After seeing Wake Forest lose to Wofford, Florida State lose to Princeton and BC lose to Rhode Island, I started wondering what the ACC looked like when Swofford became the commissioner and how that compared to the mess we are seeing today. Swofford became the commissioner in 1997.
Here are where the ACC teams in the 1997 NCAA basketball tournament.
Maryland 5th seed
Duke 2nd seed
UNC 1st seed
UVA 9th seed
Wake Forest 3rd seed
Clemson 4th seed
All but UVA ended the regular season in the top 25.
There are currently 2 ACC teams in the top 25.
At the end of the 1997-1998 season the ACC had three schools in the top ten of the RPI and an average RPI rating of 43.5
Right now the original nine ACC teams have one team in the top ten and an average RPI rating of 86.3. If you add the three new members the average drops to 96.1.
Since the RPI is not “fully connected” in 2011-2012, at the end of the 2010-2011 season the ACC finished with two teams in the top ten in the RPI and an average RPI rating of 91.8. Here are the ACC teams who made the 2011 NCAA tournament (including all 12 teams).
CU 12th seed
UNC 2nd seed
Duke 1st seed
FSU 10th seed