Plenty of reasons for small crowds at ACC tourney

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - The Atlantic Coast Conference tournament usually is 1 of the toughest tickets in this part of the country. Not this year.

The return of the event to the league's hometown failed to generate the packed houses that have become the norm here, and there were several reasons for that.

The struggling economy, early exits by local favorites North Carolina and Wake Forest and the numerous upsets that derailed an expected Maryland-Duke matchup of top seeds kept attendance down at the Greensboro Coliseum, where capacity is roughly 23,500.

Speaking at halftime of Sunday's championship game between Georgia Tech and Duke, tournament director Karl Hicks says the ACC is pleased with the turnout even as "we do recognize it's not what it typically is."

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