As noted previously in this space, with more than 30 games played in a normal basketball season a standard of 20 wins to mark a successful team effort is a tepid measure, at best, little better than reaching a lower-level bowl game in football.
So let’s try to get at it by defining a stellar season based on a team’s ability to restrict losses to single digits.
This measure falls out fairly predictably. The powers who’ve been ACC members since the league’s 1954 start, Duke and North Carolina, have more than 40 such efforts each. Three other founding programs are in double digits in seasons with single-digit defeats. If that makes sense.
Or go about it another way: Separate the exceptional by counting those squads that won at least 30 games in a season.
By that measure only five ACC teams qualify: Duke with 14, UNC with 12, Virginia with 4, and NC State and Notre Dame -- only in the conference since 2014 -- with one each. Limiting the count to this century, Duke leads with nine 30-win seasons followed by Carolina at 6, Virginia at 3 and Notre Dame.
We’d argue single-digit losses are more revealing, and more inclusive.
|HOW LOW CAN YOU GO
ACC Teams With Single-Digit Losses in a Season
(Asterisk Indicates Won ACC Tournament)