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NC State is No. 9 seed in ACC tournament, set for opening matchup with No. 8 Syracuse

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NCAA Basketball: N.C. State at Notre Dame Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

By virtue of Duke’s loss to UNC, NC State moved up to the No. 9 seed in the ACC tournament, avoiding the Tuesday round of games. The Wolfpack is set to open up its tourney against No. 8 Syracuse at noon on Wednesday.

A win against the Orange would advance the Pack to face Virginia on Thursday.

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Two wins in the ACC tournament might just be enough to catapult State back into the NCAA tournament field, though it would be tight. Those two wins plus a loss to Georgia Tech, hypothetically, would give State a solid 6-9 (nice) record in Q1+Q2 games. And two wins over the ACC regular season champs would look good.

It’s a tough road no matter what, but landing on the opposite side of the bracket from FSU is a nice break as well.

The first two rounds will air on ACC Network, while the rest will be televised by ESPN or ESPN2.