The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will be losing one of their best players for the 2013-14 college basketball season and they will be playing in the ACC for the first time. However, are they a top team in the conference?
They are according to ESPN’s Jay Bilas.
In a recent power ranking of the ACC, Bilas has the Fighting Irish ranked as the No. 4 team. Ahead of them is Duke, Syracuse and North Carolina. That can be expected since all three of those teams will likely enter the season in the top 10.
With the amount of talent set to return, which includes leading scorer Jerian Grant, this is a reasonable ranking for Notre Dame. However, it will be a really tough out no matter who it plays in the conference.
This is a team that made the NCAA tournament last year as a No. 7 seed and won 25 games on the year.
With that in mind, Duke will have a much different team and the Blue Devils will have to show they are for real once the season starts. Syracuse may be losing Michael Carter-Williams, but many other players are returning and the Orange did make the Final Four this past season. The Tar Heels are going to be stacked with talent, but that was the same case last season and they only made the dance as a No. 8 seed.
It should be interesting to see who wins this conference. Unlike last season though, don’t expect a random team like the Miami Hurricanes to shock the college hoops world by winning the ACC.