How many ACC teams will earn NCAA tournament berths?
Virginia Tech lost a heartbreaker at North Carolina on Thursday. A depleted roster was nearly enough to earn a quality road victory, but the Hokies came up short. Virginia Tech is a good team, no question. But here is the problem for Virginia Tech (and a lot of these ACC teams not named Duke): The Hokies won't play another team currently ranked in the RPI's top 50 until Jan. 30, when they host Miami. And if Virginia Tech can't beat Duke on Feb. 26, from today until the ACC tournament, it gets only three more chances against current top 50 opponents (Miami, plus two games against Boston College). The issue with this season's ACC is that, unlike the Big East, it's tough to find a quality opponent (at least in the eyes of the RPI).
I wrote about the state of the ACC in Friday's newspaper. I have two questions that I'll pose here, and I'm very interested in your answers. The Big East, Big 12 and Big Ten are the three best conferences in the country this season, in whatever order you want. After that, the Mountain West is one slot ahead of the ACC. First, do you agree with that? Is the Mountain West a better league than the ACC this season? My answer is yes, because the second-best team in the MWC, Brigham Young, is better than the second-best team in the ACC. And because Duke is more vulnerable now without Kyrie Irving. Others may disagree on the ACC-MWC debate.
The other question is how many NCAA tournament bids the ACC will wind up with. It could be as few as three, but I'm not in that camp. As of today, I have six teams in the field from the ACC. My guess today is that it will wind up to be five.
| January 14, 2011; 8:45 AM ET
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