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March 20, 2013

ACC coaches not pleased with just 4 tourney teams

Atlantic Coast Conference coaches are still reeling from the league’s poor representation in the NCAA tournament.

They’re using words like disappointed, fair, respect and perception describing how they feel about the ACC having just four teams in the tournament and no No. 1 seed.

Miami became the first team to win the ACC regular-season crown outright along with the tournament championship yet fail to get a No. 1 seed.

The Hurricanes ended up with a No. 2, as did Duke, which looked destined for a No. 1 before an early ACC tournament exit. North Carolina and North Carolina State ended up as No. 8 seeds, while Virginia and Maryland both fell on the wrong side of the bubble and will play in the NIT.

That all came despite the Blue Devils standing at No. 1, the Hurricanes at No. 4 and the Tar Heels at No. 17 in the RPI. And it was one reason why UNC coach Roy Williams called Sunday’s selections broadcast “a confusing show, and I’m still confused.”

“I was disappointed for our league,” Williams said Tuesday. “I didn’t think it was necessarily fair for our league. But ... it is what it is so we’ve got to go play.”

It marked the second time in three years that the ACC got just four bids and fourth time in the eight seasons since the league’s expansion to 12 teams in 2006. The league has gotten as many as seven teams twice, in 2007 and 2009.

“I think it’s a really good conference and I was just hoping it would garner a little more respect than that,” Virginia coach Tony Bennett said after learning his Cavaliers would head to the NIT.

Miami (27-6) beat North Carolina in Sunday’s ACC final to pair its first regular-season crown with the first tournament title. And going back to the start of NCAA seeding in 1979, only one team — Georgia Tech in 1985 — had failed to earn a No. 1 after winning at least a share of the regular-season crown to go with the tournament title, according to STATS LLC.

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