COLLAB WITH @305jack:
As we near the start of conference play, what conference is favored as a whole? I strongly believe the Athletic Coast Conference, also known as the “ACC” Is the most exciting out of all power 5 conferences in the country.
If we use Joe Lunardi’s most recent bracket on December 23rd, Lunardi predicts 5 ACC teams will reach the tournament in March, making them 4th in the greatest amount of teams in the tournament per conference as they sit behind the Big 12, Big East, and Big 10. However, out of those 5 times who Lunardi believes will make it out of the ACC, 4 of those 5 are ranked high. Duke sits at a 1 spot, Louisville holds a 2 spot which will likely go into a 1 spot very soon, FSU has a 4 spot after solid wins early in the season, and Virginia holds a 5 spot that will rise after they avenge the loss against South Carolina they had. The ACC is destined to have 1-2 teams past the Elite 8 and into the Final 4 come March.
What makes the ACC so exciting?
Rivalries. We will see Duke face Louisville, a battle of two of the favorites to win the National Championship this year. A top defense in Virginia face Duke, FSU looking for revenge from the heartbreaking loss last year against Duke, and as always, one of the NCAA’s biggest rivalries in UNC vs Duke as North Carolina’s star freshman Cole Anthony is expected to return from injury by then. There are plenty of teams trying to sneak into the tournament in March too. NC State, Miami, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, and North Carolina all look for a tournament bid in March. The
Big-time players like Cole Anthony of UNC, Tre Jones, Matthew Hurt, and Vernon Carey Jr. of Duke, and Jordan Nwora of Louisville are just some of the big names in the ACC that we will see in the NBA for years to come. Names to look out for in the ACC radar is Kameron McGusty of Miami, John Mooney of Notre Dame, Mamadi Diakite and Kihei Clark of Virginia, and Elijah Hughes of Syracuse. The ACC features potential NBA prospects in all conference play, making every game so exciting to watch.
The ACC has so much to look at, from its future in March, it’s rivalries, and talent, making it the most exciting conference in NCABB. What conference do you think is the most exciting?