The ACC has decided to move to a Tuesday through Saturday format for its conference tournament, beginning in 2015. The tournament, set for March 10-14 in Greensboro, will conclude on Saturday night with a 8:30 p.m. ET tip-off.
It is the first time the ACC will have a Saturday night final since 1981, though ACC commissioner John Swofford noted that it was not a new idea for the league, as the first 28 ACC Tournaments concluded on Saturday.
"This is kind of a ‘Back to the Future' moment for our conference,” ACC Commissioner John Swofford said. “The Sunday championship game worked tremendously well for more than three decades, but I believe our schools, teams and our fans will be excited about crowning a champion on Saturday night. This will be a win-win for everyone involved – players, coaches, fans - and we greatly appreciate our television partners, ESPN and the ACC Network, working with us to make this happen."
The new schedule will feature three first-round games on Tuesday, followed by four second-round games on Wednesday and four quarterfinal games on Thursday. Friday's semifinals and Saturday's final will both be in primetime on ESPN and the ACC Network.
Swofford noted that the new schedule is favored by the ex-Big East members who were accustomed to finishing their conference tournament on Saturday night.
Per John Swofford: Louisville, Pitt, Syracuse "very positive" about moving champ game to Saturday night given Big East history.— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) May 13, 2014
The ACC will also adjust its regular season schedule, concluding on Saturday March 7 instead of the Sunday before the tournament.
After 2015, the ACC tournament will leave Greensboro, N.C. for a rotation up the East coast. First will be the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. (2016), then two-years at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. (2017-18), before returning to Charlotte (2019) and Greensboro (2020).