As we draw closer to March Madness, I can’t help but to analyze each conference for teams either worth an At-large bid or one whom is on the bubble. Here, I examine the Atlantic Coast Conference, which according to KenPom is the 2nd best conference. It’s obvious that this one of the premier conferences and I expect a numerous amount of teams worthy of an At-large bid. Unfortunately the Louisville Cardinals self imposed a postseason ban on itself, so they will not be participating in the NCAA Tournament and will be left out of here.
Best Teams: North Carolina Tar Heels, Miami (FL) Hurricanes, Duke Blue Devils, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Pittsburgh Panthers, Clemson Tigers, Syracuse Orange, Florida St. Seminoles
At-large: North Carolina Tar Heels, Miami (FL) Hurricanes, Duke Blue Devils, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
On The Bubble: Pittsburgh Panthers, Clemson Tigers, Syracuse Orange, Florida St. Seminoles
Note: There should be no less than six teams coming out of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Like I said before, this is one of the premier conferences in Division I basketball. I think it’s safe to say that the North Carolina Tar Heels, Miami (FL) Hurricanes, Duke Blue Devils and Notre Dame Fighting Irish are undoubtedly locks. The Pittsburgh Panthers are close, but their lack of wins against top 25 teams hurts. The Syracuse Orange are close as well and I think if they can win their last game against the Florida St. Seminoles, that’ll push em into At-large territory. The Clemson Tigers are hurt by their non-conference failures, as they have a ton of top 25 wins. If they can beat the Virginia Cavaliers today, things are going to get interesting. As for the Florida St. Seminoles, they’ve had too many skids within conference play. I think it’s imperative that they beat the Syracuse Orange in their upcoming game and make a deep run in the ACC tournament to add some quality wins and possibly impress the committee.