As we covered yesterday, there have been three new schools added to the ACC. That makes a total of 15 teams in the conference. Not only does that make it one of the biggest conferences in the NCAA, it is probably the most competitive and according to Yahoo.com, the number of teams should be staying the same for a little while.
ACC Commissioner, John Swofford, addressed questions about further expansion while welcoming Syracuse, Notre Dame and Pitt to the ACC.
“It’s not a topic of conversation for us right now,” he said. ”I would not anticipate it being in the future, but we’ll see. I don’t predict the future much anymore, I’ve learned better. But it’s not something that’s on the table for discussion in our league right now.”
The one exception will come next year when Maryland will be heading over to the Big 10 and Louisville will be taking their spot.
All three teams added this year have been consistent NCAA tournament participants in the last decade. That’s not to mention how Louisville is the defending champion. The ACC is already home to some of the strongest teams in the NCAA in North Carolina and Duke. All of its members are good recruiting schools and are all extremely competitive when it comes to college basketball.
In reality, the ACC has sort of become the basketball equivalent to football’s SEC conference and it should make for some really interesting action next year. Fans of ACC teams will get to see some of the most well coached and most talented teams on a daily basis when the conference season begins.
We could see the conference set some records for how many teams from one conference make the NCAA tournament with how much talent is going around.
The flip side to that is that some good teams that would have a much better record in a weaker conference might miss out on March Madness because their record suffered from competing in the ACC.
No matter the outcome, one thing is for certain, it’s going to be quite a wild ride in the ACC for the next couple of seasons.