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The ACC And The Top Ten

Year in, year out, America’s finest conference is a Top Ten constant.

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ACC Basketball Tournament - Duke v Virginia
GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 16: Amile Jefferson #21 of the Duke Blue Devils goes up for a shot against Mike Tobey #10 of the Virginia Cavaliers during the finals of the 2014 Men's ACC Basketball Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum on March 16, 2014 in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

There’s an excellent chance at least two ACC teams will finish in the Associated Press top 10 this season. That’s what ACC teams do.

In fact, the last time the league placed a single squad in the final top 10 was 2004, when Duke was it at No. 5. And the last time the ACC failed to end a season with a member in the basketball top 10 was 1960, prior to the births of eight of its 15 coaches.

Three times in the past five seasons, the ACC placed a trio of teams in the AP top 10. You might argue this is no big surprise, given that the ACC added four members just since the 2014 season. Still, the Pac-12 and SEC recently added teams as well and didn’t enjoy similar showings.

To be fair, the Big 10, which swiped Maryland from the ACC and Rutgers from the dustbin of history, did place three teams in the top 10 in 2013 and 2014.

ACC Teams in Final AP Top 10, Last Decade
Season Top 10 Eventual ACC Member
2016 UNC 3, Virginia 4, Miami 10 None
2015 Duke 4, Virginia 6, No Dame 8 None
2014 Virginia 3, Duke 8 Louisville 5
2013 Miami 5, Duke 6 None
2012 UNC 4, Duke 8, Fla. State 10 Syracuse 2
2011 Duke 3, UNC 7 Pitt 4, No Dame 5
2010 Duke 3 Syracuse 4
2009 UNC 2, Duke 6 Louisville 1, Pitt 4
2008 UNC 1, Duke 9 None
2007 UNC 4 None

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