How will this affect the ACC basketball tournament format?
Not much. Adding Notre Dame as a 15th team means a third opening-round game Wednesday as opposed to two. Otherwise, the bracket will be the same as planned with 14.
So Wednesday’s games will pit seeds 10 vs. 15, 11 vs. 14 and 12 vs. 13. Those three winners will join seeds 5-9 in Thursday’s four second-round games.
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The top four seeds enjoy a bye until Friday’s quarterfinals.
Does adding Notre Dame increase the likelihood of the tournament being staged in the Northeast?
Good chance, with the most likely venue the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, home next season of the NBA’s Nets. The ACC already has accepted bids on the event for 2016-21 and will discuss them at next month’s fall meetings in Boston.
What about regular-season basketball scheduling with 15 teams?
Swofford said teams most likely will play 18 conference games and have two partners they play twice every year. That means facing two other schools, on a rotation, twice, and 10 schools once – five home and five away.
Here are some possible partners, emphasis on possible. Many ways to approach this.
Boston College – Virginia Tech and Syracuse.
Florida State – Clemson and Miami.
Georgia Tech: Clemson and Miami.
Miami – Florida State and Georgia Tech.
North Carolina – Duke and N.C. State.
N.C. State – North Carolina and Wake Forest.
Notre Dame: Pittsburgh and Syracuse.
Pittsburgh: Maryland and Notre Dame.