As the ACC convened in 1986 for its 33rd annual postseason tournament, the stars were out in full force at the Greensboro Coliseum.
On this sweet program cover you had the two top picks in the upcoming NBA Draft — North Carolina’s Brad Daugherty and Maryland’s Len Bias — as well as Duke’s Johnny Dawkins, Georgia Tech’s Mark Price, N.C. State’s Nate McMillan and Wake Forest’s Mugsy Bogues.
Couple that with the star power in suits — Smith, Cremins, Krzyzewski, Valvano, Driesell, Holland — and this was peak ACC basketball. Top-seeded Duke edged the Yellow Jackets 68-67 in the title game, giving Coach K his first ACC Tournament title. The Blue Devils eventually made the Final Four, losing to Louisville in the championship game.