2012 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Pairings Set For Atlanta

Josh D. Weiss-US PRESSWIRE

The field is finally set.

The 12th seeded Boston College Eagles (9-21, 4-12 ACC) will face the 5th seeded N.C. State Wolfpack (20-11, 9-7 ACC) in the first round of the 2012 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament. BC and N.C. State will meet on Thursday in the second game of the first session. Tip will follow the Maryland-Wake Forest game at approximately 2:30 PM.

N.C. State finished the season with the same record in conference as Virginia and Miami at 9-7. Virginia wins the three-way tiebreaker and earns the no. 4 seed based on the Cavaliers 2-0 record against N.C. State and Miami. N.C. State finished with a 2-1 record and earns the no. 5 seed, while Miami finished 0-3 and earns the no. 6 seed.

Similarly, BC finishes in a four-way tie for ninth place (12th?) at 4-12 with Wake Forest, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech, but loses all tiebreakers based on the Eagles' 2-4 record against the other three teams.

The Eagles lost both regular season meetings against the Wolfpack this season -- a 76-62 loss in Raleigh back on January 19 and a 56-51 loss at home on February 1.

Here's the bracket for the 2012 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament in Atlanta.

ACC Tournament First Round -- Thursday, March 8

No. 8 Maryland (16-14, 6-10) vs. No. 9 Wake Forest (13-17, 4-12) -- noon
No. 5 N.C. State (20-11, 9-7) vs. No. 12 Boston College (9-21, 4-12) -- 2:30 PM
No. 7 Clemson (16-14, 8-8) vs. No. 10 Virginia Tech (15-16, 4-12) -- 7 PM
No. 6 Miami (18-11, 9-7) vs. No. 11 Georgia Tech (12-18, 4-12) -- 9:30 PM

ACC Tournament Quarterfinals -- Friday, March 9

No. 1 North Carolina (27-4, 14-2) vs. Maryland / Wake Forest winner -- noon
No. 4 Virginia (22-8, 9-7) vs. N.C. State / Boston College winner -- 2:30 PM
No. 2 Duke (26-5, 13-3) vs. Clemson / Virginia Tech winner -- 7 PM
No. 3 Florida State (21-9, 12-4) vs. Miami / Georgia Tech winner -- 9:30 PM

ACC Tournament Semifinals -- Saturday, March 10

Quarterfinals Session 1 winners -- 1 PM
Quarterfinals Session 2 winners -- 3:30 PM

ACC Tournament Final -- Sunday, March 11

Semifinal winners -- 1 PM

All four first-round games will be televised on ESPNU and the ACC Network. The quarterfinal round will be broadcast on ESPN2, while the semifinals and championship game will be televised on ESPN.

Leave your thoughts on the matchup below. Go Eagles!

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