For the first time since 2003, the ACC tournament will feature a top seed not named Duke or North Carolina. Miami holds that distinction, but the Hurricanes have lost three of their last five.
Duke has played well since the return of Ryan Kelly and feels like the tournament favorite, but there are six or seven teams that could make deep runs in Greensboro this week.
For these contenders to cut down the nets, obviously, they will need their best players to step up. Those players are the X-factors in the ACC tournament. They are the ones who will determine which teams will succeed and which teams will go home early.
Here are the biggest X-factors in this year’s ACC tournament.