Dave Sez brings up a concern that's been bugging me as well:
(Technically, Maryland's a four seed, too. But sharing a pod with Davidson and Butler is pretty ugly, nonetheless.)
Let's take a look at the ACC's magnificent seven:
- Four lost their final game of the regular season - BC, Duke, Virginia and Virginia Tech - and the latter two to teams that didn't make the field.
- Four exited the ACC tournament in their first game - Duke, Georgia Tech, Maryland and Virginia.
- Five of the ACC's first round opponents are mid-majors. Putting aside 16th seed Eastern Kentucky, the other four have generated quite a bit of press as upset contenders - Albany, Davidson, Virginia Commenwealth and UNLV.
- The two big six opponents are the national runner-up from two years ago (Illinois) and the winningest coach in D-1 basketball (Texas Tech).
The other thing to note is that despite the poor play I saw in Tampa, I saw even worse on display in many of the other conference tournaments. The Pac-10 was unwatchably bad, the Big East games a comedy of errors, and the Big Televen broke the game feed with its poor place. (Literally. OSU-Wisconsin didn't have an audio feed for large chunks of the game.) There are only six to eight good teams this year, and the rest is anybody's game to win. So the risk of an ACC faceplant is real, but no more probable than the ones coming to every other major conference. Although the Big 12 is looking pretty good as the year goes on...