The ACC men’s basketball league play opens on Saturday, January 5th. This conference season, like most, promises a wide variety of upsets and blowouts, close calls and near misses.
While undefeated Duke sits on top of both the AP Top 25 and USA Today Coaches Polls, the question could be raised about the strength of the conference this year. No fans like to think of their league as being weak or lacking. Everyone wants for their conference to be respected and robust.
However, it is not out of the question to wonder: Is this the weakest the Atlantic Coast Conference has ever been?
For many ACC followers, even considering that notion could be thought of as sacrilege. To even imply that the conference is not up to scratch is equivalent to heresy.
Caulton Tudor of “The News and Observer” (a regional newspaper based out of Raleigh, N.C), suggests that, going into conference play, “only Duke and at times N.C. State are in tune with expectations.”
The following is an open-minded review of where the ACC stands as 2012-13 league play opens up next week. Rather than just making emotional claims, this article will be as fact-based as possible.
Note: Unless otherwise noted, the figures and information in this article are taken from Statsheet.com