College BB: ACC Preview, Part 2
In the second installment of a three-part ACC Preview Series, we'll take a look at Georgia Tech, Maryland, Miami, and North Carolina...
Georgia Tech is another ACC team that lost critical players this offseason.
Javaris Crittenton and Thaddeus Young were flat-out superstars last year—and, realizing as much, they bolted for the NBA.
GT has a tough schedule this season, with road dates at NC State, Connecticut, Clemson, and Duke. Look for a middle-of-the-road finish—seventh in the ACC, and a NCAA appearance.
Maryland had a strong season last year. Guards James Gist and Greivis Vasquez will look to build on it in '07-'08.
Not having a true go-to low-post scorer may keep Maryland from winning the ACC, but they'll be a top-tier team nonetheless. Expect a fifth-place conference finish and a decent run in the NCAA tournament.
Miami has consistently been one of the worst teams in the ACC since moving from the Big East. This season doesn't look to be much different.
Guard Jack McClinton is back after averaging 16.7 PPG last year, but he's the only bright spot for the 'Canes.
An 11th-place finish at best in the ACC and no postseason play is my prediction.
#1 North Carolina
The Tar Heels are loaded once again.
The loss of Brandan Wright will hurt, but not as badly as many think.
Deon Thompson and Alex Stepheson will fill the void, and Tyler Hansbrough, Ty Lawson, and Wayne Ellington should have UNC poised for a national championship run.
A first-place finish in the ACC and a national title are in the future for the 2007-2008 Heels.
Tomorrow, I finish the 2007-2008 ACC Preview with a look at NC State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest.
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