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May 14, 2014

Not a surprise, but still good news. The ACC is moving the ACC Basketball Tournament up one day, so that the championship game will be played Saturday night rather than Sunday.

The Atlantic Coast Conference will move its tournament championship game to the Saturday night before Selection Sunday after being a Sunday afternoon staple since 1982.

The ACC announced the scheduling change Tuesday during its spring meetings in Amelia Island, Florida.

The ACC tournament will be in Greensboro, North Carolina, in 2015, Washington, D.C., in 2016 and the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, in 2017 and ’18. The 2019 ACC tournament will be held in Charlotte before it goes back to Greensboro in 2020.

Big shock that all the coaches of former Big East teams are happy to get back to normalcy.

“Prime time on Saturday night during the tournament week is another step in the right direction,” Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon told ESPN.com from the meetings.

The ACC, Big Ten, SEC and Atlantic 10 were the highest-profile conferences that have played a Sunday final recently, causing the selection committee to sometimes come up with an alternative bracket depending on who was playing for the title.

The ACC tournament will run a Tuesday-to-Saturday format, meaning the league’s regular season will end on the previous Saturday instead of Sunday. There will be three first-round games on Tuesday of Championship Week, four second-round games on Wednesday, four quarterfinal games on Thursday, the semifinals on Friday and the Saturday championship game.

“I think it’s huge. The Friday night doubleheader resonates around the country, it always has,” Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. “The extra day is good for the two teams with the preparation, and Saturday night you have the whole television audience.

“We’ve talked about this since we came into the league. This will be a great thing to switch to this.”

“I love the move,” Notre Dame coach Mike Brey told ESPN.com. “I’ve always thought it was powerful when we did it that way in the Big East. The Sunday final is almost an afterthought since the attention is all on the selection show.”

Brey is absolutely right.

You can watch and enjoy the game, but then it is over and you are either already to the next game that day or just thinking about seeding and which region. But Saturday night. It’s the story. It’s the game. It carries over the highlights into the morning and up until the start of the other Sunday championship games.

And the ratings show that it is the right time to show it.

The move will also give the ACC a slightly larger platform for its showcase basketball event. The last Saturday night championship for the “old” Big East in 2013 (which was also the last year the game was televised on ESPN) between Syracuse and Louisville drew 3.4 million viewers. That year’s ACC title game on Sunday afternoon between Miami and North Carolina had only 2.2 million viewers, according to Sports Media Watch.

You know ESPN was pushing for this. They need a big draw for that Saturday night with the demise of the real Big East.

I imagine old-school ACC fans — at least the ones in the state of North Carolina — have to be having mixed feelings. There’s all the logic in the world dictating this move. But, you know, tradition. Not to mention it must feel like not only has football taken the lead for the conference, but now the old Big East schools seem to be pushing more changes through.

The reality is simply money. Money drove the ACC expansion in both phases. Money drove the prevalence of the football side of things. Money is driving the move slowly away from Greensboro. And money is the reason that they men’s basketball championship game is moving to Saturday night.





Good for Michelle Terrion getting to conference final, always thought he was a good coach

Comment by wbb 05.14.14 @ 8:54 pm

Therrien was and is a disciplinarian. He struggles with management of superstars. Canadians don’t have superstars, thus a perfect match.

Pens are mentally weak. They did not have one player step up and say “no sir, not tonight”. Neal disappeared the entire playoffs. Malkin is the teams star. The pens did well considering Crosby must be playing with concussion symptoms. You can’t keep getting drilled in the head and not have repercussions. I kept flashing back to marty mcsorley protecting gretzky. You hit gretzky in the head once and mcsorley hits you in the head times five. Do the math!

Let’s get a recruit or two this week. Anybody understand why scout only indicates Pitt with two verbals? Thanks cupcakes!

Comment by dhuffdaddy 05.14.14 @ 10:26 pm

Why do people here keep saying that Scout lists 2 recruits for Pitt … here is a copy and paste from Pitt’s 2015 Commitment List from PantherDigest:

Kevin Givens
(Altoona Area HS)
Altoona, PA 6-3/230 02/18/2014
Pittsburgh
TE NR NR Nick Bowers
(Kittanning SHS)
Kittanning, PA 6-4/220 01/27/2014
Pittsburgh
OT 80 Alex Paulina
(Canon-Mcmillan SHS)
Canonsburg, PA 6-5/295 01/18/2014
Pittsburgh

Comment by wbb 05.15.14 @ 6:15 am

Yes but why only three? Is it just Chryst’s style or is it something else?

I liked Therrian as well, mandated a defensive system. Maybe too constraining, but Pens sure look undisciplined now. Pens rely on their stars too much, stats in the paper say they lose when Crosby does not score. Hockey more of a team sport than any other especially in the playoffs, you need much more than a couple of stars to win. Unless your star is Lundquist.

Dixon with an interesting comment that NBA should do like Major League Baseball. You can go pro out of high school, but if you choose college, you must stay for three years. I like it, one and done is making a mockery of the college game and the “student athlete”.

The Pro’s get a free minor league in the college game, they ought to treat it with more respect.

Comment by gc 05.15.14 @ 7:37 am

@gc, love that idea. For those that say, you’ll miss watching all the talent and all the stars.

Absolute baloney. I will still watch Ole Miss vs.
Arkansas in football and Missouri vs Louisville in hoops no matter who is playing.

The level of talent would still be extremely high, even losing all the one and done talent.

Kids would still be leading scorers, leading rebounders, myp, and there would still be conferences and tourneys and the big dance.

Wouldn’t miss a beat.

Not being harsh towards those kids, I think that would be a positive.

They really need to go to a league, to beef up a bit, mature, have some NBA affiliated coaches around them to help them.

The one and done is college athletics is a farce.

Maybe some do, I don’t watch Florida St v Florida to see J. Winston. I watch to see the game.

Same in hoops, if Kentucky is playing Louisville, I watch because of the schools.

The play would be just fine.

Comment by Dan 05.15.14 @ 10:49 am

gc, you want another recuit …. here you go

Note this is confirmed by no one, none of the sites are even listing him as receiving a Pitt offer

link to hudl.com

Comment by wbb 05.15.14 @ 11:53 am

Comment by wbb 05.15.14 @ 12:00 pm

Thanks wbb, looks pretty good but a little on the slow side. Definitely physical. May grow into a D-End. Fits the Chryst mold (another tight end). Hope we got him. Can’t have too many middle linebackers.

Comment by gc 05.15.14 @ 3:22 pm

GC, another preferred walk-on. We may be lagging in 3, 4 & 5 star recruits, but we are killing on walk-ons

Comment by wbb 05.16.14 @ 11:05 am

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