ACC March Madness Picture After NC State Upsets Duke

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The ACC has been one of the most competitive and dominant conferences in college basketball for years. However, in the turn of a new decade, the ACC is not the basketball powerhouse it once was. Despite a down year for the Atlantic Coast Conference, there are still a handful of teams that should represent the ACC in the NCAA tournament.

ACC Teams Firmly in the Tournament

While the ACC has certainly been a disappointment in 2020, there have been a few teams that have represented the conference extremely well. Duke, Florida State and Louisville all have had phenomenal seasons and should be shoe-ins for the NCAA tournament. Each team currently has 22 wins and has shown that they can compete at an elite level with wins over impressive teams.

Duke is currently the sixth-ranked team in the nation (despite their loss to the Wolfpack on Wednesday) and while they no longer have Zion and RJ Barrett, Vernon Carey Jr. and Tre Jones have emerged to be quite the duo. Louisville has been led by Jordan Nwora who has been averaging 18.2 points and 7.3 rebounds a game. Meanwhile, Florida State is a dominant 14-0 at home.

ACC Teams on NCAA Tournament Bubble

The bubble is an unforgiving place, but Virginia and NC State are relying on incomplete resumes to impress the committee. Virginia's most notable win this season was against Florida State at home while NC State just upset Duke by a wide margin of 22 on Wednesday. The Wolfpack take on Florida State next, and a victory could place them on the right side of the bubble.

In order for these two teams to secure a spot in March Madness, it is paramount for them to end their seasons on a high note as well as perform well in the ACC Tournament in the beginning of March..