ACC struggling in NCAA tournament

Teague and Wake Forest suffered a first round loss after struggling down the stretch this season.

Teague and Wake Forest suffered a first round loss after struggling down the stretch this season.

Throughout the season, some experts proclaimed the ACC to be the strongest conference in all of College Hoops.

And with nine of 12 teams in contention for NCAA tournament berths until late in the season, you could certainly make an argument supporting ACC supremacy.

But the ACC’s struggle in the NCAA tournament has solidified the Big East as the strongest conference in College Basketball.

Seven ACC teams received NCAA tournament bids, but only two teams advanced to the Sweet 16. Clemson, Wake Forest, and Boston College were upset by lower seeds in the first round.

Maryland upset Cal in what was a very favorable matchup for the Terps.

North Carolina and Duke remain in the Big Dance. UNC has a relatively easy road to the Final Four, while Duke will play Villanova in what will be a thrilling game that could go either way.

Given the way some of the ACC teams performed down the stretch, its performance in the NCAA tournament may not be that surprising after all.

Clemson played poorly on the road this season and was prone to having horrid shooting games. Wake looked lost at times and seemed to lack chemistry. Boston College had a nice season but has average talent and Maryland was inconsistent all season.

it’s hard to believe that ACC will never be dominant conference, but next season will certainly be interesting.  A number of players including Tyrese Rice and Tyler Hansbrough have used up eligibility, and many underclassman including Gerald Henderson and Jeff Teague may declare for the NBA draft.

Stay tuned.

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