It’s definitely a down year for the ACC in 2023. Normally one of the strongest conferences in college basketball, the ACC only has five teams going to the big dance and participating in the 2023 NCAA Tournament.
On top of that, the top seed from the ACC is the Virginia Cavaliers, who won the conference regular season, and they are only a 4-seed. The Big 12 has four teams seeded higher than the top ACC team. Yikes.
There are only five ACC teams headed to the NCAA Tournament this year, too, and one (Pittsburgh) is playing in a First Four game, and essentially playing their way into the big bracket. The SEC and Big Ten each have eight teams in the tournament.
Here is the full March Madness bracket.
ACC teams in the 2023 NCAA Tournament
- Virginia Cavaliers (4-seed)
- Duke Blue Devils (5-seed)
- Miami Hurricanes (5-seed)
- NC State Wolfpack (11-seed)
- Pittsburgh Panthers (11-seed)
Duke beat Virginia in the ACC Tournament Championship on Saturday, March 11. Virginia looked like the stronger team all season, but the Cavaliers lost Ben Vander Plas to a broken hand. It’ll be tough for the Cavaliers to make a run without him. I think Duke as the chance to go the farthest, but they are playing Oral Robers in the first round, and they could pull off the upset over the Blue Devils.
Did North Carolina and Clemson make the NCAA Tournament?
Unfortunately, no, North Carolina did not make the NCAA Tournament this year, and neither did Clemson. Late in the season, both teams looked, at times, to be in the field, but late stumbles down the stretch caused the committee to add other teams.
North Carolina and Clemson were right on the line to make the field, so it has to sting for their fanbases, especially North Carolina. It’s one of the bluebloods and most storied programs in basketball. The Tar Heels finished runner-up to the Kansas Jayhawks in the 2022 NCAA Tournament and blew a double-digit lead in the game.
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