2017–18 Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball season

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2017–18 Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball season
Atlantic Coast Conference logo.svg
League NCAA Division I
Sport Basketball
Number of teams 15
TV partner(s) ACC Network, ESPN, Raycom Sports, Regional Sports Networks
NBA Draft
Top draft pick Marvin Bagley III
Picked by Sacramento Kings, 2nd overall
2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season
Regular Season Champions Virginia
Runners-up Duke
Season MVP Marvin Bagley III – Duke
Top scorer Marvin Bagley III – Duke
ACC Tournament
Champions Virginia
Finals MVP Kyle Guy – Virginia
Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball seasons
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2017–18 ACC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 1 Virginia 17 1   .944     31 3   .912
No. 9 Duke 13 5   .722     29 8   .784
No. 22 Miami (FL) 11 7   .611     22 10   .688
No. 20 Clemson 11 7   .611     25 10   .714
NC State 11 7   .611     21 12   .636
No. 10 North Carolina 11 7   .611     26 11   .703
Virginia Tech 10 8   .556     21 12   .636
Florida State 9 9   .500     23 12   .657
Louisville 9 9   .500     22 14   .611
Notre Dame 8 10   .444     21 15   .583
Syracuse 8 10   .444     23 14   .622
Boston College 7 11   .389     19 16   .543
Georgia Tech 6 12   .333     13 19   .406
Wake Forest 4 14   .222     11 20   .355
Pittsburgh 0 18   .000     8 24   .250
2018 ACC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2017–18 Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball season began with practices in October 2017, followed by the start of the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season in November. Conference play started in late December 2017 and concluded in March with the 2018 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The Virginia Cavaliers won an outright regular season championship, their third in five years under the guidance of Tony Bennett, who also received his third ACC Coach of the Year Award, he also became the only living three-time winner of the Henry Iba Award for national coach of the year.

The Cavaliers finished 17–1 in the conference, finishing four games above second-place Duke. Virginia went on to win the tournament by handily defeating Louisville 75–58, Clemson 64–58, and North Carolina 71–63 in the championship game. Sophomore guard Kyle Guy was named Tournament MVP as well as First-Team All-ACC. Both the Virginia–North Carolina title game and Duke–North Carolina semifinal game set the Barclays Center attendance record for college basketball games, and conference leadership vowed to return the ACC Tournament to New York again in the near future.[1][2]

Head Coaches[edit]

Coaching changes[edit]

On February 16, 2017, NC State head coach Mark Gottfried was fired, but the school allowed him to finish out the season,[3] he finished at NC State with a six-year record of 123–86. On March 17, the school hired UNC Wilmington head coach Kevin Keatts as head coach.[4]

On September 26, 2017, federal prosecutors in New York announced that Louisville was under investigation for an alleged "pay for play" scheme involving recruits,[5][6] the allegations state that an Adidas executive conspired to pay $100,000 to the family of a top-ranked national recruit to play at Louisville and to represent Adidas when he turned pro.[5][7] The criminal complaint does not name Louisville specifically but appears to involve the recruitment of Brian Bowen, a late, surprise commit to the school,[8][9] on September 27, head coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich were placed on administrative leave.[10]

Coaches[edit]

Team Head coach Previous job Years at school Record at school ACC record ACC titles NCAA Tournaments NCAA Final Fours NCAA Championships
Boston College Jim Christian Ohio 4 29–67 6–48 0 2 0 0
Clemson Brad Brownell Wright State 8 124–103 56–66 0 5 0 0
Duke Mike Krzyzewski Army 38 998–271 399–166 15 33 12 5
Florida State Leonard Hamilton Washington Wizards 16 304–195 126–124 1 8 0 0
Georgia Tech Josh Pastner Memphis 2 21–16 8–10 0 4 0 0
Louisville David Padgett (Interim) Louisville (Assistant) 3 0–0 0–0 0 0 0 0
Miami Jim Larrañaga George Mason 7 139–69 64–42 1 8 1 0
NC State Kevin Keatts UNC Wilmington 1 0–0 0–0 0 2 0 0
North Carolina Roy Williams Kansas 15 398–115 169–65 3 28 8 3
Notre Dame Mike Brey Delaware 18 382–187 179–113 1 14 0 0
Pittsburgh Kevin Stallings Vanderbilt 2 16–17 4–14 0 9 0 0
Syracuse Jim Boeheim Syracuse (Assistant) 41 903–354 42–27 0 29 4 1
Virginia Tony Bennett Washington State 9 188–83 88–50 1 7 0 0
Virginia Tech Buzz Williams Marquette 4 53–48 22–32 0 6 0 0
Wake Forest Danny Manning Tulsa 4 43–52 16–38 0 2 0 0

Notes:

  • Year at school includes 2017–18 season.
  • Overall and ACC records are from time at current school and are through the end the 2016–17 season.
  • NCAA Tournament appearances are from time at current school only.
  • NCAA Final Fours and Championship include time at other schools

Preseason[edit]

Brian Bowen, Louisville
M. J. Walker, Florida State

Preseason watchlists[edit]

Below is a table of notable preseason watch lists.

Wooden[11] Naismith[12] Robertson[13] Cousy[14] West[15] Erving[16] Malone[17] Abdul-Jabbar[18] Olson[19]
Deng Adel – Louisville
Grayson Allen – Duke
Marvin Bagley III – Duke
Joel Berry II – North Carolina
Bruce Brown – Miami
Bonzie Colson – Notre Dame
Trevon Duval – Duke
Matt Farrell – Notre Dame
Ben Lammers – Georgia Tech
Deng Adel – Louisville
Grayson Allen – Duke
Marvin Bagley III – Duke
Joel Berry II – North Carolina
Bruce Brown – Miami
Wendell Carter Jr. – Duke
Bonzie Colson – Notre Dame
Trevon Duval – Duke
Matt Farrell – Notre Dame
Den Adel – Louisville
Grayson Allen – Duke
Marvin Bagley III – Duke
Joel Berry II – North Carolina
Bruce Brown Jr. – Miami
Wendell Carter Jr. – Duke
Bonzie Colson – Notre Dame
Trevon Duval – Duke
Trevon Duval – Duke
Quentin Snider – Louisville
Joel Berry II – North Carolina
Matt Farrell – Notre Dame
Bryant Crawford – Wake Forest
Jerome Robinson – Boston College
Grayson Allen – Duke
MJ Walker – Florida State
Lonnie Walker – Miami
Tyus Battle – Syracuse
Gary Trent Jr. – Duke
Deng Adel – Louisville
Bruce Brown Jr. – Miami
Marvin Bagley III – Duke
Wendell Carter Jr. – Duke
Bonzie Colson – Notre Dame
Marques Bolden – Duke
Ben Lammers – Georgia Tech
Omer Yurtseven – NC State
Deng Adel – Louisville
Grayson Allen – Duke
Joel Berry II – North Carolina
Bruce Brown Jr – Miami
Bonzie Colson – Notre Dame
Ben Lammers – Georgia Tech

Preseason polls[edit]

AP[20] Athlon
Sports
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Bleacher
Report
[22]
Blue Ribbon
Yearbook
[23]
CBS Sports[24] Coaches[25] ESPN[26] KenPom[27] NBC Sports[28] SBNation[29] Sports
Illustrated
[30]
Boston College 95
Clemson 47
Duke 1 4 1 3 1 1 1 6 2 1 3
Florida State 55
Georgia Tech 44
Louisville 16 7 23 6 18 16 17 16 12 13 9
Miami 13 15 13 16 10 12 11 27 11 7 12
North Carolina 9 9 12 10 11 9 16 13 17 11 18
NC State 109
Notre Dame 14 18 14 19 12 14 20 22 14 19 15
Pittsburgh 121
Syracuse 68
Virginia 16 9
Virginia Tech 25 53 23
Wake Forest 57

ACC Preseason Media Poll[edit]

In the end of October, 2017 members of the media gathered in Charlotte to vote on the preseason ACC awards. Conference finish, Preseason ACC teams, rookie of the year, and player of the year were all voted on. The results can be seen in the sections below.[31]

Preseason Poll[edit]

First place votes shown in parenthesis.

  1. Duke (57) – 1020
  2. North Carolina (7) – 921
  3. Notre Dame (4) – 852
  4. Miami (1) – 809
  5. Louisville – 733
  6. Virginia – 690
  7. Virginia Tech – 549
  8. Florida State – 519
  9. Georgia Tech – 468
  10. Syracuse – 420
  11. Wake Forest – 378
  12. NC State – 310
  13. Clemson – 289
  14. Boston College – 181
  15. Pittsburgh – 141

Preseason All-ACC Teams[edit]

2017 ACC Men's Basketball PreSeason All-ACC Teams
First Team Second Team

Bonzie Colson, Notre Dame (64)
Grayson Allen, Duke (60)
Joel Berry II, North Carolina (58)
Marvin Bagley III, Duke (26)
Ben Lammers, Georgia Tech (25)

Bruce Brown Jr., Miami (22)
Quentin Snider, Louisville (12)
Deng Adel, Louisville (12)
Josh Okogie, Georgia Tech (11)
Jerome Robinson, Boston College (11)

ACC Preseason Player of the Year[edit]

  • Bonzie Colson, Notre Dame (49)
  • Grayson Allen, Duke (9)
  • Joel Berry II, North Carolina (9)
  • Bruce Brown Jr., Miami (1)
  • Jerome Robinson, Boston College (1)

ACC Preseason Rookie of the Year[edit]

  • Marvin Bagley III, Duke (58)
  • Lonnie Walker, Miami (3)
  • Lavar Batts Jr., NC State (2)
  • M. J. Walker, Florida State (2)
  • Jalek Felton, North Carolina (1)
  • Aamir Simms, Clemson (1)
  • Oshae Brissett, Syracuse (1)
  • De’Andre Hunter, Virginia (1)

Regular Season[edit]

Rankings[edit]

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  Not ranked previous week
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Final
Boston College AP
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Clemson AP RV RV 25 19 20 18 20 16 11 15 18 19 20
C RV RV 25 17 18 17 20 15 12 17 18 20 18 15
Duke AP 1 (33) 1 (34) 1 (54) 1 (65) 1 (65) 4 4 4 2 (21) 7 5 4 4 9 12 5 5 5 9
C 1 (20) 1 (29) 1 (30) 1 (30) 4 3 3 2 (4) 6 5 4 5 8 10 5 3 4 6 4
Florida State AP 19 24 24 24 23 RV RV RV RV RV 25 RV RV
C RV RV RV 19 25 25 RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV 18
Georgia Tech AP
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Louisville AP 16 18 19 17 RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV
C 16 18 17 RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV
Miami AP 13 11 11 10 10 6 6 15 15 18 25 RV RV 25 RV 24 22
C 12 11 13 11 8 7 16 17 19 23 24 RV 25 RV RV RV 25 25 RV
North Carolina AP 9 9 9 13 11 7 5 13 12 20 15 10 19 21 14 10 9 12 10
C 9 9 11 10 7 4 14 11 18 14 10 17 22 16 10 9 11 9 14
NC State AP RV RV RV
C RV RV RV
Notre Dame AP 14 13 13 5 9 18 RV RV RV RV
C 14 12 5 8 18 RV RV RV 25 RV
Pittsburgh AP
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Syracuse AP RV RV RV
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Virginia AP RV RV RV 18 15 16 13 9 8 3 (1) 2 (1) 2 (1) 2 (17) 2 (16) 1 (30) 1 (42) 1 (48) 1 (65) 1 (65)
C RV 25 15 12 16 14 9 8 3 2 2 2 (8) 2 (8) 3 (5) 2 (8) 1 (17) 1 (32) 1 (32) 5
Virginia Tech AP RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV
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Wake Forest AP
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Notes: The week 2 Coaches Poll did not release at the same time as the week 2 AP poll. The AP poll does not release a final poll after the NCAA Tournament, where as the Coaches Poll does.

Conference matrix[edit]

This table summarizes the head-to-head results between teams in conference play, each team will play 18 conference games, and at least 1 against each opponent.

  Boston College Clemson Duke Florida State Georgia Tech Louisville Miami North Carolina NC State Notre Dame Pittsburgh Syracuse Virginia Virginia Tech Wake Forest
vs. Boston College 1–0 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 0–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–1
vs. Clemson 0–1 1–0 1–1 0–2 0–1 0–1 1–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–1
vs. Duke 1–0 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 0–2 0–1 1–0 1–1 0–2
vs. Florida State 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–1 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–0
vs. Georgia Tech 1–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 2–0 1–0 1–1
vs. Louisville 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 0–2 1–0 2–0 0–2 0–1
vs. Miami 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–2 1–0 1–0 0–2 0–1
vs. North Carolina 0–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 0–2 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–1
vs. NC State 0–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–2
vs. Notre Dame 0–2 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–1 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–1
vs. Pittsburgh 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–0
vs. Syracuse 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–2 2–0 0–1 1–1
vs. Virginia 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–2 0–2 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–2 1–1 0–1
vs. Virginia Tech 0–1 0–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 2–0 2–0 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 0–1
vs. Wake Forest 1–0 1–0 2–0 0–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–0 1–0
Total 7–11 11–7 13–5 9–9 6–12 9–9 11–7 11–7 11–7 8–10 0–18 8–10 17–1 10–8 4–14

Player of the week[edit]

Throughout the conference regular season, the Atlantic Coast Conference offices named one or two Players of the week and one or two Rookies of the week.

Week Player of the week Rookie of the week
November 13, 2017[32] Marvin Bagley III, Duke Marvin Bagley III, Duke
Luke Maye, North Carolina
November 20, 2017[33] Grayson Allen, Duke Wendell Carter, Duke
November 27, 2017[34] Marvin Bagley III (2), Duke Marvin Bagley III (2), Duke
December 4, 2017[35] Luke Maye (2), North Carolina Marvin Bagley III (3), Duke
December 11, 2017[36] Ky Bowman, Boston College Lonnie Walker, Miami
December 18, 2017[37] Marcquise Reed, Clemson Oshae Brissett, Syracuse
December 26, 2017[38] Bonzie Colson, Notre Dame Wendell Carter (2), Duke
January 2, 2018[39] Ty Jerome, Virginia Marvin Bagley III (4), Duke
January 8, 2018[40] T. J. Gibbs, Notre Dame Chris Lykes, Miami
January 15, 2018[41] Luke Maye (3), North Carolina Marvin Bagley III (5), Duke
January 22, 2018[42] Gary Trent Jr., Duke Gary Trent Jr., Duke
Omer Yurtseven, NC State
January 29, 2018[43] Allerik Freeman, NC State Marvin Bagley III (6), Duke
Lonnie Walker (2), Miami
February 5, 2018[44] Gabe DeVoe, Clemson Gary Trent Jr. (2), Duke
Lonnie Walker (3), Miami
February 12, 2018[45] Jerome Robinson, Boston College Jordan Nwora, Louisville
February 19, 2018[46] Grayson Allen (2), Duke Oshae Brissett (2), Syracuse
De'Andre Hunter, Virginia
February 26, 2018[47] Allerik Freeman (2), NC State Wendell Carter (3), Duke
March 5, 2018[48] Bonzie Colson (2), Notre Dame Marvin Bagley III (7), Duke

Records against other conferences[edit]

2017–18 records against non-conference foes as of (Feb. 3, 2018). Records shown for regular season only.