ACC Tournament 2017: Preview and Predictions for Every Team

ACC basketball's first national champion, North Carolina in 1957, was coached by New York City native Frank McGuire.

The ACC tournament begins Tuesday when those Tigers take on North Carolina State at noon ET (ESPN2). Before we can start thinking about dancing, the Orange must make a statement in the ACC tournament. He has also been named one of 10 finalists for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award. Doors will open at 6:00 and the game will tip off at 7:30. Not least because of the way it resembled the beginning of Notre Dame's 90-84 NCAA tournament defeat to Stanford the previous year.

Consider for a moment the Demon Deacons have played on the opening day of the league tournament in 11 of the last 12 years, a feat that has become increasingly hard with conference expansion. First, we have a battle between two powerhouses, UNC and Louisville.

"I'm used to Madison Square Garden, I'm not sure how it will be in Brooklyn", Pitino said.

Collins was just as big an irritant to the rest of the ACC.

Now, barring an impressive run of four wins in four days in Brooklyn, the stretch without an ACC title will grow. With Giles and Bolden relegated to the sidelines, Duke's thin frontcourt had no answer for North Carolina's swarm of big men.

The Cardinal (28-5) won their 12th tournament title, the most in conference history, and took the Pac-12's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

This is the first season since the league added its newest members and changed the tournament format that the Cavaliers haven't earned a double-bye into the ACC quarterfinals. John's victor, FS1, 5:30 p.m.; MAAC Tournament-Championship, Quinnipiac vs. Rider, ESPNU, 4 p.m.; AAC Tournament-Championship, UConn vs. It features seven ranked teams, and there is talk that 10 teams from the conference could make it to the big dance. The Eagles are also just 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 games, are 13-13 against the number on the season, and are 4-5 ATS on the road this year.

Welcome back to ACC tournament relevance, Wake Forest. In overall NCAA play, the Irish have the second-most wins over the past six seasons, trailing only UConn.

"We were watching film through those four losses".

The one surprise team to this point is Virginia. This is how we have to play. "That's what will help".

Regardless of the tournament's location, the importance of this week's games, starting with Wake Forest's matchup today with No. 15 Boston College, can not be overstated for Manning and the 10th-seeded Deacons. The 'Canes come in losers of two straight, while Syracuse will be riding high off of a 29-point blowout victory of Georgia Tech behind Andrew White's career-high 40 points.

About the most memorable impression Wake made during tournament week in those years was something the program wanted no part of: The fan-sponsored #BuzzOut newspaper ads expressing frustration with former coach Jeff Bzdelik.

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