A UNC-NC State ACC Championship would clean up in North Carolina

While I personally think the ACC Tournament should stay in Greensboro, NC, I understand the conference’s decision to play it at rotating venues.

Playing in Greensboro would give UNC, NC State, Duke and Wake Forest home-court advantages, as no other ACC team resides in North Carolina.  The ACC Tournament has traveled to Atlanta, Ga., New York City and Washington, DC in recent years.

You could make the case for Atlanta and DC creating home-court advantage for Georgia Tech and UVA, respectively, but the college basketball following is nowhere near as large compared to North Carolina.

If sports are truly all about making money, it makes sense to keep the ACC Tournament in Greensboro. Think about tonight’s UNC-NC State ACC Championship game alone. Both schools are within a 75-minute drive and have extremely passionate fanbases. Greensboro would essentially shut down for the day and local business would be boomin’.

But the game is being played in the nation’s capital. Given the ACC Title game is on a Saturday, I’m sure there’ll be plenty fans who make the trip up. I also bet there will be more Carolina blue lining the stands at Capital One Arena, but a strong sea of red, too.

If tonight’s game isn’t packed to the brim, I think the ACC will take a long, hard look at making Greensboro the permanent, future host of its conference basketball tournament.

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