Great post and persepective Duda, unless you are drinking ACC/ESPN cool-ade or are a fan of one of the three programs, it is not an easy sell to get others to jump on any of their bandwagons. Despite ESPN's best (or is it worst) efforts to get us to love and worship their college basketball royalty, these programs are as admired by people in the know as the monarchy is in Britain.
EDIT: Today, I am a big fan of Arkansas, Michigan and the other USC.
True, they have multiple favorites going down, and even though Creighton was the higher seed, URI was the favorite. Our only favorite to lose has been to the giant killing Wisconsin Badgers: any league could live with that. Considering their sweeter seeds, the ACC is the league soiling itself to this point.