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Here’s Our ACC Preview for the Upcoming 2022-23 NCAA Season

When the ACC sent five teams to the NCAA Tournament this past season, it was seen as a “down year” for the usual heavy-weight conference. The storyline changed once the tournament tipped off. The 5 teams representing the ACC went 14-5 over the course of the tournament, earning the
highest win percentage of any conference. 3 teams in the Elite 8 and 2 teams in the Final 4. All the critiques were answered in the end as it appears the majority of March Madness betting sites had wrongly overlooked them.

UNC fell to Kansas in heart-breaking fashion in the national championship. Even after the loss, the Tar Heels had a run to remember. In the upcoming season, the same success might very well be coming soon. Star guard Caleb Love announced his return for one more season with the  Heels, triggering the returns of Armando Bacot and Leaky Black.

Despite the departure of Brady Manek, talent is abundant on this squad, and the addition of Pete Nance, a 6’10 Forward from Northwestern, fills that hole perfectly. He averaged 15+ PPG last year so the roster spot will surely not be going to waste. Expect another championship run in 2022-23.

Duke had a star-studded lineup last year but nearly the whole starting 5 has gone to the NBA. Despite the departures, the recruiting pull of the Blue Devils has paid off once again. They were able to reel in the #1 ranked recruit (Dereck Lively), the #2 recruit (Dariq Whitehead), and the #3 recruit (Kyle Filipowski).

After falling to UNC in the Final 4 in Coach K’s final game, it’s most likely going to be a season/off-season fueled by motivation. Jon Scheyer will be taking the helm in his first season after Coach K’s retirement. Scheyer has been an assistant there since 2014 so a turn-around lag isn’t likely. A coaching style molded by the legendary Mike Krzyzewski is a winning style nonetheless. The storyline of the ACC this year will be the inexperience of Duke up against the veteran core of North Carolina.

Florida State While Duke and UNC are expected to be the top guns this year, some other teams have put their selves in a position to be at the top end of the standings when the season ends. Florida State had an injury-ridden season in 2021-2022. The duo of Caleb Mills and Cam’Ron Fletcher will wreak havoc throughout the conference, especially after having another season together under their belt.

The Virginia Cavaliers is another team bringing back some talented veterans. A rough 2021-2022 season is in the rear-view mirror now and Tony Bennett is ready to get his team back on track. The Cavs are expecting a lot out of Kihei Clark in his final season. Clark and Reece Beekman will be carrying the load this upcoming year, as they did this past one. Armaan Franklin should prove himself as an efficient go-to guy this season. The physical 6’4 guard will need to contribute a fair amount if the Cavs want to get back to the top of the ACC.

Wake Forest was a sneaky team last year. They held a steady position in the upper half of the standings all year. Some would say they were snubbed out of an NCAA Tournament bracket. ACC Player of the Year Alondes Williams has moved on to the NBA, alongside 1st team All-ACC forward Jake LaRavia. Daivien Williamson has shown some promising flashes of greatness. Williamson is expected to be the go-to guy this year with Williams gone. Florida transfer Tyree Appleby will be joining the Demon Deacons this year, a huge addition for Steve Forbes and Wake Forest. Look for the Deacons as a dark-horse candidate in 2022-2023.

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