March 9, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C.--With Saturday's 83-78 overtime win at Clemson, the University of Pittsburgh has clinched the No. 5 seed upon entering its first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament next week at Greensboro Coliseum.
The No. 5 seeded Panthers (23-8, 11-7 ACC) open their first-ever ACC Tournament in a Second Round matchup on Thursday, March 13 at 2 p.m. ET against either No. 12 seed Wake Forest (16-15, 6-12 ACC) or No. 13 seed Notre Dame (15-16, 6-12 ACC). The contest will be nationally televised on ESPN and on the ACC Network.
All of Pitt's ACC Tournament games will be televised nationally on one of the ESPN networks and on the ACC Television Network.
Should Pitt win Thursday's contest, it would advance to Friday's Quarterfinal Round against No. 4 seed North Carolina (23-8, 13-5 ACC), set for March 14 at 2 p.m. on ESPN or ESPN2/ACC Network.
A win in that game would give Pitt a berth in the Saturday, March 15 semifinal at 1 p.m. on ESPN/ACC Network. The ACC Championship Game is set for Sunday, March 16 at 1 p.m. on ESPN.
Pitt competes in its first ACC Tournament after spending the last 31 years in the Big East Conference. Pitt advanced to seven of the last 13 Big East Championship Finals and captured two tournament titles in both 2003 and 2008. Named Madison Square Garden's "Team of the Decade" from 2000-10, Pitt compiled a league-best 20 victories in the Big East Championship since 2000-01. Over the last 13 seasons, Pitt ranks among the nation's top-5 in overall winning percentage (342-104) and owns the ACC's second best regular season record (152-70).
The ACC Tournament is in its 61st year of operation. The tournament will be held in Greensboro for the next two seasons (2014 and 2015), then Washington, D.C. in 2016.
Prior to the season, Pitt was picked to finish sixth in the ACC by a vote of the league's media members.
PITT'S ACC TOURNAMENT NOTES
*Pitt has experienced success in league tournament play. In an eight-year span (2001-08), it appeared in seven Big East Championship Finals (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008). Previously, only one school in Big East history matched that run: Syracuse (7 of 8 from 1986-93). It also advanced to four consecutive title games from 2001-04.
*Historically, Pitt has earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament and captured four overall tournament titles: 1981 Eastern 8, 1982 Eastern 8, 2003 Big East and 2008 Big East.
*Pitt has advanced to 10 overall league tournament title games: 1979 Eastern 8, 1981 Eastern 8, 1982 Eastern 8, 2001 Big East, 2002 Big East, 2003 Big East, 2004 Big East, 2006 Big East, 2007 Big East and 2008 Big East).
*Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon enters his 11th league tournament event with a 12-8 career tournament record. In 2008, he guided Pitt to its second all-time Big East Tournament title and its seventh Big East Championship Finals appearance in school history. He has guided Pitt to four Big East Tournament Finals appearances (2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008).
*Pitt has won 20 of its last 32 league championship games dating back to the 1999-00 season.
2014 ACC MEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
(all games played at the Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, N.C.)
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Game 1: No. 12 Wake Forest vs. No. 13 Notre Dame, 1 p.m., ESPN2/ACC Network
Game 2: No. 10 Miami vs. No. 15 Virginia Tech, 3:30 p.m., ESPN2/ACC Network
Game 3: No. 11 Georgia Tech vs. No. 14 Boston College, 7 p.m., ESPN2/ACC Network
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Game 4: No. 8 Maryland vs. No. 9 Florida State, Noon, ESPN/ACC Network
Game 5: No. 5 Pitt vs. Wake Forest/Notre Dame Winner, 2 p.m., ESPN/ACC Network
Game 6: No. 7 North Carolina State vs. Miami/Virginia Tech Winner, 7 p.m., ESPN/ACC Network
Game 7: No. 6 Clemson vs. Georgia Tech/Boston College, 9 p.m., ESPN/ACC Network
Friday, March 14, 2014
Game 8: Game 4 Winner vs. No. 1 Virginia, Noon, ESPN or ESPN2/ACC Network
Game 9: Game 5 Winner vs. No. 4 North Carolina, 2 p.m., ESPN or ESPN2/ACC Network
Game 10: Game 6 Winner vs. No. 2 Syracuse, 7 p.m., ESPN or ESPN2/ACC Network
Game 11: Game 7 Winner vs. No. 3 Duke, 9 p.m., ESPN or ESPN2/ACC Network
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Game 12: Game 8 Winner vs. Game 9 Winner, 1 p.m., ESPN/ACC Network
Game 13: Game 10 Winner vs. Game 11 Winner, 3 p.m., ESPN/ACC Network
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Game 14: ACC Tournament Final, 1 p.m., ESPN/ACC Network
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