At the risk of sounding like an 80-year-old curmudgeon, here are 3 things wrong with the ACC men's basketball tournament:
1) GREED. The ACC will barely look at a venue like Charlotte’s Time Warner Cable Arena anymore because it’s “too small” with a seating capacity of around 19,000. It far prefers arenas of 25,000 or more. That has finally come back to bite the league this season when it had to put tickets on sale to the general public for the massive Georgia Dome – the first time that has happened since 1966.
2) WRONG DAY FOR FINAL. The ACC tournament final should be mammoth. It should be huge. It should be a showcase.
Instead, it gets totally crushed publicity-wise within about 3 hours of ending by Selection Sunday. I know this is a tradition, but still… the league would be wise to make its final a Saturday afternoon or evening event, so the champ could at least have a wider window to bask in. The solution: make the tournament Wednesday through Saturday instead of Thursday through Sunday.
3) TOO MANY TEAMS. I understand the financial realities. I know why the ACC expanded. But oh, how I long for a tight, eight-team, three-day tournament. This current 12-team monstrosity means the best team you see on Day 1 is only the fifth-best team in the ACC -- it's a slow day where I can always hear the cocktail glasses clinking, to borrow a Roy Williams analogy. Wake me when Day 2 rolls around.
4 weeks ago