ACC Locations Nationwide-Excessive Three Colleges Amongst Prime 10 in Newest LEARFIELD Cup Standings, Leads All Conferences With 5 NCAA Titles in 2021-22

GREENSBORO, NC (theACC.com) – The Atlantic Coast Conference placed three schools among the top 10 of the final winter Division I LEARFIELD Directors’ Cup standings released Thursday morning. No conference had more teams in the top 10. The league was also represented by five schools in the top 25, eight in the top 40 and 12 in the top 75. The ACC’s eight schools in the top 40 are tied for second among all conferences .

“ACC student-athletes and their respective teams continue to shine nationally, and we are so proud of the five programs that captured NCAA Championships this year,” said ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips, Ph.D. “We continue to enjoy watching our spring programs compete at the highest level and look forward to both the ACC and NCAA postseasons.”

Notre Dame (fourth place), North Carolina (fifth) and NC State (ninth) form the ACC’s top-10 contingent. They are followed in the top 40 by No. 21 Virginia Tech, No. 23 Louisville, No. 26 Duke, No. 39 Virginia and No. 40 Florida State.

National championships by Notre Dame in fencing and Virginia in women’s swimming & diving highlighted the ACC’s winter sports seasons. ACC men’s basketball placed three teams in the Elite 8 (Duke, Miami and North Carolina) with the Blue Devils and Tar Heels advancing to the NCAA Final Four. Overall, the ACC led all conferences with 14 NCAA men’s basketball postseason wins. On the women’s side, the ACC tied for the conference high with eight NCAA teams, with Louisville reaching the NCAA Women’s Final Four and NC State joining the Cardinals in the Elite Eight. The ACC’s 12 wins in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament were also the most of any conference.

The ACC enters the spring sports season leading all conferences with five NCAA team titles during the 2021-22 academic year – NC State women’s cross country, Florida State women’s soccer, Clemson men’s soccer, Virginia women’s swimming & diving and Notre Dame fencing.

The first spring Division I LEARFIELD Directors’ Cup standings update will be published in mid-June. Final standings, including results from baseball, will be published in early July.

The LEARFIELD Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USAToday. Points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in NCAA Championships.

Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA’s website at www.directorscup.org. In addition, please visit www.thedirectorscup.com and follow on Twitter @ldirectorscup.

About the ACC
The Atlantic Coast Conference, now in its 69th year of competition and 15 strong members, has long enjoyed the reputation as one of the strongest and most competitive intercollegiate conferences in the nation. ACC members Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Notre Dame, Pitt, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest continue to build upon the cornerstones on which the league was founded in 1953 with a consistent balance of academics, athletics and integrity. The ACC currently sponsors 27 NCAA sports – 14 for women and 13 for men – with member institutions located in 10 states. In August 2019, ESPN and the ACC partnered to launch the ACC Network (ACCN), a 24/7 national network dedicated to ACC sports and league-wide original programming. For more information, visit theACC.com and follow @theACC on Twitter and on Facebook (facebook.com/theACC).

About LEARFIELD
Learfield is a leading media and technology services company in intercollegiate athletics. The company unlocks the value of college sports for brands and fans through an omnichannel platform with innovative content and commerce solutions. LEARFIELD services include licensing and multimedia sponsorship management; publishing, audio, digital and social media; data analytics; ticketing, ticket sales and professional concessions expertise; branding; campus-wide business and sponsorship development; and venue technology systems. Since 2008, it has served as title sponsor for the acclaimed LEARFIELD Directors’ Cup, supporting athletic departments across all divisions.
 

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