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The ACC Tournament Championship Is No Longer Primarily Controlled By The Big Four

Lately it’s gone up and down the East Coast and as far inland as South Bend.

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NCAA Basketball: ACC Conference Tournament-Florida State vs Virginia Tech
Mar 14, 2019; Charlotte, NC, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies guard Ahmed Hill (13) reacts after a three pointer in the second half against the Florida State Seminoles in the ACC conference tournament at Spectrum Center. 
Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Things have been a bit different lately in the ACC tournament final.

There was a stretch from 1997 through 2011 during which, with one exception, the title was won either by Duke or North Carolina. The exception was Maryland in 2004, which set a tournament record by overcoming a 19-point, second-half deficit to down NC State.

The Wolfpack, by the way, hasn’t won the ACC Tournament since 1987, the last of 10 they captured in the league’s first 24 seasons.

The big change began in 2012. Over the past seven years, six different schools came away with the championship, with only Virginia winning twice – in 2014 and 2018.

This variety was in sharp contrast with the previous 24 years in which, other than Maryland’s 2014 title and a pair by Georgia Tech in 1990 and 1993, North Carolina teams (Duke, UNC, Wake) won 21 times.

Amazingly, if Tony Bennett’s Cavaliers win in 2019, on the heels of their 2018 triumph, it will mark the very first time a team from outside North Carolina won consecutive ACC Tournaments.

ACC Tournament Titles By School
(Listed By Most Recent)
Titles School Recent
3 Virginia 2018
20 Duke 2017
18 North Carolina 2016
1 Notre Dame 2015
1 Miami 2013
1 Florida State 2012
3 Maryland 2004
4 Wake Forest 1996
3 Georgia Tech 1993
10 NC State 1987
1 South Carolina 1971
0 BC, Clem, UL, Pitt, SU, VT

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