Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball

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The Atlantic Coast Conference (founded in 1953) is one of the premier college basketball conferences in NCAA Division I. The current ACC champion is the Duke Blue Devils.


Institution Nickname Location Founded Years in the ACC School Type Enrollment
Boston College Eagles Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts 1863 2005–present Private/Catholic (Jesuit) 14,500
Clemson Tigers Clemson, South Carolina 1889 1953–present Public 24,951
Duke Blue Devils Durham, North Carolina 1838 1953–present Private/Nonsectarian 15,892
Florida State Seminoles Tallahassee, Florida 1851 1991–present Public (State University System of Florida) 38,886
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Atlanta, Georgia 1885 1978–present Public (University System of Georgia) 32,718
Louisville Cardinals Louisville, Kentucky 1798 2014–present Public 23,262
Miami Hurricanes Coral Gables, Florida 1925 2004–present Private/Nonsectarian 15,520
North Carolina Tar Heels Chapel Hill, North Carolina 1789 1953–present Public (University of North Carolina) 26,878
NC State Wolfpack Raleigh, North Carolina 1887 1953–present Public (University of North Carolina) 29,957
Notre Dame Fighting Irish South Bend, Indiana 1842 2013–present Private/Catholic (Congregation of Holy Cross) 11,733
Pittsburgh Panthers Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1787 2013–present State-related/Nonsectarian 28,664
Syracuse Orange Syracuse, New York 1870 2013–present Private/Nonsectarian 22,850
Virginia Cavaliers Charlottesville, Virginia 1819 1953–present Public 20,399
Virginia Tech Hokies Blacksburg, Virginia 1872 2004–present Public 28,000
Wake Forest Demon Deacons Winston-Salem, North Carolina 1834 1953–present Private/Nonsectarian 8,116



The early roots of ACC basketball began primarily thanks to two men: Everett Case and Frank McGuire. Case had been a successful high school coach in Indiana who accepted the head coaching job at North Carolina State at a time that the school's athletic department had decided to focus on competing in football on a level with Duke, then a national power in college football. Case's North Carolina State teams dominated the early years of the ACC with a modern, fast-paced style of play. He became the fastest college basketball coach to reach many "games won" milestones.

Case eventually became known as The Father of ACC Basketball. Despite his success on the court, he may have been even a better promoter off-the-court. Case realized the need to sell his program and university. State had originally started construction on Reynolds Coliseum in 1941, but stopped construction during the war. It was originally slated to seat 10,000 people, but Case persuaded school officials to expand the arena to 12,400 people. It opened as the new home court for his team in 1949; at the time, it was the largest on-campus arena in the South. As such, it was used as the host site for many Southern Conference Tournaments, ACC Tournaments, and the Dixie Classic, an annual event involving the four ACC teams from North Carolina as well as four other prominent programs from across the nation. The Dixie Classic brought in large revenues for all schools involved and soon became one of the premier sporting events in the South.

Partly to counter Case's personality, as well as the dominant success of his program, North Carolina convinced St. John's head coach Frank McGuire to come to Chapel Hill in 1952. McGuire knew that largely due to Case's influence, basketball was now the major high school athletic event of the region, unlike football in the South. He not only tapped the growing market of high school talent in North Carolina, but also brought several recruits from his home territory in New York City as well. Case and McGuire literally invented a rivalry. Both men realized the benefits created through a rivalry between them. It brought more national attention to both of their programs and increased fan support on both sides. For this reason, they often exchanged verbal jabs at each other in public, while maintaining a secret working relationship in private.

After State was slapped with crippling NCAA sanctions before the 1956–57 season, McGuire's North Carolina team stepped into the breach and delivered the ACC its first national championship. During the Tar Heels' championship run, Greensboro entrepreneur Castleman D. Chesley noticed the popularity that it generated. He hastily cobbled together a five-station television network to broadcast the Final Four. That network began broadcasting regular season ACC games the following season. From that point on, ACC basketball gained large popularity. Chesley's network continued until MetroSports took it over in 1981, handing it to Raycom Sports took it over in 1982; it was the direct ancestor of today's ACC Network.

Scheduling partners[edit]

The table below lists each school's permanent men's basketball only scheduling partners after expansion in 2013 and the replacement of Maryland by Louisville in 2014.

School Partner 1[3] Partner 2[3]
Boston College Notre Dame Syracuse
Clemson Florida State Georgia Tech
Duke North Carolina Wake Forest
Florida State Clemson Miami
Georgia Tech Clemson Notre Dame
Louisville Pittsburgh Virginia
Miami Florida State Virginia Tech
North Carolina Duke North Carolina State
North Carolina State North Carolina Wake Forest
Notre Dame Boston College Georgia Tech
Pittsburgh Louisville Syracuse
Syracuse Boston College Pittsburgh
Virginia Louisville Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech Miami Virginia
Wake Forest Duke North Carolina State

Men's basketball titles by school[edit]

Team ACC Regular Season Championships ACC Tournament Championships NCAA Championships
North Carolina 32 18 6
Duke 19 21 5
Virginia 9 3 1
NC State 7 10 2
Maryland 5 3 1
Wake Forest 4 4 0
Georgia Tech 2 3 0
Florida State 1 2 0
Miami 1 1 0
South Carolina 1 1 0
Clemson 1 0 0
Notre Dame 0 1 0
Louisville 0 0 2[a]
Syracuse 0 0 1
Boston College 0 0 0
Pittsburgh 0 0 0
Virginia Tech 0 0 0
  1. ^ A third national title, in 2013, was ordered vacated by the NCAA due to sanctions stemming from a major sex scandal.


  1. ^ [1] Official Website of the Atlantic Coast Conference
  2. ^ [2] Archived 2010-03-04 at the Wayback Machine About the University of South Carolina
  3. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 23, 2012. Retrieved December 4, 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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