ACC Basketball: High-Low Preview

    
September 29th, 2009

Everybody loves a prediction. People that claim to hate sports predictions are just jealous that no one cares what they have to say or that their predictions are never right. But sometimes when making predictions, certain teams or groups of teams are truly to close to call. On CHN or in preview mags, we do our best to slot teams into specific spots, but sometimes you just want to say honestly, teams A, B, and C are virtually the same and luck will determine how they finish. You can't say that in a Top 144 ranking, but I'm saying it here in a series of High-Low predictions. Instead of plugging teams into specific spots, I'll give a range for each team's finish and a few reasons why.

 

(How about the high production values with that picture?..)

 

 

ACC HIGH-LOW

* my projected finish in yellow

 

 

 

BOSTON COLLEGE

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BC is tailor-made for this type of article. A team with a legit shot at making the Big Dance, but also one that could slip deep into the ACC race if Biko Paris fails or one of Sanders & Trapani gets injured.

 

 

CLEMSON

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Opinion is mixed about Clemson depending on who you ask, but expect the Tigers to be a tournament team that either goes home early or wins no more then a game.

 

DUKE

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With Singler (due for a monster season) & Scheyer back, Duke will still be right there in the ACC race. 2nd seems like the likely finish.

 

FLORIDA STATE

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Despite losing Toney Douglas, it's not all doom and gloom for FSU. Michael Snaer joins a roster full of young and talented players. Whether this talent meshes or not will determine which side of the Tourney bubble they fall.

 

GEORGIA TECH

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Overrated by many in my opinion, but still extremely dangerous, Tech can push UNC & Duke for the title, but also find themselves on the Bubble if the young talent doesn't mesh into a cohesive whole.

 

MARYLAND

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If Vasquez plays at his best every time out, it's not crazy to think Maryland could push for 2nd in the league. 3rd-5th is more likely however, with the Terps making the tournament for the 2nd season in a row.

 

MIAMI

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Miami loses McClinton and 2 other key contributors and could certainly end up in a battle with State for the ACC cellar. But the cupboard isn't bare, and Frank Haith welcomes one of the U's best ever classes. How it all adds up, I'm not sure.

 

NORTH CAROLINA

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We could talk all day about the players leaving the program, but with NBA prospects like Davis & Zeller returning along with a monster recruiting class, it's hard to fathom a finish below 3rd in the conference.

 

NORTH CAROLINA STATE

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It's hard to imagine NC State finishing higher then 11th.. the talent just isn't there to justify a higher prediction.

 

VIRGINIA

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With the likes of Landesberg and Scott, UVA has some quality emerging talent. The real key though is how well the team takes to Tony Bennett's system and whether it can stand up to a full ACC schedule.

 

VIRGINIA TECH

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Most consider VT a bubble or NIT team, but with Malcolm Delaney and an improving Jeff Allen, the Hokies have enough talent to win games in a league that is perhaps as wide-open as ever. VT could be a major surprise..

 

WAKE FOREST

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You can't lose the likes of Jeff Teague and James Johnson and not regress somewhat, but Wake's 09-10 demise is being overdone by some. .

 

 

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