The Orange takes on the Panthers

Thanks to its win over Pittsburgh, Syracuse can be no worse than the No. 12 seed in the ACC Tournament. (Dennis Nett |

Syracuse, N.Y. — Despite its 72-49 win over Pittsburgh on Wednesday night, Syracuse was eliminated from contention for the double-bye in the ACC Tournament when Virginia beat Virginia Tech.

The win by the Cavaliers locked the league’s top four teams into the top four seeds of the ACC Tournament. With the win, Syracuse also ensured that it can earn no worse than the No. 12 seed.

Syracuse’s win moved the Orange into a tie for fifth place in the ACC. The Orange were joined by Notre Dame, which beat Boston College, 62-61, on a basket with .1 seconds left on Wednesday night.

Syracuse improved to 16-12 (9-8 ACC) with the win. Pittsburgh fell to 15-14 (6-12).

Team ACC Overall Most recent game Next game
Florida State 14-3 24-4 Win 82-67 vs. Louisville (Feb. 24) at Clemson (Feb. 29)
Louisville 14-4 23-6 Loss 82-67 at Florida State (Feb. 24) vs. Virginia Tech (March 1)
Duke 13-4 23-5 Loss 113-101 in 2 OT at Wake Forest (Feb. 25) at Virginia (Feb. 29)
Virginia 12-5 20-7 Win 56-53 at Virginia Tech (Feb. 26) vs. Duke (Feb. 29)
Syracuse 9-8 16-12 Win 72-49 at Pittsburgh (Feb. 26) vs. North Carolina (Feb. 29)
Notre Dame 9-8 18-10 Win 62-61 at Boston College (Feb. 26) at Wake Forest (Feb. 29)
Georgia Tech 8-9 14-14 Win 68-59 vs. Clemson (Feb. 25) vs. Miami (Feb. 29)
Clemson 8-9 14-13 Loss 68-59 at Georgia Tech (Feb. 25) vs. Florida State (Feb. 29)
N.C. State 8-9 17-11 Loss 85-79 at North Carolina (Feb. 25) vs. Pittsburgh (Feb. 29)
Boston College 7-11 13-16 Loss 62-61 vs. Notre Dame (Feb. 26) vs. Syracuse (March 3)
Miami 6-11 14-13 Loss 87-71 at Notre Dame (Feb. 23) at Georgia Tech (Feb. 29)
Virginia Tech 6-11 15-13 Loss 56-53 vs. Virginia (Feb. 26) at Louisville (March 1)
Pittsburgh 6-12 15-14 Loss 72-49 vs. Syracuse (Feb. 26) vs. Virginia (March 4)
Wake Forest 5-12 12-15 Win 113-101 in 2 OT vs. Duke (Feb. 25) vs. Notre Dame (Feb. 29)
North Carolina 3-13 10-17 Win 85-79 vs. NC State (Feb. 25) at Syracuse (Feb. 29)

With the win, the Orange would be the No. 5 seed in the ACC Tournament if it began today. Syracuse would get the No. 5 seed because the teams have split head-to-head matchups and the Orange has beaten a higher-seeded team (Virginia) than Notre Dame has (Syracuse).

The ACC Tournament will be played March 10 to 14 in Greensboro. The No. 5 seed would meet the winner of a game between No. 12 (currently Virginia Tech) and No. 13 (currently Pittsburgh). The winner of that game would advance to face No. 4 (currently Virginia) in the quarterfinals.

The top four seeds in the event receive a double-bye, while the next five teams receive a single bye. The last six teams must play on the first day.

The tournament format could still change before the event. Georgia Tech is currently appealing a postseason ban handed down by the NCAA. The Yellow Jackets are eligible to play in the ACC Tournament as long as that appeal remains undecided.

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