Thirty times in ACC history - on average, every other year -- the league has produced a 30-win squad.
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That's 30 teams winning at least 30 games in a season among 550 teams that have competed across the ACC's 62 years. Another way to view it: about one ACC squad in 20 was good enough to win 30 or more.
There were four seasons among the first 61 in which a pair of ACC teams won at least 30 games - 1982 (North Carolina and Virginia), 1998 (Duke and UNC), 2002 (Duke and Maryland) and 2009 (Duke and North Carolina). In all but one of those years, a team emerged from the 30-win pairing to capture the NCAA title - Carolina in 1982, Maryland in 2002 and UNC in 2009.
Of the 27 ACC teams to get 30 wins through 2014, 11 won the NCAA title. Only N.C. State in 1983 (26-10) captured the ultimate prize without racking up that many victories.
This year the ACC has ventured into new territory, with three teams each gaining 30 wins so far.
For Notre Dame, which joined the ACC in 2014, this is the most victories ever achieved in a season.
Virginia reached 30 for the third time overall, and second consecutive year under Tony Bennett. Come Sunday, if the Cavaliers beat Michigan State, the team that eliminated them from the 2014 NCAAs, they will have 31 wins, most in school history.
Then there's Duke, which achieved its 14th 30-win season with its dismemberment of Robert Morris in the '15 second round.
There have been a number of remarkable runs during Mike Krzyzewski's tenure at Duke.
There were the consecutive national championships in 1991 and 1992. There were the three straight trips to the NCAA title game from 1990 through 1992, and four in five years extending to 1994. There were the seven Final Four appearances in nine years between 1986 and 1994.
There were the nine consecutive advances to the ACC Tournament final from 1998 through 2006, and 12 in 14 years through 2011. Included were five straight ACC titles from 1999 through 2003 and seven in eight years extending to 2006.
Far more quietly, Krzyzewski has posted 11 30-win records since 1998, a period of 18 years. He holds the NCAA mark for most 30-win seasons by a coach. Not bad.
Thirty-Win Seasons By ACC Programs
|School||30 Wins||Seasons Won At Least 30 Games|
|Duke||14||1986, 1991*, 1992*, 1998, 1999, 2001*, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009,
2010*, 2011, 2013, 2015
|No. Carolina||10||1957*, 1982*, 1987, 1993*, 1998, 2005*, 2007, 2008, 2009*, 2012|
|Virginia||3||1982, 2014, 2015|
|* Won NCAA title|
|Mike Krzyzewski,||D 14|
|Roy Williams, NC||5|
|Dean Smith, NC||3|
|Tony Bennett, V||2|
|Mike Brey, ND||1|
|Bill Guthridge, NC||1|
|Terry Holland, V||1|
|Frank McGuire, NC||1|
|Norm Sloan, NS||1|
|Gary Williams, M||1|