The 2017 ACC Basketball Tournament concludes Saturday, March 11, with the championship game between the only two teams left standing at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn: Duke and Notre Dame. The teams will meet at 9 p.m. ET and the game will air on ESPN.
The Blue Devils came back to beat their rival Tar Heels on Friday night, while the Fighting Irish fended off Florida State. Fifth-seeded Duke and third-seeded Notre Dame combined to knock out the tournament’s top two seeds on Friday.
The teams met just once in the regular season, with Duke claiming an 84-74 victory over Notre Dame on Jan. 30.
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Wednesday, March 8 (second round)
FINAL: Miami 62, Syracuse 57 | Full boxscore
FINAL: Duke 79, Clemson 72 | Full boxscore
FINAL: Virginia Tech 99, Wake Forest 90 | Full boxscore
FINAL: Virginia 75, Pitt 63 | Full boxscore
Thursday, March 9 (quarterfinals)
FINAL: North Carolina 78, Miami 53 | Full boxscore
FINAL: Duke 81, Louisville 77 | Full boxscore
FINAL: Florida State 74, Virginia Tech 68 | Full boxscore
FINAL: Notre Dame 71, Virginia 58 | Full boxscore
Friday, March 10 (semifinals)
FINAL: Duke 93, North Carolina 83 | Full boxscore
FINAL: Notre Dame 77, Florida State 73 | Full boxscore
Saturday, March 11 (finals)
FINAL: Duke 75, Notre Dame 69 | Full boxscore
2017 ACC Tournament preview
Duke vs. Notre Dame, 9 p.m. ESPN
Betting odds: Duke -3
Saturday night offers the chance for either Duke or Notre Dame to make a statement heading into the NCAA Tournament. With the prime time tipoff at 9 p.m., much of the college basketball world will have its eyes fixed on the Blue Devils and Fighting Irish in Brooklyn. And one team will be able to cut down some nets before it heads into Selection Sunday.
Both of these teams are capable of making a serious run when the NCAA Tournament starts next Thursday. Duke is clicking at the right time. After a shaky start in ACC play, the Blue Devils have won 11 of their last 14 games, including three in three days (so far) in Brooklyn. Led by sophomore Luke Kennard and his 20.8 PPG average, Duke has five players average more than 10 points per game, and their roster is loaded with talent that will be tough with anyone to match up with.
Notre Dame is also hot at the right time. Mike Brey’s bunch has won eight of its last night games, and beaten both Virginia and Florida State during the ACC Tournament. The Fighting Irish went 12-6 in the ACC to earn the No. 3 seed, and are looking to avenge a home loss to Duke from their lone meeting this season. Notre Dame is bound to be a tough out in the tournament because the team has been there before — the Irish have been to back-to-back Elite 8’s. A veteran club, Notre Dame is led in scoring by junior Bonzie Colson (17.3 ppg) and senior V.J. Beachem (15.0 ppg). An ACC Tournament championship could help the Irish bump up a line in NCAA Tournament seeding, as well. ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has Notre Dame as a No. 4 seed in his latest Bracketology.