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TNIAAM ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament early second round Open Thread

Syracuse tips off tonight. In the meantime, there are a few other games to watch.

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The Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team plays in Wednesday’s last ACC Tournament game against the Pittsburgh Panthers in Charlotte. But in the meantime, there’s other basketball to watch if you’re fortunate enough to be able to avert your eyes away from work for an afternoon.

You can check out the whole bracket here, however, we dive into each game a little bit more below, with TV info also included. We’ll obviously have a separate thread for the Syracuse game once that gets going this evening.

(all times ET)

No. 8 N.C. State Wolfpack vs. No. 9 Clemson Tigers, noon (ESPN/Raycom)

These two teams played to an entertaining 69-67 win for the Pack earlier in the season, with each following a fairly familiar script. Clemson relied on Marcquise Reed and Elijah Thomas to handle the scoring load, while State did its best to fire off threes and play capable defense. Both plans sort of worked, though despite the Wolfpack getting little out of Torin Dorn in that one, they still managed the win. They’ll need to again here if they have any shot to make the NCAAs. A loss to fellow bubble squad Clemson could virtually eliminate them.

No. 5 Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Miami Hurricanes, 2 p.m. (ESPN/Raycom)

Virginia Tech and Miami have already met twice this year, with the Hokies earning double-digit wins both times. The ‘Canes beat Wake Forest on Tuesday behind a balanced scoring effort from the starters (four players scored 12 or more) and some accurate shooting from the floor at 50.9 percent. They’ll need both if they have any shot at an upset.

No. 7 Louisville Cardinals vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 7 p.m. (ESPN2/Raycom)

Georgia Tech is the only team Notre Dame has beaten since February 6. So right away, Louisville poses a decent challenge for the Fighting Irish. The last game between these teams was a 75-61 Cards win — one of the lone bright spots for Louisville since the stunning collapse against Duke. U of L seems to go as Jordan Nwora goes. If he scores 20 or more points, that should be enough vs. the Irish, at least.