At the end of the football season, ACC fans were bragging about how their conference was the best conference in college football in the 2016-2017 season (according to the postseason tournament and bowl games). This was exciting for ACC fans and annoying to SEC fans because the ACC usually stays in the realm of basketball and the SEC usually is the one to boast about their football programs. But Clemson won the title this year and ACC fans bragged away.
All of that bragging has come back to bite ACC fans in the ass in the NCAA Tournament over the last four days. At the season's end, six ACC teams were in the AP Top 25 poll including North Carolina, Duke, Louisville, Notre Dame, Florida State, and Virginia. Two SEC teams were in that list which were Kentucky and Florida.
Nine ACC teams made the tournament. Wake Forest lost in the "First Four." Virginia Tech and Miami dropped out in the Round of 64, and of the remaining six teams, only North Carolina made it to the Sweet 16. Only four SEC teams made the tournament (Kentucky, Florida, South Carolina, Arkansas, and Vanderbilt). All but Arkansas and Vandy made the Sweet 16.
There were two games yesterday that pitted SEC teams vs ACC teams. The first was North Carolina vs Arkansas. The hogs trailed early, but made a comeback and held a small lead for almost the last 10 minutes. If it weren't for missed tip charge calls that went UNC's way, the hogs could be in the Sweet 16 and there would be no ACC teams left in this year's tournament.
The other matchup of the day was Duke vs. South Carolina. The gamecocks came away with the win, finally giving Frank Martin something to be excited about in Columbia.
Just as the SEC usually dominates football, the ACC has been dominating basketball lately. But when it comes to the postseason play in the year's football bowls and basketball's tournament, the roles have been reversed.