The 2011 ACC basketball tournament tips off (basketball things always tip off) March 10 in Greensboro, North Carolina. As it stands the Duke Blue Devils, North Carolina Tar Heels, Florida St. Seminoles, and Virginia Tech Hokies would get first-round byes.
Unlike the SEC tourney, in which teams cross-pollinate in an immediately puzzling divisional exchange, everything plays out in a totally linear fashion in the ACC. You would not expect this, but it's likely because not even the ACC is clear on which teams are in which divisions. That's the usual joke people make about ACC divisions.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have exceedingly long odds of making it past Thursday night, but remember last year's run? Paul Hewitt's men suddenly tore into the championship game and took eventual national champ Duke to the final minutes. Don't get your hopes up, both remaining Tech basketball fans, but who knows.
The bracket and schedule as they stand right now, though there's still a weekend's worth of games to be played:
Thursday, March 10
Miami vs N.C. State, Noon ET
Clemson vs. Wake Forest, 2 pm ET
Boston College vs. Virginia 7 pm ET
Maryland vs. Georgia Tech, 9 pm ET
Friday, March 11
Duke vs. Miami/N.C. State, Noon ET
Virginia Tech vs. Clemson/Wake Forest, 2 pm ET
North Carolina vs. Boston College/Virginia, 7 pm ET
Florida State vs. Maryland/Georgia Tech, 9 pm ET
Saturday, March 12
Semifinal game 1, 1:30 pm ET
Semifinal game 2, 3:30 pm ET
Sunday, March 13
Championship, 1 pm ET