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Rant Sports NCAAB Conference Preview: ACC

Liz Condo-US PRESSWIRE

Another year of college basketball is quickly approaching and in preparation, Rant Sports College Basketball Network Manager Paul Seaver will be breaking down and predicting the outcomes of each conference across the country.

Today, we look at the ACC:

 

Tobacco Road should once again reign supreme within the ACC, but there’s a new dog in town ready to take over.

Preseason expectations are through the roof for North Carolina State and that’s thanks in large part to junior duo Lorenzo Brown and C.J. Leslie. The league’s usual suspects, both Duke and North Carolina, will also be in the thick of things, but anticipation amongst the trio of rivals has become that much more serious.

Florida State and Miami (FL) each have the potential to dance come March, while a young, but talented Maryland squad looks to do the same. The bottom half of the ACC has a lot of questions, as many of the lower groups are still rebuilding towards better days.

It’s a top-heavy race yet again for supremacy in the ACC, but there shouldn’t be much doubt that this season’s quest for a title should fall directly onto Tobacco Road.

 

ACC Predictions:

1. North Carolina State

2. North Carolina

3. Duke

4. Florida State

5. Miami (FL)

6. Maryland.

7. Virginia

8. Clemson

9. Wake Forest

10. Georgia Tech

11. Virginia Tech

12. Boston College

 

First Team All-ACC Predictions:

G Michael Snaer, Sr., Florida State

G Lorenzo Brown, Jr., North Carolina State

F C.J. Leslie, Jr., North Carolina State

F James Michael McAdoo, So., North Carolina

F Mason Plumlee, Sr., Duke

 

ACC Player of the Year Prediction:

C.J. Leslie, Jr., North Carolina State

 

Coach of the Year Prediction:

Mark Gottfried, North Carolina State

 

Newcomer of the Year Prediction:

Marcus Paige, Fr., North Carolina

 

Last Team to Win NCAA Tournament Game:

2012- North Carolina advanced to Elite 8

 

 

Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse