Sunday, November 20, 2022

College Hoops Best Conference History - ACC (By Far)

 When we played our initial All-Time Great tournament using the first 96 Value Add Basketball Game teams, Michael Jordan led the 1982 UNC Tar Heels all the way to the title game before falling short against Bill Walton's 1972 UCLA Team.

Perhaps nothing indicates the ACC is clearly the top conference historically then the fact that Jordan's team in our game ranks as the 7th best team in the conference so far.

We rank conferences based on the top six teams, and those six in front of Jordan's UNC team have gone 17-7 with an average win margin of 8 points (75-67) against some of the greatest teams of all time. A couple of the Duke teams (2001 and 1992) have only paid two games a piece, so still need to prove themselves in more games. However, the new teams the ACC added included the great 2013 Louisville team and the great Syracuse and Pittsburgh - all from the great Big East years. Add them to the great UVa champs from 2019, the Tim Duncan's 1996 team that already stunned Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's team in our game, David Thompson's NC State team that ended UCLA's dynasty.

Despite growing up in Virginia, I adopted the Big East and rooted for them against the ACC from that point forward, but there is no way to argue this is not the top conference in history based on their current roster of teams.

RnkGreat Team           Year     Key Player              W  L   Pts     Allow   Rate
 Top 6 Other Conf  17774.866.99.1
1Duke2001Shane Battier2084.574.012.8
2North Carolina2005Sean May3272.264.49.6
3Duke1992Christian Laettner1171.564.59.2
4Virginia2019Kyle Guy4172.665.48.3
5Duke2010Jon Scheyer5274.066.77.9
6Louisville2013Russ Smith2174.066.37.0
7North Carolina1982Michael Jordan5168.865.06.7
8North Carolina St.1974David Thompson2172.072.75.1
9Wake Forest1996Tim Duncan2166.064.73.9
10North Carolina1998Vince Carter2180.783.72.7
11Syracuse2003Carmelo Anthony2176.074.02.3
12Syracuse1987Rony Seikaly2172.368.7-0.3
13Pittsburgh2009DeJuan Blair1360.062.3-0.8
14Duke1986Johnny Dawkins01106.0108.0-1.0
15Georgia Tech2004Jarrett Jack2362.667.4-1.1
16Georgia Tech1990Dennis Scott0164.082.0-5.2
17Virginia1981Ralph Sampson0161.072.0-5.4
18Notre Dame1981Orlando Woolridge0168.074.0-7.0
19Notre Dame1970Austin Carr1167.076.5-8.2
20Wake Forest2005Chris Paul0364.385.3-9.3
21Louisville1980Darrell Griffith0152.082.0-10.4
22Miami FL1965Rick Berry01104.0108.0-14.6

We invented the Value Add Basketball Game, and since then have grown it to to 135 teams of all-time great teams and players. We have played 188 games to date, and 63,000 unique visitors have clicked on the game. 

Seven current conferences have at least six all-time great teams in the game. We decided to rank those conferences based on the average rating of their top six teams so far in our games against other teams.

Click on the game to play yourself - it contains everything you need to play the Value Add Basketball game, which lets you pit any of 136 great all-time college teams against each other. To pick your two teams it is best to click on this Google doc and print the pages of the teams you want (each team is one page). I track my games on this google sheet, but play your own for free!

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