The ACC will have its chance to prove the selection committee wrong in the next three weeks. The league has more Final Four appearances since 1995 (14) than any other league and is tied with the Southeastern Conference with the most titles (five) during that span.
“Seeds aside, the ACC always does damage in March,” Miami senior Julian Gamble said. “I don’t think it’s going to come down to what seeds or what ranking. ... We haven’t had all the respect league-wide that we want, but I know when the tournament starts we’ll definitely get that.”
AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds in Coral Gables, Fla., and AP Sports Writers David Ginsburg in College Park, Md., and Hank Kurz in Richmond, Va., contributed to this report.