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On one year, off the next. ACC basketball is consistent in one regard. Yeah, there’s the depth, experience and quality factor of conference ball but when it comes to NCAA titles there’s always a down year. Thankfully, it usually only happens every other year. Will the 2019-2020 season be it? NBC Sports’ Rob Dauster indicates it could be in his preseason basketball Top 25.
But, with the all moves that are going on (as he readily points out in his article) we think you should check the expiration date on any polls that come out this early. It’s easy to be sold on the thrill of finding your team ranked. But, there’s no reason to find out the milk is spoiled after you take your first bite of your Cap’n Crunch either.
This specific ranking of college basketball teams doesn’t blow a lot of smoke up, well, your shorts. There’s enough reasoning and examination of the roster to sell you. Most of you that is, as fans often put far more stock into ‘what-if’s’ with recruits than they should.
Okay, so we’ll ruin the overall list by telling you (before you read it) that there are no ACC teams running roughshod over the No. 1 spot. After a couple of years of being sold on the superior status of one team or the other it appears there is a semblance of sanity in these picks.
The reality of a mass exodus of players from the rosters of almost every conference team is sinking in. As is the case every year or so a clean sweep occurs. Don’t overlook the players that are returning though. Some starters, some sixth men and some who delivered off the bench. It’s their time. Plus, there are some great transfers, grad students and freaky freshmen coming in that will help you archive last year’s rosters.
ACC Preseason Rankings
- #3 Duke
- #5 Louisville
- #8 Virginia
- #14 North Carolina
Four teams and then there were none. The conference appears to be a bit top heavy with talent. Only four teams inspire enough confidence to make the preseason basketball Top 25. As we’re all aware teams will drop and teams will earn their way into the rankings as the season progresses. Sometimes the only way to judge a team is eyeballing them in action.
Some key points to take away from the article include a look at who’s coming back, who’s coming in and the projected starting roster. We did a little cherry picking for ACC fans.
Duke – Once again a heavy on the freshman approach by Mike Krzyzewski. The projected roster includes Tre Jones, Alex O’Connell and three freshmen. Will things click as well as they did last season?
Louisville – Jordan Nwora*, Darius Perry, Malik Williams and Dwayne Sutton return for the Cardinals. With one new face among the projected starting five this team is set for a title run.
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Virginia – Who’s back? Kihei Clark, Braxton Key, Mamadi Diakite* and Jay Huff. Tony Bennett will pair up a freshman with Clark to run the game. The defending champions will have a different dynamic on offense.
North Carolina – Leaky Black, Garrison Brooks and Brandon Robinson are the familiar faces on the floor for Roy Williams. Two new faces join the projected starting five. Two words that best define this Tar Heels team. Sneaky good.
See the entire Top 25 here.
The ACC moves to their 20 game conference schedule this season. In conjunction with the debut of the ACC Network the season will begin with all 15 teams playing either on Tuesday, November 5 or Wednesday, November 6.
Here’s a look at the schedule.
- Tuesday, November 5
- Clemson hosts Virginia Tech
- Miami hosts Louisville
- NC State hosts Georgia Tech
- Duke faces off with Kansas – State Farms Champions Classic
- Wednesday, November 6
- Boston College hosts Wake Forest
- North Carolina hosts Notre Dame
- Pitt hosts Florida State
- Syracuse hosts Virginia
The ACC Network will carry four games, three will be split between ESPNU and ESPN2. The Duke-Kansas game will be on ESPN. *Networks subject to change. Check the schedule closer to the date of the games.