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Snap Judgments at the 2017 ACC Tournament: Day 1

Photo by Robert Cole
Today ended up being the last day Mark Gottfried (.) spent as head coach of NC State after the team's first round loss to Clemson. Gottfried, who led NC State to two Sweet 16 appearances, was relieved of his duties last month. (Robert Cole/ALOST)
Today ended up being the last day Mark Gottfried (l.) spent as head coach of NC State after the team’s first round loss to Clemson. Gottfried, who led the Wolfpack to two Sweet 16 appearances, was relieved of his duties last month after six seasons in Raleigh. (Robert Cole/ALOST)

 

After putting “Carolina in My Mind” on repeat for almost a generation, the ACC is about to march to a different tune, which happens to be “New York State of Mind.”

Though you won’t see any pictures of James Taylor nor Billy Joel, what you will see here for the next five days is the exciting action of the 2017 New York Life ACC Tournament captured through our lens on the court of the Barclays Center. For the first time in its 63-year history, the ACC Tournament is being held north of the Mason-Dixon Line, as the next two editions of the tournament – including this one – will be held in Brooklyn, New York at the home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets.

There are many storylines coming into the tournament to follow, with one of the biggest being whether teams like Syracuse, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and Clemson can make runs in the tourney to improve its chances at making the NCAA Tournament. At the top of the bracket, North Carolina is looking to tie Duke for first all-time in conference tournament championships with 19, while the Blue Devils look to win the ACC Tournament from the No. 5 seed, a seed that has never claimed an ACC Tournament title.

For the next five days, our ace photographer, Robert Cole, will be courtside at the Barclays Center and provide us – and our viewers – amazing closeups of the action, from the opening tip of the first game to the madness that’s sure to ensue in the ACC Tournament title game on Saturday night. We will also have on-court pictures coming to you from the Big East Tournament that’s across the East River in Manhattan, and those galleries will be presented to you starting on Wednesday evening.

Keep refreshing this page soon after the games end to see the latest pictures from Day 1 of the 2017 ACC Tournament. There are now 64 photos in this gallery from the three first round games; No. 12 Clemson vs. No. 13 N.C. State, No. 10 Wake Forest vs. No. 15 Boston College and No. 11 Georgia Tech vs. No. 14 Pitt. After clicking on the first photo to enlarge the picture, make sure to press the left and right arrow buttons to scroll through the rest of the pictures.

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