There have been 17 leap years over the 67 seasons the ACC has been in existence.
Leap Day, February 29, came and went seven times without an ACC men’s basketball game – in 1956, 1960, 1968, 1976, 1996, 2000 and 2008. That makes the 2020 season the tenth in which an ACC game is played on Feb. 29. And not just one game but six, more than any other Leap Day in league history.
This will be the eighth time both North Carolina and NC State played games on Feb. 29, more than anyone else.
The Tar Heels hold the cherished ACC record for victories on Leap Day at 4-3, followed by Duke (3-1) and NC State (3-4). Oddly, in what may be the longest scheduling rotation in history, after hosting Syracuse on Feb. 29, 2016, this year the Tar Heels travel to the Carrier Dome for a return Leap Day engagement.
No team that’s played more than once on Feb. 29 is undefeated on that date. No team that’s played more than once is winless on the date, either.
Ireland reportedly marks the date as Bachelor’s Day, on which women are “allowed” to propose marriage. Men who say no have to pay a penalty. No word on consequences when women say no to other women, a recent complication.
Speaking of the Irish, this year marks Notre Dame’s first Leap Day appearance as an ACC member.
People born on Feb. 29 are called leaplings, leapers or 29ers. Or not.
One leapling succeeded in getting the border towns of Anthony, Texas, and Anthony, New Mexico to jointly declare themselves Leap Year Capitals of the World. (There is no border wall dividing them yet, despite the name of the smaller, western state.) The towns are near El Paso, Texas, and Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Since 1988 the municipalities have hosted a four-day Worldwide Leap Year Festival. Even though years pass between events, providing plenty of time to plan, according to the website maintained by the Honor Society of Leap Year Day Babies, organizers have yet to line up a festival sponsor for 2020.
By the way, four ACC hombres grew up in Texas: Duke’s Justin Robinson, Louisville’s Samuel Williamson and Quinn Slazinski, and Miami’s Kameron McGusty. Clemson’s Khavon Moore, a Georgia product, transferred from Texas Tech. He played two minutes for that school in 2019, which ended with a loss to UVa in the national championship game.
Virginia’s Francisco Caffaro is from Santa Fe — the one in Argentina, not New Mexico.
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Games Played on Leap Year as ACC Members
(Teams in ACC When Played, Home Team Underlined)
|Season||Opposing Teams and Scores|
|2020||Pittsburgh at NC State|
|Florida State at Clemson|
|Notre Dame at Wake Forest|
|North Carolina at Syracuse|
|Duke at Virginia|
|Miami at Georgia Tech|
|2016||North Carolina 75-Syracuse 70|
|2012||Boston College 56-Georgia Tech 52|
|North Carolina 88-Maryland 64|
|NC State 77-Miami 73|
|2004||Duke 70-Florida State 65|
|North Carolina 71-NC State 64|
|1992||Georgia Tech 98-NC State
Virginia 69-Clemson 49
|1988||NC State 87-UNC Asheville 76|
|1984||Clemson 77-Duke 76|
|North Carolina 69-Georgia Tech 56|
|Maryland 63-NC State 50|
|Virginia 65-Wake Forest 61|
|1980||Duke 75-North Carolina 61, ACC Tournament|
|Maryland 91-Clemson 85, ACC Tournament|
|1972||NC State 85-North Carolina 84|
|1964||Clemson 90-Virginia 73|
|Duke 104-North Carolina 69|
|Wake Forest 74-NC State 55|