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VIDEO: NC State coach Kevin Keatts talks about the Wolfpack's loss to Georgia Tech at McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta, GA Thursday, March 1, 2018.
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VIDEO: NC State coach Kevin Keatts talks about the Wolfpack's loss to Georgia Tech at McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta, GA Thursday, March 1, 2018.
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What NC State’s loss means for Duke, UNC and the Wolfpack’s ACC tournament seeds

March 02, 2018 06:05 AM

N.C. State’s loss helped Duke. Now the Wolfpack needs some help from the Blue Devils to get a double-bye in the ACC tournament.

The Wolfpack’s 78-75 loss at Georgia Tech on Thursday secured a double-bye in the ACC tournament next week in Brooklyn for Duke (12-5 ACC).

The only way N.C. State (10-7) can join Duke as one of the top four seeds is with a Duke win over North Carolina on Saturday and some other help. The Wolfpack will be the No. 8 seed with a loss to Louisville (9-8) on Saturday. Duke will be the No. 3 seed with a loss, State’s loss on Thursday made sure of that.

VIDEO: NC State's Torin Dorn talks about his technical foul and the Wolfpack loss to Georgia Tech at McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta, GA Thursday, March 1, 2018.

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The winner of the Duke-UNC game on Saturday night in Durham will be the No. 2 seed. The Tar Heels (11-6) can still finish fourth with a loss or could drop down to the No. 6 seed. UNC holds the potential tiebreaker over Clemson (11-6) but not with Miami (10-7) or Virginia Tech (10-7).

The first tiebreaker is head-to-head result, followed by “group record,” if more than two teams are tied. Since not all teams play twice, the group record goes by winning percentage.

Virginia (16-1), the No. 1 seed, and Pittsburgh (0-18), the No. 15 seed, are the only two teams who have locked in their position with only Saturday’s regular-season finale games left.

VIDEO: NC State's Omer Yurtseven talks about the Wolfpack's loss to Georgia Tech at McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta, GA Thursday, March 1, 2018.

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The tournament returns to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The bottom six seeds open in the play-in round on Tuesday. The next five seeds play on Wednesday in the first round and the top four seeds receive a double-bye into Thursday’s quarterfinals.

The tournament-seeding scenarios for Duke/Carolina/State:

Duke (12-5, vs. UNC)

No. 2 seed

▪ with a win

No. 3 seed

▪ with a loss

UNC (11-6, at Duke)

No. 2 seed

▪  with a win

No. 3 seed

▪  Cannot be the No. 3 seed

No. 4 seed

▪  with a loss AND Clemson loss, NC State loss, VT win

No. 5 seed

▪  with a loss AND Clemson loss, NC State loss, VT loss

▪  with a loss AND Clemson loss, NC State win, VT win

▪  with a loss AND Clemson win, NC State loss, VT win

▪  with a loss AND Clemson win, NC State loss, VT loss

No. 6 seed

▪  with a loss AND Clemson win, NC State win, VT win

▪  with a loss AND Clemson win, NC State win, VT loss

▪ with a loss AND Clemson loss, NC State win, VT loss

NC State (10-7, vs. Louisville)

No. 4 seed

▪  with a win AND Duke win, Clem loss, VT win

No. 5 seed

▪  with a win AND Duke win, Clem win, VT loss

▪  with a win AND Duke win, Clem win, VT win

▪  with a win AND Duke win, Clem loss, VT loss

▪  with a win AND UNC win, Clem loss, VT win

No. 6 seed

▪  with a win AND UNC win, Clem win, VT loss

▪  with a win AND UNC win, Clem win, VT win

▪  with a win AND UNC win, Clem loss, VT loss

No. 7 seed

▪  Cannot be the No. 7 seed

No. 8 seed

▪  with a loss

ACC tournament scenarios

Clemson (11-6, at Syracuse)

No. 3 seed with a win and a Duke win; OR with a loss AND Duke win, NC State loss, VT loss

No. 4 seed: ▪ with win and a UNC win

▪ with a loss AND Duke win, NC State win, VT loss

▪ with a loss AND UNC win, NC State loss, VT loss

▪ with a loss AND UNC win, NC State win, VT loss

No. 5 seed with a loss AND NC State loss, VT win

No. 6 seed with a loss AND NC State win, VT win

Miami (10-7, vs. Virginia Tech)

No. 3 seed with a win AND Clemson loss, UNC loss, NC State win

No. 4 seed with a win AND Clemson loss, UNC loss, NC State loss; OR with a win AND Clemson win, UNC loss

No. 5 seed with a win AND UNC win

No. 6 seed with a loss AND NC State loss

No. 7 seed with a loss AND N.C. State win

Virginia Tech (10-7, at Miami)

No. 3 seed with a win AND Clemson loss, UNC loss

No. 4 seed with a win AND a Clemson win, UNC loss; OR with a win AND a Clemson loss, UNC win

No. 5 seed with a win AND a Clemson win, UNC win

No. 7 seed with a loss

Louisville (9-8, at NC State)

No. 6 seed with a win AND VT loss

No. 7 seed with a win AND a VT win

No. 8 seed with a loss AND EITHER FSU loss OR Notre Dame win

No. 9 seed with a loss AND a FSU win, Notre Dame loss

Florida State (8-9, vs. BC)

No. 8 seed with a win AND Louisville loss, Notre Dame loss

No. 9 seed with a win AND Louisville win, Notre Dame loss

No. 10 seed with a win AND a Notre Dame win

No. 11 seed with a loss

Notre Dame (8-9, at Virginia)

No. 9 seed with a win; OR with a loss AND FSU loss

No. 10 seed with a loss AND FSU win

Boston College (7-10, at FSU)

No. 10 seed with a win

No. 11 seed with a loss AND a Syracuse loss

No. 12 seed with a loss AND a Syracuse win

Syracuse (7-10, vs. Clemson)

No. 11 seed with a win AND BC loss

No. 12 seed with a loss OR with a win AND BC win

Georgia Tech (5-12, vs. Wake Forest)

No. 13 seed with a win

No. 14 seed with a loss

Wake Forest (4-13, at Georgia Tech)

No. 13 seed with a win

No. 14 seed with a loss

ACC tournament schedule

at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Tuesday’s games

No. 12 vs. No. 13, noon

No. 10 vs. No. 15 Pittsburgh, 2:30 p.m.

No. 11 vs. No. 14, 7 p.m.

Wednesday’s games

No. 8 vs. No. 9, noon

No. 5 vs. 12/13 winner, 2:30 p.m.

No. 7 vs. No. 10/15 winner, 7 p.m.

No. 6 vs. No. 11/14 winner, 9:30 p.m.

Thursday’s games

No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 8/9 winner, noon

No. 4 vs. No. 5 and 12/13 winner, 2:30 p.m.

No. 2 vs. No. 7 and 10/15 winner, 7 p.m.

No. 3 vs. No. 6 and 11/14 winner, 9:30 p.m.