The ACC has a new contender in town — Virginia. Duke, Louisville and Florida State have dominated much of the Atlantic Coast Conference conversation this season and rightfully so. They have maintained positions atop the standings and have consistently been in the top-15 in national rankings. But look out, here comes the 'Hoos.
The Seminoles are on the verge of a regular season conference title.
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The Tar Heels held off Virginia with suffocating defense.
North Carolina moved up five spots in the CBS Sports (Top 25 and one) after beating Virginia in the ACC Tournament title game on Saturday.
Syracuse University announced Wednesday that it has instituted a self-imposed postseason ban for the current men's basketball season as part of its case pending before the NCAA Committee on Infractions. The school initiated the case, which includes academics, when it self-reported potential athletic department violations to the NCAA in 2007. School officials said Wednesday none of the conduct occurred after 2012 and no current student-athlete is involved.
Shortly after 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Syracuse men's basketball announced a self-imposed postseason ban for the 2014-15 season. The decision was made as an ongoing NCAA investigation into Syracuse athletics continues. The Orange were already going to struggle to make the NCAA Tournament this season (a fact which I'm sure played no part in this decision), but the bigger aspect of this news as it pertains to Louisville is a slight alteration to the 2015 ACC Tournament schedule. Syracuse being out means that just 14 teams will participate in the event, and that the opening round will consist of two games featuring seeds 11-14 as opposed to three games featuring seeds 10-15.
Syracuse's self-imposed postseason ban has a modest trickle-down effect on next month's ACC tournament in Greensboro, N.C. The 15-team league planned to play three games on March 10, the final Tuesday before Selection Sunday, with two contests to be played in the afternoon and one in the evening.
There are two truths about the 2014-15 college basketball season that we know so far. First: Kentucky is the best team in the country. Second: The Big 12 is the toughest, deepest conference in the country. In spite of this, the top-heavy ACC has the best chance to win the national title with five legitimate contenders. A wild Saturday that featured Duke edging Virginia and Louisville knocking off North Carolina only furthered this notion.