The ACC is 8-5 going into Sunday's late NCAA tournament games, but it's an absolutely brutal 8-5 with two of the tournament's top five seeds eliminated during the first weekend as Virginia and North Carolina were upset. Duke stands alone as the ACC's last best title hope.
Maybe Roy Williams is right about the value of the ACC tournament after all, at least relative to the NCAA tournament. You're better off treating it as a cocktail party than a worthwhile endeavor, at least if you're interested in hoisting an even bigger banner.
Already the all-time wins leader in men's college basketball, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski passed the late Tennessee women's coach Pat Summitt to become the overall wins leader as well with Duke's 87-62 win over Rhode Island in the second round of the NCAA tournament Saturday, March 17, 2018.
Duke's 87-62 win over Rhode Island on Saturday may not have been the best basketball the Blue Devils can play, but it was the best the Blue Devils have played as they move on to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.
The Hurley family and Duke are intertwined yet again, with the Blue Devils facing Rhode Island on Saturday, March 17, 2018, coached by Bobby's younger brother Dan, in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Wendell Carter Jr. came to Duke expecting to be the interior focal point of Duke's offense. Instead, he's been in the shadow of an even bigger freshman star, Marvin Bagley III. And Carter is just fine with that.
There will also be a lot to be said, behind closed doors over the next 48 hours, about the way Duke played defense against Iona on Thursday, March 15, 2018. Duke’s offense was good enough throughout. The defense needed some adjustments.
Duke's first-round opponent may be a bit of an unknown to modern-day ACC fans, but the connection, via Jim Valvano, is strong. Even if we think of Valvano through the lens of NC State and ESPN and the V Foundation, it really started at Iona, where he made his name and reputation.
The late N&O columnist Caulton Tudor had his own particular way -- "going sweet" "might flop" "sentimental favorite" -- of analyzing the bracket. In his honor, we revive it this year. And a Final Four of Virginia, Texas Tech, Duke and North Carolina would truly suit him.
There's not much Kevin Keatts can do about the subpoena N.C. State received from the Federal investigation into college basketball, but the N.C. State coach can help an inexperienced Wolfpack team find its way in the postseason.
The North Carolina Tar Heels will play for the Atlantic Coast Conference title against the Virginia Cavaliers after a 74-69 semifinal win over the Duke Blue Devils that included yet another Grayson Allen tripping incident on Friday, March 9, 2018.
The Clemson Tigers had a shot, but Virginia did what Virginia does to lock down a 64-58 win Friday, March 9, 2018, as the Cavaliers advance to the Atlantic Coast Conference basketball championship game on Saturday, March 10, 2018.
Duke's 88-70 win over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish may not have disproved all the junk basketball science theories about Marvin Bagley, but it might dispel some as the Blue Devils advance to the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament semifinals to face the Miami - UNC game winner.
North Carolina Tar Heels guard Joel Berry tweaked his left ankle in an 82-65 ACC tournament quarterfinal win over the Miami Hurricanes on Thursday, March 8, 2018, recalling his ankle issues during UNC's run to the national title last spring.