ACC basketball got off to a rocky start in non-conference play

For the second straight season, Virginia seems unable to rely on the ACC to build its NCAA tournament resume. While the Cavaliers have done well to carry the Atlantic Coast Conference flag by notching two strong wins against ranked opponents, the rest of the conference has not had similar success in non-conference play.

As of this writing (ahead of Friday, 11/25 games), the ACC has a 6-12 combined record against their major conference opponents. The bottom half of the ACC was particularly bad, with the bottom seven teams in the conference going 9-0 against major conference opponents. Even the Carolina Blue Bloods haven’t looked as dominant as they were billed.