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AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. — The Atlantic Coast Conference will move its men's basketball tournament up a day beginning next season, abandoning the Sunday afternoon championship game concept it has used since 1982, commissioner John Swofford said Tuesday at the league's spring meetings.

Instead, the title game will tip off at roughly 8:30 p.m. on Saturday night on ESPN, the slot traditionally held by the old Big East. The semifinals will also be in prime time at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Friday night.

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"I think it's a win-win all the way around," Swofford said. "Certainly having the prime-time slot is something that I think will enhance what we believe has consistently been for many years the best conference basketball tournament in the country."

The date is just one of many changes coming for the ACC tournament since the league brought in Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame and Louisville. After one more year in Greensboro Coliseum, it will move to Washington's Verizon Center in 2016 and then the Barclays Center in Brooklyn the following two years.

Because the tournament will now start on Tuesday for the first-round games, Swofford said the regular season will conclude the prior Saturday. Traditionally, the ACC has had its final regular season games on a Sunday. ​

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