I have to disagree with Dr. Brod about the role of the economy in damping ACC attendance.
Yes, Carolina's absence was a big factor, and it didn't help to have semifinalists from Georgia, Florida, and New Jersey joining the one from Raleigh.
But going to the tourney can involve a lot more cost than just paying for a ticket. Throw in gas money to and from Atlanta, a hotel room, and meals for two, and you're looking at another couple of hundred bucks or more, easy.
Maybe the league could have done a better job anyway.Saunders is right that it was quiet during the Carolina game, but that wasn't because of some empty seats, just good etiquette for a funeral.