The latest tournament projection by the website Bracketville included six ACC teams — Florida State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Clemson, North Carolina and Louisville — with no conference representatives listed among the eight bubble teams.
The Big Ten had the most teams with 10, followed by the Big 12 with seven. The SEC was tied with the ACC with six.
“There should be 10 to 11 teams in this league in the NCAA (tournament), every single year,” Pastner said. “I just hope the committee recognizes how great this league is. It’s the best basketball league in all of America, for college.”
It was typical Pastner exuberance. In his 10 minutes on the weekly ACC coaches videoconference, he also touted Virginia Tech coach Mike Young for national coach of the year and also for the court at his former employer, Wofford, to bear his name.
He predicted that, in the next five years, there will be three to four coaches in the league who will be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. (Based on his glowing comments from past media sessions, he may have been thinking of Virginia’s Tony Bennett, Notre Dame’s Mike Brey and Florida State’s Leonard Hamilton, who would join North Carolina’s Roy Williams, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim. He later repeated his belief that Krzyzewski might be the greatest coach in the history of sports.)
He also gave a tip of the cap to ACC senior associate commissioner Paul Brazeau and assistant commissioners Lee Butler and Andy Fledderjohann for their work in managing the constantly shifting conference schedule this year.
“I love Paul Brazeau,” Pastner said. “I love him. He’s done an incredible job. I don’t think Paul’s gotten enough credit on the job that he’s done to try to manage all these cancellations, to try to fit everything in, to have to move things around.”