N&O experts predict ACC’s best teams, players

November 7, 2013 

Columnist

Luke DeCock

1. Duke: A matchup nightmare the likes of which may never have been seen at the college level, the Blue Devils would be a national-title favorite in almost any other year, but not this year with Kentucky, Michigan State and Louisville all fully loaded.

2. Syracuse

3. Virginia

4. Notre Dame

5. North Carolina

6. Boston College

7. Pittsburgh

8. Maryland

9. Georgia Tech

10. N.C. State

11. Florida State

12. Miami

13. Clemson

14. Wake Forest

15. Virginia Tech

Preseason All-ACC

POY: C.J. Fair, F, Syracuse

The versatile Fair does it all for Syracuse, something ACC coaches, players and fans will only be able to truly appreciate when they see him in person on a regular basis.

Jerian Grant, G, Notre Dame

Olivier Hanlan, PG, Boston College

Joe Harris, G, Virginia

Rodney Hood, F, Duke

UNC beat reporter Andrew Carter

1. Duke: No, the Blue Devils don’t have a proven post player and, yes, they lost three valuable seniors from a season ago. Still, Duke, with the arrival of 6-8 forwards Rodney Hood and Jabari Parker, should be a matchup nightmare. This is Duke’s most athletic team since the late 1990s and early 2000s, and those Blue Devils were pretty good.

2. Syracuse

3. Notre Dame

4. North Carolina

5. Virginia

6. Boston College

7. Pittsburgh

8. Maryland

9. Florida State

10. Georgia Tech

11. N.C. State

12. Miami

13. Wake Forest

14. Clemson

15. Virginia Tech

Preaseason All-ACC

POY: C.J. Fair, F, Syracuse

Fair led the Orange’s Final Four team a season ago in scoring (14.5 ppg) and rebounding (7 rpg) and is as good of a guess as any to win a wide-open ACC Player of the Year race.

Jerian Grant, G, Notre Dame

P.J. Hairston, SG, North Carolina

Joe Harris, G, Virginia

Rodney Hood, F, Duke

N.C. State beat reporter Joe Giglio

1. Duke: Call them the Miami Blue Devils or the Duke Heat, either way, like the NBA's best team Duke has a variety of athletic parts who will defend and score in transition.

Throw in the best coach and the best homecourt advantage and the Blue Devils should roll through conference.

2. Notre Dame

3. Syracuse

4. UNC

5. Virginia

6. Maryland

7. Pittsburgh

8. Boston College

9. N.C. State

10. Miami

11. Wake Forest

12. Georgia Tech

13. Florida State

14. Clemson

15. Virginia Tech

Preseason All-ACC

POY: C.J. Fair, F, Syracuse

The athletic senior forward is the perfect fit in the Orange's system with his length and versatility.

Rodney Hood, F, Duke

Jerian Grant, G, Notre Dame

Joe Harris, G, Virginia

P.J. Hairston, G, UNC

Duke beat reporter Laura Keeley

1. Duke: No basketball coach is better at his job than Mike Krzyzewski, and he’ll be able to get the most out of his assorted collection of wings and guards. The Blue Devils will present match-up problems for every team in the league.

2. Syracuse

3. Notre Dame

4. Virginia

5. North Carolina

6. Pittsburgh

7. Boston College

8. Maryland

9. Georgia Tech

10. N.C. State

11. Wake Forest

12. Florida State

13. Miami

14. Clemson

15. Virginia Tech

Preseason All-ACC

POY: Joe Harris, G, UVA

Harris should put up the numbers necessary to impress the award voters, as he’ll be the go-to guy for the surging Cavaliers

C.J. Fair, F, Syracuse

Rodney Hood, F, Duke

Jerian Grant, G, Notre Dame

P.J. Hairston, G, UNC

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