
Game 13: Winner of Game 10 vs. Winner of Game 11, 9 p.m.
Championship—Saturday, March 13
Game 14: Championship Game: Winner Game 12 vs. Winner Game 13, 8:30 p.m.