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Miami to Face Virginia Tech in 1st Round of ACC Tourney

Hokies defeated 'Canes in 1st two meeting this season.

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Courtesy UM

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The No. 10-seed University of Miami men’s basketball team will face No. 15 seed Virginia Tech on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in the 61st annual Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Tournament, which gets under way Wednesday, March 12, at the Greensboro Coliseum. Watch the game on ESPN2 and the ACC Network.

The matchup is the third of the season between the Canes and Hokies, with VT winning both outings.

Miami in the ACC Tournament:
- Miami won the ACC Tournament in 2013, defeating North Carolina, 87-77, in the championship game.

- Miami is the only team not from the state of North Carolina to win both the ACC regular season and ACC tournament titles.

- Miami is 10-8 in ACC Tournament play. Miami has played in the event nine times.

- Under head coach Jim Larrañaga, Miami is 4-1 in the ACC Tournament.

- Miami has won four of its last five games in the ACC Tournament.

- Miami’s three wins in last year’s event are the most by the Canes in the ACC Tournament.

- Miami is 7-3 in tournament games played in Greensboro.

- Miami’s highest seed was No. 1, just a season ago. Prior to 2012-13, Miami’s highest seed was No. 5 in 2007-08. The Canes were 1-1 that year at the ACCT.

- Since Miami joined the ACC in 2004-05, three teams have won both the regular season and tournament, once by Miami (2013), twice by Duke (2006, 2009) and North Carolina (2007, 2008).

The Virginia Cavaliers (25-6, 16-2), who are seeded No. 1 for the first 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 15 teams and 14 total games, gets under way Wednesday with three first-round contests. 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. 15 Virginia Tech (9-21, 2-16) at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday’s schedule concludes with a 7 p.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-Notre Dame winner at 2 p.m., followed by No. 7 NC State (19-12, 9-9) against the Virginia Tech-Miami winner at 7 p.m. The session concludes with No. 6 Clemson (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 four seeds on Friday, when play will again resume at 12 noon. The semifinals are set for 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, with the championship tipping on Sunday at 1 p.m. The tournament winner receives the ACC’s automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Be sure to look for SOTU's full ACC Tourney preview in the coming days