CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The second round of the ACC Tournament began with a pair of teams from the Carolinas when No. 8 NC State met No. 9 Clemson at Spectrum Center in uptown Wednesday.
The meeting between charter ACC schools was the first of four games on tap Wednesday. Fifth-seed Virginia Tech, sixth-seed Syracuse, and seventh-seed Louisville were also in action Wednesday. NC State rallied from an 18-point first-half deficit to beat the Tigers 59-58. They'll meet Virginia at 12:30 Thursday.
For fans wanting to see some of the tournament, Wednesday might be the best bang for your buck. According to Stubhub, tickets for Thursday's games start at $115 in the upper sections. If you want to be in the lower bowl, expect to pay a pretty penny, especially with Duke and North Carolina playing.
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Speaking of those two, it's a little premature, but fans are already buzzing about a potential rematch in the semifinals Friday. If both teams take care of business Thursday, they'll meet at 9 p.m. Friday.
And all the talk is about ACC Player of the Year Zion Williamson, who hasn't played since spraining his knee against the Tar Heels in February. Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said he expects Williamson to play Thursday. Coach K already ruled center Marques Bolden out for the ACC Tournament with a knee injury he suffered against North Carolina last weekend.
The Tar Heels swept Duke for the first time in a decade this year, but many fans believe it's all because of Williamson's injury.
"They're just a different team when Zion's on the court," said one Duke fan. "A huge difference, you know. Third time's the charm."
Wednesday ACC Tournament Schedule
Game 4: No. 8 NC State vs No. 9 Clemson (Final: N.C. State wins 59-58)
Game 5: No. 5 Virginia Tech vs No. 12 Miami (Final: VT wins 71-56)
Game 6: No. 7 Louisville vs No. 15 Notre Dame (Final: Louisville wins 75-53)
Game 7: No. 6 Syracuse vs No. 14 Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. (Final: Syracuse wins 73-59)