Pairings Announced for the 35th Annual ACC Women's Basketball Tournament



GREENSBORO, N.C. - Pairings are set for the 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Basketball Tournament, which gets under way Thursday at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Regular-season champion Duke (24-4 overall, 15-1 ACC) is seeded first in tournament field and will be seeking its third straight ACC title. Miami (25-4, 14-2) is seeded No. 2, followed by No. 3 Maryland (25-4, 12-4) and No. 4 Georgia Tech (22-7, 12-4). Each of the top four seeds earned first-round byes and will open play in quarterfinal round on Friday. Duke entered this weekend ranked seventh nationally, while Miami was ranked fifth, Maryland sixth and Georgia Tech 17th.

The first round of the 35th Annual ACC Women's Basketball Tournament is set to tip-off at approximately 11 a.m. ET on Thursday, March 1, and will conclude with a 2 p.m. championship contest on Sunday, March 4. The title game will be shown nationally by ESPN2, while Saturday's 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. semifinal games will be broadcast by ESPNU. The Thursday first-round and Friday quarterfinal games will be televised at 11 a.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on the league's regional sports package (RSN).

Thursday's first-round matchups feature fifth-seeded North Carolina (19-10, 9-7) vs. No. 12 Clemson (6-21, 2-14) at 11 a.m. No. 8 Florida State (14-16, 6-10) faces No. 9 NC State (16-14, 5-11) at 3 p.m. The 6 p.m. matchup finds No. 7 Wake Forest (17-12, 7-9) facing No. 10 Virginia Tech (7-22, 3-13). No. 6 Virginia (21-9, 9-7) faces No. 11 Boston College (7-22, 2-14) at 8 p.m.

The complete 2012 ACC Women's Basketball Tournament pairings are listed below. For more information on ACC women's basketball, please visit www.theACC.com

Thursday:

Game No. 1 - Seed No. 5 North Carolina vs. Seed No. 12 Clemson 11:00 a.m. (RSN)

Game No. 2 - Seed No. 8 Florida State vs. Seed No. 9 NC State 3:00 p.m. (RSN)

Game No. 3 - Seed No. 7 Wake Forest vs. Seed No. 10 Virginia Tech 6:00 p.m. (RSN)

Game No. 4 - Seed No. 6 Virginia vs. Seed No. 11 Boston College 8:00 p.m. (RSN)

Friday:

Game No. 5 - Seed No. 4 Georgia Tech vs. winner of Game 1 11:00 a.m. (RSN)

Game No. 6 - Seed No. 1 Duke vs. winner of Game 2 3:00 p.m. (RSN)

Game No. 7 - Seed No. 2 Miami vs. winner of Game 3 6:00 p.m. (RSN)

Game No. 8 - Seed No. 3 Maryland vs. winner of Game 4 8:00 p.m. (RSN)

Saturday:

Game No. 9 - ACC Semifinal 1 11:00 a.m. (ESPNU)

Game No. 10 - ACC Semifinal 2 1:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Sunday:

Game No. 11 - Championship Game 2:00 p.m. (ESPN2)

RSN - Fox Sports Net South (FSNS), ComCast Sports Net (CSN), Fox Sports Net Florida (FSNFL), New England Sports Network (NESN)

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