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Changed-Up ACC Tourney Bracket Gives Pitt Better Chance at First-Day Bye



Georgia Tech dropped its appeal of a one-year postseason ban earlier this week, making the Yellow Jackets ineligible for the 2020 ACC Tournament and making it easier for Pitt to secure a first-day bye.

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With the Yellow Jackets out of the picture, the now-14-team bracket will feature just four teams playing on the first day, meaning that only the bottom four teams will have to play on Tuesday.

But Georgia Tech is 9-9 and clear of that line, so that means that two teams will get an extra day off that otherwise would not have.

Pitt enters Wednesday tied with Wake Forest and North Carolina at 6-13 for 13th place, a half-game behind Virginia Tech and Miami.

A win on Wednesday could lift the Panthers into position to get a first-day bye, and they’ll be facing those same Yellow Jackets that just had their season’s end secured.

Virginia Tech will host Clemson and Miami hosts Virginia on Wednesday. Wake Forest will visit NC State on Friday, while Virginia Tech goes to Notre Dame, Miami hosts Syracuse and North Carolina travels to Duke on Saturday.

Regardless if the Panthers win or lose on Wednesday, they will likely be waiting out the remaining games before they learn their seed.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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