ACC Teams Finish 1-2-3 In Final Men's Basketball Poll

ACC Teams Finish 1-2-3 In Final Men's Basketball Poll

3:37pm Mar 18, 2019
Zion Williamson celebrates Duke's win over Florida State after cutting a piece of a net after the NCAA college basketball championship game of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Charlotte, Saturday, March 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

Three of the four top seeds of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament belong to Atlantic Coast Conference teams, capping a season that made history in the college polls.

It’s believed to be the first time that teams from the same conference ended up in the top three spots of the final Associated Press poll. Duke took first place after its freshman star Zion WIlliamson led the team to the ACC Tournament Championship.

WIlliamson returned to the lineup for the ACC Tournament after a knee sprain sidelined him for almost six games. North Carolina beat the Blue Devils twice during his absence.

Virginia finished second in the poll, and the Tar Heels finished third. Both of them earned number one seeds in the NCAA tournament.

The final top spot went to Gonzaga.

It's part of a season in which the Blue Devils were regarded as the title favorite much of the way behind Williamson and fellow high-scoring freshman R.J. Barrett, and now again that Williamson is healthy to lead Duke's charge in to the NCAA Tournament.

"Our guys have talked about winning a national championship together for a long time," associate head coach Jon Scheyer said after the FSU win. "We know it's here."

Both UNC-Greensboro and N.C. State were on the bubble for the tournament, with UNCG turning to social media to argue why they deserved a spot over the Wolfpack.

Both ultimately saw their bubbles burst. The Spartans ended up with a top spot in the NIT Tournament, and NC State got a second seed in the same bracket.

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