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College Basketball: 2013-14 ACC Preview

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The ACC hasn’t been able to brag No. 1 conference status for a while. Last season it was the Big Ten. Before that, the Big East had its run.

Perhaps expansion diluted the ACC product a bit in past years. Until last season, Miami didn’t offer much. Boston College’s best days were largely in the Big East. And Virginia Tech can only dream of the days it was the first team in the NIT.

Finally, expansion will boost the ACC’s basketball product. Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame join the league this season all after reaching the NCAA Tournament last season. The Orange reached the Final Four. If not this season, the ACC will be the top basketball league in 2014-15 when Louisville replaces Maryland.

For this season, though, the ACC will have plenty of intriguing storylines, not least of which Mike Krzyzewski, Roy Williams and Jim Boeheim battling for the league crown. Duke is the favorite with freshman Jabari Parker and Mississippi State transfer Rodney Hood joining a stout returning cast in Durham.

ACC Predicted Order of Finish

ALL-ACC FIRST TEAM
G Jerian Grant, Notre Dame
G Joe Harris, Virginia
G Rasheed Sulaimon, Duke
F C.J. Fair, Syracuse
F James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina

ALL-ACC SECOND TEAM
G Eric Atkins, Notre Dame
F Rodney Hood, Duke
F Jabari Parker, Duke
F T.J. Warren, NC State
F Okaro White, Florida State

ALL-ACC THIRD TEAM
G Olivier Hanlan, Boston College
G/F Dez Wells, Maryland
F Ryan Anderson, Boston College  
F Travis McKie, Wake Forest
F Akil Mitchell, Virginia

1. DUKE (team preview)
Postseason projection:

NCAA Final Four


Even with loss of his top three scorers, Coach K has enough firepower for another big year.

2. NORTH CAROLINA (team preview)
Postseason projection:

NCAA Sweet 16

Off-the-court issues create plenty of uncertainty, but the talent for another deep NCAA Tournament run is in place.

3. SYRACUSE

(team preview)
Postseason projection:

NCAA Sweet 16

Forward C.J. Fair has star potential, but the loss of three double-digit scorers creates big voids, especially in the backcourt.

4. NOTRE DAME (team preview)
Postseason projection:

NCAA Round of 32

Assist machines Jerian Grant and Eric Atkins give the Irish the best backcourt in the ACC.

5. VIRGINIA (team preview)
Postseason projection:

NCAA Round of 32


Seniors Joe Harris and Akil Mitchell may be the best inside-outside duo in the conference.

6. FLORIDA STATE (team preview)
Postseason projection:

NCAA Round of 64

Giving several young players playing time last year will now pay off and help offset losing clutch shooter Michael Snaer.

7. PITTSBURGH (team preview)
Postseason projection:

NCAA Round of 64

With the return of three starters, Jamie Dixon has the nucleus needed to generate yet another NCAA run.

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8. MARYLAND
Postseason projection:

NIT

Losing lottery pick Alex Len won't stop the Terps from being a factor in their last year in the ACC.

9. MIAMI
Postseason projection:

NIT

The Hurricanes must replace their top six scorers and nearly 90 percent of their offense.

10. BOSTON COLLEGE  
Postseason projection:

NIT

Every starter returns, and no team in the conference has a better group of outside shooters.

11. GEORGIA TECH
Postseason projection:

NIT

Landing a postseason bid is a realistic goal in Year 3 of the Brian Gregory era.

12. NC STATE
Postseason projection:

NIT

Promising sophomore T.J. Warren returns, but that's where the good news ends.

13. WAKE FOREST

Despite an 11–39 record in league play over the last three seasons, the Deacs brought coach Jeff Bzdelik back.

14. CLEMSON (bonus team preview)

The Tigers desperately need a good start after losing 10 of their last 11 games in 2012-13.

15. VIRGINIA TECH

With Erick Green (and his 25 points per game) gone, just staying competitive will be a struggle.

All ACC team previews are available in full in the 2013-14 Athlon Sports College Basketball annual, available online or on newsstands.


ACC AWARDS

Player of the Year: Joe Harris, Virginia
Harris topped our list of the nation’s top shooters after averaging 16.3 points per game and shooting 46.9 percent from the field.

Best Defensive Player: Daniel Miller, Georgia Tech
Interior defender needs to polish his offensive game, but the senior has averaged better than two blocks per game for his entire career.

Most Underrated Player: Dez Wells, Maryland
Xavier transfer made good on his move to a new league by averaging 13.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and three assists. The do-everything player hope to lead the Terps to the Tourney.

Newcomer of the Year: Jabari Parker, Duke (full list of the ACC’s key new faces)
The key word for Parker is versatility with his ability to score and defend all over the floor. He and Mississippi State transfer Rodney Hood will be matchup nightmares.

Top coach: Mike Krzyzewski, Duke (full ACC coach rankings)

Coach on the hot seat: Jeff Bzdelik, Wake Forest (full hot seat list)

The ACC hasn’t been able to brag No. 1 conference status for a while. Last season it was the Big Ten. Before that, the Big East had its run.

Perhaps expansion diluted the ACC product a bit in past years. Until last season, Miami didn’t offer much. Boston College’s best days were largely in the Big East. And Virginia Tech can only dream of the days it was the first team in the NIT.

Finally, expansion will boost the ACC’s basketball product. Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame join the league this season all after reaching the NCAA Tournament last season. The Orange reached the Final Four. If not this season, the ACC will be the top basketball league in 2014-15 when Louisville replaces Maryland.

For this season, though, the ACC will have plenty of intriguing storylines, not least of which Mike Krzyzewski, Roy Williams and Jim Boeheim battling for the league crown. Duke is the favorite with freshman Jabari Parker and Mississippi State transfer Rodney Hood joining a stout returning cast in Durham.

ACC Predicted Order of Finish - See more at: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:Wgl_kHNGZ08J:athlonsports.com/college-basketball/college-basketball-2013-14-acc-preview+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=firefox-a#sthash.dUgd9WJY.dpuf

The ACC hasn’t been able to brag No. 1 conference status for a while. Last season it was the Big Ten. Before that, the Big East had its run.

Perhaps expansion diluted the ACC product a bit in past years. Until last season, Miami didn’t offer much. Boston College’s best days were largely in the Big East. And Virginia Tech can only dream of the days it was the first team in the NIT.

Finally, expansion will boost the ACC’s basketball product. Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame join the league this season all after reaching the NCAA Tournament last season. The Orange reached the Final Four. If not this season, the ACC will be the top basketball league in 2014-15 when Louisville replaces Maryland.

For this season, though, the ACC will have plenty of intriguing storylines, not least of which Mike Krzyzewski, Roy Williams and Jim Boeheim battling for the league crown. Duke is the favorite with freshman Jabari Parker and Mississippi State transfer Rodney Hood joining a stout returning cast in Durham.

ACC Predicted Order of Finish - See more at: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:Wgl_kHNGZ08J:athlonsports.com/college-basketball/college-basketball-2013-14-acc-preview+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=firefox-a#sthash.dUgd9WJY.dpuf

The ACC hasn’t been able to brag No. 1 conference status for a while. Last season it was the Big Ten. Before that, the Big East had its run.

Perhaps expansion diluted the ACC product a bit in past years. Until last season, Miami didn’t offer much. Boston College’s best days were largely in the Big East. And Virginia Tech can only dream of the days it was the first team in the NIT.

Finally, expansion will boost the ACC’s basketball product. Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame join the league this season all after reaching the NCAA Tournament last season. The Orange reached the Final Four. If not this season, the ACC will be the top basketball league in 2014-15 when Louisville replaces Maryland.

For this season, though, the ACC will have plenty of intriguing storylines, not least of which Mike Krzyzewski, Roy Williams and Jim Boeheim battling for the league crown. Duke is the favorite with freshman Jabari Parker and Mississippi State transfer Rodney Hood joining a stout returning cast in Durham.

ACC Predicted Order of Finish - See more at: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:Wgl_kHNGZ08J:athlonsports.com/college-basketball/college-basketball-2013-14-acc-preview+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=firefox-a#sthash.dUgd9WJY.dpuf