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ACC Basketball: 5 Biggest Disappointments So Far

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ACC Basketball: 5 Biggest Disappointments So Far

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The ACC basketball season has already brought a ton of excitement with thrilling games, some upsets mixed in and the spectacular show Duke freshman Jabari Parker has given college basketball fans. However, for some ACC basketball lovers all is not as well as they would like, and there have been a few disappointing players and teams in the first month of the season. Maryland has had major problems in the backcourt and needs something to develop quickly before conference play. Virginia was considered a possible conference champion but has not looked the part because of an awful offensive scheme that is tough to watch. North Carolina has been as exciting as it has been upsetting with two top-5 upsets and being upset twice. Florida State has been surprising with some early wins, but there is still something left to be desired in Tallahassee. Upperclassmen leadership has also shown it may not be as important to teams like it was in the past and Notre Dame, with several starting experienced players, is a perfect example of this.

The ACC may be the best overall conference in the nation with the fantastic play of the undefeated Syracuse Orange and Pittsburgh Panthers leading the way. Syracuse has won some close games and Pittsburgh has dominated most of its opponents. However, every other team has at least one loss. December is always too soon to consider any team as an absolute boom or bust, but if some players continue to struggle fans will be left hoping for better things next year.

Gregory T. Philson is an ACC college basketball writer at Follow him on Twitter @GTPhilson, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.


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5. Boris Bojanovsky

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Florida State's Boris Bojanovsky has been a disappointment not only because of his lack of scoring (5.8 PPG) and rebounding (2.4 RPG) but also because he does not pass the eye test. He does not show any intensity in his play. Bojanovsky is a 7-foot-3 sophomore who could be a load down on the block, but instead he is showing to be extremely soft and passive. He does not go after rebounds on offense or defense and looks to be disinterested on offense. The Seminoles have had a successful first month-plus, but Bojanovsky will have to contribute more going forward.

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4. Joe Harris

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Virginia senior guard Joe Harris has been the biggest disappointment for an underachieving and unexciting Cavaliers team. Harris is averaging only 11.2 PPG and is shooting less than eight times per game. He needs to be more aggressive on offense to not only help his own numbers but take a lackluster UVA offense up a notch. Virginia was ranked in the preseason but has not displayed anything that makes it look to be a real contender after losses to Virginia Commonwealth and Wisconsin.

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3. Dez Wells

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Maryland has had an extremely difficult year with its backcourt, and much of the blame can be solely placed on junior guard Dez Wells. Wells was moved to the point guard slot this season in an effort to bring some maturity and guidance to the position. However, Wells has struggled on offense. He is shooting only 44 percent from the field, 33 percent from three and averaging only 13.6 points. Even worse, he is averaging only 2.9 assists per game. Wells was benched earlier this season and the Terrapins already have three losses. However, Wells did earn the Paradise Jam MVP and needs to stay this consistent going forward.

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2. Notre Dame

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Notre Dame was ranked in the preseason because of its experienced lineup that features four starters who are either junior or seniors. The Irish have fallen from the top-25 because of losses to Indiana State and Iowa. Notre Dame can score but has had a number of problems slowing down its opponents. Iowa torched Notre Dame after shooting 57 percent from the field and hitting three-pointers at a 54-percent clip. The ACC features a lot of perimeter teams that can take advantage of this.

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1. James Michael McAdoo

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North Carolina's James Michael McAdoo is easily the most disappointing player in the ACC so far this season. The junior was coming off a sophomore season of averaging 14.4 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game, but he is now only averaging 13 points per game and 5.7 rebounds with more time on the floor. McAdoo is shooting below 40 percent this season and is in the middle of a four game stretch where he has failed to reach 10 points. North Carolina has the ability to be a serious contender in the ACC after upsetting Louisville and Michigan State, but McAdoo must play better for the Tar Heels.