Posted: 1:44 a.m. Monday, Sept. 30, 2013
It’s not the only way to measure a basketball team’s success. It’s arguably not even the best way. But there’s no denying that whether a team makes it to the NCAA tournament, and whether a coach can take a team there, is a popular standard of evaluation. When Louisville joins the ACC fold in 2014-15, the conference will include five of the top 10 programs in tournament appearances – No. 2 North Carolina with 44, No. 5 Louisville (39), No. 6 Duke (tied with Indiana at 37), No. 8 Syracuse (36), and No. 9 Notre Dame (33).
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Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim has taken 30 teams to the NCAAs, more than any men’s coach to date. His buddy, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, is second with 29. Less noted, but no less notable in calibrating success, is how many consecutive times a school gets into the NCAA tournament. The all-time leader is North Carolina with 27 visits in a row, mostly under Dean Smith. Tied for third is Duke with 18, and counting.
As for consecutive bids earned by individual coaches, the ACC owns that category. The leader is Smith with 23. The Tar Heels’ current head coach, Roy Williams, stands second with 20 straight trips at Kansas and then North Carolina. Third is Krzyzewski with 18 berths in a row.
Fourth is Rick Barnes, whose 17-year streak at Clemson (1995-98) and now Texas ended in 2013.
|MEASURE OF SUCCESS|
NCAA Appearances By ACC Member Schools
(Bids As ACC Member In Parentheses)
|School||NCAA Trips||Most Recent||Most in Row||Coach During Top Streak|
|Boston College||18 (4)||2009||4 (2004-07)||Al Skinner|
|Clemson||11||2011||4 (2008-11)||Oliver Purnell (3), Brad Brownell|
|Duke||37||2013||18 (1996-13)*||Mike Krzyzewski|
|Florida State||14 (7)||2012||4 (2009-12)||Leonard Hamilton|
|Georgia Tech||16 (15)||2010||9 (1985-93)||Bobby Cremins|
|Maryland -||24||2010||11 (1994-04)||Gary Williams|
|Miami||7 (2)||2013||3 (1998-00)||Leonard Hamilton|
|North Carolina||44||2013||27 (1975-01)||Dean Smith (23), Bill Guthridge,|
|N.C. State||24||2013||5 (1985-89)||Jim Valvano|
|5 (2002-06)||Herb Sendek|
|Notre Dame||33||2013||8 (1974-81)||Digger Phelps|
|Pittsburgh||24||2013||10 (2002-11)||Jamie Dixon|
|Syracuse||36||2013||10 (1983-92)||Jim Boeheim|
|Virginia||17||2012||4 (1981-84)||Terry Holland|
|Virginia Tech||8 (1)||2007||2 (1985, 86)||Charlie Moir|
|Wake Forest||22||2010||7 (1991-97)||Dave Odom|
|Louisville+||39||2013||8 (1977-84)||Denny Crum|
- Leaving in 2014-15.
+ Arriving in 2014-15