Tech Earns 11th Seed at 2017 ACC Tournament
Yellow Jackets face 14th-seed Pittsburgh at 7 p.m. Tuesday night in opening round
Syracuse, N.Y. - Georgia Tech (17-14, 8-10 ACC) has earned the No. 11 seed and will face the No. 14-seed, Pittsburgh (15-16, 4-14 ACC) at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the opening round of the 64th annual New York Life Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament, which will be played Tuesday through Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The Yellow Jackets, picked to finish 14th in the ACC before the season began after losing its top four players from last year's NIT squad, knocked off three top-15 teams, including No. 9 North Carolina, No. 6 Florida State and No. 14 Notre Dame, in the way to matching its 2015-16 conference record.
Tuesday's game will be televised on the ACC Network (Peachtree TV in Atlanta) in the ACC footprint, and ESPNU outside the ACC markets. Radio coverage will be provided by the Georgia Tech IMG Radio Network (680 AM, 93.7 FM in Atlanta) and can also be heard on satellite radio (Sirius ch. 81, XM ch. 81). Tech defeated the Panthers, 61-52, in its regular-season home finale last Tuesday. The winner of Tuesday night's game advances to face the sixth-seed, Virginia (21-9, 11-7) at approximately 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Georgia Tech has played in 37 ACC Tournaments, and has a 26-34 all-time record in the event. The Yellow Jackets have won three championships, in 1985 (Atlanta), 1990 (Charlotte) and 1993 (Charlotte).
Regular-season champion and defending ACC Tournament champion North Carolina (26-6 overall, 14-4 ACC) will be the top-seeded team for the 26th time. The Tar Heels will receive a double-bye into Thursday's quarterfinal round, along with No. 2 seed Florida State (24-7 12-6), No. 3 Notre Dame (23-8, 12-6) and No. 4 Louisville (24-7, 12-6).
The tournament opens Tuesday with three first-round games. No. 12 Clemson (16-14, 6-12) faces No. 13 NC State (15-16, 4-14) at noon, followed by No. 10 Wake Forest (18-12, 9-9) versus No. 15 Boston College (2-16, 9-22) at 2 p.m. No. 11 seed Georgia Tech (17-14, 8-10) faces No. 14 Pitt (15-16, 4-14) at 7 p.m.
Fifth-seeded Duke (23-8, 11-7), No. 6 Virginia (21-9, 11-7), No. 7 Virginia Tech (21-9, 10-8), No. 8 Syracuse (18-13, 10-8) and No.9 Miami (20-10, 10-8) will see their first tournament action on Wednesday. Syracuse and Miami will square off at noon, while Duke, Virginia and Virginia Tech will meet the winners of Tuesday's three first-round games.
Wednesday's winners will advance to face the tournament's four top seeded teams in Thursday's quarterfinal round.
The 2017 New York Life ACC Tournament will culminate with a pair of semifinal games on Friday night and the championship game on Saturday evening. This year's championship game is set for a primetime 9 p.m. start.
The previous six ACC Tournaments (2011-16) have produced six different champions.
All 14 tournament games will be nationally televised on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU and the ACC Network (ACCN). All games will also be available via WatchESPN and the ACC.com.
The full schedule for the 2017 New York Life ACC Tournament:
Tuesday, March 7 First round Noon -- No. 12 Clemson vs. No. 13 NC State (ESPN2/ACC Network) 2 p.m. -- No. 10 Wake Forest vs. No. 15 Boston College (ESPN2/ACC Network) 7 p.m. -- No. 11 Georgia Tech vs. No. 14 Pitt (ESPNU/ACC Network)
Wednesday, March 8 Second round Noon -- No. 8 Syracuse vs. No. 9 Miami (ESPN/ACC Network) 2 p.m. -- No. 5 Duke vs. Tuesday noon winner (ESPN/ACC Network) 7 p.m. -- No. 7 Virginia Tech vs. Tuesday 2 p.m. winner (ESPN2/ACC Network) 9 p.m. -- No. 6 Virginia vs. Tuesday 7 p.m. winner (ESPN2/ACC Network)
Thursday, March 9 Quarterfinals Noon -- No. 1 North Carolina vs. Wednesday noon winner (ESPN/ACC Network) 2 p.m. -- No. 4 Louisville vs. Wednesday 2 p.m. winner (ESPN/ACC Network) 7 p.m. -- No. 2 Florida State vs. Wednesday 7 p.m. winner (ESPN/ACC Network) 9 p.m. -- No. 3 Notre Dame vs. Wednesday 9 p.m. winner (ESPN/ACC Network)
Friday, March 10 Semifinals 7 p.m. -- Thursday afternoon winners (ESPN or ESPN2/ACC Network) 9 p.m. -- Thursday evening winners (ESPN or ESPN2/ACC Network)
Saturday, March 11 Championship 9 p.m. -- Friday evening winners (ESPN/ACC Network)
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