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ACC National Champions That Really Cooked

When ACC teams win titles they tend to win pretty convincingly.

Wisconsin v Duke
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 06: Amile Jefferson #21 of the Duke Blue Devils holds up the championship trophy with his teammates and head coach Mike Krzyzewski after defeating the Wisconsin Badgers during the NCAA Men’s Final Four National Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 6, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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Much was made in the aftermath of Villanova’s NCAA championship, its second in three years, of the Wildcats’ dominating run through the field.

Coach Jay Wright’s team won each of its six games by at least a dozen points, with victories by 16 and 17 in the Final Four. Almost a decade had passing since North Carolina won each of its games by double-digit margins in capturing the 2009 NCAA title.

In 1983 the ante was upped in NCAA competition, with the champion having to win six rather than five games to reach the pinnacle. Since then only four teams managed the half-dozen victories by double digits: Villanova, UNC, Duke in 2001 and Michigan State in 2000.

Six champions from the ACC scored an average of at least 14 points per game in winning the NCAA title.

Subtract the high and low victory margins for each of the ACC’s 10 title winners post-1984, and the ’09 Carolina squad still won by an average of 16.5 points followed by the 2015 Blue Devils at 14.8 and the ’91 Dukies at 13.3.

Oddly, three of Duke’s five champs triumphed by 29 points in their first NCAA outing.

Tournament Scoring by ACC Teams That Won NCAA Title
(Since Six Wins Required in 1984)
School Year Pts Pts/Game Largest W Closest
North Carolina 2009 121 20.2 43, 1st 12, Elite8
Duke 2001 100 16.7 43, 1st 10, Elite8 & final
Duke 2015 93 15.5 29, 1st 6, Swt16
Duke 2010 87 14.5 29, 1st 2, final
Duke 1991 84 14.0 29, 1st 2, semis
North Carolina 1993 84 14.0 35, 2nd 6. Swt16 & final
Maryland 2002 84 14.0 30, 2nd 8, Elite8
North Carolina 2005 83 13.8 28, 1st 1, Swt 16
Duke 1992 81 13.5 26, 1st 1, Elite8
North Carolina 2017 68 11.3 40, 1st 1, Semis