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Coach K says ACC should get more NCAA tournament bids, dismisses Atlantic 10

Mar 16, 2014, 11:25 AM EDT

Mike Krzyzewski AP

NC State defeated No. 11 Syracuse in the ACC quarterfinals before bowing out to No. 7 Duke in the next round on Saturday. The Wolfpack are still on the wrong side of the bubble, which means come Selection Sunday, T.J. Warren — the ACC Player of the Year and one of the top scorers in the nation — will likely headline an NIT field.

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski is not happy about that. He told NC State head coach Mark Gottfried that at the end of the game and reiterated those statements in the post game press conference.

Then Coach K took out his frustrations on another conference.

“I’ll get in trouble probably for saying it,” Coach K said, according to Ryan Fagan of Sporting News. “Like the Atlantic 10, they’re a really good conference. I hear people saying there are six teams in there. Come on. I mean, they’re good, but put them in our conference and go through the meat grinder that our conference has to go through.

“That’s the thing. I don’t know if there’s a quantitative way of measuring the degree of difficulty that there is in playing in this conference or like a Big 12. You’ve got to be on all the time.”

Several weeks ago, following a loss to UMass, VCU head coach Shaka Smart mentioned that the Atlantic 10 is undervalued, and that there is a lack of sophistication as it relates to his conference.

“There are fill-in-the-blank, high-major programs and they carry a weight because of their name, first and foremost,” Smart said. “But the reality is if you look closer and you compare them to some of the teams in our league, I think our league shapes out pretty well. Again I’m not calling out anyone individually.”

In the latest edition of Dave Ommen’s Bracketology, the Atlantic 10 has six bids, though Dayton is still barely in the projected field. The ACC has five bids as Pittsburgh has likely secured a spot after defeating North Carolina in the ACC quarterfinals while NC State will have to sweat it out during Sunday evening.

According to, 10 ACC teams are ranked in the top 100. The Atlantic 10 has eight. In the RPI Top 100, both conferences have nine teams listed with five A-10 teams ahead of NC State. Combined, the nine A10 teams have more wins over RPI Top 50 teams than those nine ACC teams.

In 2013, the ACC won six tournament games. The A-10 won five — seven if you include Butler and Temple, which were conference members last year, but not this year.

Maybe Coach K doesn’t agree with the amount of bids each conference will receive this evening, but the A-10 has proven to be a major conference in college basketball recently.

  1. honkerdawg - Mar 16, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    I guess coaching at Duke isn’t enough for coach K now he wants to run the tournament selection committee. Like him but he should stick to coaching his team is having enough trouble with Virginia at the moment

  2. bbil2012 - Mar 16, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    How does he feel about his team getting all the calls their way when he’s playing another ACC team? Where’s the conference loyalty then?

  3. therealstats - Mar 16, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    How many ACC teams have made the Final Four since 2011 and how many A10 teams have made the Final Four teams since 2011? ‘Nuf said……………….

  4. phluffyclouds - Mar 16, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Coach K is right.

    It’s ridiculous that Pitt needed an ACC Tournament win to solidify their NCAA hopes. Pitt is better than almost every team in the A-10 and K is right, you put those teams in the ACC and they would never survive.

    And come on people, all the anti-coach k stuff is pathetic. Just like those people who didn’t like Michael Jordan back in the day. Give it up already…you look pathetic.

    • matcob - Mar 22, 2014 at 1:20 PM

      Coach K proven wrong by Atlantic Sun and A10. Way to go Mercer and St. Louis. Go Florida and bounce some more of this pompous ACC royalty.

  5. vtboo41 - Mar 16, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    A10 was 8-6 head to head versus the ACC this year, including a win on the ACC regular season champs home floor. Coach K should back up his talk and actually play games at some A10 schools.

  6. packhawk04 - Mar 16, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Virginia was the regular season and tourney champ if ACC… VCU beat them at virginia.

  7. matcob - Mar 22, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    Still thinking this Coach K? Way to go A10’s St. Louis for taking out NCState.

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