1974 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament

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The 1974 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament was held in Greensboro, North Carolina, at the Greensboro Coliseum from March 7–9. North Carolina State defeated Maryland in overtime 103–100 to win the championship. Tommy Burleson of NC State was named the tournament MVP.

The final pitted arguably the two best teams in the country and has long been regarded by many to be the greatest ACC game in history, and one of the greatest college games ever. The game was instrumental in forcing the expansion of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship to 32 teams, thus allowing more than one bid from a conference. That Maryland team, with six future NBA draft picks, is considered[who?] the greatest team that did not participate in the NCAA tournament. [1]

Many considered it the all-time greatest college basketball game until Duke pulled off a last-second overtime finish in the 1992 NCAA East Regional final for a 104–103 win over Kentucky. "I know they call the Duke–Kentucky game the greatest now," said Burleson in 1999 at a 25-year commemoration of the 1974 game, "but we're still the greatest ACC game ever." [1]

NC State went on to win the 1974 NCAA Tournament, dethroning Bill Walton and 7-time defending national champion UCLA in the semifinals in another classic, before defeating Marquette in the final.


March 7, 1974
March 8, 1974
Championship Game
March 9, 1974
  1 NC State 87  
    4 Virginia 66  
4 Virginia 68
  5 Clemson 63  
    1 NC State 103*
  2 Maryland 100
  2 Maryland 85  
7 Duke 66  
2 Maryland 105
    3 North Carolina 85  
3 North Carolina 76
  6 Wake Forest 62  

* Denotes Overtime Game

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  1. ^ a b Bill Free - This Overtime Lasts 25 Years Baltimore Sun

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