Survived To Advance

Mar 23, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams walks off the court after losing to the Iowa State Cyclones in a men's college basketball game during the third round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament at AT&T Center.

ACC Teams In Sweet 16 Since 1990

Try this count for size, ACC fans.

One. Three. Five. Six. Fifteen.

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One ACC team, Virginia, reached the Sweet 16 in 2014. At least the league wasn't shut out entirely. However this was the fourth time in eight years the ACC had a single entrant in the NCAA regional semifinals, a major comedown for a conference that placed at least two teams in the Sweet 16 for 28 straight seasons - from 1980 through 2007.

One is also the number of rounds it took to eliminate Duke, an opening-game victim for the second time in three seasons. The Blue Devils still have more Sweet 16 appearances since 1990, 17, than any other ACC program.

Three leagues have had more Sweet 16 contestants than the ACC since 2000 - the old Big East, the Big 10, and the Big 12.

Five leagues have a better won-lost record in this year's tournament than the ACC, which now stands at 6-5. UVa, the conference's last hope, next faces Michigan State, a popular pick among TV prognosticators to win this year's NCAA title.

Six other leagues have more teams in the 2014 Sweet 16 than does the ACC. Three in fact have three each, including the much-maligned SEC, along with the Big 10 and the Pac-12.

Six is also the number of ACC squads that secured NCAA bids - Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State, Pitt, Syracuse and Virginia.

Fifteen is the current membership of the new, improved ACC. For now, at least, the increased numbers haven't made a bit of difference in enhancing the league's NCAA fortunes.

ACC Teams In Sweet 16 Since 1990

Sweets School Years Included
1 Boston College* 2006
2 Clemson 1990, 97
17 Duke 1990, 91, 92, 94, 98, 99, 2000, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 09, 10, 11, 13
3 Florida State$ 1992, 93, 2011
4 Georgia Tech 1990, 92, 96, 2004
7 Maryland 1994, 95, 98, 99, 2001, 02, 03
1 Miami** 2013
14 North Carolina 1990, 91, 92, 93, 95, 97, 98, 2000, 05, 07, 08, 09, 11, 12
2 N.C. State 2005, 12
0 Notre Dame# None
0 Pitt# None
0 Syracuse# None
2 Virginia 1993, 95, 2014
0 Virginia Tech** None
4 Wake Forest 1993, 95, 96, 2004

* Joined ACC in 2005-06.
$ Joined ACC in 1991-92
** Joined ACC in 2004-05
# Joined ACC in 2013-14

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