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My ACC picks

1. Duke - Yes I know they haven't won the regular season title in forever and I will probably regret it, but the mix of talent/experience seems good this year and they have more depth than normal. The keys will be can Roach take a big step and shoot better and will Banchero be as good as the hype suggests. Since it is Coach K's last year, i will say he is actually motivated to win the reg season title this year and gets it done.
2. UNC - Can Hubert get it done in year 1? UNC has a lot of depth and actually some wings that can shoot, which has been a problem in the recent past. Garcia and Manek give UNC a pair of stretch 4s and I think Bacot will have a good year. The big question will be can UNC put 2 or 3 guards out there regularly that can also shoot from deep. I think so.
3. FSU - FSU will be more dependent on newcomers (transfers/freshman) this year than normal. I dont think this FSU roster is as good as the last few years, but there is still plenty of talent. Warley, Cleveland, and Butler are a really good trio of freshman. Mills will likely start from day 1 and the returning core of (Polite, Osborne, Evans are solid though not spectacular). I was a big Hamilton doubter till several years ago but you cant argue with the results recently.
4. UVA - We all know our team well, so not many words needed. If Franklin and Gardner adjust quickly and we see just moderate improvement in the 3P shots from Reece and Kihel, we will be better than 4th. I like this team better than the 19-20 team, but I am not sure if they are as good as the fully healthy 16-17 team. Probably somewhere in between.
5. VT - I went back and forth on VT and UL for 5th/6th. I settled on VT. Their lack of depth is a big concern and the loss of Radford is vastly underestimated by the national media but the starting 5 will be good offensively and the Hokies played really good D last year. If they can develop a bench and stay injury free they could have a really good season.
6. UL - Something doesn't feel right with this program. Perhaps it is all the sketchiness. There is no doubt thought that they have a talented roster this year although with lots of new parts that will have to gel. If this team finds good chemistry and overlooks all the background noise they could be better than this. Locke, Williamson, and Withers are a really good core and they have plenty of quality depth.
7. ND - The Irish top 7 players will all be seniors! That type of experience usually pays off. They will once again be a very good offensive team, but can they play D? They were the worst kenpom D team in the league last year for the whole season. This group has just not paid off yet despite being a highly regarded class. Brey needs to get it done this year, because after all these guys leave, the Irish will probably sink again. I think they do enough to make the tourney this year.
8. Syracuse - Very similar to ND in that they will be a good to very good offensive team, but can they play D? They will also be integrating several new pieces as well. With Syracuse it seems the steady-state is a mediocre reg season in the middle of the ACC, squeaks into the tourney and plays well there. No reason to change that this year I think.
9. Georgia Tech - The Jackets only lost two key players from last years team, but it was their two best players. However, the return of DeVoe and Usher and the other members will keep GT from sinking to the bottom of the league. The key will be finding a PG replacement for Alvarado (the transfer Smith) and getting some semblance of front court scoring. The options are few (Howard, Gigibera?).
10. Miami - If Coach L can keep a healthy team they could surprise and make the tournament. The backcourt depth is incredible and Anthony Walker is a nice solid forward. They also have options at the 5 with (Rodney Miller, Waardenberg, and Gak). Keep an eye on the Canes to surprise.
11. NC State - Same NC State team to me as we usually see. Some nice guards, a really nice defensive center in Bates but they seem less talented then the fully healthy squad from last year and previous years. If Keats cant find a way to get this team to the tourney he will be on the hot seat next year.
12. Clemson - Clemson will probably be better than this but on paper they aren't very deep and seem to lack ACC upper level talent. We shall see though, Brownell usually gets these types of teams to overachieve.
13. WF - Lots of new players at WF this year for Steve Forbes. Some have some talent but I think they are still a year or two a way from making a big move in the standings.
14. Pitt - They lost a lot from a bad team. Capel may be in big trouble if they do finish this low. I just cant pick them to be higher than this range.
15. BC - A new coach a new start. They should be at the bottom this year.

NCAA Teams
Duke, UNC, FSU, UVA, VT, UL, ND, Syracuse

Posted: 10/14/2021 at 09:59AM


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My ACC picks -- RaleighHOO 10/14/2021 09:59AM
  I think I would swap 2nd and 3rd, but good list ** -- Jorge Welch 10/14/2021 11:48AM
  I think ACC top 4: 1 UVa, 2 Duke, 3 FSU, 4 VT ** -- davemcsr 10/14/2021 10:48AM
  I mean, getting rid of Murphey alone bumps us up. ** -- Hoobedoobedoo 10/14/2021 12:01PM
  I am such a hater for misspelling his name. -- Hoobedoobedoo 10/14/2021 1:14PM

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