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WNCN will have full coverage of the ACC Tournament, with Dane Huffman writing live, Todd Gibson shooting video and Jeff Reeves adding still photos for WNCN.com. Storylines today: UNC, N.C. State and Duke all in action, the ACC looks to move the tournament to Brooklyn, and a massive crowd is at the Greensboro Coliseum for the Friday games.

DRAMATIC ENDING: Duke just survived 63-62 and will play N.C. State Saturday in the semifinals.

Rasheed Sulaimon missed one free throw but missed the second with 1:14 left. Clemson's K.J. McDaniels hit one foul shot for Clemson and Duie's lead was only 61-60 with 47.7 seconds to play.

After Sulaimon missed, Rod Hall drove and scored for Clemson with 7.4 seconds showing.

But Hood drove and was fouled with 3.8 seconds left. Hood hit both free throws and Duke led 63-62.

At the other end, Hall drove to the basket hard and tried to put up a shot and fell to the ground. No foul was called as Clemson players put their hands on their heads in exasperation.

Hall said after the game he went to the game after contact with the two Duke defenders he was trying to split.

"It was the same play," he said, referring to the call against Clemson that put Hood on the line. "I thought they'd call a foul but they didn't. It is what it is."

Hall called the foul against Clemson on Hood's drive a "touch foul" and said of his drive, "He [the Duke player] knocked me down."

"We weren't getting the calls throughout the game, so I was just trying to make a play," Hall said.

CLOSE GAME: Clemson has cut this to a 60-59 game, but Duke is about to go to the line. Duke's Rasheed Sulaimon drove in, took an off-balance shot and got the foul call.

He hit the front rim on the first but swished the second. 61-59 Duke.

DUKE STILL UP: The Blue Devils still lead this one, 54-47, but are having a hard time shaking Clemson. Rodney Hood just buried two free throws for the Devils.

WHERE ARE THE SHOOTERS? After three days of watching basketball here at the ACC Tournament, one obvious point is there are plenty of teams with great athletes, but not many with great shooters. It's not like, say, back in the day every team had six Rodney Monroes or Hubert Davises, but you don't see as many great wing scorers in the tournament.

T.J. Warren is the best pure scorer in the league. He runs the floor and handles his body gracefully in transition, he has a beautiful pull-up jumper in the lane and he's not afraid to take tough shots, even when he's been missing. He sort of reminds you of the Knicks' Bernard King in his ability to score in multiple ways.

Duke's Jabari Parker is the closest player to Warren in the league - big, fast and has a gentle touch on his shots. Carolina's Marcus Paige and Virginia's Joe Harris are up there, too.

But few teams have a real collection of scorers - a sort of 1, 2, 3 punch that makes it hard for teams to guard them. And most don't have even two. When you watch, say, Florida State or Miami or Georgia Tech or Virginia Tech or even Clemson, you find yourself wondering, Who's going to score?

DUKE PULLING AWAY: Duke is starting to pull away from Clemson. Rodney Hood just scored on a left-handed shot in the lane and the Blue Devils are now up, 42-33.

After all the energy in the building for the State-Syracuse game, this contest is rather tame. The Duke fans are lentiful, and into it, bt Clemson doesn't appear to have much of a crowd. There's plenty of orange in the Greensboro Coliseum, but that's more because of Virginia and Syracuse.

DUKE UP IN SECOND: Duke is up 33-27 early in the second half but having a hard time pulling away from Clemson. Rasheed Sulaimon just hit a lovely bank shot on a curl to give the Devils the six-point lead.

By the way, the ACC has perhaps its top official in this game, Roger Ayers. Ayers is the one with black hair slicked back. He called the ACC title game in 2013, when Miami beat UNC.

Ayers is all business on the court - the ACC, mercifully, has gotten away from the showboat refs of the Dick Paparo days - but you can hear him talking to players regularly. For example, on one free throw he was telling the players, "Straight in big fellas," a reminder not to foul.

DUKE, CLEMSON BATTLE: You wouldn't expect Duke to be having a tough time with Clemson, but the Tigers - who needed to play past midnight Thursday to oust Georiga Tech - are in this game.

Right now it's 29-25 at the half and Duke needed a late flourish to get ahead. Freshman Jabari Parker has 10 points but has made only 3 of 10 shots.

Guard Jordan Roper has come off the bench to lead Clemson with 11 points.

WOW, WHAT A FINISH: N.C. State has beaten Syracuse in the ACC quarterfinals and will play the winner of the Duke-Clemson game Saturday.

What a classic finish that ended with Wolfpack players rushing the court and hugging while photographers scrambled to get their photos. And it was a bitter ending for Syracuse, which was once undefeated and ranked No. 1 and came to Greensboro hoping to solidify a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

N.C. State had the lead much of the second half but was clinging to it in the final seconds while the many in red in the seats roared for the Pack to hang on.

State's T.J. Warren made two free throws with 24.6 seconds left and that set up an amazing finish.

Syracuses' Tyler Ennis drove in and missed, and a Syracuse player tried to dunk the follow - and missed. The ball caromed out wildly and Syracuse passed around for fourthree-pointers that wouldn't go. State had the ball with less than 2 seconds left, and Tyler Lewis threw inbounds to Desmond Lee to end the game. 

N.C. State is now in the semifinals for the third straight year, and Wolfpack coach Mark Gottfried has a 6-2 record in ACC Tournament play. 

N.C. State plays the Duke-Clemson winner Saturday at 3:30 p.m. By the way, the Wolfpack hasn't won the ACC title since Vinny Del Negro led them to victory in 1987.

The ending was a riveting one, with thousands of Wolfpack fans on their feet and fans from many other traditional ACC schools openly pulling for State against the new arrivals in orange.

"The Wolfpack Nation is strong, loud - and opinionated," coach Mark Gottfried said with a smile. He said of the support from Wolfpack fans, "We feel it and we appreciate it."

Warren was a major factor in the game, both on offense and defense. He finished with 28 points and did a brilliant job on Syracuse star C.J. Fair, holding Fair to nine points on 3 of 16 shooting.

Fair, asked about that afterward, said, "I thought I was getting my normal shots that weren't falling, really."

State took the lead for good at 62-59 on a dramatic bank three-pointer by Ralston Turner.

"I called 'bank' in my head," joked Turner.

N.C. State practiced cutting the nets before ACC Tournament.

STILL CLOSE: Cat Barber just missed a tough layup for State with a defender on him, and Syracuse's Michael Gbinije drove and scored, making it 64-63, NCSU, with 26.4 seconds.

PACK MAKES KEY PLAYS: Ralston Turner banked in a 3, T.J. Warren hit a beautiful shot on the left wing and Cat Barber drew a charge on C.J. Fair. It's 64-61 N.C. State, and the Pack has the ball, wth 41.8 to play. 

Wolfpack band is rocking right next to press row, and the State fans - all the fans around the building, in fact - are on their feet what has been an amazing game so far.

CLOSE ONE: Syracuse has has stormed back, thanks to a zone that they've extended to take away from State's ability to get good shots. And Tyler Ennis is causing problems for State on the offensive end.

C.J. Fair just got called for a charge, and it's tied at 59 with 2:30 to play.

PACK LEADS: N.C. State is holding a 55-49 lead as this game hurtles toward a conclusion. This has been a fierce, well-played second half with T.J. Warren looking like the best player on the floor in a game full of athletes.

Wolfpack freshman Cat Barber is also playing well, and with confidence. He had a brilliant steal and score in transition and he's handled the ball with care on offense. Barber couldn't stop the Orange's Tyler Ennis on a drive, but then again, Ennis is a terrific player.

Only 6:43 left.

STATE CRACKING ZONE: N.C. State is really getting inside Syracuse's zone and getting good shots in the second half. That's been a big key for State. Both Tyler Lewis and Cat Barber have been effective at getting the ball inside and the Wolfpack has made some terrific interior passes as well.

Right now it's 46-39 N.C. State in a game the Wolfpack desperately needs to win to have any chance at NCAA play.

PACK ON A RUN: Neither team can pull away in what's been a tight game throughout. It's 37 all now in the second half, with State calling time after a short run by Syracuse.

There's 14:39 to go in this one. State's got about two and a half minutes until the next media timeout.  

Well, the Wolfpack just came out of that timeout with a roar.

First, Ralston Turner hit a three-pointer on a patient Wolfpack possession in which State passed around for a good shot.

Then after Syracuse missed, State scooped up the loose ball and roared up the court for a 3-on-1. Cat Barber bounced a great pass to Warren for a dunk and State's lead is now 42-37.

PACK LEADS AT HALF: The first half was an impressive one overall for N.c. State, which leads 28-25 at the break.

State didn't make a ton of shots against the Syracuse zone, but then again,  no one does. On the other hand, State got 11 points from T.J. Warren and enough help from others - Tyler Lewis and Jordan Vandenberg in particular - to take the lead.

For Syracuse, forward C.J. Fair is having a tough time against T.J. Warren. Fair has made only 2 of 12 shots and has been aggressive on offense but hasn't been able to see many fall.

In fact, Syracuse is only 7 of 27 from the floor and 1 of 6 from three-point range.

CLOSE ONE: This has been a close contest throughout. T.J. Warren has had a tough finding shots for State, but the Pack is getting enough supplemental scoring to keep it close.

Right as the shot clock was about to expire, State's Tyler Lewis fed Warren, who passed to Jordan Vandenberg for a dunk.

Then Lewis came back with a deep three-pointer, and the Wolfpack has a 25-23 lead.

Hey, make that 27-23, thanks to a soft jump shot by Warren. Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim has seen enough and just called time at 1:19 to go in the half.

State's confidence already looks high, but that stretch can only help.

MORE BAD SHOOTING: Did somebody put up trick rims at the Greensboro Coliseum, like what you see at the North Carolina State Fair?

N.C. State leads Syracuse 13-11 in this one, but neither team can shoot here at all. State is just 4 of 16 and T.J. Warren finally got a basket with about 8:41 to play.

Syracuse is even worse, at 3 of 15 for the game. That's a whopping 7 of 31 for the teams through about eight minutes of play.

I mean, both teams are playing reasonable defense, but 7 of 31? Really?

CLOSE EARLY: Syracuse has a 7-6 lead early, and it's too soon to draw any real conclusions but a couple of things are clear.

Warren can make some headway against the Orangemen's 2-3 zone but there are plenty of white jerseys around him every time he touches the ball. And Syracuse is full of rangy, athletic players, so points may be tough tonight for the Wolfpack star. He has two free throws now.

Jordan Vandenberg and Tyler Lewis should have some looks and would help the Wolfpack's cause with good games. Lewis fired up a 3 on State's first possession but missed, while Vandenberg has two baskets on nice moves inside.

Not saying Vandenberg is Tommy Burleson just yet, but he's made a couple of nice plays.

EARLY OBSERVATIONS: Syracuse is backing off State point guard Tyler Lewis in their zone. ... Syracuse forward C.J. Fair is being guarded by Warren, and Warren will have his hands full. Fair is clearly here to play tonight. ...

State's band has a neat chant they do when Syracuse is at the line. Goes something like this: "Ah ee ah ee ah ee ahh eee ooh oohh."

Must work - it's REALLY annoying, and Syracuse's Rakeem Christmas missed a free throw while they were doing it.

WARREN - WOW: How good has T.J. Warren been?

Howard Baum, the statistician for the Wolfpack Sports Network, just stopped by the WNCN Broadcast Booth ... OK, our seat on press row ... with some amazing numbers.

Warren has scored 20 or more points in 27 games this season and 24 of the last 26. He's also scored 20 or more in 15 straight games.

Over the last six games, Warren is averaging 32.3 points per game. He's also making 61.9 percent of his shots over the last three games.

Wow, not bad, huh? Thanks Howard for the stats.

UNDER PRESSURE: North Carolina struggled to find a rhythm against Pitt on Friday until finally moving to a fullcourt press that slashed the lead all the way to three in the final minute Friday.

"What we were doing wasn't working at all," coach Roy Williams said. "At that point, I'm still dumb enough to think we can win the game."

Carolina's press, and some brilliant shooting by Marcus Paige, got the Tar Heel fans on their feet for the final minutes.

"I thought that was going to be one of the great finishes," Williams said, referring to Carolina's history of great comebacks. "I really believed that."

Williams said the Heels were superb in the full-court pressure but did not play as well in half-court, when Pitt scored enough to keep the lead.

UNEXPECTED SUB: When Marcus Paige fouled out with 25 seconds left, North Carolina coach Roy Williams looked all the way down his bench and called for Wade Moody.

Never heard of Moody? Well, he's a senior from Mount Airy, and, Williams said, the best three-point shooter of all the "little guys" Williams had left on the bench.

How good? Asked how many three-pointers he'd make out of, say, 10, Moody said he'd expect to make at least seven, and maybe 10.

So while Williams loved to reward seniors, that wasn't what he was trying to do when he called for Moody.

"I thought that gave us the best chance to win," Williams said.

Moody, by the way, has made only three baskets all year, but all three were three-pointers. 

SMART GUY: Marcus Paige gave a couple of savvy answers in the media room after the game that impressed his coach. For example, he said it was too early to define the season because so much of how the season is viewed will depend on how the team plays in the NCAA Tournament.

Williams loved his answers and said that's why Paige was "smarter than half you guys."

To which radio broadcaster David Glenn, speaking for the media, said, Only half? Maybe it's more like 99 percent.

WHY PITT WON: Pittsburgh outrebounded Carolina 43-35 and Pitt center Talib Zanna had a fabulous game, with 19 points and 21 rebounds.

Twenty-one rebounds?

Wow, that's a lot, especially against a good team like UNC.

PITT PREVAILS: North Carolina ran out of time in this one after a stellar comeback cut a Pitt lead to four in the final minute. Carolina trailed 61-38 at one point, but Pitt held on to win, 80-75.

Pitt advances to play Virginia in one semifinal Saturday, while Carolina will await its NCAA fate on Sunday.

Poor shooting through most of the game did the Tar Heels in, and Carolina couldn't ignite their massive fan base at the game until the final six minutes.

THIS ONE'S CLOSE: Marcus Paige fouled out with 25 seconds showing, drawing warm applause from Carolina fans, and Roy Williams sent in senior Wade Moody from Mount Airy, surely to get Moody on the court in the ACC Tournament. 

Amazingly, though, it's Pitt ahead only 78-75 with 11.4 seconds left and Pitt has the ball.

SLASHING THE LEAD: Big developments here. Nate Britt hit two free throws for UNC, Carolina forced another Pitt turnover and Pitt star Talib Zanna fouled out against Marcus Paige on a drive.

Paige just hit two free throws and it's Pitt ahead 75-71 with 1:03 showing.

HEELS TRYING: North Carolina is trying to make this a game, with Marcus Paige swishing one three-pointer after another and Brice Johnson cleaning up inside.

Carolina's full-court press, which began with about six minutes left, has had an impact. UNC has cut the lead to 75-67 with 1:39 to play but Pitt is getting enough baskets in transition to keep a decent lead.

INTERESTING MOMENT: Pitt's Josh Newkirk just drove to the basket with authority for a dunk, got fouled and made the basket.

While he was getting ready to shoot, four Tar Heels had their hands on their shorts. James Michael McAdoo clapped and said, something like, "Let's go," and no one said a word.

BIG SWING: Pitt may have just put this one away. Marcus Paige drove in for UNC and had his shot swatted away.

Pitt snared the rebound and zoomed up the court with a three-on-one break. Michael Young, scored and got fouled by Leslie McDonald. In fact, it was McDonald's fifth foul, meaning McDonald gave Carolina five fouls, three turnovers, two missed shots, two rebounds and no points and no assists. 

And, of course, Greensboro product P.J. Hairston is toiling in the D-League.

It's 58-39 now and you have to figure it's going to be a long bus ride back to Chapel Hill the way this is going.

LOTS OF BOOS: Marcus Paige just scored for UNC, and the Heels appeared to have forced a turnover when Pitt threw the ball out of bounds.

But the officials ruled the pass had touched a UNC player, drawing intense boos from the Carolina fans in the crowd. One of the officials even moved to the UNC bench to tell Roy Williams to calm down.

The Heels are trying to find a spark, anything, to shake them of their lethargy and get them going against relentless Pitt. But the Panthers keep pounding away and lead 52-38 with 8:27 to go. 

The Pitt fans, as you might imagine, feel differently. The Pitt band has been ultra energetic, bringing a bit of the Oakland Zoo to Greensboro, and the Panthers fans here have been vocal.

LOOKING FOR ANSWERS: You get the feeling Roy Williams is digging as deep as he can into his options to try to find some solutions here.

He's got Joel James on the floor now at center, and just put little-used Jackson Simmons into the game.

But there isn't a combination that's clicking for Carolina. Pitt's Talib Zanna scored on two tip-ins and the Panthers added a three-pointer to push their edge to 48-31.

Carolina is trying all sorts of defenses - zone, 1-3-1, you name it - with little luck.

Paige just hit a shot for UNC and it's 50-33 right now.

PAIGE BACK: Major development, with UNC guard Marcus Paige going to the sidelines with some sort of leg problem. UNC trainers had him riding on a stationary bike to see if he could return.

Carolina's James Michael McAdoo is trying to keep the Tar Heels in the game in the meantime. But it's still 41-31 Pitt with 15:46 to play.

We're about to return to action and Paige is on the floor for Carolina, with Britt at point guard.

SOME HOPE FOR UNC: James Michael McAdoo, and all the Tar Heels, have had a hard time finding the bottom of the basket in this one.

But as the first-half clock wound down, McAdoo took a fall-back jumper from the line with two men on him as time expired. The ball fell through McAdoo, who looked both excited and relieved, jabbed his fist in joy.

Moments like that were few in the first half, though, as the Carolina fans thronging the Coliseum kept waiting ... and waiting ... for UNC to get on a roll. It's 36-26 at the half and points have been hard to come by for Carolina.

The Heels are just 11 of 28 from the field, while Pitt is 13 of 24. Pitt has outrebounded Carolina 20-12. Also of note - Carolina is 0 for 6 on three-pointers.

By the way, we're having one of the odder halftime shows in a while. There's a guy at midcourt painting a basketball scene while the canvas rotates. Uh, OK - just don't splash too much paint while you are at it.

BREAK DOWN: Marcus Paige just slid to the basket and scored on a layup, his first basket for Carolina, at the 4:31 mark. That cut the Pitt lead to 28-15 and got the Carolina fans roaring for one of the few times this half.

Carolina, offensively, is right in front of me, and without trying to sound overly simplistic, they are getting plenty of good looks. Many balls have just rattled out that could have gone in, which is pat of the reason Carolina is now 6 of 23 from the field.

But it's worth noting that Pitt has done an especially good job on Carolina's star players, Paige and James Michael McAdoo. Paige is only 1 of 5 from the field, and everyone knows he's a second-half player.

McAdoo has looked to get the ball inside but Pitt's 6-9 Talib Zanna is always waiting. So Carolina is having to turn to Brice Johnson, J.P. Tokoto and others for points.

It's 36-24 now.

UNC DOWN:North Carolina is having a rough go of it against Pitt, making only 3 of its first 15 shots. Pitt leads 20-8 right now and Carolina coach Roy Williams called time with 8:52 to play. After the timeout, UNC promptly took the floor and made a turnover.

James Robinson just made a three-pointer for Pitt and Pitt tipped in a shot and it's now 25-8.

Carolina can't hit a shot to save it's life. Tokoto just missed an 18 footer and Kennedy Meeks was called for over the back on the rebound.

So the Tar Heels are now 3-17 from the floor. Yikes.

TOUGH SLEDDING:Pitt forward Jamel Artis was just called for a foul on UNC, and when he looked back at the official, the ref pulled up his knee and said, "Knee in the butt."

This is that type of game - lots of bumping, pushing and big bodies slamming into each other. That's probably one reason UNC coach Roy Williams started massive freshman Kennedy Meeks - the Tar Heels will need plenty of muscle against the burly Panthers.

Neither team is shooting that well, in part because of strong defense and in part, well, because you wonder if they just put up smaller rims.

Carolina has made only 3 of its first 15 shots and  you can tell Roy Williams is trying to find some combinations that can score against Pittsburgh. He just called a play to get the ball inside to James Michael McAdoo, who missed the shot but was fouled.

McAdoo's one free throw made the score 16-8 wit 9:52 to play.

Wow, 16-8? Feels like football - looks a bit like it, too.

TOUGH GOING FOR HEELS: North Carolina is having a tough time getting, and making, shots against Pitt's defense. Kennedy Meeks just made a free throw at 16:57 and that's the only point UNC has.

Pitt only has four points itself but has missed more open shots and looked more fluid on offense.

The Greensboro Coliseum is virtually full, and there are tons of UNC fans here, but they've been quieted so far.

UNC VS. PITT:The ACC Tournament is about to begin in earnest, with No. 4 North Carolina about to face No. 5 seed Pitt in the quarterfinals. 

UNC fans are swarming all over the Greensboro Coliseum for this one, and this could be an excellent game. Pitt is physical, talented and played with a sense of purpose Thursday against Wake Forest.

North Carolina won 75-71 in the Smith Center on Feb. 15.

In other words, this will be no cocktail party for the Tar Heels.

UVA WINS: Virginia wins this one, 64-51, over Florida State.

VIRGINIA OFFENSE: Virginia is now up 61-49 with 3:25 to play and, frankly, appears to have this game in hand despite a sloppy few couple of minutes.

So let's step back for a few observations on Virginia heading into the semifinals.

First of all, everyone knows the Cavaliers are one of the ACC's best defensive teams. Getting an open look against them is rare, and they rotate on defense as well as any ACC club.

But Virginia is better on offense than you think. Joe Harris didn't make All-ACC first team, although he really should have. He just hit a beautiful three-point shot right in front of press row that showed he easily has 22-foot range. He just flicked the ball up there and, Swoosh! Marvelous touch.

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Harris moves without the ball exceptionally well, and is a deft passer. He made a fabulous bounce pass on a pick and roll that looked like something you'd see on the Celtics great teams. If you love basketball, Harris is your guy.

But there are weapons elsewhere. Malcolm Brogdon leads the team in scoring at 12.6 points per game and even made first-team All-ACC. He's only 2 of 9 so far today and Virginia is still in control. Seriously, how many ACC clubs could have an All-ACC player shoot like that and still be in command?

Also coming on are guard London Perrantes, who has great range, and forward Anthony Gill. Gill is only averaging 3.8 points overall but he's playing well in the last month. He has 15 points in this game and looks quite confident on the floor.

UVA ON A RUN: Virginia has started the second half strong. It's now 41-33, and although the Florida State band is doing a rousing rendition of its fight song, the momentum is clearly with the Cavaliers.

Virginia has gotten much better looks on offense, hammering through a dunk for the eight-point lead and forcing an FSU time. Eight points isn't much against most teams, but against Virginia, points are hard to get.

It hasn't helped the Seminoles by the fact that they are having one shot after another rattle out after appearing to be halfway down the rim. 

CAVALIERS UP AT HALF: This game has been a grind for the Cavaliers so far. Right now they lead 32-27 at the half, but Florida State is giving them nothing easy.

Anthony Gill has come off the Virginia bench to score 12 points, and Joe Harris has 10. Okaro White has 13 for Florida State, which is benefiting from a 9-4 advantage in personal fouls.

TOUGH GAME SO FAR: Virginia isn't known for blowing teams out, with its tenacious defense and patient style of play. So you wouldn't expect the Cavaliers to crush Florida State in today's opening game.

But so far, Florida State is right in this one. It's tied at 23 with 4:35 left in the first half and the Seminoles are playing with a lot of confidence.

Many times, the No. 1 seed in the ACC Tournament has a certain aura about it - the team plays a noon is the No. 1 seed, wins easily, and looks like the team to beat.

Virginia isn't that. The Cavaliers are really good, but not a dominant team - as they are showing now.

CAVS, NOLES: It's - surprise! - another low-scoring game so far, with Florida State up 9-5 on Virginia with about 15 minutes left in the first half.

QUICK QUIZ: No. 1 seed Virginia is on the floor against Florida State now. What's the only year the Cavaliers have ever won the ACC Tournament?

NEW YORK, NEW YORK: The buzz in Greensboro now is about the future of the ACC Tournament, with Sports Illustrated reporting the tournament is expected to move to Brooklyn's Barclays Center in 2017.

The tournament will be in Greensboro in 2015 and Washington in 2016.

But no dates have been announced beyond that, and it's clear the ACC has been holding off to try to work out a chance to get to New York. While a move to New York is a major change from the tournament's Southern roots, it's also a play to solidify the fan bases from Syracuse, Pitt and Notre Dame, the new additions to the league.

And, of course, many ACC schools, particularly Duke, have large fan bases in the New York area.

A top ACC official told WNCN in October that the ACC would only go to the Barclays Center or Madison Square Garden. But Sports Illustrated reported that the Garden is under contract to the Big East through 2026, and the diminished Big East has no desire to give up its time at the Garden.

That leaves the ACC looking at the Barclays Center in revitalized Brooklyn, just across the river from Manhattan. And the fact that this could happen as soon as 2017 is a strong indication of just how much the ACC wants to be in New York.

CAVALIERS HISTORY: Virginia's only ACC Tournament title came in 1976, when Wally Walker led the Cavaliers to a stunning ACC title. Virginia never won the tournament when Ralph Sampson was starring for the Wahoos in the early 1980s. The Cavaliers fell short against the great Michael Jordan teams at UNC and N.C. State's miracle run in 1983.

CAVS AND NOLES: Virginia has beaten Florida State twice this season. The Cavaliers won 62-50 at Florida State on Jan. 4 and 78-66 in Charlottesville on Jan. 18.

 

 

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