Now that North Carolina has swept honors in both the 2016 ACC regular season and tournament, it’s worth noting the eventual NCAA fate of other teams that similarly captured both titles.
Remarkably, finishing in first place during the regular season and following up with an ACC Tournament championship is a rather commonplace occurrence. UNC’s double dip was the 31st in the 63-year history of the conference. That’s essentially every other year.
What’s more, the Tar Heels were the third program in four seasons to finish first and go on to win the tournament, after Miami in 2013 and Virginia in 2014.
This was the 11th time Carolina swept both the ACC regular-season race and the tournament. Duke has done it 10 times, matching the combined total of NC State (5), Wake Forest (2), Georgia Tech (1), Miami (1) and UVa (1).
Most impressively, 18 of the 31 teams winning dual ACC titles went on to reach the NCAA Final Four (58 percent), with six becoming the national champions (19 percent).
|DOUBLE DIPPERS’ DESTINY
Teams That Won ACC Regular Season and Tournament, Same Year
(Asterisk Indicates Tied For First Place)
|Won Both||Year||NCAA Result|
|Wake Forest||1962||Final Four|
|North Carolina||1967||Final Four|
|North Carolina||1968||Final Four|
|North Carolina||1969||Final Four|
|North Carolina||1972||Final Four|
|North Carolina||1977||Final Four|
|Georgia Tech||1985*||Elite 8|
|Wake Forest||1995*||Sweet 16|
|North Carolina||2007*||Elite 8|
|North Carolina||2008||Final Four|