The Miami Hurricanes took the ACC by storm in the 2012-13 college basketball season by winning the regular season title and conference tournament when Duke and North Carolina State were supposed to be the two teams competing for the hardware. With a lot of talent coming back, can the Virginia Cavaliers be last year’s Hurricanes in the 2013-14 college basketball season?
The huge difference about this past season in the ACC and the upcoming one is the actual teams playing in the conference.
Miami won the title fair and square and it was a great basketball team. There is no arguing that, however, the ACC was down last year. Other than Duke (finished one game back in the standings), no one even challenged the Hurricanes in the conference.
Fast forward to the 2013-14 season and you have a good Duke team once again, a legit top 10 North Carolina team and three very good Big East teams joining the conference. The competition will be much tougher for Virginia to say the least. So, it would be hard to see any team completely dominating the conference.
The Cavaliers did only finish four games back in the standings and racked up 23 wins. With great players returning, you would think that this team would be able to do even more damage in the upcoming season.
Whether the case, it would be really hard to see Virginia dominating the ACC like Miami did last season. The Hurricanes only lost three conference games all season long. Still, that does not mean that the Cavaliers will not finish in the top five an earn a trip to the NCAA tournament.
Miami went from making the NIT to earning a No. 2 seed in the Big Dance in just one season. I doubt many people predicted that to happen entering the season. There is a chance that Virginia makes a similar leap.
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