Once again, Cuse enters the season with a freshman PG and a lot of question marks. Jim Boeheim has been through this before. The defense will be solid as always, but they are going to have to find some scoring.
In the Cardinal's first ACC season, they must replace a lot of production from last year's Sweet 16 squad. Can Pitino get the youngsters up to speed quickly enough to be ready for ACC season? Will they be deep enough to run Pitino's up-tempo system?
The Tar Heels aren't the deepest of teams, but they have a number of frontcourt bodies to throw at teams. They'll likely dominate the glass against most teams, but they'll struggle to score in the half-court against good defenses.
Last year, Duke was picked 1st in the preseason, and finished 3rd. You may have some idea who finished first. This year, Duke was picked 1st again. Will they meet expectations this year? Or fall short again?
The Eagles have a new head coach and a lot of new faces. After finishing 14th in the conference last year, it won't be tough to improve. But getting to .500 and on the bubble would be quite an achievement for Jim Christian's squad.
The Fighting Irish did not enjoy their first season in the ACC, finished 13th. This year, they welcome back Jerian Grant, who was leading the team in scoring and assists before being suspended. Will that be enough to get them into the NCAAs?