2016–17 Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball season
The 2016–17 Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball season began with practices in October 2016, followed by the start of the 2016–17 NCAA Division I men's basketball season in November. Conference play started in late December 2016 and concluded in March.
|2016-17 Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball season|
|League||NCAA Division I|
|Number of teams||15|
|TV partner(s)||ACC Network, ESPN, Raycom Sports, Regional Sports Networks|
|2016–17 NCAA Division I men's basketball season|
|First place||North Carolina|
|Season MVP||Justin Jackson, North Carolina|
|Top scorer||Michael Young, Pittsburgh|
|Finals MVP||Luke Kennard, Duke|
|2016–17 ACC men's basketball standings|
|#5 North Carolina||14||–||4||.778||33||–||7||.825|
|#16 Florida State||12||–||6||.667||26||–||9||.743|
|#14 Notre Dame||12||–||6||.667||26||–||10||.722|
|#7 Duke †||11||–||7||.611||28||–||9||.757|
|† 2017 ACC Tournament winner |
Rankings from AP Poll
With a win over Pittsburgh on February 25, 2017, North Carolina clinched at least a share of the ACC regular season championship for the second straight season, the eighth time in the 14 years under head coach Roy Williams, and the 31st time in school history. A loss by Duke later that day gave the Tar Heels the outright regular season championship.
The ACC Tournament was held from March 7–11, 2-17 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Duke defeated Notre Dame to with the tournament championship. As a result, Duke received the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
North Carolina forward Justin Jackson was named ACC Player of the Year. Georgia Tech head coach Josh Pastner was named Coach of the Year. Jackson was also named a consensus first-team All-American and Duke guard Luke Kennard was named a second team All-American.
Nine ACC schools (Duke, Florida State, Miami, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest) received invitations to the NCAA Tournament. The conference achieved an 11–8 record in the NCAA Tournament, however only North Carolina won more than one game. North Carolina went on to with the NCAA Championship, defeating Gonzaga. Clemson, Georgia Tech, and Syracuse received bids to the National Invitation Tournament. The conference achieved a 5–3 record in the NIT, with Georgia Tech losing to TCU in the championship game.
- On March 21, 2016, Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon left the school to take the head coaching position at his alma mater, TCU. On March 27, 2016, the school hired Kevin Stallings as head coach.
- On March 25, 2016, Georgia Tech announced Brian Gregory would not return as head coach. On April 8, 2016, the school hired Josh Pastner as head coach.
|Team||Head coach||Previous job||Years at school||Overall record||ACC record||ACC titles||NCAA Tournaments||NCAA Final Fours||NCAA Championships|
|Boston College||Jim Christian||Ohio||3||29–67||6–48||0||0||0||0|
|Clemson||Brad Brownell||Wright State||7||124–103||56–66||0||1||0||0|
|Florida State||Leonard Hamilton||Washington Wizards||15||304–196||126–124||0||5||0||0|
|Georgia Tech||Josh Pastner||Memphis||1||21–16||8–10||0||0||0||0|
|Louisville||Rick Pitino||Boston Celtics||16||416–141||188–88||0||15||7||2|
|Miami||Jim Larrañaga||George Mason||6||139–69||64–42||1||3||1||0|
|North Carolina||Roy Williams||Kansas||14||398–115||169–65||8||12||9||3|
|NC State||Mark Gottfried||Alabama||6||123–86||48–58||0||4||0||0|
|Notre Dame||Mike Brey||Delaware||17||382–187||179–113||0||13||0||0|
|Virginia||Tony Bennett||Washington State||8||188–83||88–50||2||5||0||0|
|Virginia Tech||Buzz Williams||Marquette||3||53–48||22–32||0||1||0||0|
|Wake Forest||Danny Manning||Tulsa||3||43–52||16–38||0||1||0||0|
- Year at school includes 2016–17 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
|Increase in ranking|
|Decrease in ranking|
|Not ranked previous week|
|First Place votes shown in ()|
|Duke||AP||1 (58)||1 (58)||6||5||5||5||5||5||8||7||18||17||21||18||12||10||17||14||7|
|C||1 (27)||1 (27)||3 (5)||4 (2)||4 (2)||4 (1)||4 (1)||5 (1)||8||7||18||17||21||19||14||11||14||14||7||13|
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||1–0||1–0||1–0||1–0||1–0||1–0||0–1||2–0||1-0||1-1||1–0||2-0||2-0|
|vs. Florida State||0–1||0–2||1–1||–||1–0||0-1||0–2||1–0||0–1||1–1||1–0||1–0||0-1||0–1||0–1|
|vs. Georgia Tech||0–1||1–1||1–0||0–1||–||1–0||1–0||0–1||1–1||1–1||0–1||1–1||1-0||1–0||1–0|
|vs. North Carolina||0–1||0–1||1–1||0–1||1–0||0–1||1–0||–||0–2||0–1||0–2||0–1||1-1||0–1||0–1|
|vs. NC State||1–0||1–0||0–1||1–0||1–1||1–0||2–0||2–0||–||1–0||0–1||1–0||1-0||0–1||2–0|
|vs. Notre Dame||0–2||0–1||1–0||1–1||1–1||1–1||0–1||1–0||0–1||–||0–1||0–1||1-0||0–1||0–1|
|vs. Virginia Tech||0–2||0–2||0–1||1–0||0–1||1–0||1–1||1–0||1–0||1–0||0–1||0–1||1-1||–||1–0|
|vs. Wake Forest||0–2||2–0||2–0||1–0||0–1||0–1||0–1||1–0||0–2||1–0||0–1||1–0||1-0||0–1||–|
- March 7–11, 2017 Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Tournament, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York.
Tuesday, March 7
Wednesday, March 8
Thursday, March 9
Friday, March 10
Saturday, March 11
* Denotes Overtime Game
AP Rankings at time of tournament
|Seed||Region||School||First Four||2nd Round||3rd Round||Sweet 16||Elite Eight||Final Four||Championship|
|1||South||North Carolina||W, 103-64 vs. #16 Texas Southern – (Greenville)||W, 77–65 vs. #8 Arkansas – (Greenville)||W, 92-80 vs. #4 Butler – (Memphis)||W, 75–73 vs. #2 Kentucky – (Memphis)||W, 77–76 vs. #3 Oregon – (Phoenix)||W, 71–65 vs. #1 Gonzaga – (Phoenix)|
|2||East||Duke||W, 87-65 vs. #15 Troy – (Buffalo)||L, 81–88 vs. #7 South Carolina – (Buffalo)|
|2||Midwest||Louisville||W, 78-63 vs. #15 Jacksonville State – (Indianapolis)||L, 69–73 vs. #7 Michigan – (Indianapolis)|
|3||West||Florida State||W, 86-80 vs. #14 Florida Gulf Coast – (Orlando)||L, 66–91 vs. #11 Xavier – (Orlando)|
|5||East||Virginia||W, 76-71 vs. #12 UNC Wilmington – (Orlando)||L, 39–65 vs. #4 Florida – (Orlando)|
|5||West||Notre Dame||W, 60-58 vs. #12 Princeton – (Buffalo)||L, 71–83 vs. #4 West Virginia – (Buffalo)|
|8||Midwest||Miami||L, 58-78 vs. #9 Michigan State – (Tulsa)|
|9||East||Virginia Tech||L, 74-84 vs. #8 Wisconsin – (Buffalo)|
|11||South||Wake Forest||L, 88-95 vs. #11 Kansas State – (Dayton)|
National Invitation TournamentEdit
|Seed||Bracket||School||1st Round||2nd Round||Quarterfinals||Semifinals||Championship|
|1||Syracuse||Syracuse||W, 90-77 vs. #8 UNC Greensboro – (Syracuse)||L, 80–85 vs. #5 Ole Miss – (Syracuse)|
|2||Iowa||Clemson||L, 69-74 vs. #7 Oakland – (Clemson)|
|6||Syracuse||Georgia Tech||W, 75-63 vs. #3 Indiana – (Atlanta)||W, 71–57 vs. #7 Belmont – (Atlanta)||W, 74–66 vs. #5 Ole Miss – (Oxford)||W, 76–61 vs. #8 Cal State Bakersfield – (New York City)||L, 56–88 vs. #4 TCU – (New York City)|
Honors and awardsEdit
|First Team||Second Team|
|Justin Jackson – North Carolina||Luke Kennard – Duke|
|Associated Press||NABC||Sporting News||USBWA|
|Justin Jackson – North Carolina||Justin Jackson – North Carolina||Justin Jackson – North Carolina|
|Luke Kennard – Duke||Luke Kennard – Duke||Luke Kennard – Duke||Justin Jackson – North Carolina|
Luke Kennard –Duke
|Bonzie Colson – Notre Dame||Bonzie Colson – Notre Dame|
|Donovan Mitchell – Louisville
Dennis Smith Jr. – NC State
ACC honors and awardsEdit
|2017 ACC Men's Basketball Individual Awards|
|Player of the Year||Justin Jackson, F., NORTH CAROLINA |
|Coach of the Year||Josh Pastner GEORGIA TECH|
|Defensive Player of the Year||Ben Lammers, C., GEORGIA TECH|
|Freshman of the Year||Dennis Smith Jr., G., N.C. STATE|
|Most Improved Player of the Year||John Collins, C., WAKE FOREST|
|Sixth Man Award||Seth Allen, G., VIRGINIA TECH|
|2017 ACC Men's Basketball All-Conference Teams|
|First Team||Second Team||Third Team|
|†Luke Kennard, So., G., DUKE
Justin Jackson, Jr., F., NORTH CAROLINA
John Collins, So., C., WAKE FOREST
Bonzie Colson, Jr., F., NOTRE DAME
Donovan Mitchell, So., G., LOUISVILLE
|Dwayne Bacon, So., G., FLORIDA STATE
Dennis Smith Jr., Fr., G., N.C. STATE
Ben Lammers, Jr., C., GEORGIA TECH
Joel Berry II, Jr., G., NORTH CAROLINA
London Perrantes, Sr., G., VIRGINIA
|Michael Young, Sr., F., PITTSBURGH|
Jaron Blossomgame, Sr., F., CLEMSON
Andrew White, GS., F., SYRACUSE
Davon Reed, Sr., F., MIAMI
Jayson Tatum, Fr., F., DUKE
|† - denotes unanimous selection|
The ACC had 14 players drafted in the 2017 NBA draft. 10 players were drafted in the first round, and 4 players were drafted in the second round.
|PG||Point guard||SG||Shooting guard||SF||Small forward||PF||Power forward||C||Center|
|Jayson Tatum||Boston Celtics||1st||3||SF||Duke|
|Jonathan Isaac||Orlando Magic||1st||6||SF/PF||Florida State|
|Dennis Smith Jr.||Dallas Mavericks||1st||9||PG||NC State|
|Luke Kennard||Detroit Pistons||1st||12||SG||Duke|
|Donovan Mitchell||Denver Nuggets||1st||13||SG||Louisville|
|Justin Jackson||Portland Trail Blazers||1st||15||SF||North Carolina|
|John Collins||Atlanta Hawks||1st||19||PF||Wake Forest|
|Harry Giles||Portland Trail Blazers||1st||20||PF/C||Duke|
|Tyler Lydon||Utah Jazz||1st||24||PF||Syracuse|
|Tony Bradley||Los Angeles Lakers||1st||28||PF/C||North Carolina|
|Frank Jackson||Charlotte Hornets||2nd||31||PG||Duke|
|Davon Reed||Phoenix Suns||2nd||32||SG||Miami|
|Dwayne Bacon||New Orleans Pelicans||2nd||40||SG||Florida State|
|Jaron Blossomgame||San Antonio Spurs||2nd||59||SF||Clemson|
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