The ACC will become the first major conference to start its postseason tournament, setting in motion what could be one of the most compelling stories ahead of the 2021 NCAA Tournament.
While teams like Florida State, Virginia and Virginia Tech have already secured their bids for March Madness, traditional blue bloods like Syracuse, North Carolina and Duke need strong runs to secure their NCAA Tournament bid. In the case of the Blue Devils, it is possible that nothing less than a tournament championship will secure their offer.
Welcome to life in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, where the bluest bluebloods of college basketball are at risk of not even making it to the tournament.
With that, here’s a full breakdown of the ACC 2021 Tournament, from parentheses to info and TV schedules:
ACC 2021 tournament draw
|No. 1||Virginia||17-6 (13-4)|
|No. 2||Florida State||15-5 (11-4)|
|Number 3||Virginia Tech||15-5 (9-4)|
|No. 4||Georgia Tech||15-8 (11-6)|
|number 5||Clemson||16-6 (10-6)|
|No 6||North Carolina||16-9 (10-6)|
|No. 7||Louisville||13-6 (8-5)|
|No. 8||Syracuse||15-8 (9-7)|
|No. 9||State of North Carolina||13-9 (9-8)|
|No. 10||Duke||11-11 (9-9)|
|No. 11||Our lady||10-14 (7-11)|
|No. 12||Pitt||10-11 (6-10)|
|No. 13||Miami||8-16 (4-15)|
|No. 14||Wake Forest||6-15 (3-15)|
|No. 15||Boston College||4-15 (2-11)|
Odds of winning the ACC Tournament
Florida State enters with the best odds of winning the ACC 2021 Tournament in +250. Virginia is a close second in +350 odds, followed by Louisville, North Carolina, and Virginia Tech, all in +500 odd.
Despite their lackluster seasons, North Carolina’s traditional blue bloods (+500) and duke (+1400) they have the third and sixth best odds of winning the ACC 2021 Tournament, a nod to the talent present on both teams. Still, both teams will likely need deep runs, in the case of the Blue Devils, perhaps even the tournament title, to secure an NCAA tournament offer. If they can’t get invites, it would be the first time since 1974 that neither team has entered a tournament. So there is no pressure.
Below are all the odds of winning the ACC 2021 Tournament:
|State of North Carolina||+10000|
MORE: Download a printable NCAA tournament bracket here
How to watch the ACC tournament live
The ACC 2021 Tournament will be broadcast entirely on the ESPN family of networks: ESPN, ESPN2 and ACC Network. Streaming options include ESPN.com and fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.
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ACC 2021 tournament schedule
The ACC 2021 Tournament will begin on Tuesday, March 9 and will run until Saturday, March 13.
The broadcast team of Sean McDonough and Cory Alexander will call the entire first round before splitting the tasks with Dan Shulman and Jay Bilas in the second and quarterfinals. McDonough and Alexander will call the first two games of each respective round, while Shulman and Bilas will call the last two. This last team will summon each one of the semifinal games as well as the championship. Allison Williams will serve as an on-court reporter throughout the tournament.
Below is the full tournament schedule:
Winning teams in bold
* Indicates that the game has not been contested due to COVID-19 issues
Round 1: Tuesday, March 9
|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 89, No. 9 State of North Carolina 68|
|Game 5: No. 13 Miami 67, No. 5 Clemson 64|
|Game 6: No. 10 Duke 70, No. 7 Louisville 56|
|Game 7: No. 6 North Carolina 101, No. 11 Notre Dame 59|
Quarter-finals: Thursday, March 11
|Game 8: No. 1 Virginia 72, No. 8 Siracusa 69|
|Game 9: No. 4 Georgia Tech 70, No. 13 Miami 66|
|Game 10: No. 2 State of Florida, No. 10 Duke (undisputed) *|
|Game 11: No. 6 North Carolina 81, # 3 Virginia Tech 73|
Semifinals: Friday, March 12
|Game 12: No. 4 Georgia Tech, No. 1 Virginia (undisputed) *|
|Game 13: No. 2 Florida State 69, No. 6 North Carolina 66|
ACC Championship Game: Saturday, March 13
|Time (ET)||TV (national)|
|Game 14: No. 4 Georgia Tech vs. No. 2 Florida State||8:30 pm||ESPN, fuboTV|
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.