Before the season started, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski talked of the newly expanded ACC as perhaps the best conference in the history of the game.
To accomplish that, the ACC may have to overcome the Big Ten. The Big Ten was the nation’s top league through last year’s regular season, and last year’s tie in the conference challenge was the first time since 2008 the Big Ten didn’t win.
The ACC is formidable, indeed, with Duke and Syracuse leading the way. Michigan State joins the Blue Devils and Orange as national championship contenders.
The ACC hasn’t been able to brag No. 1 conference status for a while. Last season it was the Big Ten. Before that, the Big East had its run.
Perhaps expansion diluted the ACC product a bit in past years. Until last season, Miami didn’t offer much. Boston College’s best days were largely in the Big East. And Virginia Tech can only dream of the days it was the first team in the NIT.