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2018 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2018 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament was the postseason men's basketball tournament for the Atlantic Coast Conference held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York from March 6–10, 2018. It was the 65th annual edition of the tournament, and the second year in a row being held at Barclays Center. The Virginia Cavaliers entered the tournament as the top seed, with a 17–1 conference record (28–2 overall) under the guidance of Tony Bennett. UVA also began the tournament unanimously ranked number 1 in the country in both major polls.

2018 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament
2018 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament logo.png
2018 ACC Tournament Logo
ClassificationDivision I
Season2017–18
Teams15
SiteBarclays Center
Brooklyn, New York
ChampionsVirginia (3rd title)
Winning coachTony Bennett (2nd title)
MVPKyle Guy (Virginia)
Attendance82,390
TelevisionESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ACCN
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2017–18 ACC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#1 Virginia 17 1   .944     31 3   .912
#9 Duke 13 5   .722     29 8   .784
#22 Miami (FL) 11 7   .611     22 10   .688
#20 Clemson 11 7   .611     25 10   .714
NC State 11 7   .611     21 12   .636
#10 North Carolina 11 7   .611     26 11   .703
Virginia Tech 10 8   .556     21 12   .636
Florida State 9 9   .500     23 12   .657
Louisville 9 9   .500     22 14   .611
Notre Dame 8 10   .444     21 15   .583
Syracuse 8 10   .444     23 14   .622
Boston College 7 11   .389     19 16   .543
Georgia Tech 6 12   .333     13 19   .406
Wake Forest 4 14   .222     11 20   .355
Pittsburgh 0 18   .000     8 24   .250
2018 ACC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The Cavaliers defeated Louisville 75–58 and Clemson 64–58 to secure a place in the tournament championship game. They defeated North Carolina 71–63 in the championship game to become tournament champion. Sophomore guard Kyle Guy was named Tournament MVP. Games were shown on over-the-air television in local media markets by the syndicated ACCN and simulcast nationally on various ESPN cable networks.

Both the Virginia–North Carolina title game and Duke–North Carolina semifinal game set the Barclays Center attendance record for college basketball games, and conference leadership vowed to return the ACC Tournament to New York in the near future.[1][2]

SeedsEdit

All 15 ACC teams participated in the tournament. Teams were seeded by record within the conference, with a tiebreaker system to seed teams with identical conference records. The tournament was held over five consecutive days. Teams ranked 10–15 played on the first day; teams ranked 5–9 entered the bracket on the second day, with teams ranked 1–4 entering on the third day (quarterfinals). The semifinals were played on the fourth day, and the finals on the last day.[3]

Seed School Conference
Record
Tiebreaker
1 Virginia 17–1
2 Duke 13–5
3 Miami 11–7 2–1 vs Clem/NCST/UNC
4 Clemson 11–7 3–2 vs Miami/NCST/UNC
5 NC State 11–7 1–0 vs Duke
6 North Carolina 11–7 1–1 vs Duke
7 Virginia Tech 10–8
8 Florida State 9–9 3–3 vs Miami/Clem/NCST/UNC
9 Louisville 9–9 0–4 vs Miami/Clem/NCST/UNC
10 Notre Dame 8–10 1–0 vs Syracuse
11 Syracuse 8–10 0–1 vs ND
12 Boston College 7–11
13 Georgia Tech 6–12
14 Wake Forest 4–14
15 Pittsburgh 0–18

ScheduleEdit

All games will be televised on the ACC Network within the ACC footprint and simulcast nationally on the ESPN networks denoted below.

Session Game Time Matchup Score Television Attendance
First round – Tuesday, March 6
Opening day 1 12:00 pm 12 Boston College vs 13 Georgia Tech 87–77 ESPN2 10,612[4]
2 2:00 pm 10 Notre Dame vs 15 Pittsburgh 67–64
3 7:00 pm 11 Syracuse vs 14 Wake Forest 73–64 ESPNU
Second round – Wednesday, March 7
1 4 12:00 pm 8 Florida State vs 9 Louisville 74–82 ESPN 17,732[5]
5 2:30 pm 5 NC State vs 12 Boston College 87–91
2 6 7:00 pm 7 Virginia Tech vs 10 Notre Dame 65–71 ESPN2
7 9:30 pm 6 North Carolina vs 11 Syracuse 78–59
Quarterfinals – Thursday, March 8
3 8 12:00 pm 1 Virginia vs 9 Louisville 75–58 ESPN 17,732[6]
9 2:00 pm 4 Clemson vs 12 Boston College 90–82
4 10 7:00 pm 2 Duke vs 10 Notre Dame 88–70
11 9:00 pm 3 Miami vs 6 North Carolina 65–82
Semifinals – Friday, March 9
5 12 7:00 pm 1 Virginia vs 4 Clemson 64–58 ESPN2 18,157[7]
13 9:00 pm 2 Duke vs 6 North Carolina 69–74 ESPN
Championship – Saturday, March 10
6 14 8:30 pm 1 Virginia vs 6 North Carolina 71–63 ESPN 18,157[8]
Game times in ET. Rankings denote tournament seed.

BracketEdit

[9]

  First round
Tuesday, March 6
ESPN2/ESPNU/ACCN
Second round
Wednesday, March 7
ESPN/ESPN2/ACCN
Quarterfinals
Thursday, March 8
ESPN/ESPN2/ACCN
Semifinals
Friday, March 9
ESPN/ESPN2/ACCN
Championship
Saturday, March 10
ESPN/ACCN
                                               
1 Virginia 75  
    9 Louisville 58  
8 Florida State 74
9 Louisville 82  
  1 Virginia 64  
  4 Clemson 58  
4 Clemson 90
    12 Boston College 82  
5 NC State 87
    12 Boston College 91  
12 Boston College 87
13 Georgia Tech 77  
1 Virginia 71
6 North Carolina 63
2 Duke 88  
    10 Notre Dame 70  
7 Virginia Tech 65
    10 Notre Dame 71  
10 Notre Dame 67
15 Pittsburgh 64  
  2 Duke 69
  6 North Carolina 74  
3 Miami 65
    6 North Carolina 82  
6 North Carolina 78
    11 Syracuse 59  
11 Syracuse 73
14 Wake Forest 64  

Game summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Three games were played in the first round. In all three, the higher seed advanced.

In the first game, the 12-seed Boston College Eagles took on the 13-seed Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Boston College got out to ten point lead at half time. They opened the second half on a 15-5 run, bring their lead to 20 with under 14 minutes to play. A late flurry of scoring by Georgia Tech reduced the Eagles lead to 6 with only 45 seconds remaining, but BC hit four free throws at the end of the game, ending the chance of a Yellow Jacket comeback. Georgia Tech's Tadric Jackson led all scorers with 29 points in the losing effort.[10]

The second game featured the 10-seed Notre Dame Fighting Irish against the 15-seed Pittsburgh Panthers. The game looked to be one of the biggest mismatches in the tournament, with Notre Dame likely post-season bound with a 20-win season and Pittsburgh entering the tournament having lost every conference game and sporting a woeful 8-24 record. Instead, the two teams played the closest game of the first round, with Notre Dame clinging to a two-point lead with less than a minute remaining; however a controversial loose-ball foul against Pitt's Marcus Carr followed by a turnover by Carr allowed Notre Dame to preserve their lead and close out the game 67-64. Carr's late game mistakes were ironic as his three-pointer was the one that cut the Notre Dame lead to two, and he scored 18 in the game, tied with Jared Wilson-Frame to lead the Panthers in scoring. Notre Dame's Bonzie Colson led all scorers with 19.[11]

The last game of the day featured the 11-seed Syracuse Orange versus the 14-seed Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Syracuse was playing with a short bench, as several injuries limited their ability to substitute. Despite leading by 19 with under eight minutes to play, the wear on Syracuse's starters showed, as they played all but the last 32 seconds of the second half, and that substitution was forced by Tyus Battle's fifth foul of the game. The Demon Deacons had cut the lead to six with fresher legs, but the Orange held on to win 73-64. Wake Forest's Bryant Crawford led all scoring with 22 points.[12]

ESPN2
March 6
12:00 pm
12 Boston College 87, 13 Georgia Tech 77
Scoring by half: 36–26, 51–51
Pts: Bowman (26)
Rebs: Mitchell (11)
Asts: Bowman (6)
Pts: Jackson (29)
Rebs: Gueye (8)
Asts: Jackson (5)
Barclays Center
Brooklyn, NY
Attendance: 10,612
Referees: Bert Smith, Les Jones, AJ Dasai
ESPN2
March 6
2:00 pm
10 Notre Dame 67, 15 Pittsburgh 64
Scoring by half: 36–24, 31–40
Pts: Colson (19)
Rebs: Geben, Mooney (9)
Asts: Farrell (3)
Pts: Carr, Wilson-Frame (18)
Rebs: Stewart (5)
Asts: Stevenson (4)
Barclays Center
Brooklyn, NY
Attendance: 10,612
Referees: Lee Cassell, Jerry Heater, Clarence Armstrong
ESPNU
March 6
7:00 pm
11 Syracuse 73, 14 Wake Forest 64
Scoring by half: 30–24, 43–40
Pts: Dolezaj (20)
Rebs: Brissett, Chukwu (9)
Asts: Howard (5)
Pts: Crawford (22)
Rebs: Okeke (6)
Asts: Crawford (6)
Barclays Center
Brooklyn, NY
Attendance: 10,612
Referees: Bill Covington Jr., Raymond Styons, Tim Comer

Second roundEdit

ESPN
March 7
12:00 pm
8 Florida State 74, 9 Louisville 82
Scoring by half: 22–41, 52–41
Pts: Forrest, Savoy (14)
Rebs: Kabengele, Mann (6)
Asts: Forrest (6)
Pts: Snider (19)
Rebs: Adel (8)
Asts: Snider (6)
Barclays Center
Brooklyn, NY
Attendance: 17,732
Referees: Mike Eades, Tim Nestor, AJ Desai
ESPN
March 7
2:00 pm
5 NC State 87, 12 Boston College 91
Scoring by half: 31–45, 56–46
Pts: Freeman (21)
Rebs: Yurtseven (9)
Asts: Johnson (6)
Pts: Robinson (26)
Rebs: Mitchell (15)
Asts: Robinson (5)
Barclays Center
Brooklyn, NY
Attendance: 17,732
Referees: Jamie Luckie, Ron Groover, Jerry Heater
ESPN2
March 7
7:00 pm
7 Virginia Tech 65, 10 Notre Dame 71
Scoring by half: 34–21, 31–50
Pts: Robinson, Bibbs (15)
Rebs: Blackshear Jr. (8)
Asts: Robinson (7)
Pts: Farrell (22)
Rebs: Pfleuger (9)
Asts: Gibbs (7)
Barclays Center
Brooklyn, NY
Attendance: 17,732
Referees: Ted Valentine, Raymond Styons, Les Jones
ESPN2
March 7
9:00 pm
6 North Carolina 78, 11 Syracuse 59
Scoring by half: 39–29, 39–30
Pts: Williams (17)
Rebs: Pinson (11)
Asts: Pinson (6)
Pts: Brissett (20)
Rebs: Brissett (10)
Asts: Howard (4)
Barclays Center
Brooklyn, NY
Attendance: 17,732
Referees: Roger Ayers, Bert Smith, Clarence Armstrong

QuarterfinalsEdit

ESPN
March 8
12:00 pm
1 Virginia 75, 9 Louisville 58
Scoring by half: 38–27, 37–32
Pts: Guy (19)
Rebs: Guy (7)
Asts: Hall (5)
Pts: Spalding (16)
Rebs: Spalding (6)
Asts: Spalding, Snider (3)
Barclays Center
Brooklyn, NY
Attendance: 17,732
Referees: Ted Valentine, Jamie Luckie, Tim Comer
ESPN
March 8
2:00 pm
4 Clemson 90, 12 Boston College 82
Scoring by half: 43–36, 47–46
Pts: DeVoe (25)
Rebs: Thomas (12)
Asts: DeVoe, Reed (4)
Pts: Bowman (23)
Rebs: Mitchell (9)
Asts: Bowman (4)
Barclays Center
Brooklyn, NY
Attendance: 17,732
Referees: Mike Eades, Tim Nestor, Les Jones
ESPN
March 8
7:00 pm
2 Duke 88, 10 Notre Dame 70
Scoring by half: 41–37, 47–33
Pts: Bagley (33)
Rebs: Bagley (17)
Asts: Duval (11)
Pts: Colson (18)
Rebs: Colson (9)
Asts: Farrell (12)
Barclays Center
Brooklyn, NY
Attendance: 17,732
Referees: Roger Ayers, Lee Cassell, Jerry Heater
ESPN
March 8
9:00 pm
3 Miami 65, 6 North Carolina 82
Scoring by half: 31–32, 34–50
Pts: Newton (17)
Rebs: Huell, Newton (7)
Asts: Walker, Waardenburg (3)
Pts: Pinson (25)
Rebs: Maye (13)
Asts: Johnson (5)
Barclays Center
Brooklyn, NY
Attendance: 17,732
Referees: Ron Groover, Bill Covington Jr., Raymond Styons

SemifinalsEdit

ESPN2
March 9
7:00 pm
1 Virginia 64, 4 Clemson 58
Scoring by half: 32–23, 32–35
Pts: Guy (15)
Rebs: Salt (8)
Asts: Jerome (10)
Pts: Mitchell (18)
Rebs: Thomas (7)
Asts: DeVoe (3)
Barclays Center
Brooklyn, NY
Referees: Roger Aires, Bill Covington Jr., Lee Cassell
ESPN
March 9
9:00 pm
2 Duke 69, 6 North Carolina 74
Scoring by half: 31-36, 38-38
Pts: Trent (20)
Rebs: Bagley (13)
Asts: Duval (7)
Pts: Maye (17)
Rebs: Maye (10)
Asts: Pinson (7)
Barclays Center
Brooklyn, NY
Attendance: 18,157
Referees: Bert Smith, Ted Valentine, Mike Eades

ChampionshipEdit

ESPN
March 10
8:30 pm
1 Virginia 71, 6 North Carolina 63
Scoring by half: 34-30, 37-33
Pts: Guy (16)
Rebs: Jerome (6)
Asts: Jerome (6)
Pts: Maye (20)
Rebs: Pinson (8)
Asts: Pinson (6)
Barclays Center
Brooklyn, NY
Attendance: 18,157
Referees: Tim Nestor, Ron Groover, Jamie Luckie

Awards and honorsEdit

Tournament MVP: Kyle Guy

All-Tournament Teams:[13]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Virginia wins third ACC Tournament title: ‘Hoos defeats UNC, 71-63, accessed March 11, 2018
  2. ^ ACC loves NYC: Expect tournament to be back in Brooklyn, accessed March 11, 2018
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  5. ^ "Official Basketball Box Score Game Totals Final Statistics Syracuse vs North Carolina" (PDF). theacc.com. The Atlantic Coast Conference. March 7, 2018. Retrieved March 8, 2018.
  6. ^ "Official Basketball Box Score Game Totals Final Statistics Boston College vs Clemson" (PDF). theacc.com. The Atlantic Coast Conference. March 8, 2018. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
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  8. ^ "Official Basketball Box Score Game Totals Final Statistics North Carolina vs Virginia" (PDF). theacc.com. The Atlantic Coast Conference. March 10, 2018. Retrieved March 11, 2018.
  9. ^ "2018 New York Life ACC Tournament" (PDF). theacc.com. The Atlantic Coast Conference. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  10. ^ "Eagles Soar in ACC Tournament Opener". TheACC.com. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  11. ^ "Irish Sweat, but Push Past Pitt". TheACC.com. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  12. ^ "Orange Down Deacs in First Round". TheACC.com. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Cavaliers' Ride Continues With ACC Tourney Title". theacc.com. The Atlantic Coast Conference. March 10, 2018. Retrieved March 11, 2018.