The Madness is almost here! After Saturday's regular season finale, the bracket for the ACC Tournament has officially been set. The event kicks off at noon on Tuesday, March 8, with 12-seed N.C. State vs. 13-seed Wake Forest. North Carolina claims the No. 1 seed, and will face the winner of Pittsburgh and Syracuse on Thursday, while Virginia is the No. 2 seed, and will take on the Clemson-Georgia Tech winner. The Tar Heels and Cavaliers are both in contention for No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament. Ticket information is available here.
Here is the full bracket:
Every ACC Tournament game will be available on either ESPN or ESPN2, as well as the ACC Network.
Favorite: North Carolina
The Tar Heels captured the ACC regular season title, beating Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday night. Roy Williams' squad has a talented assemblage of frontcourt talent, led by ACC Player of the Year candidate Brice Johnson, who averages 16.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. He is joined by Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks, to make up one of the deepest forward rotations in the country. Marcus Paige leads the way for UNC's guards. He's taken a bit of a backseat this season, averaging just 12 points a game after scoring over 17 per game in 2013-14, and over 14 last season. He provides excellent leadership, and is a clutch performer. The Tar Heels haven't been perfect this season, and have had some close calls in ACC play, but with their depth and talent, they are the definite favorite in this year's tournament.
Calling Duke a "sleeper" is probably a tough sell, but this year's edition of the Blue Devils is definitely not a vintage Mike Krzyzewski team. The team hit a real swoon at mid-season, and fellow out of the Top 25 altogether, but in recent weeks it has rebounded to become a very dangerous outfit. Guard Grayson Allen is the latest in a long line of classic Duke heels, and he backs it up with his play. He averages 21.5 points per game this season. Rangy freshman forward Brandon Ingram is a dynamic player, who is a likely Top 5 pick in this year's NBA Draft. With the loss of Amile Jefferson for the season, the Blue Devils don't have much depth, which is the team's main issue. However, if Allen, Ingram, and the rest of the team gets hot, it can absolutely make a run in the post-season.