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The ACC Tournament opens Wednesday - that's right, Wednesday - in Greensboro. Here's what to watch as the five-day version of the tournament opens:

WAKE'S FUTURE: Could Jeff Bzdelik be fired after four seasons at Wake Forest? That's certainly a possibility, thanks to a poor record at the school.

In an interview with Charlotte sports talk show WFNZ The Fan, Bzdelik acknowledged he may not return next season.Wake coach Jeff Bzdelik

"On Sunday I had a meeting with our team after the Boston College game. I could tell our guys weren't right, and I asked them if this was because of the speculation about my job?" he said. "I have a very good relationship with my players, and they kinda looked at me. I said, yeah there's a chance I could be fired. There's a chance I could be here another 10 years. No one knows."

Bzdelik is just 50-75 overall and 17-51 in ACC play. The Deacons are 6-12 in league play and 15-16 overall this season.

Wake Forest lost to Maryland in its opening game in the tournament last year, and the game was marred by a fan coming down the aisle toward the Wake bench to scream at Bzdelik.

THE IRISH BOTTOM OUT: Notre Dame is in its first year of ACC play and the Irish, under former Duke assistant Mike Brey, were expected to be one of the league's better teams this year. In fact, the Irish were picked for fifth in the league in the preseason poll.

But that was with guard Jerian Grant, a preseason All-ACC player.  But in December, Grant was off the team for what Grant said was "an academic matter" he didn't handle properly.

The Irish were 8-4 at the time. Now, Notre Dame is a disappointing 13th in the ACC, with a 6-12 conference mark and 15-16 overall record. Brey has never had a losing record with the Irish.

ODD DAY: Wednesday will be a strange day in Greensboro for the ACC Tournament, marking the first time the tournament has stretched over five days. Attendance for Wednesday is likely to be light, and Wake Forest is the only North Carolina team in action.

The tournament is scheduled for Greensboro in 2015 and then Washington in 2016. Sending the tournament to Washington in two years is a direct shot at the University of Maryland, which is leaving the league after this year. The Terps, under coaches Lefty Driesell and later Gary Williams, resented how the league was often focused on North Carolina, and that the tournament was often in Greensboro or Charlotte.

SEE YA, TERPS: Think the ACC isn't angry at Maryland? Um, think again.

Terps band at 2013 ACC TournamentBeyond 2016, look for the ACC to get to New York City as fast as possible. The ACC would love to be in Madison Square Garden or the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, but no dates have been announced.

‘HOOS ON FIRE: There's always a player in the ACC Tournament who's particularly motivated about not making All-ACC, and this year that could be Joe Harris of Virginia. The Cavaliers' key player was relegated to third team all-conference in the media poll. And that came despite Harris leading Virginia to a rare ACC regular-season title.

The Cavaliers had not won the league outright since 1981, when Ralph Sampson was on campus.

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