ACC Basketball Preview: Will Anyone Stop Duke?

November 9, 2018

With the nations’ top recruiting class, Duke started off the season showing that they mean business. However, the ACC starts the season off with 7 teams in the Top 25, not to mention that 3 of the 7 are in the top 8. Also, another 4 team received votes for the Top 25. So, to start off the year the ACC has 11 out of 15 teams receiving votes for the Top 25. Even though Duke has a stacked team talent wise, Virginia is on the path for revenge after being the first 1 seed to ever lose in the first round (S/O to UMBC). The ACC is always competitive from top to bottom, but will anyone have enough to stop the Blue Devils this year?





1. Duke Blue Devils

  • Player to Watch: F Zion Williamson (Fr.)

  • Projected Finish: National Championship


2. Virginia Cavaliers

  • Player to Watch: G Kyle Guy (Jr.)

  • Projected Finish: Elite 8


3. Syracuse Orange

  • Player to Watch: G Tyus Battle (Jr.)

  • Projected Finish: Elite 8


4. North Carolina Tar Heels

  • Player to Watch: F Luke Maye (Sr.)

  • Projected Finish: Sweet 16


5. Florida State Seminoles

  • Player to Watch: G Terance Mann (Sr.)

  • Projected Finish: Sweet 16


6. Clemson Tigers

  • Player to Watch: G Marcquise Reed (Grad)

  • Projected Finish: Round of 32


7. Virginia Tech Hokies

  • Player to Watch: G Justin Robinson (Sr.)

  • Projected Finish: Round of 64


8. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

  • Player to Watch: G T.J. Gibbs (Jr.)

  • Projected Finish: Round of 64


9. NC State Wolfpack

  • Player to Watch: G Torin Dorn (Sr.)

  • Projected Finish: Round of 32


10. Louisville Cardinals

  • Player to Watch: F V.J. King (Jr.)

  • Projected Finish: NIT


11. Miami Hurricanes

  • Player to Watch: G Chris Lykes (So.)

  • Projected Finish: NIT


12. Boston College Eagles

  • Player to Watch: G Ky Bowman (Jr.)

  • Projected Finish: 12th in conference


13. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

  • Player to Watch: G Jose Alvarado (So.)

  • Projected Finish: 13th in conference


14. Wake Forest Demon Deacons

  • Player to Watch: G Brandon Childress (Jr.)

  • Projected Finish: 14th in conference


15. Pittsburgh Panthers

  • Player to Watch: G Malik Ellison (Jr.)

  • Projected Finish: 15th in conference




All-Conference Teams


First Team:

  • G R.J. Barrett, Duke

  • G Tyus Battle, Syracuse

  • G Kyle Guy, Virginia

  • F Zion Williamson, Duke

  • F Luke Maye, North Carolina


Second Team:

  • G Ky Bowman, Boston College

  • G Justin Robinson, Virginia Tech

  • G Nassir Little, North Carolina

  • F Cam Reddish, Duke

  • F De’Andre Hunter, Virginia


Third Team:

  • G Tre Jones, Duke

  • G T.J. Gibbs, Notre Dame

  • G Torin Dorn, NC State

  • G Marcquise Green, Clemson

  • F V.J. King, Miami



  • Newcomer of the Year: RJ Barrett, Duke

  • Coach of the Year: Brad Brownell, Clemson

  • Overall Player of the Year: RJ Barrett, Duke










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