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Barry Jacobs On A Final Four Slump

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Missed again.

When North Carolina fell to Kansas in the Midwest Regional final, that assured a second straight season in which the ACC failed to send at least one men's team to the NCAA Final Four. Even worse, it marked the fourth time in seven years the league was excluded from the game's biggest stage.

For the longest time the ACC was as much a feature of the Final Four weekend as CBS television. From 1981 through 2005, a period of a quarter-century, only four years went by (1985, 1987, 1996, and 2003) without an ACC representative in the national semifinals.

The conference's Final Four prominence stretches back even farther. Over the 36 years from 1975 -- when multiple entrants from the same league were first admitted to the NCAA tournament -- through 2010, the ACC had 31 teams advance to a Final Four.

Ten of those squads came away with national championships - Duke in 1991, 1992, 2001, and 2010; Maryland in 2002; North Carolina in 1982, 1993, 2005, and 2009; and N.C. State in 1983.

Like much else regarding ACC basketball, that prowess currently is at low ebb. But if there is a tide in the affairs of men, as some famous sportswriter once offered, then we can anticipate a rebound sooner or later.

Maybe when Pitt and Syracuse join the league.

ACC Final Four Teams Since NCAA Field Expanded In 1975
2010 Duke*
2009 North Carolina*
2008 North Carolina
2005 North Carolina*
2004 Duke, Georgia Tech$
2002 Maryland*
2001 Duke*, Maryland
2000 North Carolina
1999 Duke$
1998 North Carolina
1997 North Carolina
1995 North Carolina
1994 Duke$
1993 North Carolina*
1992 Duke*
1991 Duke*, North Carolina
1990 Duke$, Georgia Tech
1989 Duke
1988 Duke
1986 Duke$
1984 Virginia
1983 N.C. State*
1982 North Carolina*
1981 North Carolina$, Virginia
1978 Duke$
1977 North Carolina$

* Won NCAA title.
$ Lost in title game.

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