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Getting Out Of The ACC Basement Is Harder Than It Used To Be

Hiring a sharp coach does help.

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NCAA Basketball: Wake Forest at Georgia Tech
Jan 5, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets forward Evan Cole (3) blocks a shot attempt by Wake Forest Demon Deacons guard Chaundee Brown (23) in the second half at McCamish Pavilion.
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Regardless of the larger questions, perhaps what we see within the new ACC is that once you’re down for more than a year or two it’s prohibitively difficult to get back up. Especially if you don’t change coaches.

Take Georgia Tech, once an ACC power and two-time visitor to the Final Four. The Yellow Jackets haven’t had more ACC wins than losses since 2004. Or Boston College, a Big East power that soon spiraled to also-ran status, and last had a winning ACC record in 2011.

Or Wake Forest, with a single NCAA appearance (2017) since 2010, the only time this past decade the Demon Deacons were on the positive side of the ACC regular season ledger.

Anyway, here’s the extent of the climb for a half-dozen league laggards as we enter the 2019-20 season.

Longest Shutouts In Posting More Wins Than Losses
During ACC Regular Season, Reaching NCAA Tournament
(Notre Dame and Pitt Entered ACC in 2014, Louisville 2015)
School More ACC W/L Last NCAA, W/L
Georgia Tech 2004, 9-7 2010, 1-1
Wake Forest 2010, 9-7 2017, 0-1
Boston College 2011, 9-7 2009, 0-1
Pittsburgh 2014, 11-7 2016, 0-1
Louisville 2017, 12-6 2017, 1-1
Notre Dame 2017, 12-6 2017, 1-1