1997 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament

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The 1997 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament took place from March 6-9, 1997 in Greensboro, North Carolina at the Greensboro Coliseum. In what would be Coach Dean Smith's last season as the head coach of The University of North Carolina, his Tar Heels won the tournament, defeating a surprising NC State team in the final.

NC State became the first team in ACC history to advance past the quarterfinal round after playing in the play-in game. The ACC adopted the play-in game format in 1992 when Florida State joined the conference. After defeating top seed Duke in the quarterfinals, NC State surprisingly defeated #5 seed Maryland to advance to the championship game. Their Cinderella run through the tournament ended against rival North Carolina in the final. The 1997 NC State Wolfpack remained the lowest seeded team to ever make the ACC Tournament Final, until the 2007 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament. Shammond Williams was the tournament MVP.


  First Round
March 6, 1997
March 7, 1997
March 8, 1997
Championship Game
March 9, 1997
  1  Duke 60  
    8  NC State 66  
8  NC State 60
9  Georgia Tech 46  
  8  NC State 65  
  5  Maryland 58  
  4  Clemson 61
    5  Maryland 76  
  8  NC State 54
  3  North Carolina 64
  2  Wake Forest 66
    7  Florida State 65  
  2  Wake Forest 73
  3  North Carolina 86  
  3  North Carolina 78
    6  Virginia 68  

Awards and Honors[edit]

Everett Case Award[edit]

Player School
Shammond Williams North Carolina

All Tournament Teams[edit]

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