The landscape of the Atlantic Coast Conference has changed drastically over the last year. First Pitt and Syracuse announced their decision to join the ACC followed by Notre Dame who will join as a part-time member. They weren’t going to be joining until 2014 but after the demolition of the current Big East conference, the Fighting Irish pursued to leave early instead of having three consecutive seasons of unstable footings in college sports. Next, Louisville decided to follow suit, they will be joining the ACC next season.
With a new look to the conference and fresh opponents for current members, the future members of the ACC are still fresh on the minds of all ACC basketball coaches. After all, two future members are in the Final Four this season. It has been three consecutive seasons since the ACC has had representation in the Final Four.
Coach K took the time answer a few questions about the future of the ACC before he took the court against his future ACC comrades.
“It makes us the most powerful basketball conference, I think, ever,” Krzyzewski said. “Our league was founded on basketball, and that doesn’t mean football isn’t important,” he said. “I want it to be great. But I want ACC basketball to be the best. And we have a chance to do that again.”
I never thought I’d find myself saying this, but I actually agree with Coach K. I believe the dominance of ACC basketball is back and once Louisville is a member, it will only strengthen the conference even more.
For years, ACC basketball has been defined with North Carolina and Duke basketball programs, but now there are the storied programs led by Jim Boeheim and Rick Pitino joining. It’s a chance to recreate old rivalries and make new ones.