So far during this early basketball season, the Atlantic Coast Conference is undefeated! While it obviously is just a matter of time before this streak ends, it is notable and pride evoking that the current ACC schools are an impressive 18-0. Add in the undefeated starts by Syracuse and Pittsburgh, and the league record swells to 22-0!
With more than 30 basketball conferences, you might think that a lot of conferences are in the ACC’s position this early in the season. You would be wrong. With the first few days of the season completed, the ACC is one of just three conferences whose teams have yet to lose.
The Big 12 is undefeated at 14-0. However, new member West Virginia has suffered a loss. So, if we are looking at future membership, the Big 12 would be eliminated. #2 Kentucky plays #12 Kansas tonight, so this is a streak that may end very soon. The Midwestern Conference is the only other conference that is undefeated. It’s 8 teams are a combined 13-0. San Diego State plays #11 today, so this is another streak that may be over very soon.
To be fair, if we are not counting West Virginia as a Big East school, that means the Big East would be undefeated at 23-0 (excluding West Virginia, Syracuse, and Pitt). Given that most observers believe that the Big East and the ACC volley back and forth as the best basketball conference, none of this is surprising.
As for keeping that streak going, there are several important games today:
- Duke hosts Michigan State. As you already know, Mike Krzyzewski is searching for win #903 tonight. As is always the case, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo likes to beat up his team in November. Following the Carrier Classic with a game at Duke is certainly a great way to do that. Unlike most seasons, however, Michigan State follows this game up with a series of games against directional schools. In any event, the big picture is Coach K and his pursuit of the all-time record for wins. Should be an outstanding environment and a great game.
- Miami hosts Rutgers in a game between 1-0 schools. With Jim Larranaga looking to put Miami on the map, and Rutgers’ Mike Rice looking to do for basketball what Greg Schiano has done for football, do not overlook this game. These two teams could be March participants soon, even if not this year.
- Virginia Tech’s annual effort to be a bubble team can take a step in the right direction by holding off Isaiah Thomas and Florida International.
- Syracuse hosts Albany as Jim Boeheim tries to keep within 50 of Coach K on the win front.
While it is of no lasting consequence, it would be a nice feather in the cap for the ACC to be that last undefeated conference.