In 2015, the ACC Tournament returns to the Verizon Center for the first time since 2005 when JJ Redick led Duke to the title over Georgia Tech. This will be the Hokies sixth trip to the DC arena as a member of the ACC having lost to Georgia Tech in that 2005 tournament, which was the Hokies inaugural ACC campaign. Historically, this conference tournament has been dominated by North Carolina based schools, which have combined for 50 championships over the 62 year history of the league. Of those 50 titles, North Carolina and Duke have combined for 36, which is impressive, but not surprising to ACC fans. However, neither school has won the title since 2011, all champions since 2011 have been different schools and none have been from North Carolina. In other words, the deepest basketball conference not only has a long history, but a damn competitive one as well, especially recently.
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The Virginia Tech Hokies have had there fair share of successes in the ACC Tournament, but have failed to advance past the semifinals (2007 and 2008) in their 10 years competing in the event since entering the ACC in 2003. As the league has expanded the Hokies have fallen off in relevance, but over the past 3-4 weeks have surged back up the ACC standings and find themselves as the 6th seed heading into the event. While history is not on the Hokies side (or anyone besides Duke and UNC for that matter) there is optimism in the Hokies camp as Buzz Williams has built a culture around toughness and discipline that is contagious. The Hokies have won 5 straight and are looking to continue this momentum and "Strong" run into post-season play. Virginia Tech will need to win 2 games in order to match their best finish in the ACC Tournament and 3 to reach the title game, which would surely raise the attention of the NCAA selection committee (hell, 2 might make an impression considering the depth of the league). However, while I love this teams resilience and fight, the NCAAs are a year or two away if were speaking realistically. BUT, this is March and Madness will surely ensue.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">First practice at Verizon ☑️<br><br>Head on over to Snapchat for more behind the scenes videos VTMBBALL<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WhyNotUs?src=hash">#WhyNotUs</a> <a href="https://t.co/pTnKs60FWA">pic.twitter.com/pTnKs60FWA</a></p>— VT Men's Basketball (@VT_MBBall) <a href="https://twitter.com/VT_MBBall/status/707025503866195968">March 8, 2016</a></blockquote>
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