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All Hail the ACC!

Four ACC Teams Made it to the Sweet 16: UNC, Duke, Clemson, and N.C. State

Is the ACC the Best College Basketball Has to Offer?
Armando Bacot #5 of the North Carolina Tar Heels/Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images/AFP

Sweet 16 🔥

ACC teams will bring another national title to the conference…

In college basketball news, the Sweet 16 has arrived and one-quarter of the teams remaining are ACC entries. Is the Atlantic Coastal Conference the best that college basketball has to offer?

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ACC Dominates

College basketball rumors were swirling that Tom Izzo’s Michigan State Spartans were poised for a big upset over UNC. Meanwhile, it was being said that Sweet Jimmy Mad, also known as James Madison, was the kind of Cinderella team that could stop Duke cold. If that double-whammy occurred, the ACC’s top two teams would be on the outside looking in yet again.

But rumors and reality are two different animals. The oddsmakers must have been hearing the former and were cognizant of coach Tom Izzo’s status as a top-notch postseason coach. Therefore, despite the seeding disparity between No. 1 North Carolina and No. 9 Michigan State, the Heels were as low as 3 ½ point favorites when the game tipped.

If you were knocking down a few cold ones and decided that getting UNC -3 ½ sounded like smart business then you, good sir, are a college hoops savant. The Tar Heels built a nine-point lead after the first half and expanded that to what resulted in a 16-point victory.

Another ACC entry, No. 11 NC State, tipped off about 1 ½ hours later against Jack Gohlke and the upstart No. 14 Oakland Golden Grizzlies, the team that upset No. 2 Kentucky in the first round. The Wildcats were 6 ½ point favorites but that game went into overtime before they put the Grizzlies to sleep, narrowly failing to cover in a 79-73 victory.

Two ACC entries are in, and two were ready to play on Sunday. And sure enough, the pattern continued as No. 4 Duke positively smoked Jimmy Mad, 93-55, in a no-sweat bet as 6-point chalk. Duke’s Jared McCain’s stats spoke for themselves as the freshman hit 8 of 11 triples.

The only ACC underdog over the weekend was No. 6 Clemson as they entered Sunday’s early evening date with No. 3 Baylor as 4 ½ point dogs.

But the moment the Tigers upset the Bears, 72-64, 4ACC began trending on X.


ACC Hoops Fans Need to Chill

Kyle Moore @KyleMoore8 said:

“@ESPNLunardi can we talk about how every year the ACC is disrespected all season and then shows out in the tournament? Wake forest and Pitt were tournament teams. Virginia was not. Sweet 16 teams ACC- 4 SEC- 2 Big 12- 2 Big 10- 2.”

David Joy @DavidJoy_Author:

“A number one seed, a number four seed, four teams making up 25% of the Sweet 16, and experts say it was an off year for the ACC.”


“4 ACC teams to the Sweet 16. Conference ‘overperforms’ again. Cue the national writers and ESPN types with ‘this doesn’t mean the selection committee got it wrong’…again. Sure, past results are not an indicator of future results…blah blah blah.”

But the thing of it is, the ACC is NCAA basketball royalty so why are these fans acting like they’re repping the Horizon League? In case you missed it, the ACC has more NCAAB tournament winners (17) than any other conference. And it was only five years ago when Virginia became the last ACC team to cut down the nets.

Maybe one of these four remaining ACC teams will bring another national title to the conference. My money’s on the Heels but, regardless, if you’re an ACC hoops fan, just chill. We know you’ve got the goods, now act like you’ve been there before…because you have.

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