1997 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament
The 1997 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament took place from March 6–9 in Greensboro, North Carolina, at the Greensboro Coliseum. In what would be Coach Dean Smith's last season as the head coach of North Carolina, his Tar Heels won the tournament, defeating a surprising NC State team in the final.
NC State became the first team in ACC history to advance past the quarterfinal round after playing in the first-round game. The ACC adopted the first-round game format in 1992 when Florida State joined the conference. After defeating top seed Duke in the quarterfinals, NC State surprisingly defeated #5 seed Maryland to advance to the championship game. Their Cinderella run through the tournament ended against rival North Carolina in the final. The 1997 NC State Wolfpack became the first team to play 4 games in the ACC Tournament and remained the lowest-seeded team to make the Tournament final until 2007.
Shammond Williams was named MVP.
March 6, 1997
March 7, 1997
March 8, 1997
March 9, 1997
|3||#5 North Carolina||64|
|2||#8 Wake Forest||66|
|2||#8 Wake Forest||73|
|3||#5 North Carolina||86|
|3||#5 North Carolina||78|
AP Rankings at time of tournament
Awards and Honors
Everett Case Award
|Shammond Williams||North Carolina|
All Tournament Teams
- List of Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball tournament champions
- 1996 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament
- 1998 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament