ACC Basketball Tournaments To Expand To 14 Teams With Additions Of Pitt, Syracuse

Mar 7, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers forward Nasir Robinson (35) dribbles the ball against the Georgetown Hoyas during the second half of the second round of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden. Georgetown won 64-52. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

The ACC Men's and Women's Basketball tournaments will be expanded to include all 14 teams in the conference when the Pitt Panthers and the Syracuse Orange join the conference in 2013.

With the addition of both the Pittsburgh Panthers and Syracuse Orange to the ACC, questions had been floating around as to what 14 teams would mean to the annual men's and women's basketball tournaments. Those questions were laid to rest Tuesday as ACC commissioner John Swofford confirmed that the tournament will expand to include all 14 teams in the conference when both Pitt and Syracuse join in 2013.

The tournament will be expanded by an additional day, so it is not clear at the outset how many byes will be awarded and how the tournament will be structured now. However, because the tournament will now be spread over five days, it can be assumed that it will not follow the standard structure for a 14-team single elimination tournament, which includes giving only the top two teams byes.

Both tournaments will be held at the Greensboro Coliseum for the next three years, according to Swofford.

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