Virginia Tech/Illinois Game Time Set

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Virginia
Tech will play Illinois on Friday night at 7:10 pm, in Nationwide Arena in
Columbus, Ohio. If the Hokies win, they’ll play the winner of the Southern
Illinois/Holy Cross game on Sunday at 2:40 pm. All NCAA tournament games will be
televised by CBS.

Virginia Tech’s solid seeding (5th) was no doubt helped by their strength of
schedule, which comes from playing in the ACC. The ACC placed seven teams in the
NCAA tournament this season, more than any conference in the nation. Here is a
look at the conference comparisons.

NCAA
Tournament Teams
by Conference
Conference Number
of
Teams

ACC
7

Pac-10
6

Big Ten
6

Big East
6

SEC
5

Big 12
4

Missouri Valley
2

Mountain West
2

WAC
2

Atlantic 10
2

Horizon
2

Colonial
2

The Pac-10, Big Ten and Big East challenged the ACC for the top conference, but
in the end, the ACC won out. Last season the ACC got just four berths in the
NCAA tournament. This season, Florida State, NC State and Clemson also received
invitations to the NIT, so from the ACC, all teams but Miami and Wake Forest are
playing in the postseason.

Here is a look at the seven ACC teams that made the NCAA tournament, as well
as their tournament information.

ACC
Teams in the NCAA Tournament
Team Seed Region Opponent

UNC
1
East

Eastern Kentucky

Maryland
4
Midwest

Davidson

Virginia
4
South

Albany

Virginia Tech
5
West

Illinois

Duke
6
West

VCU

Boston College
7
East

Texas Tech

Georgia Tech
10
Midwest

UNLV

Six of the ACC’s seven teams were given a seven seed or higher. Even Boston
College, who lost five of their last seven games, all to teams who are going to
the NCAA tournament, received a seven seed and will play Texas Tech in the first
round.

Six ACC teams were considered locks at the end of the ACC Tournament, with
Georgia Tech, Florida State and Clemson all on the bubble. Georgia Tech is the
only team that received an invitation. The Yellow Jackets finished with a
conference mark of 8-8, while FSU and Clemson each finished 7-9 in the ACC.

Florida State will face Toledo in the opening round of the NIT, while Clemson
will play East Tennessee State. NC State must travel to Drexel for an NIT game
on Tuesday night, which means the Wolfpack will have played five games in six
days.

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