In college football there is the SEC. Even in a down year the league just makes college football more interesting. When it comes to college basketball, the ACC is the standard bearer of excellence every year.
Even in what many consider a down year, the basketball that will be played over the next few days in Greensboro will be interesting and have meaning.
Here is what a down year in the ACC looks like:
- Almost half of the games played in conference were decided by eight or fewer points.
- Seven teams are in the Top 55 for RPI ratings.
- Eight teams were ranked in the AP Top 25 at some point in the year.
What does this say about the conference? They play competitive and entertaining basketball.
Here are the top story lines to be watching for in the tournament this weekend.
Is Duke or Maryland the Best Team in the ACC?
Both teams finished the year with a 13-3 league mark and tied for the conference title. Most fans will want one of two outcomes. Their team to keep advancing, and short of this they will want to see these two in the finals.
How Much Can Virginia Tech and Florida State Improve Their Seeding in the NCAA Tournament?
In most forecasts Florida State is looking like a seven or eight seed. The Hokies seem to be a No. 10. Do they have to win the tournament to really improve their standing? Would a tournament win move either of them to a five or better seed? Maybe in the case of Florida State, but it is hard to believe that either will improve their NCAA tournament situation while in Greensboro.
Can Georgia Tech Find a Consistent Level of Play?
The Yellow Jackets are talented, but some games they just seem to be going through the motions. Despite their 19-11 record, Tech is on the bubble to make the Big Dance. They need at least one win to be invited.
Can North Carolina Find the Team That Used To Be North Carolina?
Admit it. You have not been able to take your eyes off the Tar Heel train wreck. Their 16-15 record seems absurd. It seems even more absurd that they will have to win the ACC Tournament to hear their name called on Selection Sunday. That is hard to imagine given that the Tar Heels won it all just last year.
While there will be plenty of other action on the court, these are the storylines we will be watching most intently. It might not be the best basketball year in ACC history, but it is still one of the best basketball conferences. It for sure is the most consistent.