ACC Record in NCAA Tournament: How is the ACC doing in March Mardness? [Updated for Final Four]

Duke Blue Devils forward Dariq Whitehead. (Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports)
Duke Blue Devils forward Dariq Whitehead. (Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports) /

The ACC placed five teams in March Madness this year but with no clear contender. What is the ACC record in the NCAA Tournament so far?

The ACC has seen stronger seasons in college basketball, but down years for the likes of UNC and Syracuse could be offset by a strong performance in the NCAA Tournament.

Virginia led the way as the highest-ranked seed for the ACC in March Madness this year, joined by Miami, Duke, NC State and Pitt in the field of 68.

How has the ACC performed in the opening rounds?

ACC March Madness Record going into Final Four

Entering the Final Four, the ACC record in the NCAA Tournament was 7-4 with Miami still alive.

Elite Eight:

Miami punched their ticket to the Final Four by overcoming a double-digit deficit against No. 2 Texas, winning 88-81.

Sweet 16:

Miami needed to pull off a huge upset to keep their run going and they did that and more with an emphatic 89-75 win over No. 1 seed Houston.

Round of 32:

No. 5 seed Duke’s run in the tournament was cut short in the Second Round by No. 4 seed Tennessee, 65-52.

Pitt followed with a loss to No. 3 seed Xavier, 84-73, early on Sunday.

Miami held up the ACC’s pride on Sunday in the Second Round with a drubbing of 4-seed Indiana, the Hurricanes winning 85-69 and now eyeing another upset in the Sweet 16 with a date set against Houston.

Round of 64:

Duke nabbed win No. 2 with a 74-51 victory in their 5-12 matchup with Oral Roberts.

However, the conference was hit with some embarrassment soon after as No. 4 seed Virginia fell to No. 13 seed Furman in a major upset.

No. 5 seed Miami added to the win total with a 63-56 win over No. 12 Drake on Friday.

Then No. 11 NC State couldn’t work some upset magic of their own as they lost to No. 6 seed Creighton, 72-63.

No. 11 seed Pitt closed out the first round with a shocker as they topped No. 6 seed Iowa State, 59-41.

First Four:

Pitt opened the tournament with a win for the ACC, getting by No. 11 seed Mississippi State in the First Four on Tuesday.

The ACC is used to fielding contenders. Virginia won the last championship for the conference in 2019 while North Carolina and Duke have won titles in the last decade.

Of course, the landscape looks a bit different now after the retirements of the likes of Roy Williams, Mike Krzyzewski and Jim Boeheim.

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