2010 ACC Preview

November 10, 2009 | Tom Clayton

The ACC is going to be up for grabs this season and unlike the last few years there is no clear cut favorite. I think Maryland will be a much improved team this year but I absolutely love Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets are a team I think could find itself playing at Lucas Oil Stadium in the final four come March

1. North Carolina

2. Georgia Tech

3. Duke

4. Maryland

5. Clemson

6. Virginia Tech

7. Florida State

8. Boston College

9. Wake Forest

10. Virginia

11. Miami

12. North Carolina State

ACC Player of the Year – Kyle Singler

ACC Freshman of the Year – Derrick Favors

ACC Coach of the Year – Paul Hewitt

All ACC First Team:

Kyle Singler, Duke
Sylven Landesberg, Virginia

Al-Farouq Aminu, Wake Forest
Greivis Vasquez, Maryland
Trevor Booker, Clemson

Points To Ponder

The ACC is absolutely loaded with big men; Ed Davis, Deon Thompson, Al-Farouq Aminu, Derrick Favors, Trevor Booker, and Solomon Alabi makeup perhaps the best group of big men that any conference has had in the last decade.

Even with the loss of around 80% of last years scoring North Carolina should be the cream of the crop in the ACC if they can get solid point guard play from Dexter Strickland and Larry Drew. They should dominate every team in the post and it will be a rarity to see them get beat on the boards in any game this season.

The only team that could give North Carolina a run for their money down low may be the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Both Al-Farouq Aminu and freshman Derrick Favors may be top-10 picks in next years NBA draft and makeup one of the best frontcourts in the nation.

Maryland will be a top 20 team this season and shouldn’t be any lower than a four-seed in the NCAA tournament, but they will struggle against both UNC and Georgia Tech who should dominate them down low.

2010 will be the “Year of the Big Man” in the ACC and the two teams with the best big men will be a top the conference when the dust settles. I think the ACC should have six NCAA tournament teams with a ceiling of seven. Also watch out for Virginia as a potential sleeper; if Sylven Landesberg can improve on his outstanding freshman season Virginia and new coach Tony Bennett could sneak up on some teams.