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ACC Championship 2011 Schedule: Duke And North Carolina Battle For ACC Title

For the first time since 2001, North Carolina and Duke will battle for the ACC Tournament Championship. The ACC's two conference heavyweights and one of the greatest rivalries in sports will add a new chapter Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. The game can be seen on ESPN and on the ACC Network. 

North Carolina has made a habit this postseason of falling behind early and then rallying to win a dramatic decision late, and did so again Saturday in the semifinals against Clemson. The Tar Heels, led be freshman Harrison Barnes, downed Clemson in overtime. Barnes had 40 points in one of the best freshman tournament performance ever. 

Duke beat a tired Virginia Tech team in the semifinals. The two teams split the regular season series with the home team winning each time. The winner will have a decent shot at a top seed in the tournament when the brackets are announced tomorrow night. 

For more on this game, Duke fans should visit Duke Basketball Report, and North Carolina fans should rally at Carolina March. 

Updated ACC tournament bracket (all times EST):

Thursday, March 10 - First Round

No. 9 Miami def. No. 8 Virginia Cavaliers, 69-62
No. 5 Boston College def. No. 12 Wake Forest, 81-67
No. 7 Maryland def. No. 10 NC State, 75-67
No. 6 Virginia Tech def. No. 11 Georgia Tech, 59-43

Friday, March 11 - Quarterfinals

No. 1 North Carolina def. Miami, 61-59
No. 4 Clemson def. Boston College, 70-47
No. 2 Duke def. Maryland, 87-71
Virginia Tech def. No. 3 Florida State, 52-51

Saturday, March 12 - Semifinals

UNC def. Clemson, 92-87 (OT)
Duke vs. Virginia Tech, 77-63

Sunday, March 13 - Championship

UNC vs. Duke, 1 p.m., ACC Network/ESPN

For more on other college basketball tournaments, visit SB Nation's NCAA Basketball hub.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.