Right now, ACC only a lock for four

Originally Published: January 13, 2005
By Jay Bilas | Special to ESPN Insider
There is no question that the ACC is a really strong league and, top to bottom, is the toughest league in the country. Clearly, other leagues are comparable at the top and through the middle, but no other league has as many teams that can beat you, and there are few "easy games" in the ACC.

To me, an easy game is one that you can win without playing your best. In the ACC, you have to play well to win, especially on the road. There are precious few "lay-up" games.

Spurred by the discussion of the difficulty of Syracuse's schedule as compared to the rest of the Big East, I ponder the ACC. Early prognostications had the ACC as the best it has been in the last 20 years and early projections stated that the conference could get as many as eight bids to the NCAA Tournament. Given that, I decided to take a closer look at just how well the league's teams have done in the non-conference, and how many "good wins" ACC teams have put on their resumes.

Jay Bilas

College Basketball analyst