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Believe it or not, the collegiate basketball season is right around the corner. The Florida State Seminoles, coached by <b>Leonard Hamilton,</b> have been busy preparing for the upcoming season. FSU has high expectations following its NIT appearance in 2003-2004. The Atlantic Coast Conference, as usual, also enjoyed a banner year. Maryland claimed its third ACC title with a 95-87 overtime win over five-time champion Duke and the ACC went 14-6 in the NCAA Tournament.

Maryland's sixth-seeded Terrapins claimed third ACC title with a 95-87 overtime win over five-time defending champion Duke in the finals of the 51st annual ACC Tournament.

Duke and Georgia Tech earned Final Four berths in 2004.

ACC teams posted a 14-6 mark in NCAA Tournament play.

For the second time in league history, eight ACC teams took part in post-season play.

Six ACC teams finished the season ranked in final AP and coaches' polls.

The ACC had two Final Four teams - Duke and Georgia Tech - for the second time in four years and the fifth time overall.

The ACC was the first conference in NCAA Tournament history to have five teams - Duke (#1), Georgia Tech (#3), NC State (#3), Maryland (#4), Wake Forest (#4) - seeded four or higher.

With a 14-6 record in the 2004 NCAA Tournament, the ACC extended its non-losing streak in NCAA Tournament play to 17 years in a row. The six losses were by a total of 21 points. The Big East has the next longest current non-losing streak at 11 straight years.

For the second time in league annals, eight ACC teams took part in post-season play. Duke, Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina, NC State and Wake Forest earned NCAA Tournament bids while Florida State and Virginia participated in the NIT.

Over the last 16 years, ACC teams have made more Final Four appearances than any other conference. Since 1988, the ACC has 19 Final Four appearances while the Big Ten is second at 12. The ACC has had at least one team in 15 of the last17 Final Fours and in 20 of the last 24.

In the 20 years of the 64-team NCAA field, the ACC has produced 20 Final Four teams, an average of one per year. The Big Ten is second with 13 Final Four teams.

With a 298-145 (.672) mark, the ACC is the winningest conference in NCAA Tournament history. Over the last four years, the ACC is 40-18 (.690) inNCAA Tournament play. The ACC has had 10 or more tournament wins in three of the last five years.

North Carolina State's Julius Hodge was named the ACC Player of the Year, Wake Forest's Chris Paul was tabbed as the ACC Freshman of the Year and State's Herb Sendek earned ACC Coach of the Year honors. In addition, Paul was named National Freshman of the Year by The Sporting News and Basketball Times.

Duke's Chris Duhon finished his career second on the ACC's all-time win list having playedin 123 wins in his four years with the Blue Devils. Duhon (Wooden) and NC State's Julius Hodge (The Sporting News, ESPN.com) both earned first-team All-America honors.


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