GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 11: Joe Trapani #12 of the Boston College Eagles shoots against the Clemson Tigers during the first half in the quarterfinals of the 2011 ACC men's basketball tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum on March 11, 2011 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
When Syracuse and Pitt finally join the ACC, the conference's hoops tournament will be expanded to include all 14 programs. Everyone gets a trophy!
In basketball, Swofford said all 14 schools will play in both the men's and women's conference tournaments -- and they will grow to five-day events starting on Wednesdays and ending on Sundays. The Nos. 11-14 seeds will play that first day, he said. Both tournaments will be held in Greensboro for the next three seasons, he said.
So my guess is on Wednesday, the ACC Tournament will pair No. 11 vs. No. 14 and No. 12 vs. No. 13, with the rest of the tournament looking something like this:
No. 5 vs. 12/13 winner
No. 6 vs. 11/14 winner
No. 7 vs. No. 10
No. 8 vs. No. 9
No. 1 vs. 8/9 winner
No. 2 vs. 7/10 winner
No. 3 vs. 6/11/14 winner
No. 4 vs. 5/12/13 winner
Or something. Really can't fault the conference for including all 14 programs though I was kinda hoping to keep the 12-team format going even with the Syracuse and Pittsburgh adds. I can't imagine many fans will show up for that Wednesday session.
Also, both the men's and women's tournaments will be held in Greensboro for the next three years. Ugh.