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ACC flops in NCAA tournament; out of nine teams, one remains

ACC flops in NCAA tournament; out of nine teams, one remains
USA TODAY Sports’ Scott Gleeson breaks down how South Carolina earned a berth in the Sweet 16 by upsetting No. 2 Duke.


The reputed best conference in the country has some explaining to do.

The Atlantic Coast Conference, which sent nine teams to the NCAA tournament, has one left standing (North Carolina) after two rounds. That’s quite a slide from a year ago when the ACC put a record six teams in the Sweet 16 and two in the Final Four, a banner year that came with offseason bragging rights.

The bragging might be quieter this offseason.*

Surpassing expectations was the much-maligned Big Ten, slammed throughout the season and ignored completely in February when the selection committee offered a preview of its thinking: No Big Ten teams were among the top 16 seeds (none, the committee said, merited a 1, 2, 3 or 4).

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