Eyes will be on TV sets, computer screens and cell phones across the Triad as the 65th men's tournament is set for Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York for the second-straight year.
The 15-team tournament tips off Tuesday and culminates in the championship game Saturday.
The Cavaliers, the unanimous No. 1 team in the latest Top 25 poll, are also the top seed in the ACC tournament after running away with the conference by four games and coming a couple of points short of a ideal league record.
Virginia was voted unanimous No. 1 and MI jumped to No. 7 after winning Big Ten tournament in The Associated Press Top 25 poll released Monday.
Boston College (-2) over Georgia Tech: The Eagles have struggled of late, losing four of their past five games, but each came against an NCAA Tournament team. And while teams like Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Florida State, N.C. State and Louisville all have less than a 2 percent chance, someone has to win if Virginia doesn't - and there's a 7 percent chance one of those teams wins, which are decent enough odds. The top seed in the bracket, the Cavaliers play in Thursday's first quarterfinal game at noon, against the victor of Wednesay's Louisville-Florida State second-round game. Normally, the first day of the larger conference tournaments features teams that have no at-large hopes whatsoever.
Several conferences that are expected to have multiple bids to the NCAA tournament begin play this week, and there will be implications throughout the bracket for all of them. We'll be updating it with results along the way.
UNC awaits the victor of Tuesday's Syracuse vs. Wake Forest first-round matchup and is unbeaten in 11 combined dates with the Orange and Demon Deacons. The Vols will face either seventh-seeded Mississippi State (21-10, 9-9) or 10th-seeded LSU (17-13, 8-10) in Friday's quarterfinals.
The Blue Devils (25-6) enter having won six of seven, including Saturday's wild comeback victory over Carolina.
Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish had to lose an ACC Tournament game sometime, and all those injuries might finally have caught up to them.
Game 9: No. 4 Clemson vs. The Cavaliers also could be looking at a suddenly very hot Duke squad in a potential title game Saturday night.
Game No. 11 - victor of Game 7 vs.
Stanford, which lost to OR in the Pac-12 title game Sunday night, moved up one spot to No. 15.
Game No. 13 - victor of Game 10 vs. victor of Game 11, 9 p.m.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish ended up with the #10 seed after what many would call a down year for the program, finishing 8-10 in ACC play as part of their 18-13 overall record this season. No. 11 Syracuse, 7 p.m. We've got 14 games, 28 hours and one champion at the end.