Goodbye ACC Tournament

When I wrote this post one year ago, I did not see the demise of the ACC Tournament coming as quickly as it did.

For the first time ever, Duke offered my father five seats together in Phillips Arena. This place holds fewer people than Greensboro Coliseum.

I’m sorry to say I’ll miss my first ACC Tournament in 37 years; however, it’s not worth it anymore.

We’ve gone from seven good to excellent basketball games over three days to three out of 11 over four days.

Congratulations to the ACC and ESPN. Condolences to the fans.

See you in NOLA for the Final Four.

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Long live the ACC Tournament.

The first ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament was held March 4-6, 1954 in Reynolds Coliseum. Every ACC Tournament between 1963 and 2008 was a sell-out with no tickets being made available for sale to the general public.

On January 28, 2011, I received an offer from my alma mater to buy two additional seats to the 2011 ACC Tournament — six weeks before the tournament.

This tells me the ACC Tournament won’t be a sellout for the third consecutive year.

What used to be three days with seven good to excellent basketball games is now four days with only three decent games out of 11.

It doesn’t help that only one ACC team is worthy of a top-25 ranking.

It doesn’t help that the ACC ranks fourth (68.5) behind the Big 10 (39.2), Big East (49.1) and Big 12 (55.4) in average Pomeroy ( ratings.


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