ACC Men's Basketball Tournament
|ACC Men's Basketball Tournament|
|Conference basketball championship|
|Conference||Atlantic Coast Conference|
|Number of teams||15|
|Current stadium||Barclays Center|
|Current location||Brooklyn, New York|
|Current champion||Virginia Cavaliers|
|Most championships||Duke Blue Devils (20)|
|TV partner(s)||ESPN, ACC Network,|
|Official website||TheACC.com Men's Basketball|
The ACC Men's Basketball Tournament (popularly known as the ACC Tournament) is the conference championship tournament in basketball for the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The tournament has been held every year since 1954, the ACC's first season. It is a single-elimination tournament and seeding is based on regular season records. The winner, declared conference champion, receives the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA men's basketball tournament.
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, meaning that the conference tournament winner is the only champion of the ACC. The ACC is unique in college basketball in that it does not recognize a regular season champion in any way, although it does permit the regular season winner to hang a banner if it wishes, so long as the banner makes it clear that the title is not official.
- The Charlotte Coliseum on Independence Boulevard opened in 1956, closed in 1988 when the Charlotte Coliseum on Tyvola Road opened (that arena was demolished 2007), reopened in 1993 as Independence Arena. Cricket Wireless held naming rights from 2001 to 2006, and Bojangles' has held naming rights since 2008.
|Greensboro Coliseum||Greensboro||North Carolina||27||2015||1967, 1971–75, 1977–80, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1995–98, 2003–04, 2006, 2010–11, 2013–15, 2020*||[v 1]|
|Reynolds Coliseum||Raleigh||North Carolina||13||1966||1954–66|
|Charlotte Coliseum (Tyvola Road, demolished 2007)||Charlotte||North Carolina||8||2002||1990–94, 1999–2000, 2002|
|Charlotte Coliseum (Independence)||Charlotte||North Carolina||3||1970||1968, 1969, 1970||[v 2]|
|Capital Centre||Landover||Maryland||3||1987||1976, 1981, 1987|
|Omni Coliseum||Atlanta||Georgia||3||1989||1983, 1985, 1989|
|Georgia Dome||Atlanta||Georgia||2||2009||2001, 2009|
|Capital One Arena||Washington||D.C.||2||2016||2005, 2016||[v 3]|
|Barclays Center||Brooklyn||New York||2||2017||2017, 2018|
|Spectrum Center||Charlotte||North Carolina||2||2008||2008, 2019*||[v 4]|
|Amalie Arena||Tampa||Florida||1||2007||2007||[v 5]|
* Denotes the venue for a future ACC Men's Basketball Tournament.
- The Greensboro Coliseum is next scheduled to host the tournament in 2020.
- Charlotte Coliseum (Independence) adopted its current name of Bojangles' Coliseum in 2008, but after reopening in 1993, it was also known as Independence Arena and Cricket Arena, but never hosted an ACC men's tournament under any of its later names. (It hosted the ACC Women's Tournament from 1997–1999 as Independence Arena.)
- The Capital One Arena was known as MCI Center when it hosted in 2005, and the Verizon Center in 2016.
- Spectrum Center was known as Charlotte Bobcats Arena when it served as the 2008 host. It was later known as Time Warner Cable Arena, but never hosted under that name.
- Amalie Arena was known as the St. Pete Times Forum when it hosted in 2007. It was originally known as the Ice Palace, and later as the Tampa Bay Times Forum, but never hosted under either name.
Tournament championships by school
|Duke||1953||20||1960, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1978, 1980, 1986, 1988, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2017|
|North Carolina||1953||18||1957, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1989, 1991, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2007, 2008, 2016|
|NC State||1953||10||1954, 1955, 1956, 1959, 1965, 1970, 1973,[a] 1974, 1983, 1987|
|Wake Forest||1953||4||1961, 1962, 1995, 1996|
|Maryland||1953[b]||3||1958, 1984, 2004|
|Georgia Tech||1978||3||1985, 1990, 1993|
|Virginia||1953||3||1976, 2014, 2018|
- 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.
- b The University of Maryland, College Park, left the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2014 and is now a member of the Big Ten Conference.
- c The University of South Carolina left the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1971, and it is now a member of the Southeastern Conference.
- d Since the tournament began, through the 2017 tournament, the lowest seeded team to win the championship is the sixth seed. This has happened five times: Virginia in 1976, Duke in 1980, NC State in 1987, Georgia Tech in 1993, and Maryland in 2004. Before 2005, when the league had 8 or 9 members, the lowest seeded team to reach the finals was the NC State team in 1997 which was the 8th seed. Following the expansion to 12 teams for the 2005 tournament, the lowest seeded team to reach the finals was the 2007 NC State squad as a 10th seed.
- "2009–10 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Basketball Media Guide". Atlantic Coast Conference. 2009. p. 82. Retrieved March 10, 2010.
- "NCAA Coaching Records" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. 2009. pp. 158–159 stating Coach of the year awards. Retrieved March 10, 2010.
- The Charlotte Coliseum on Tyvola Road opened in 1988 and closed in 2005, demolished in 2007.
- "Future ACC Tournament Sites Announced". The Atlantic Coast Conference. May 17, 2006. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
- ESPN. "Source: ACC, Barclays have deal". Retrieved March 25, 2014.
- 2009–10 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Basketball Media Guide 2009, p. 82
- Crawford, Jacob (December 26, 2003). "Complete History of NC State Basketball". NorthCarolinaState.scout.com. Retrieved March 10, 2010.
- "University of Maryland and Rutgers University Become Official Members of Big Ten Conference" (Press release). Big Ten Conference. July 1, 2014. Retrieved January 13, 2015.
- "SEC Men's Basketball". secsports.com. Southeastern Conference. 2010. Archived from the original on 21 May 2010. Retrieved May 31, 2010.