ACC: Title Game Notes

By - March 11, 2007

You can take the ACC tourney out of Carolina but you can't take Carolina out of the ACC tourney. Teams from the state of North Carolina have met 29 times in 54 years for the ACC championship. Such matchups occurred 13 times in the league's first 16 years of existence, and 12 times in the 20 years since UNC and N.C. State met in the 1987 final.

Here are some more newsy notes as the title game between top-seeded North Carolina and No. 10-seeded N.C. State draws near:

  • The Tar Heels and Wolfpack have met five previous times in the finals. UNC holds a 3-2 edge, winning in 1968 as the top seed, in 1975 as the second seed and in 1997 as the third seed. N.C. State won in 1959 as the No. 1 seed and in 1987 as the sixth seed.

  • North Carolina most recently won an ACC tournament in 1997. N.C. State last won in 1987.

  • Since N.C. State upset UNC to win the 1987 tourney title under coach Jim Valvano, the 'Pack have played for the title three times without a win (1997, 2002 and 2003) while the Tar Heels have competed for the title 11 times (collecting chips in 1989, 1991, 1994, 1997 and 1998).

  • This will be the first ACC tournament title game in which the coaches are both alumni of the schools they direct. Sidney Lowe played at N.C. State from 1980-83, and Roy Williams attended North Carolina and played on the junior varsity before graduating in 1972.

  • Sindey Lowe could become the third coach to win the ACC tournament in his first year as a head coach. Duke's Vic Bubas (an N.C. State alumnus) won in 1960, and North Carolina's Bill Guthridge won in 1998.

  • ACC tournament finals have not been kind to the top seed since 1980, when Georgia Tech joined the league. During that span, No. 1 has reached the championship game 17 times and posted an 8-9 mark. North Carolina has done notably poorly under such circumstances -- the Heels are 1-4 playing for the title as the top seed, losing in 1987, 1988, 1993 and 2001. Their sole victory as the top seed came in 1982, when they won both the ACC and NCAA titles. (Duke won the tournament last year as a No. 1 seed.)

  • UNC and N.C. State have met four times previously in the ACC tournament at venues outside of the state of North Carolina. They played twice in Atlanta (in 1983 and 1985). The Wolfpack won in '83 on their way to the title while the Heels exacted revenge in '85. The schools also played twice in Landover, Md., in 1981 and 1987.

  • N.C. State has appered in three of the last six finals -- 2002, 2003 and 2007. During that span UNC did not reach the finals. The Wolfpack lost to Duke in '02 and '03.

  • North Carolina is appearing in the title game for the 28th time in 54 tournaments -- but the school's first championship round appearance since 2001. The Heels are 15-12 in title games. Their five-year absence from the title game has been the school's longest since 1960-66.

  • UNC point guard Ty Lawson has more assists than turnovers in 11 consecutive games. He has 72 assists and 19 turnovers in those 11 games (and 16 assists against three turnovers in the two ACC tourney games). His assist-to-turnover ratio is 3.7-to-1 during that span.

    Posted by at 11:40 AM on March 11, 2007

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