Clemson, USC, set for conference tournament play this week

College basketball tournament play gets underway in earnest this week. Clemson, the 11th seed, will face sixth-seeded Florida State in the opening round of the ACC Tournament on Thursday, March 14. The game will be televised by both ESPNU and the ACC Network and is slated to start at 9:00 PM, or 20 minutes after the conclusion of the Maryland vs. Wake Forest game. The game will be held at the Greensboro Coliseum for the first time since 2011, and for the third time in the last four years. The winner of Thursday’s contest will face No. 3 seed North Carolina in the same time slot on Friday.

The bracket is set for the 2013 SEC men’s basketball tournament. South Carolina (14-17, 4-14 SEC) has earned the No. 12 seed and will face No. 13 seed Mississippi State (9-21, 4-14 SEC) in the opening round Wednesday night at 7:30 PM at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.