2013 Virginia Basketball: ACC Previews
Jim Boeheim has the long, athletic players he needs for his 2-3 zone. What he doesn't have is a real 2nd scoring option behind C.J. Fair. Cuse has two big men who should help on the offensive glass, but somebody is going to have to step up outside.
Clemson fell off the table last year, losing 10 of their last 11 games. They lost their top two players off that team, so it may be a struggle to even replicate their 5 ACC wins from last year. Still, they have some talent and they'll defend well.
The Jackets are led by two forwards, Robert Carter Jr and Marcus Georges-Hunt. They are joined by Tennessee transfer Trae Golden, who will step in at PG. The team won 6 conference wins last year, and should be happy to improve on that this year.
BC was probably the worst defensive team in the ACC last year. Offensively, they weren't bad, mostly because they shot the ball well. They return almost that entire team, now a year older. If they learn to play some D, they could make the tourney.
The Tar Heels, as usual, are as talented as anybody in the ACC. They are chock full of burger-boys and bring in 3 top 100 players. But the offseason legal troubles of P.J. Hairston could continue to cause problems for them as the season begins.
The Wolfpack must replace 60 points per game from last year, after all of the personnel that they lost. T.J. Warren will be asked to shoulder much of that load, but some talented freshmen will help. Still, it's way too much to lose.
The Noles finished .500 in the ACC last year, despite a relatively poor statistical profile. They shot the ball very well, and return most of last year's rotation, so there is reason for optimism. However, they'll need to improve in a lot of areas.