—It just isn’t fair.
Atop the coaching list in a single conference sits the czar Coach K, just below him Roy Williams or Jim Boeheim depending on who you ask, and don’t forget Rick Pitino and his 743 career wins, two national titles, and 20 NCAA tournament appearances.
And in a year that Pitino sat out, his coaching brethren who are the legends of this profession, combined for 6,694 wins and that’s not counting Jamie Dixon’s 328 career wins who recently departed Pitt for Texas Christian.
Friday night the ACC advanced four teams into the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. Syracuse, Notre Dame, Virginia and North Carolina experienced the elation of moving on-without much fanfare or nets to be cut down. Just domination.
Half of the remaining field has ACC membership.
The remaining coaches of the ACC’s four elite eight teams (Jim Boeheim Roy Williams, Tony Bennett and Mike Brey) have a career win total of 2,454. Boeheim will be looking for his second NCAA title, Williams his third and Brey and Bennett their first.
The ACC is also guaranteed a participant in the National Title game, and is already guaranteed two spots in the Final Four.
Of the remaining other four non-ACC teams, Kansas appears to be most poised to keep playing- perhaps setting up a classic power matchup between Kansas and North Carolina April 4th in Houston.
At this point the ACC will break the most wins in an NCAA tourney with at least 19. Also, according to Darren Rovell of ESPN, the conference by virtue of its success, will be compensated by the NCAA for “25” units to the tune of $39 million.
All said, the ACC is 16-3 in this tournament and that says it all. Over the last two tournaments, the conference is 33-8.
The Big 12 was strong, the Big Ten was gritty, the top of the Pac-12 showed us some stuff, but the best was really the ACC all along.
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