Unlike most college basketball tournaments, the ACC Tournament acts as the only championship for the ACC, rather than an addition to the regular season title. The ACC elected to eliminate the regular season title following the 1961 season and declare the tournament champion the sole champion of the conference from then on.
Since July 1, 1961, the ACC's bylaws have included the phrase "and the winner shall be the conference champion" in referring to the tournament. Accordingly, the teams listed below are the ACC men's basketball champions for the years indicated, and it is not technically correct to refer to them as the "tournament champions" insofar as that usage implies that there is some other championship. While it has become popular for the media (and fans of teams that finish first in the regular season but fail to win the tournament) to use the term "regular-season champions," such usage is not borne out by league rules.
(a): The Greensboro Coliseum is scheduled to hold the tournament in 2015. It was announced in March 2014 that it will return in 2020.. (b): The first "Charlotte Coliseum" (as it was known from 1955 to 1988) has been known as the Bojangles' Coliseum since 2008. (c): The Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., was formerly known as the MCI Center. (d): The St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, FL, is now known as the Tampa Bay Times Forum. (e): The Charlotte Bobcats Arena in Charlotte, NC, is now known as the Time Warner Cable Arena. * Denotes the venue for a future ACC Men's Basketball Tournament.
a The 1972–73 NC State Wolfpack team was forced to skip postseason play due to an NCAA recruiting infraction. Assistant coach Eddie Biedenbach had played in a pick-up (impromptu) basketball game with David Thompson on a recruiting visit to Raleigh, North Carolina. The Wolfpack finished the season undefeated at 27–0 but forfeited the opportunity to compete for the national championship.