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ACC tournament brackets 2014: Quarterfinals begin with deep ACC field

Duke will play Clemson in the 2014 ACC Tournament quarterfinals.
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ACC tournament brackets 2014 coverage continues with the quarterfinals on Friday (March 14). The 2014 ACC Tournament brackets are down to the final eight teams after four exciting games were played out in the second round on Thursday (March 13). Only one slight upset took place, as No. 9 Florida State beat No. 8 Maryland to advance to a much tougher opponent in the third round. Florida State now has to play Virginia in a very tough afternoon game to see which team advances to the semifinals.

The pressure is on Florida State and NC State Friday, as both teams likely need at least one more win to get an invite to the big dance. If the Seminoles could knock off the top seeded team in the tournament, it would improve their resume quite a bit. Likewise if NC State can beat a very tough Syracuse team, they would post win No. 21 on the season and likely become an at-large invite almost immediately. That's a lot of what-if statements heading into the third round of play, but it should only help ramp up the excitement for fans in attendance or watching on television.

The 2014 ACC Tournament brackets begin day three of the schedule at 12 p.m. ET with Virginia vs. Florida State. They are followed by North Carolina vs. Pittsburgh at 2 p.m. ET. Both games will be on the ACC Network and ESPN2 for those fans looking to watch on TV. The two later games are Syracuse vs. NC State at 7 p.m. ET and Duke vs. Clemson at 9 p.m. ET. There is a slight schedule change for those games, as they will move to ESPN for prime time coverage.

If the top seeds all advance, the semifinals of the tournament would present Virginia vs. North Carolina and Syracuse vs. Duke. Now that is must-watch television for Saturday (March 15), but four other schools want to keep that from happening.

2014 ACC Tournament Quarterfinals:

Game 8: No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 9 Florida State (12 p.m. ET)

Game 9: No. 4 North Carolina vs. No. 5 Pittsburgh (2 p.m. ET)

Game 10: No. 2 Syracuse vs. No. 7 North Carolina State (7 p.m. ET)

Game 11: No. 3 Duke vs. No. 6 Clemson (9 p.m. ET)