There's been surprisingly little debate about the ACC's treatment at the hands of the NCAA tournament selection committee. This may reflect a perception the ACC more or less got what it deserved.
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Six teams got in. Five of them won at least 11 games each.
Thanks to a weak nonconference schedule Pittsburgh, 11-7 during the regular season, was considered on shaky ground in some quarters before eliminating higher-seeded North Carolina in the ACC Tournament. UNC got a No. 6 seed, the second straight year it's rated outside the top 20, hardly the stuff of which Tar Heel legends are made. Pitt was seeded ninth.
Virginia got a No. 1 seed, respect that eluded Miami last season. Both the Cavs and Canes finished first during the regular season and won the ACC Tournament. Yet Jim Larranaga's 2013 club was seeded second - an unprecedented rating for a dual ACC champ - while UVa is tops in the East Region.
Prior to last season, the ACC had a No. 1 seed for nine straight years. With Virginia's seed in 2014, the conference has had at least one top seed in 16 of the past 17 NCAA tournaments. Most went to teams from Duke or Carolina.
The Blue Devils are seeded third this go-round, as is Syracuse.
N.C. State sneaked into the NCAAs with a 9-9 ACC record while Florida State and Maryland, which similarly broke even within the league, were excluded. Coach Mark Gottfried went to great lengths in preseason to outline how much effort had gone into crafting the Wolfpack's nonconference schedule, with an eye toward making a case for NCAA inclusion. Apparently it worked.
Even better, No. 12 N.C. State survived a play-in game against Ohio-based Xavier in Dayton, Ohio, presumably justifying the bid.
Meanwhile Clemson (10-8) and FSU were given berths in the NIT and immediately won their openers, albeit on their home courts. It was the Tiger's first postseason appearance since 2011, when Brad Brownell's first Clemson team won the NCAA play-in game as a 12th seed.
Florida State was in the NIT last season, and lost immediately.
Finally, in what some might regard as a gratifying kick in the pants on the way out the ACC door, Maryland wasn't even invited to the NIT.
|OF SLOTS, SEEDS, AND SNUBS
ACC Bids, Seeds, Snubs In NCAAs Since 1985, When Field Went To At Least 64 Teams
|Year||No. Invited||Avg. Seed,
|2014$||6||5.8||6||9-9 NCS||xxx||10-8 C|
|2010||6||6.7||6||xxx||7-9 GT||10-6 VT|
|2008||4||3.8||4||8-8 Mia||xxx||9-7 VT|
|2007||7||5.3||5||8-8 D, GT||xxx|
|2005&||5||3.8||3||8-8 GT||7-9 NCS|
|2004||6||3.5||4||8-8 NC||7-9 M|
|2001||6||4.3||4||8-8 GT, WF||xxx|
|1996||6||5.7||3||8-8 D, M||7-9 C|
|1994||5||5.0||3||8-8 M, V||xxx|
|1992*||5||4.8||3||8-8 GT||7-9 WF|
|1987||6||5.5||4||7-7 GT||6-8 NCS|
|1986||6||3.7||3||7-7 NCS, V||6-8 M|
|* League expanded to 9 members.
& League expanded to 11 members.
# League expanded to 12 members.
$ League expanded to 15 members.