North Carolina State's loss at Florida State leaves the Wolfpack (22-9, 11-7) a half-game ahead of Virginia for fourth place. If the Cavaliers (20-10, 10-7) defeat visiting Maryland on Sunday, they will tie N.C. State, win the tiebreaker based on a regular-season victory over the 'Pack, and earn the No. 4 seed and accompanying first-round bye.
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If the Cavaliers lose to Maryland, they're the No. 5 seed and will play the No. 12, either Virginia Tech or Wake Forest, at approximately 2:30 p.m., Thursday.
If the Hokies (13-17, 4-13) win at Wake Forest on Sunday, they'll tie Clemson and Wake for last place. Tech would win that three-way tiebreaker based on a combined 3-1 record against the others and would emerge as the No. 10.
As the 10 seed, the Hokies would play No. 7 seed Maryland at 7 p.m., Thursday.
If Tech loses to Wake, it finishes in 12th place and plays either Virginia or N.C. State on Thursday at approximately 2:30.
Virginia’s 53-51 loss at Florida State on Thursday – the Cavaliers joined the long list of teams crestfallen by Michael Snaer’s last-second magic – brought some clarity to Virginia’s ACC tournament seed.
Depending on results of regular-season finales this weekend, the Cavaliers will be seeded either fourth, thus earning a first-round bye, or fifth next week at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Virginia (20-10, 10-7 ACC) will be the No. 4 only if it defeats Maryland on Sunday, and North Carolina State (22-8, 11-6) loses at Florida State on Saturday. The Cavaliers own the tie-breaker against the Wolfpack thanks to their January victory over the ‘Pack.
In every other scenario, Virginia becomes the No. 5 seed and will play the No. 12, either Virginia Tech or Wake Forest, at approximately 2:30 p.m., Thursday.
Virginia Tech (13-17, 4-13) will be the 10, 11 or 12 seed, determined by the following:
The Hokies will be the 10 if they win at Wake Forest (12-17, 5-12) on Sunday, and Clemson (13-16 5-12) loses at Miami on the road Saturday. That would deadlock Tech, Clemson and Wake at 5-13 in the conference, with the Hokies taking the tiebreaker thanks to a combined 3-1 record against the Deacons and Tigers.
As the 10 seed, Tech would play the No. 7, either Maryland or Florida State, at 7 p.m., Thursday.
The Hokies will be the 11 if they defeat Wake, and Clemson upsets Miami. That would tie Tech and Wake at 5-13, the Hokies prevailing in the tiebreaker based on their sweep of the Deacons.
As the 11, Tech would play the No. 6, either Maryland or Florida State, at approximately 9:30 p.m., Thursday.
If the Hokies fall at Wake, they’re the 12 and play the No. 5 Thursday at approximately 2:30 p.m. Virginia or N.C. State will be the fifth seed.
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