Duke and North Carolina have been the dominant programs in the ACC for a long time. Over two decades of ACC Tournament Championship Games prove it.
Duke has won the ACC Tournament 20 times in program history. The Blue Devils captured the crown last season, knocking off Notre Dame in the title game as the five seed in the conference.
North Carolina is right there with Duke, with 18 ACC tournament titles. UNC won in 2016 as the top seed, beating Virginia in the final.
Duke or UNC don't always win the conference championship. Notre Dame captured it back in 2015.
However, the Blue Devils or Tar Heels have been in position to win the ACC Tournament for 22 years running. With tonight's semifinals, that streak continues.
No. 1 seed Virginia plays No. 3 Clemson in the first semifinal. UVA last won the ACC Tournament in 2014 while Clemson has never won it.
After that: the third game of the year between Duke and North Carolina, for a right to go to the ACC Tournament championship game.
ESPN Stats & Info tweeted that unbelievable fact out this morning. The last Duke/UNC-less ACC title game featured Tim Duncan at Wake Forest.
Wake Forest beat Georgia Tech 76-75 in a very competitive ACC Championship. Even more amazingly, neither the Blue Devils nor Tar Heels made the semifinal.
Duke, the four-seed, was knocked off by No. 5 Maryland in the quarterfinal. North Carolina was the three-seed, but fell to sixth-seeded Clemson in that same round.
That year in the NCAA Tournament, Duke earned an eight seed and lost in the first round to Eastern Michigan, while UNC drew a six and lost in the second round to No. 3 seed Texas Tech. We think both teams will probably fare a bit better this March.