2019 ACC Basketball Tournament
While the ACC Men’s Basketball regular season title is something that each team seeks when the season begins, it’s the ACC Conference tournament that really matters when all is said and done. Since its inception in 1954, the ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament has been one to watch every season. A hard-fought overtime matchup between North Carolina State and Wake Forest went in favor of NC State, setting up over 60 years of exciting tournaments to follow.
All 15 of the conference’s teams get berths in the tournament, with nine getting first-round byes, and four receiving double-byes. There are usually three games on Tuesday and four each on Wednesday/Thursday, followed by a semifinal doubleheader on Friday and the championship game on Saturday.
The ACC has expanded in recent years, but still has five of its original teams: Clemson, Duke, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Wake Forest. Due to the location of these longtime members, Greensboro, N.C., has hosted the event far more than any other location.
Duke and North Carolina have combined to win more than half of the ACC Tournament championships.
One of the Wolfpack’s tourney titles came in 1983, when they had 10 losses at the end of the regular season. They earned an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament by winning the conference, and continued their Cinderella run to the NCAA championship.
The list of ACC Tournament MVPs is a who’s who of college basketball, including names such as Tim Duncan, Christian Laettner and James Worthy. One player who – surprisingly – never won the award is Michael Jordan, whose North Carolina squad was the ACC champ only once in his three seasons.
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