ACC Tournament Primer: Dates, Site, TV Info, Tickets, History, and Current Tourney Outlook

The regular season has ended and the standings and seeds are all set. Click to the see the bracket and TV schedule for the 2012 ACC Tournament.

Duke, North Carolina, and Florida State are within one game of each other atop the ACC standings, which should make for an entertaining conference tournament when things get rolling in Atlanta on March 8th.

2012-acc-tourney-logo-tournament-schedule-dates-tickets-historyACC Tournament Info

Tournament Site: Phillips Arena, Atlanta, GA

Tournament Dates and TV Coverage:

  • First Round: Thursday, March 8th at 12:00, 2:00, 7:00, and 9:00 (ESPNU)
  • Quarterfinals: Friday, March 9th at 12:00, 2:00, 7:00, and 9:00 (ESPN2)
  • Semifinals: Saturday, March 10th at 1:00 and 3:00 (ESPN)
  • Championship: Sunday, March 11th at 1:00 (ESPN)

Seeding/Bracket Notes: The top four seeds receive byes to the Quarterfinals on Friday, March 9th.


ACC Tournament Outlook

Not surprisingly, North Carolina and Duke are among the league leaders as the regular season comes to a close.  The Tar Heels have won nine of their last 10 games with their only loss coming at the buzzer against Duke.  It’s hard to rival UNC in terms of frontcourt talent.  Harrison Barnes (18.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 42.9 3P%) has improved his shooting as a sophomore, while the duo of Tyler Zeller and John Henson have combined to average 29.6 points, 19.8 rebounds, and 4.5 blocks.  Throw in pass-first point guard Kendall Marshall (9.8 apg) and you have a team oozing with offensive prowess.  If they can win their last three games, the one seed in the conference tournament is theirs.

Duke is a pair of close home losses away from being undefeated in the league, and they are in the conversation for a one seed in the NCAA Tournament.  Freshman Austin Rivers (15.2 ppg) leads five players who average at least 9.9 points, including Mason Plumlee who nearly averages a double-double with 10.9 points and 9.5 rebounds.  As a team, the Blue Devils hit over 39 percent of their three-pointers, but point guard play and perimeter defense are their long-term concerns as the tournament draws near.

The surprise third member of the top three teams in the league is Florida State, who has a few questionable losses on their resume to go with victories over UNC and Duke.  The Noles have a relatively tough closing schedule but should wind up with one of the top three seeds in the tournament.  FSU has continued their dominance on the defensive end while also ramping up their offensive production behind guys like Michael Snaer (13.7 ppg) and Bernard James (10.5 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.4 bpg, 61.3 FG%).

Virginia is the fourth ACC team considered to be safely in the NCAA Tournament at this point, and forward Mike Scott (17.3 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 58.8 FG%) has a compelling case for ACC Player of the Year.  Miami and North Carolina State are on the wrong side of the bubble right now, so deep tournament runs will be crucial for their post-season aspirations.

Outside of improbable performances by Miami or N.C. State, this tournament probably won’t get all that interesting until the Semifinals.  However, since the projected top four seeds have all spent time in the Top 25 this season, those games should be entertaining.

ACC Mens Basketball Tournament History: Past Champions, Runners-Up, and MVPs

Year ACC Tournament Champion Score ACC Tournament Runner-Up ACC Tournament MVP
1954 NC State Wolfpack 82-80 Wake Forest Demon Deacons Dickie Hemric
1955 NC State Wolfpack 87-77 Duke Blue Devils Ron Shavlik
1956 NC State Wolfpack 76-54 Wake Forest Demon Deacons Vic Molodet
1957 North Carolina Tar Heels 95-75 South Carolina Gamecocks Lennie Rosenbluth
1958 Maryland Terrapins 86-75 North Carolina Tar Heels Nick Davis
1959 NC State Wolfpack 80-56 North Carolina Tar Heels Lou Pucillo
1960 Duke Blue Devils 64-59 Wake Forest Demon Deacons Doug Kistler
1961 Wake Forest Demon Deacons 96-81 Duke Blue Devils Len Chappelle
1962 Wake Forest Demon Deacons 77-68 Clemson Tigers Len Chappelle
1963 Duke Blue Devils 71-66 Wake Forest Demon Deacons Art Heyman
1964 Duke Blue Devils 80-59 Wake Forest Demon Deacons Jeff Mullins
1965 NC State Wolfpack 91-85 Duke Blue Devils Larry Worsley
1966 Duke Blue Devils 71-66 NC State Wolfpack Steve Vacendak
1967 North Carolina Tar Heels 82-73 Duke Blue Devils Larry Miller
1968 North Carolina Tar Heels 87-50 NC State Wolfpack Larry Miller
1969 North Carolina Tar Heels 85-74 Duke Blue Devils Charlie Scott
1970 NC State Wolfpack 42-39 South Carolina Gamecocks Vann Williford
1971 South Carolina Gamecocks 52-51 North Carolina Tar Heels John Roche/Lee Dedmon
1972 North Carolina Tar Heels 73-64 Maryland Terrapins Bob McAdoo
1973 NC State Wolfpack 76-74 Maryland Terrapins Tommy Burleson
1974 NC State Wolfpack 103-100 Maryland Terrapins Tommy Burleson
1975 North Carolina Tar Heels 70-68 NC State Wolfpack Phil Ford
1976 Virginia Cavaliers 67-62 North Carolina Tar Heels Wally Walker
1977 North Carolina Tar heels 75-69 Virginia Cavaliers John Kuester
1978 Duke Blue Devils 85-77 Wake Forest Demon Deacons Jim Spanarkel
1979 North Carolina Tar Heels 71-63 Duke Blue Devils Dudley Bradley
1980 Duke Blue Devils 73-72 Maryland Terrapins Albert King
1981 North Carolina Tar Heels 61-60 Maryland Terrapins Sam Perkins
1982 North Carolina Tar Heels 47-45 Virginia Cavaliers James Worthy
1983 NC State Wolfpack 81-78 Virginia Cavaliers Sidney Lowe
1984 Maryland Terrapins 74-62 Duke Blue Devils Len Bias
1985 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 57-54 North Carolina Tar Heels Mark Price
1986 Duke Blue Devils 68-67 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Johnny Dawkins
1987 NC State Wolfpack 68-67 North Carolina Tar Heels Vinny Del Negro
1988 Duke Blue Devils 65-61 North Carolina Tar Heels Danny Ferry
1989 North Carolina Tar Heels 77-74 Duke Blue Devils J.R. Reid
1990 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 70-61 Virginia Cavaliers Brian Oliver
1991 North Carolina Tar Heels 96-74 Duke Blue Devils Rick Fox
1992 Duke Blue Devils 94-74 North Carolina Tar Heels Christian Laettner
1993 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 77-75 North Carolina Tar Heels James Forest
1994 North Carolina Tar Heels 73-66 Virginia Cavaliers Jerry Stackhouse
1995 Wake Forest Demon Deacons 82-80 North Carolina Tar Heels Randolph Childress
1996 Wake Forest Demon Deacons 75-74 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Tim Duncan
1997 North Carolina Tar Heels 64-54 NC State Wolfpack Shammond Williams
1998 North Carolina Tar Heels 83-68 Duke Blue Devils Antawn Jamison
1999 Duke Blue Devils 96-73 North Carolina Tar Heels Elton Brand
2000 Duke Blue Devils 81-68 Maryland Terrapins Jason Williams
2001 Duke Blue Devils 79-53 North Carolina Tar Heels Shane Battier
2002 Duke Blue Devils 91-61 NC State Wolfpack Carlos Boozer
2003 Duke Blue Devils 84-77 NC State Wolfpack Daniel Ewing
2004 Maryland Terrapins 95-87 Duke Blue Devils John Gilchrist
2005 Duke Blue Devils 69-64 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets J.J. Redick
2006 Duke Blue Devils 78-76 Boston College Eagles J.J. Redick
2007 North Carolina Tar Heels 89-80 NC State Wolfpack Brandan Wright
2008 North Carolina Tar Heels 86-81 Clemson Tigers Tyler Hansbrough
2009 Duke Blue Devils 79-69 Florida State Seminoles Jon Scheyer
2010 Duke Blue Devils 65-61 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Kyle Singler
2011 Duke Blue Devils 75-58 North Carolina Tar Heels Nolan Smith


Click to see Andy’s complete Championship Week Preview.

About Andy Bottoms

While Andy was born and raised in Indiana, he would like to point out that he grew up shooting hoops in his driveway and not against the side of a barn like you see in all the March Madness promos or in the middle of a field like Jimmy Chitwood. Andy ranks among the top bracketologists according to the Bracket Matrix and has provided his projections to Fox Sports for the past three seasons. When not compiling excuses for missing work during the NCAA Tournament, Andy enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters. He is a proud IU graduate and co-hosts The Assembly Call postgame show following every IU game. Twitter: @AndyBottoms


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