College Basketball 2011 Predictions: Projecting the ACC

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College Basketball 2011 Predictions: Projecting the ACC
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Harrison Barnes is the ACC's top player.

While the ACC is home to the country's most talented team, it recently hasn't looked like the same power conference that we saw in the 1980s and '90s. That's close to changing with the additions of top Big East programs Pitt and Syracuse, who should help return the ACC to the top.

With four programs debuting a new coach this year and three more in the second year of a new coaching staff, some help could be on the way for fallen programs like NC State, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest. A talented crop of recruits should also help the league as it tries replacing the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft (Kyrie Irving), as well as players like Kyle Singler. Reggie Jackson, Malcolm Delaney, Nolan Smith, Chris Singleton, Iman Shumpert and Jordan Williams.

This year the league isn't expected to have a banner year, with the bottom third of the league looking awful on paper and only two teams expected to be in the Top 25. The good news is that those two teams will open the year in the Top 10 and could bring the league another championship.

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