ACC Men's Basketball Tournament Kicks Off In Uptown Charlotte

This week's Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament is all about the league's heavyweights.

Second-ranked Virginia and third-ranked North Carolina arrive after sharing the regular-season championship and in pursuit of possible No. 1 seeds for the NCAA Tournament. And then there's fifth-ranked Duke, hoping to get freshman star Zion Williamson back from a knee injury and prove the Blue Devils are again the team that spent a national-best seven weeks atop the AP Top 25 this season.

The five-day tournament begins Tuesday in Charlotte, marking its return to the state of North Carolina after a three-year absence - the longest stretch in the event's 65-year history.

The Cavaliers (28-2, 16-2) are the reigning champion, continuing a sustained run near the top that started in their breakout year under Tony Bennett in 2014. They earned the No. 1 seed by beating the Tar Heels in their only matchup.

Virginia swept the regular-season and tournament titles for the second time under Bennett last season, and suffered its only two losses to the Blue Devils.

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