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ACC tournament quarterfinals will go on as planned

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There will be basketball on Thursday.

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The ACC, as well as the other 19 conferences with games scheduled for Thursday, will move forward with their conference tournaments as planned despite the growing global concern over the coronavirus.

League commissioner John Swofford held a press conference Thursday morning where he gave an overall assessment of the situation.

“We’re going to have basketball, and each team will have 150 tickets for players and families and administrative personnel,” Swofford said. “Bands and cheerleaders will be here at the discretion of their respective institutions. All credentialed media will be here. Television will go on as is.

”We want this to be the best experience for the players that it can be given the circumstances. It’s not what they expected, it’s not what you would want as an ideal situation. When that’s what you have in front of you, you make the best out of it and make it the best experience for the most important people that are out here, and that’s the players.”

Swofford added that everyone associated with this tournament and the other tournaments across the country are fully aware of how quickly things can change.

“We have had to make adjustments,” Swofford said “Hopefully we won’t have to make more. But if we have to, we will. We want the environment for the players to be as good as it can be.”

Here’s the quarterfinal schedule for Thursday:

Game 7: No. 1 Florida State vs. Clemson | 12:30 p.m. | ESPN
Game 8: No. 4 Duke vs. NC State | 3 p.m. | ESPN
Game 9: No. 2 Virginia vs. No. 7 Notre Dame | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Game 10: No. 3 Louisville vs. No. 6 Syracuse | 9:30 p.m. | ESPN