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ACC Moves Men's Basketball Tourney Championship Game To Saturday Night
Published May 14, 2014
SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER: ESPN.com's Andy Katz noted the ACC, Big Ten, SEC and Atlantic 10 were the "highest-profile conferences that have played a Sunday final recently, causing the selection committee to sometimes come up with an alternative bracket depending on who was playing for the title." Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon said of the move, "Prime time on Saturday night during the tournament week is another step in the right direction." Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim: "I think it's huge. The Friday night doubleheader resonates around the country, it always has." Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said, "I love the move. I've always thought it was powerful when we did it that way in the Big East." Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski: "It just adds a new dimension to our tournament. ... Whatever the ratings are, they will skyrocket. It's what our conference should do" (ESPN.com, 5/13).