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Expanded ACC Tournament opens Wednesday

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Regular-season champion Virginia will bethe top seed for the 61st annual Atlantic Coast Conference BasketballTournament, which begins Wednesday at the GreensboroColiseum.

The Cavaliers (25-6, 16-2), who are seeded No. 1 for thefirst time since 1981, will join second-seeded Syracuse (27-4, 14-4),third-seeded Duke (24-7, 13-5) and fourth -seeded North Carolina (23-8, 13-5)in earning a double bye into Friday's quarterfinal round.

The tournament, which for the first time will feature 15teams and 14 total games, gets under way Wednesday with three first-roundcontests. No. 12 Wake Forest (16-15, 6-12)  faces No. 13 Notre Dame(15-16, 6-12) at 1 p.m., followed by No. 10 Miami (16-15, 7-11) vs. No. 15Virginia Tech (9-21, 2-16) at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday's schedule concludes with a 7p.m. game between No. 11 Georgia Tech (15-16, 6-12) and No. 14 Boston College(8-23, 4-14).

Thursday's second-round schedule features four games,beginning with No. 8  Maryland (17-14, 9-9) taking on No. 9 Florida State(18-12, 9-9) at noon. No. 5 Pitt (23-8, 11-7) will face the Wake Forest-NotreDame winner at 2 p.m., followed by No. 7 N.C. State (19-12, 9-9) against theVirginia Tech-Miami winner at 7 p.m.  The session concludes with No. 6Clemson (19-11, 10-8) meeting the Georgia Tech-Boston College winner at 9 p.m.

Thursday's winners advance to face the tournament's top fourseeds on Friday, when play will again resume at noon.  The semifinalsare set for 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, with the championship tipping onSunday at 1 p.m. The tournament winner receives the ACC's automatic berth inthe NCAA Tournament.

61st Annual ACC Tournament

March 12-16, 2014

Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum

Wednesday, March 12 (First Round)

#12 Wake Forest vs. #13 Notre Dame, 1 p.m.

#10 Miami vs. #15 Virginia Tech, 3:30 p.m.

#11 Georgia Tech vs. #14 Boston College, 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 13 (Second Round)

#8 Maryland vs. #9 FloridaState, noon

#5 Pittsburgh vs. #12 vs. #13 winner, 2:00

#7 NC State vs. #10 vs. #15winner, 7:00

#6 Clemson vs. #11 vs. #14winner, 9:00

Friday, March 14 (Quarterfinals)

#1 Virginia vs. tba, noon

#4 North Carolina vs.tba,2:00

#2 Syracuse vs. tba,7:00

#3 Duke vs. tba, 9:00

Saturday, March 15 (Semifinals)

Game #12, 1:00

Game #13, 3:30

Sunday, March 16 (Finals)

Game #14, 1:00

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