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.
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