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ACC BasketballThe Story of the Rivalries, Traditions, and Scandals of the First Two Decades of the Atlantic Coast Conference$
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J. Samuel Walker

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835036

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807869123_walker

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A Championship Won, a Classic Lost

A Championship Won, a Classic Lost

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ACC Basketball

J. Samuel Walker

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter shows how the ACC had continued the Southern Conference's tradition of holding a postseason tournament to determine the league champion. The ACC's bylaws specified that the tournament champion would “be nominated for the NCAA tournament”; they did not officially designate the team that swept the ACC Tournament as the “conference champion” until 1961. The tournament winner, however, was regarded as the ACC champion, even without the formal declaration, from the time the league was established. The tournament was played at Reynolds Coliseum from 1954 through 1966, and although it was a well-attended event from the outset, it was not a complete sellout before 1965. The first tournament in 1954 drew a total attendance of 39,200 for four sessions and only the semifinals attracted a capacity crowd.

Keywords:   ACC, Southern Conference, postseason tournament, league champion, NCAA tournament

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