TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – The Florida State basketball team finished in fourth place in the ACC standings and earned a coveted double bye in the 66th Annual New York Life ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament which begins on Tuesday, March 12. By virtue of their fourth place finish in the league standings, the Seminoles will begin play on Thursday, March 14th at approximately 2:30 in the quarterfinal round of the event.
As the No. 4 seed Florida State will play the winner of a second round game between Virginia Tech (the No. 5 seed) and the winner of Tuesday’s game between Miami (the No. 12 Seed) vs. Wake Forest (the No. 13 seed). Miami and Wake Forest will play the tournament’s first game at 12 Noon on Tuesday. The winner of that game will face Virginia Tech at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday in the second round.
Regular-season co-champion Virginia (28-2 overall, 16-2 ACC) will be the top-seeded team for the fourth time in six years and the fifth time overall. The Cavaliers will receive a double-bye into Thursday’s quarterfinal round, along with No. 2 seed and regular-season co-champion North Carolina (26-5, 16-2), No. 3 Duke (26-5, 14-4) and No. 4 Florida State (25-6, 13-5).
The tournament opens Tuesday with three first-round games. No. 12 Miami (13-17, 5-13) faces No. 13 Wake Forest (11-19, 4-14) at noon, followed by No. 10 Georgia Tech (14-17, 6-12) versus No. 15 Notre Dame (13-18, 3-15) at 2 p.m. No. 11 Boston College (14-16, 5-13) faces No. 14 Pitt (13-18, 3-15) at 7 p.m.
Fifth-seeded Virginia Tech (23-7, 12-6), No. 6 Syracuse (19-12, 10-8), No. 7 Louisville (19-12, 10-8), No. 8 NC State (21-10, 9-9) and No. 9 Clemson (19-12, 9-9) will see their first tournament action on Wednesday. NC State and Clemson will square off at noon, while Virginia Tech, Syracuse and Louisville 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 2019 New York Life ACC Tournament will culminate with a pair of semifinal games on Friday evening and the championship game on Saturday night. This year’s championship game is set for a primetime 8:30 p.m. start.
All 14 tournament games will be nationally televised on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU and Raycom Sports. In addition, all games will be available via ACC Network Extra.
Tuesday, March 12
Noon – No. 12 Miami vs. No. 13 Wake Forest (ESPN/Raycom)
2 p.m. – No. 10 Georgia Tech vs. No. 15 Notre Dame (ESPN/Raycom)
7 p.m. – No. 11 Boston College vs. No. 14 Pitt (ESPNU/Raycom)
Wednesday, March 13
Noon – No. 8 NC State vs. No. 9 Clemson (ESPN/Raycom)
2 p.m. – No. 5 Virginia Tech vs. Tuesday noon winner (ESPN/Raycom)
7 p.m. – No. 7 Louisville vs. Tuesday 2 p.m. winner (ESPN2/Raycom)
9 p.m. – No. 6 Syracuse vs. Tuesday 7 p.m. winner (ESPN2/Raycom)
Thursday, March 14
12:30 p.m. – No. 1 Virginia vs. Wednesday noon winner (ESPN or ESPN2/Raycom)
2:30 p.m. – No. 4 Florida State vs. Wednesday 2 p.m. winner (ESPN or ESPN2/Raycom)
7 p.m. – No. 2 North Carolina vs. Wednesday 7 p.m. winner (ESPN or ESPN2/Raycom)
9 p.m. – No. 3 Duke vs. Wednesday 9 p.m. winner (ESPN or ESPN2/Raycom)
Friday, March 15
7 p.m. – Thursday afternoon winners (ESPN or ESPN2/Raycom)
9 p.m. – Thursday evening winners (ESPN or ESPN2/Raycom)
Saturday, March 16
8:30 p.m. – Friday evening winners (ESPN/Raycom)