And then there were four.
All of the top seeds in the ACC tournament advanced on Thursday, setting up a highly compelling pair of semifinal contests.
It’s a battle of offensive juggernauts in the first game, as North Carolina and Notre Dame, who met in last year’s championship, both rank in the Top 6 nationally in Ken Pomeroy’s adjusted offensive efficiency rankings. The Irish knocked off UNC, 80-76, in a thriller in early February.
The second semi between Virginia and Miami will be a much slower affair, but it isn’t short on intrigue. The Hurricanes feature a deadly offensive attack and array of scorers, while Virginia defends perhaps better than anyone in America. This will be the rubber match, as they split a pair of close matchups in the regular season.
Here’s a look at everything you need to know to watch all of the action from the Verizon Center:
2016 ACC Tournament Schedule & Scores
Note: All times ET
Friday, March 11
Semifinal 1: North Carolina 78, Notre Dame 47
Semifinal 2: Virginia 73, Miami 68
Saturday, March 12
Championship: North Carolina vs. Virginia, 9 p.m., ESPN/ACC Network