In 2011, the Big East sent a record 11 teams to the NCAA Tournament. The ACC likely won’t match that total this season, but it will get close.
“I don’t think they get 11,” Fox Sports and SNY college basketball analyst Vin Parise said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “I think they’ll get 10 strong. Wake Forest had about the best week you can have in terms of being on the bubble.”
Wake Forest (19-12, 9-9) beat No. 8 Louisville on March 1 and won at Virginia Tech this past Saturday. Syracuse (18-13, 10-8), meanwhile, has dropped four of six but has beaten three top-10 teams this season.
“I still think Syracuse is going to be okay,” Parise said. “Syracuse, if you look at the top 50 wins and the top 100 wins, they’re solid there. The RPI is in the 80s. That’s not great, but they’re 2-10 away from the Carrier Dome. Now their first matchup (in the ACC Tournament) is Miami. They could do better and beat that.”
Syracuse and No. 25 Miami (20-10, 10-8) play Wednesday at 12 p.m. ET.
Sticking in the ACC, Georgia Tech, which is 4-6 over its last 10 games, is likely to miss the NCAA Tournament.
“Josh Pastner (was) ACC Coach of the Year. Tremendous job,” Parise said. “But Georgia Tech, that’s going to be tough. I don’t think (the ACC is) going to break the record, but I think that this is the strongest I’ve seen it in a long time.”
Brian Jones didn’t understand how Pastner was ACC Coach of the Year considering that Georgia Tech went 17-14 overall and 8-10 in league play.
“Considering what he took over and what they lost, they were supposed to be basement-level,” Parise said. “That just shows you the depth in that league this year to where literally from North Carolina at the top, who has a legitimate shot to still be a 1-seed, all the way down to Virginia, (which) could beat everybody in the country, wound up being six or seven slots in the standings. The ACC is just loaded.”
Georgia Tech plays Pittsburgh (15-16, 4-14) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.