ACC is the Nations Best Basketball Conference
The college basketball season is already half way over and conference championship races are starting to heat up. With the end of the non-conference schedule a few weeks behind us, we have a solid understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of each of the major conferences. When comparing the top 5 college basketball conferences, the ACC stands out as the country’s top league. Here is why.
Of the 15 basketball teams in the ACC, 6 are currently ranked in the AP Top 25. The Big 12 also has 6 ranked teams, but 4 of the ACC’s 6 ranked teams are in the top 10. No other conference has more than 1 team in the AP Top 10. While much has been made of Kentucky’s undefeated run so far this season, Virginia is also undefeated after 19 games and is playing as well as any team in the nation. The only thing that could hurt the Cavaliers chance to finish the regular season undefeated is the strength of ACC. Virginia still has to play 4 ranked teams. Kentucky does not have a single ranked team left on their schedule. The ACC has 4 teams that have a legitimate chance of landing a number 1 seed to the NCAA Tournament come March, and at the seasons midpoint, the ACC looks like the only conference capable of having more than one #1 Seed in the tournament. With just under 1/3rd of the conference inside the top 10, the ACC is undeniably stacked in 2015.
The top 6 teams in the ACC have won a combined 16 games against teams in the AP top 25. Those 16 wins are more than the PAC-12, Big Ten, Big East, and SEC. 11 of the 15 ACC teams currently have winning records, and only 3 are below .500. The ACC has 5 teams that have already won 17 or more games, and it is very likely that all 5 will finish the season with more than 20 wins. A third of a 15 team conference winning more than 20 games is unprecedented.
Duke’s Coach K just became the first Division I basketball coach to win 1,000 games, but he is one of many iconic coaches in the ACC. Likely the next coach to achieve the 1000 wins mark will be Jim Boeheim of Syracuse, a feat that would give the ACC 2, 1,000 game winning coaches. Throw in Rick Pitino, and Roy Williams, and you have the head coaches from 5 of the last 14 college basketball national champions. The 2015 ACC Conference Tournament will likely feature 4 coaches who are already a lock to land in the college basketball hall of fame. Almost every game in the ACC features a coaching duel between legends, champions, and some of the best minds to ever coach in college basketball.
Games to watch
With so many top caliber teams in one conference, there are a number of can’t miss games left on the ACC Schedule. Here are our top 5 ACC matchups in the 2nd half of the college basketball season.
1/31/15 Duke Blue Devils at Virginia Cavaliers
Median Ticket Price $155
2/7/15 Louisville Cardinals at Virginia Cavaliers
Median Ticket Price $97
2/28/15 North Carolina Tar Heels at Duke Blue Devils
Median Ticket Price $1196
3/4/16 Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Louisville Cardinals
Median Ticket Price $32
3/7/15 Duke Blue Devils at North Carolina Tar Heels
Median Ticket Price $428