Headquarters: Greensboro, NC.
Commissioner: John Swofford
The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) has been a collegiate athletic league in the NCAA since 1953 and ranks among the most successful basketball leagues in the country. Primarily due to coaching legends Everett Case (North Carolina State) and Frank McGuire (North Carolina) the ACC began mobilizing into the men's basketball spotlight in 1957 when McGuire led North Carolina to a National Championship. Castleman D. Chesley created a five-station television network to broadcast the regular season games and from the point on the ACC basketball program gained popularity.
Home to two of the most historic basketball programs in the NCAA, Duke and North Carolina seem to find their way to the NCAA Tournament year in and year out. The ACC has won numerous Men's NCAA National Championships with Duke and UNC earning a handful of those. The other titles have come from NC State, Maryland and UVA.
The ACC basketball program holds on to a tradition that makes them unique from other Division 1 college basketball conferences. In 1961 the ACC eliminated the regular season title and has since declared the winner of the ACC Tournament as the league champion. Though the ACC chooses not to recognize the regular season titles the conference does use them to declare top seeds in the ACC Tournament. When the conference expanded they could no longer support a schedule that consisted of a home-and-away series between each team. The new scheduling manner assigned each team with two permanent partners to play a home-and-away series each year and nine rotating partners over a three-year period to play in either a home-and-away series, home only, or away only.