The ACC placed nine teams in this NCAA Tournament. Four of them were top-four seeds. Seven were top-eight seeds. And yet only one made the Sweet 16. Which is a bad look for the league — even if it probably doesn’t mean what so many want it to mean, i.e., that the ACC was vastly overrated. This three-week, single-elimination tournament is how college basketball determines its national champion. And that’s fine. And it’s fun. But using the results of individual 40-minute games to draw grand conclusions about four-month seasons has never made much sense to me.
That said, I’m not here to defend the ACC.
Miami, Florida State, Louisville and Duke each lost to lower-seeded teams, Wake Forest lost to a Kansas State team that finished 8-10 in the Big 12, and Virginia fell 65-39 — 65-39! — to a Florida team that lost a starter late in the season and went 1-3 in its four games before the NCAA Tournament. None of that is positive. But the good news is that UNC remains alive. So we could still theoreticaly have an ACC national champ — although the Las Vegas favorite is now Kansas.